Suggested materials list:

The materials list will be discussed on the first day of class in depth.
All -purpose drawing paper, pencils: (2 H, 2 B, 6 B), a kneaded eraser.. Wax free graphite paper.
Oils or Acrylics:
You will need a table top or floor standing easel. A stretched canvas, palette, brushes, container for odorless thinner or water and paper towels.
Arches 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper. a prepared board for stretches, staple gun. palette,
water container, brushes, paper towels.
Watercolors Acrylics and Oils:
Warm colors: Cadmium Yellow Med., Cadmium Red Med., Cobalt blue, Cerulean Blue
Cool colors: Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Rose, Ultramarine Blue (White Permalba or Titanium White is for Oils and Acrylics Only)

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Bellinger Artworks 
283B Koolabrew Dr., NW
Calabash, NC  28467
Driving Directions: 
Heading SOUTH on Route 17, take a right turn onto Calabash Road, NW.
Heading NORTH on Route 17, take a left turn (in front of CVS Pharmacy) onto Calabash Road, NW.
Take first left turn onto Koolabrew Drive (Carolina's Business Park). See sign for Artworks Studio at last building on left.
Bellinger Studio

Phil Meade - Cancelled until further notice !!!  

New Calendar Feature -
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          EVENTS LINK  !

OCTOBER 15 THRU OCTOBER 20. Exhibit is held at the Sunset River Marketplace, Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 28467. The reception is on October 18, 5-7 pm, with an Awards Ceremony at 6pm. Come visit the exhibition. The show is open to artists 18 and older who are residents of Brunswick County or who are members of the Associated Artists of Southport, Oak Island Art Guild, Waterway Art Association, Coastal Carolina Camera Club or the Brunswick Arts Council. A maximum of two art works are allowed per Artist. Deadline for pre-registration entry is September 13, 2018. Submit a non-refundable entry fee of $35, BAC members, $40 non members along with a completed prospectus. Click here for the prospectus.
Our judge is Russell Yerkes, AWS, NWS, TWSA and a Signature member of WSNC.Past President of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, 2002-2004, 2009-2010 and 2013-2014. He is an Honorary Member of Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute Nanging, China. Russell has been exhibiting his unique style of watercolor’s around the country for over 25 years, winning many awards and accolades through his travels.
Southport Plein Air Festival 
Returns: September 14 & 15, 2018

Many of the same features from previous years: beautiful scenery; unlimited, non-juried submissions to the wet paint sale; no commission on sales; and plenty of things to see and do during your visit.  Friday afternoon features a tour of our local community college campus, which is dedicated to a full range of arts instruction, from pottery to metal smithing. The opening reception later on Friday is in the heart of Southport’s gallery district, where you will be within walking distance of Franklin Square Gallery, home to the Associated Artists of Southport, and other local favorites. Discount coupons for a variety of nearby restaurants will be included in your welcome packets, as well as, for eateries located on the waterfront and the Southport Yacht Basin, where you will find the best sunset in all of North Carolina for your painting or viewing pleasure. For new arrivals on Saturday, check-in begins at 8 am in a downtown park located one block from the Cape Fear River. This is where all the day’s activities will take place: children’s painting, musical entertainment, a food truck (lobster rolls!), and the wet paint sale, with non-cash merit awards conferred by established local artists.
Please sign up before September 1 to save on the registration fee and to receive discounts on hotel lodging. Go to our website You can print out, fill out, and mail out the form with your check to: Up Your Arts, P.O. Box 11326, Southport, NC 28461.

Painting, a step up to 
Intermediate and Advanced

Fall Session One:
WHEN: August 20 to October 15 (no class 9/3/18)
             August 21 to October 16 (no class 9/4/18) 

Fall Session Two:
WHEN: October 22 to December 17 (no class11/19)
             October 23 to December 18 (no class11/20)

All classes are 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM 

WHERE: Bellinger Art Works
               283B Koolabrew 
               Calabash, NC 28467 

Each  eight week course 
$90 for members,  $100 for non-members 


These classes will be taught by nationally known portrait artist Terry Sellers Harrison, and will cover painting techniques in any medium and for any subject matter. These classes are designed for intermediate and advaned students The goal of our study will be to enhance each student’s knowledge of drawing, color and composition as they apply to a student’s particular painting. Participants will be encouraged to work from life as well as photography. We will discuss the painting process and different techques we can use a achieve a desived effect in our work for the more experienced painter. Each student will be encouraged to work with professional qualilty materials.
A few particular areas we will focus on are learning to paint the types of light we encounter with our subjects, understanding warm and cool color as it applies to light. We will cover ways to strengthen our compositions not only by the placement of objects but also through the use of value keys. Learning about the various treatment of edges will make our painting surface more interesting. All of these elements and more will help us draw in a viewer looking at our work. With practice and knowledge we can develop our work, with it’s own distinctive look, and become the artists we wish to be.
Announcing Fall Workshop Series:
Terry Sellers Harrison 

WHEN: OCTOBER 25- 26, 2018 

                9400 OCEAN HIGHWAY WEST                   (HWY 17)
                CAROLINA SHORES, 
                NORTH CAROLINA 28467
We are happy to be able to hold this years' event at this new location! The Librarian tells me they have lots of events each week and daily traffic is very strong. 

