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An Evening with Matthew Bird 'Painting the Figure'

  • 30 Oct 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Hawthorne Center, Columbia, MD
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  • Used only by the workshop chair. BWS policy document states the chair attends at no cost to compensate for the work in setting up and running the event.

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An Evening 


Matthew Bird 

Painting the Figure 

in a "chiaroscuro" approach of the old masters


Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

7:00 – 9:00 pm 

at the Hawthorne Center

6175 Sunny Spring

Columbia, MD 21044


BWS Members & their Guests: September 8th, 2018 

Non-members: September 22nd, 2018 

Not a Member? Consider becoming an Associate 

$25 for all BWS members

$30 for guests and public

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.

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Bird will be giving a special presentation for the Baltimore Watercolor Society on the evening of Tuesday, October 30th 2018

Matthew's evening program will be a talk and presentation with a watercolor painting technique demonstration on a subject of his choosing. 

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 and Matthew's technique to giving insight into his methods and philosophies. 

Topic will include

  • 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.

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.

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

Matthew Bird Studio

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  • Date: October 30th, 2018 (Tuesday), from 7:00 – 9:00 pm  (building opens at 6:30 pm)
  • Price: $25 for all BWS members and $30 for guests and public; no refunds (except in the case of the event being cancelled for weather or other reason.)
  • 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.
  • For online registration, visit and go to Public Events.
  • Participants will be limited to 50 people. 
  • The program will take place at The Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge, Columbia, MD.   6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD  21044.  
  • Confirmation of your registration will be sent upon receipt of your check or online payment. Checks must be received within 5 days of registration to be considered as registered.

Workshops Chair

Sabine Yeager

Mail checks to: 

3420 Buttonwood Ct.

Reisterstown, MD 21136


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