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Peer Critique

  • 27 Apr 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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   Peer Critique

One Day Workshop 

Stacy Levy Lund, BWS

Janet Belich, NWS, TWSA, PWS, BWS

Susan Avis Murphy, AWS, NWS, BWS

Saturday, April 27th 2019

from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Members will lead you through all criteria that the Jurors follow in evaluation of paintings for the selection new Signature Artist  Members. 


For online registration visit and go to Public Events.

Member Registration opens  March 1st 2019

Member Fee: $45.00

Non-Member Registration opens March 16th 2019 

Non-Member Fee: $50.00

Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate

Registration Deadline:  April 19th, unless the program is full prior to this date.

This one day informal workshop is for anyone who would like to find out what the Baltimore Watercolor Society expectations are for paintings to be entered for the Signature Jury. You will see examples of paintings that are acceptable and paintings that do not meet the expectations. The criteria is explained with real paintings. You may also bring one of your own paintings to see if it might qualify or you will find out how to complete your picture. Those pictures are not restricted from entering the Signature Jury process in the future.

Registrants will bring one matted and framed painting to go through the critique process.


Some paintings can be considered "high concept"and communicate bold ideas, reflection on the human condition or a particular worldview, while others attempt to evoke a mood, capture a subtle feeling or tell a story. Is each painting successful in communicating the conceptual intent of the artist?


Is the subject, the treatment, the composition , or the overall approach of the paintings fresh and original? 


The Elements of Design

Line, Shape, Color, Value, Texture, Space Form

The Principles of Design

Balance, Unity, Emphasis, Variety, Pattern, Proportion, Movement, Rhythm. Gradation


Do the paintings demonstrate adequate mastery of technical components to accomplish the goals of the artist? ( Not all technical aspects equally important in any particular painting.) Some technical elements which could be considered include: 

Paint applications and brushwork, Drawing, Linear and areal  perspective, Understanding of unique aspects of water media, Color mixing, Treatment of edges.


Do all of the paintings submitted for consideration demonstrate a consistent style and quality? (All four paintings do not need to address the same subject matter.)


Do the matting and framing of physical submissions (or the photographic quality and electronic file preparation of digital submissions) demonstrate professionalism and create a favorable presentation of the artwork? 

Objective Versus Non-Objective Art Submissions:

The same considerations of concept, composition and design, originality, technique, consistency and presentation apply to both objective and non- objective paintings. However, the relative weights and merits of each may differ, again depending on the goals of the artist, the style, the subject matter, the painting size and format, and other factors. 


Please pack a lunch and beverage. Light Refreshments will be served.


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 MD-99. 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.

Registration Deadline: April 19th, unless the program is full prior to this date. 

Payment: is due within 5 days of registration either on-line (preferred) or check. Send to:

Sabine Yeager ( Please make it out to BWS with a note to the workshop)

3420 Buttonwood Ct.

Reisterstown, MD 21136

Cancellation: 75% refund if notified no later than April 19th 

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

Please direct questions to our Program Chair
Sabine Yeager at

or by phone at 410-245-0366

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