We hope you will be able to enter this event, it is open to all Active WAA Members, there is not cash entry fee, entry is an original 5 x 7 piece of art. The proceeds will go for an Art Scholarship for a Brunswick County High School Graduate of 2019.

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Art Basics for Oil and Acrylic Painters 
WHEN: Cancelled until further notice ! 
WHERE: Bellinger Art Works 
                283B Koolabrew Drive 
                Calabash, NC 28467 
This worksop offers an introduction to oil or acrylic painting for beginning artists and a reintroduction to art basics for more experienced painters.  The idea behind this workshop is to help develop knowledge, skills and confidence in a pressure free environment that can be applied in the classroom or as you complete paintings on your own.  
Students should have reference photos that inspire them. Landscapes, seascapes, still lives or flowers.  Phil will bring in his own photos that covers these areas of interest..Go on Pinterest. Look at what style interest you most. Use as a starting point. You don’t copy. You will paint in your own unique style. The idea behind this workshop is not to necessarily to complete a painting but to have a good foundation to work upon.

First talk will cover all the basics for oil painting. With demo of mixing paints and brush work.  Second talk after break will cover advanced techniques such as proportional enlargement from reference material. Perspective.  Unless I see that some basics need to be covered again.

Workshop Agenda
Oil paints Palette setup,  Brushes, Canvas,
Canvas prep, and block-in.
Stages or layering, Composition,
Using reference materials (photos, still life etc.)
Aerial and linear perspective if needed

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$35 for Members, $45 for Non- Members 
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October - Tony Alderman 
Still Waters Mystery for Acrylic and Oil Painters 
When: Thursday, October 11, 9:30 - 3:30 
Where: Bellinger Art Works 
            283B Koolabrew Drive 
            Calabash, NC 28467 

We are blessed to live along a coast line rich in both history and beauty.  Dear to Tony’s heart is to touch an emotion or an evocative feeling in the viewer, not merely creating a beautiful image.  One of the aims of this workshop is to teach the participants various techniques that they can use to create mood, dynamics and emotion in their own paintings. 

We will concentrate on two aspects. One will be reflections in calm waters, think a mirror like reflection. The other will be how to create a sense of age and mystery to structures. I will share techniques on how to take the image of an old building or a boat and handle the textures and the aging of it using shadows, shading and dry brush techniques. 

We will also talk about how the design and structure of our painting can reflect the emotion behind the it.  We will explore ways to let the reflections in calm water feel like they are moving on the canvas to draw you deeper into the painting.

During the workshop we will be creating as we paint together. You may bring a photo or use various images that Tony will bring to the workshop.

$35 for Members, $45 for Non-Members 

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Dan Beck - November 
Dan Beck Still Life Workshop (oil and acrylic)
When: November 8, 2018, 9:30 - 3:30 
Where: Bellinger Artworks 
             283B Koolabrew Drive 
             Calabash, NC 28467
In this workshop, Dan will talk on how to focus on the big shapes and patterns of the set up.  He will then demonstrate how to block in the subject matter, develop the idea and finish the painting.  Individual attention is given to each student. We will offer several still life arrangements would be available from which to choose.
$35 for members, $45 for non-members 

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Supply List for Dan Beck Workshop
Dan typically works with a warm/cool primary palette which he sometimes augments with cad or orange and veridian:
Warm Cadium Red Lt
Cadmium Yellow medium
Blues: Warm Phallo Blue
Ivory Black
Titanium White
Paper towels :
Viva paper towels (the best) and/or painting rags
Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson
Cad yellow Lt
Ultramarine Blue
  Paint brushes :
(flats and filberts) sizes ranging in small to medium sizes, 2,6, 10 and 12s for use with a 11 x 14 or 9 x 12 canvases. For figurative, use a mix of one or two small sables and bristle brushes.
Palette knife-at least a medium size, not a really small one!
Canvases or painting surfaces: (Dan paints on a variety of surfaces)
a couple of small or medium canvas or board of your choice.
January - Susan Dade 
When: Thursday, January 17, 2019 9:30 - 3:30 
Where: Bellinger Artworks
             283B Koolabrew Drive 
             Calabash, NC 28467 

Learn to  love watercolor washes,glazes and merging colors. We will use large flat brushes for backgrounds
and pointed round brushes for details. Bring your own reference photos and sketches to create your composition.
Susan will give you guidance on the accuracy of your drawing before you begin painting. One to one personal instruction by Susan included. All levels welcome. 

