We are excited to introduce a new learning experience  . . .  Video Enhanced Tutorials. These are not full video classes, but are far more than a tutorial. Brenda demonstrates the major steps for most portions of the painting, and then explains how to continue. For some of the easier elements, she talks you through the steps. The accompanying instructions and photographs complete the lesson experience.



The Video Enhanced Tutorial is being offered at a Special Introductory Price of $15.00 from now until September 27.
Regular price is $20.00

Future releases will be done with varied subject matter, lengths and prices. We hope you will join us in this new educational journey.

Please note:

  • When you purchase the Video Enhanced Tutorial you will receive a link on your receipt to download your e-tutorial, which includes your instructions, pattern and color photos to download and/or print.
  • You will receive an e-mail from Jackie explaining how to access the videos within 24-48 hours. Access to the videos has to be done manually here in the office. We are normally available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 4 PM, so please plan ahead.
  • If you have any questions regarding the process or purchasing this new Video Enhanced Tutorials, please contact us via e-mail or by phone.

Liberty Santa


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Liberty Santa is painted in DecoArt Premium Acrylics and includes a conversion for DecoArt Americana acrylics. He begins with a value study, then completed with color glazes, a wonderful opportunity to try something a bit different and learn some new techniques. The tutorial includes full instructions, patterns and 5 full page color photos.

We are now stocking the DecoArt Premium Acrylic paints and Mediums.

We are offering them at a reduced price for a limited time.


Retail $4.48   Our Price $3.50

Retail 4.48   Our Price $3.50

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Colored Pencil Seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA

November 8, 9, 10, 2019
Two Projects

Join us for our fifth annual Color Pencil Seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA. This is a 3 day seminar hosted by Brenda Stewart, CDA, in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia. Marian will be teaching two projects. We will begin with Golden Glow and then move on to the second project, Peek a Boo Birdie.

Golden Glow features a new surface to challenge you (Sanded paper) and a different approach to techniques. In addition to the Prismacolor Pencils Marian normally uses, this painting will introduce a few pencils from the Derwent Colorsoft line.

Marian has been painting for 40 years and teaching for more than 30. She is a Master Decorative Painter with the Society of Decorative Painters. She also paints in oils, but for the last 15 years has specialized in Colored Pencils, which she has used for more than 30 years.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. You may register online by clicking the link below or complete the mail in Registration Form and mail it to Brenda Stewart, along with your deposit to secure your seat.

Registration online

The seminars are held at the Best Western Historic.


Join us for a Seminar in 2020

Spring Acrylic Seminar
March 26, 27, 28, 29, 2020
Watercolor Day: March 25. 2020

Seminar Information:
Orientation begins at 1 PM on Thursday afternoon. Following the short orientation, you will prepare your seminar surfaces.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday are spent painting the seminar projects. There is a full day of painting on Sunday. The classroom is open at 8 AM and class begins at 9 AM.

To register online and read more about seminar accommodations and travel suggestions, click here for the Williamsburg Seminar Page.

All seminars are held at Best Western Historic.


Fall Colored Pencil Seminar with Amy Lindenberger, CPSA, CPX
November 6, 7, 8, 2020

We are excited to welcome a new teacher, Amy Lindenberger, to our 2020 Colored Pencil Seminar Program. Amy teaches workshops on a variety of subject matter and colored pencil techniques. She is a firm believer that colored pencil has brought her tremendous opportunity and artistic fulfillment.

Amy is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Akron, Oh with a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. In 1990 she became a charter member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and in 2013 she was awarded Signature status by CPSA in colored pencil and mixed media works (CPX).

Amy's project photos will be released in November 2019. At that time, registration will open for her seminar.

New flight and ground transportation options

If possible, we suggest arriving the day prior to the first seminar day and scheduling departures for the day following the completion of the seminar. The last day of seminar includes a full day of instruction.

The best airports to fly into are Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport - Patrick Henry Field (PHF) or Richmond International Airport (RIC).

Because ground transportation costs from either the Williamsburg/Newport News and Richmond airports have escalated in recent years, we have been investigating lower cost options for our seminar students. Click on the link below to review the options we have found. The prices and information below was collected for general information and comparison. These prices may have changed.

Printable PDF Information Here

Ruling Pens are back in stock

We have received our order of the ruling pens.

If you have not used one, watch the video currently running on the web site.


Informative Videos

Masterson Palette

Fine Line Work

Side Loading a brush

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If you enjoy decorative art, learning new painting techniques and reading about what other decorative artists are doing, consider joining the Society of Decorative Painters.

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