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Painting the Figure in Watercolor with Matthew Bird

  • 30 Oct 2018
  • 10:00 AM
  • 02 Nov 2018
  • 4:30 PM
  • The Hawthorn Center, Columbia, MD
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Matthew Bird's
'Painting the Figure in Watercolor'

 approach to painting "chiaroscuro"
an approach of the old masters
4-Day Workshop
October 30th to November 2nd 2018


Members: 10:00 a.m. August 18th 2018 - $300

Non-Members: 10:00 a.m. September 15th 2018 - $400

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Remember that these popular events sell out fast

Registration ends October 21st, 2018 or when the event is full


Due to the high demand for workshops, all registrations have to be paid within 5 days of registering. No exceptions please.

The Baltimore Watercolor Society is excited to feature watercolor artist Matthew Bird, NWS, in a four-day watercolor workshop where he will introduce BWS watercolorists to his approach to painting  "chiaroscuro" like the old Masters .  The workshop will begin Tuesday, October 30th and continue through Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia, MD. 

Painting the Figure in Watercolor 

Focusing on the “chiaroscuro” approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings, this four day workshop will include daily watercolor demonstrations illustrating Matthew's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. Students will follow along with group demonstrations. Painters with more experience can work from their own photographs with individual guidance, or work from the material provided. The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating to all.


  • Painting the translucency of skin.
  • Handling complex textures such as hair and fabric.
  • Tips on working with a model to create engaging portraits.
  • Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges and color.


The materials I use can be found here.


Matthew Bird is an American painter. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. He is a Signature Member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) and the National Watercolor Society (NWS). His award-winning paintings have been exhibited in juried shows across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, and seen on the pages of Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist Magazine, and Watercolor Magazine.

As an illustrator, he has five children’s books published and his paintings have been used as greeting cards for The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation, among others.

Matthew maintains a studio outside Baltimore, with his wife and children.

For more information about Matthew Bird, NWS, BWS, visit:

  • The price for the workshop is $300 for BWS members  and $400 for non-BWS members.
  • The class size is limited to 20 people, and the workshop cannot be split with another person.
  • Please pay online via PayPal if possible; PayPal allows the use of your Credit Cards whether or not you have a PayPal account.  Otherwise, checks should be made out to Baltimore Watercolor Society and mailed to Sabine Yeager at the address below. Please enter the name of the program on your check.
  • The program will take place at "The Hawthorn Center" in Hickory Ridge, Columbia, MD.  The address is: 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD  21044.  

  • Confirmation of your registration will be sent upon receipt of your check or online sign-up. Checks must be received within 5 days of registration to be considered as registered.

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Remember that these workshops fill up very quickly. When filled, you can register on the waiting list.

  • BWS maintains a workshop waiting list. When openings occur, BWS fills the openings from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • BWS adds names to the waiting list according to the date and time. 
  • You can join the waiting list if a workshop is filled.
  • You can't join a waiting list before registration opens.
  • Paid registrants who cancel on or before September 30th 2018 will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, the amount refundable is 80% of the workshop price.
  • Paid registrants who cancel after September 30th 2018 will receive a full refund less a $50 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, no refund will be given.
  • In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will still be held unless the Hawthorn Center is unable to open or the workshop artist is unable to travel.  If BWS cancels the workshop, then all paid registrants will receive a full pro-rata refund for those days that were cancelled.
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  • Questions can be directed to Sabine Yeager (BWS Workshop Chair) at
The Hawthorn Center is located in the community of Hickory Ridge in Columbia, Maryland:

6175 Sunny Spring
Columbia, MD 21044-5623
Tel: (410) 730-7327

Doors open at Hawthorn Center: 9:30 AM
Workshop instruction begins: 10:00 AM
One-hour break for lunch
Workshop instruction ends: 4:30 PM
Hawthorn Center closes and doors are locked promptly at 5:00 PM

Mail check made out to BWS and reference Workshop Matthew Bird to:
Sabine Yeager 
Workshop Chair
3420 Buttonwood Ct. 
Reisterstown, MD. 21136

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