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Make Your Photograph Work for You with Joyce Bell

  • 23 Mar 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • 24 Mar 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD
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  • Non-Member price
  • 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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Make Your Photograph

Work for You


Joyce Bell

March 23rd-24th, 2023

10:00am - 4:00pm

The Hawthorne Center, Columbia MD


Members: January 4, 2023................10:00 a.m. $150

Non-Members: January 18, 2023.........10:00 a.m. $185

Not a member? 

Consider becoming an Associate Member for $30/year. To pay the member fee you must become a member then register for Joyce Bell's class.


Registration Deadline:  

March 15th, unless the program is full prior to this date. 

BWS is pleased to present local artist Joyce Bell teaching us how to work with our photos to create better paintings.


Making your photograph work for you!! Let’s take a photograph and play with the lighting to see if we can find a better view. Sometimes a few objects will need to be deleted for the betterment of the painting. There are a number of alternative approaches that can make the painting more exciting. Never forget the negative spaces, sometimes they are more important than the subject. When in doubt remember to refer to the principals of composition and design, that’s where your answers can be found.


All levels (basic knowledge & some previous experiences strongly recommended to benefit from this workshop/program)

All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium. 



  JOYCE BELL - Joyce holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from Towson University. She taught art in the Baltimore County public schools for thirty years. In 1996 she was juried into the prestigious Baltimore Watercolor Society as an artists member. She served as Vice President for two years and then the Mid-Atlantic chair for the next five. She has won a number of awards for her watercolors. The Columbia Art Center recruited her to teach adult classes in watercolor in 2007 and they continue today. The Artist Gallery invited her to become a member in 2016 and soon after moved to 8197 Main St. Ellicott City. She is married and has two daughters. Art has been a main part of her life since the sixth grade! She Loves It !!


Bring any watercolor supplies that you already have. The following is a suggested list of materials. I recommend you buy the highest quality products you can afford. 


 I recommend D’Arches 140lb. cold pressed watercolor paper. Please bring a 12 x 16 block of 100% cotton watercolor paper or a sheet of 12 x 16  100% cotton watercolor paper mounted on Gatorboard or some other waterproof board. One or two scrap pieces or watercolor paper will also be needed.


There are many commercially made palettes that work well. I recommend the “John Pike”. Make sure that your palette has numerous compartments to hold your paint and large mixing areas


Below is a suggested list of colors. Make sure that you have a warm and a cool of each of the primaries. Expand your palette by adding colors that you find visually appealing. Please use professional grade tube watercolors. Daniel Smith, Windsor and Newton, M Graham, and QOR are excellent. 

I use tube Paints- Mostly Windsor Newton 15 ml

Cad Yellow Pale

Raw Sienna

Quinacridone Gold

Rose Madder Genuine

Permanent Rose

Perylene Red

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Vermillion Orange

Cad Orange

Burnt Sienna

Olive Green

Permanent Sap Green

Hookers Green

Cerulean Blue

Cobalt Blue

French Ultramarine Blue

Compose Blue

Turquoise Blue

Dioxazine Violet


Any brushes you already have will be fine for the workshop/program. I use Silver Black Velvet brushes (rounds 6,8 ,10 12, and 1 inch flat)

Extra Supplies:

Two plastic water containers , paper towels , drafting tape, Small Towel, Sketch Pad and Pencil

No masking fluid is not required.


We will be painting from photographs. Bring at least 2 large photos  containing subjects that are of interest to you--landscapes, still life, and flowers etc.  When working from photographs , they should be at least 8.5” x 11”. You will learn more using your own photos but can use mine if you forget them.

  • The price for the workshop/program is $150.00 for BWS members (Signature Artists and Associates) and $185.00 for non-BWS members. This price includes 12 hours of instruction (minus lunch and brief breaks).
  • The class size is limited to 22 people, and the workshop/program cannot be split with another person.
  • Due to the high demand for workshops/ programs, all registrations have to be paid within 5 days of registering. No exceptions please.
  • Please pay online if possible; The payment system allows the use of your Credit Cards. Otherwise, checks should be made out to Baltimore Watercolor Society and mailed to Dana Kleinsteuber at the address below. Please enter the name of the workshop/program on your check.
  • 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.

We anticipate that Covid-19 will continue to be an issue when this event is held. BWS understands that none of us like to wear a mask but we ask that you mask in consideration of the health compromised among us. Please be prepared to wear a mask in this public space during this workshop/program.

FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION VISIT: and go to Public Events. 

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


  • BWS maintains a workshop/program 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/program is filled.
  • You can't join a waiting list before registration opens.
  • We never know how many people will withdraw from the workshop/program. Some times there are no openings filled from the waiting list and sometimes there are 7 or 8 openings filled from the waiting list.


  • BWS makes decisions and incurs fixed costs based on the number of initial registrants. Cancellations can affect these costs even if there is a waiting list. In addition, cancellations incur processing fees and other costs paid by BWS as well as requiring extra time and organizational effort. Refunds for extenuating circumstances are at the discretion of the event coordinator.

  •  From registration date to 60 days prior to the event = 90% refund

  •  59 days to 21days prior = 75% refund 

  •  20 days to 8 days prior = 50% refund 

  •  7 days = no refund

  • In the event of inclement weather, the workshop/program 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/program, then all paid registrants will receive a full pro-rated refund for those days that were cancelled.

  • Check this website for changes, updates and new information.
  • Questions and requests to be added to the waiting list can be directed to Dana Kleinsteuber (BWS Program 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


Hawthorn Center doors open at 9:30 AM on March 23rd and March 24th.
Workshop/ Program instruction begins: 10:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM

A One-hour break for lunch will start when the instructor chooses. A bag lunch is suggested but there is a sandwich shop nearby.

Hawthorne Center closes and doors are locked promptly at 4:30 PM

Participants can leave their supplies in the Hawthorne center. It is recommended that you take anything of value with you. BWS has rented the facility for the 2 days of program. The Hawthorne Center, The Columbia Association and the Baltimore Watercolor Association will not be held liable or responsible for any losses.

Payments are preferred on line, but if you send a check, please have it made out to BWS and reference Joyce Bell Program to:

Dana Kleinsteuber BWS Program Chair
4018 Twilight Grove Ct.
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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