SUPPLIES;  MINIMUM 18X24 WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD, 1"-2" Flat brush plus 1" -1 1/2" Round brushes
TUBE Watercolor paint,palette, backboard for paper and reference photos. Plastic water container,paper towels,
small sketch paper, Permanent Black Ink fine line art markers- Sharpie, Pitt brands or similar

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$35 for Members, $45 for Non-Members


February - Todd Carignan 
Drawing Fundamentals: the Still-life - Charcoal 

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:30 - 3:30 
Where: Bellinger Artworks 
             283B Koolabrew Dr 
             Calabash, NC 28467

For the beginner or if you just need a refresher on the basics. Good painting begins with knowing how to draw. This workshop will focus on vocabulary, simplifying shapes, measuring, judging values, embracing light and shadow, texturizing and creating focus and depth. 

Supply list: 
18"x24" Strathmore CHARCOAL paper 
Medium or soft vine charcoal
Kneaded eraser
Blending stump
Medium or hard charcoal pencil

Artist Bio 

$35 for Members , $45 for Non-Members 

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March - Rachel Jones 
Watercolor and Atmospheres - Watercolor

When: Thursday, March 21, 2019 9:30 - 3:30 
Where: Bellinger Artworks 
             283B Koolabrew Drive  
              Calabash, NC 28467

This workshop is to help us paint more than just a figure but the essence and atmosphere of the figure. We will use familiar materials in slightly different ways to loosen up and achieve more of a flow to your work. The goal is not to create a hyper-realistic painting, but rather unique, expressive, and powerful works. This workshop designed for beginners to advanced painters, will prove to be an informative and fun addition in your creative journey. 


Watercolor Palette

Watercolor brushes (various sizes to include 1 large brush size 8 or above)

Watercolor pad 140 lb or heavier (quality paper such as Arches is not necessary unless one wishes to use it for their final piece at the end of the day)

Lots of paper will be used so feel free to cut to sizes for practice

Pencils for quick sketches
Large water container or 2 smaller containers
Paper towels
Reference Photos or magazine tear outs

Artist Bio 

$35 for Members , $45 for Non-Members 

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April - Mike Rooney 
Essential Skills to Good Painting - Oil / Acrylics 

When: Thursday, April 11, 2019 
Where: Bellinger Artworks 
             283B Koolabrew Drive 
             Calabash, NC 28467  

In this class you'll learn tips for drawing more accurately, using values correctly and mixing colors proficiently, the cornerstones of great painting.
Instructor Mike Rooney will guide you through these subjects in a fun and informative way and you'll see improvement in your painting immediately. 
Drawing is more about seeing what you're drawing better, which leads to more accurate drawing. 
There's a systematic way to figure out the values as you're painting. So simple, you'll say "why didn't I think of that?"
Lastly color mixing is only a problem if you over think it. If you follow Rooney's advice even a complete beginner could be mixing the exact color required after a few hours of instruction.
These classes fill up quickly so don't wait. Sign up today and start painting better, now!

Suggested Supply List 

Artist Bio 

$45 for Members, $55 for Non-Members 

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May - Anne Hightower-Patterson 
Building Colors in Layers - Watercolor 

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 
Where: Bellinger Artworks
             283B Koolabrew Drive 
             Calabash, NC 28467

Students will complete a painting utilizing techniques in masking, pouring, and painting images.
Students will be sent and image to transfer onto watercolor paper before the class. It takes roughly and hour to complete the transfer. A half-sheet size is suggested. I recommend the use of Arteza transfer paper. While this paper only comes 9x 13 sheets, you can shift it in your transferring or tape two pieces together. I use 140lb Arches Cold Press paper. I like to tape it to a board with artists’ tape to make manipulation better. 
Starting with lighter colors we will apply light, then successively darker layers, masking out areas before each poor. When the masking material is removed the multiple layers of value will be exposed. After bit of finishing work, you will have a completed painting.

Supply List 

Artist Bio

$45 for Members $55 for Non-Members 

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Due to Power and Weather conditions, we will not have Classes or Paint-in this week 9/17 to 9/19
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