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2023 BRAA Workshops

Upcoming: October 27 & 28, 2023!

Z.L. Feng, AWS, NWS Workshop


WHEN:  Friday, October 27 - Saturday, October 28, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM 

WHERE:  Christiansburg Presbyterian Church

               107 W Main Street

               Christiansburg, VA  24073

COST:    $200 BRAA Members  

              $350 Non-members

Limited to 20 students


This course covers master watercolor techniques designed to sharpen skills and expand student's imaginations. It will also cover the interrelationship of value and color. Through demonstration, the student will learn concepts and steps to create a master watercolor painting.



1. Watercolor paper  

a. Weights: 140lb and up to 400lb

b. Textures: hot-presses, cold-presses and rough

c. Qualities: academic and professional, domestic and foreign, usually Arches brand

2. Brushes:

Watercolor round brushes (small and large)

Watercolor flat brushes (small and large)

3. Basic set of academic/professional tube watercolors(at least 12 colors) (he uses Holbein)

4. Container for water

5. Watercolor palette

6. Drawing pencils and eraser

7. Sponge (various available)

8.  References for working at workshop. Can be your own photos or taken photos by yourself. Or drawing from real life.


REGISTRATION CLOSES:  October 13th, 2023. Class limited to 20 people. 



Registration fees are refundable (minus $50.00) if you cancel before or find a replacement by October 13th, 2023. Cancellation after October 13th is non-refundable.


New Dates: November 17 & 18, 2023!

WABI-SABI Mixed Media

Accordion and Bound Books

with GINA LOUTHIAN-STANLEY of the Studio School

This is a great way to create enchanting, mystical mixed media works and fold

and bind them into small books or journals! 

The Wabi-Sabi aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. ​


WHEN:  Friday, November 17 - Saturday, November 18, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

WHERE:  Christiansburg Presbyterian Church

               107 W Main Street

               Christiansburg, VA  24073

COST:    $125 BRAA Members  

              $200 Non-members


**Please also bring $35 cash to class for supplies from Gina**

Learn a new way to approach mixed media collage! We will also learn three ways to create image transfers. 

Each participant will have access to sponge brushes, a variety of patterned, and fibrous papers, and two large base sheets of watercolor paper to collage onto, gel medium, permanent waterproof pens, various inks, acrylics, and stains will be shared with the class. The bookbinding materials will also be provided. 


The first day, we will make pages and covers, the second day you will make one bound book and one accordion book. 




Paper towels

Wet wipes

Matt gel 


If you have these on hand: vintage papers, ephemera, feathers, beads, charms, handwritten paper, laser copies with small images (3” or less to fit the base papers). You can never have enough paper!

Beginners are welcome.

"Gina is one of the shing star instructors from which I have had the pleasure of gleaning a lot of information in a fairly short block of time.  Her demeanor is exciting, cheerful, and filled with human kindness.  She is among one of the most creative artists I  know and always going in a new direction."  Beverly White.  Salem, VA


"Gina's classes are packed full of demo's, discussion, hands on technique,and plenty of supplies to use at your leisure. With most all of the supplies included I didn't mind venturing into a new media without spending extra for supplies. The end result, I am hooked and have meet yet another amazing instructor. When's the next class?" Penny S., VA.

Learn more about Gina on her website:

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