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'After the Painting is finished' with Matthew Bird

  • 05 May 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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'After the Painting is finished

 One Day Workshop
Matthew Bird

Saturday, May 5th 2018

from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

BWS Member Registration Opens:

February 24th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. 

Member Fee: $60

Non-Member Registration Opens: 

March 24th 2018 10:00 a.m.

Non-Member Fee: $65

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Remember that these popular events sell out fast


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

Registration Deadline: April 27, 2018 unless the program is full prior to this date. 


We are pleased to have nationally recognized artist Matthew Bird, a prize winning artist, teacher of workshops, demonstrator, and Signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Baltimore Watercolor Society present 

'After the Painting is finished'

Once the Painting is Finished

You have now completed your masterpiece, what’s next? This one day workshop will focus on how to varnish a watercolor painted on paper, including mounting it to a panel. Framing for a juried exhibition vs. a gallery show will be discussed, along with tips on how to best photograph, package and ship your work safely. This is the perfect workshop for any artist who is looking to start displaying their work, submit to galleries or juried shows, or just interested in preserving their works of art. Finishing is just the beginning! 

(Due to the length of time each stage of the process takes to dry, Matthew won’t be able to do one example from start to finish. Instead he will bring various stages for each step of the process and do the demos that way. 

About Matthew Bird

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.

Sample portraits:

Once Upon a Time

Morning View

Looking Forward

Check out Matthew's work online at

Matthew Bird, NWS

Matthew Bird Studio

410-581-9988 (cell)

443-609-4570 (studio)

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Please pack a lunch and beverage. Light refreshments will be available                          

Directions to:

Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043

From the Baltimore Beltway (I 695) take the exit onto I-70W and follow for 4.4 miles. Take exit 87B to merge onto US-29N towards MD99. Turn right at Rogers Ave. At the traffic light, take the exit to stay straight on Rogers Ave. Turn left at High Ridge Rd. and the Howard Co. Center for the Arts is on the left.

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.

Cancellation: 75% refund if notified no later than one week before the program.

Refunds for later cancellations are subject to availability of a substitute participant.

Please direct questions to our Program Chair

Sabine Yeager at
3420 Buttonwood Ct.
Reisterstown, MD 21136

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