Seminar Program

After 37 year of teaching these seminars, first in Louisiana and then here in Virginia, we are announcing that the fall seminars in 2022 will be our last in-person ones. Going forward, there will only be ZOOM classes for the Brenda Stewart ZOOM Program, for Artful Webinars, and for chapters and other organizations. We will, perhaps, consider doing a few classes/mini seminars that are close enough for us to drive to the locations.

There are many reasons for this decision. First and foremost, is the fact that physically this is becoming more and more difficult for all of us. Robert has had some health issues in recent years and I am concerned about the load he bears for the seminars. Secondly are practical reasons. In-person seminars will, we believe, never totally recover from the COVID set backs. Folks became comfortable painting at home and not incurring the costs associated with traveling to a seminar. Hotel costs keep rising and there are few facilities that can accommodate our seminars, so our choices are limited. Newer hotel chains seldom have larger meeting rooms and the costs are just as high.

This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made. The seminars have been such a large part of our lives for so many years. I also know that some are unable or unwilling to do ZOOM classes. That is a large part of what has made this decision so very difficult. I am hoping that will change as internet access improves for some and others find out how easy ZOOM is. You are only required to have a computer or I-Pad and internet access.

There are certain aspects of the in-person experience that ZOOM cannot replicate...the social factor...the camaraderie and fun we have had over the years. For that reason, I am hoping the future will bring opportunities to work with small groups in private settings. But for 2023 the ZOOM program is all we will be offering. Some project ideas that I have in the works involve paintings that can be taught in less time and some more involved that are taught in multiple sessions. I am also working on developing new material in different mediums, including colored pencil. We will be continuing with the web site so supplies will always be available.
Robert, Jackie, and I have loved working with many of you . . . and you have become dear friends rather than just students. I pray that the future will bring many more fun times together . . . painting . . .  laughing . . . and enjoying each other.  I hope to see you in a ZOOM room in the future.

Upcoming Webinars with Artful Webinars

Santa's List

July 8 & 9, 2022
12 PM - 5 PM EST
9 AM - 2 PM Pacific

Registration now open at
Artful Webinars

Profile Santa

August 12 & 13, 2022
12 PM - 5 PM EST
9 AM - 2 PM Pacific

Registration opens July 11 at Artful Webinars

Santa with Toys

September 9 & 10, 2022
12 PM - 5 PM EST
9 AM - 2 PM Pacific

Registration opens in August at Artful Webinars

Click here for Surface and Supply Information

Join us for a Seminar in 2022

Christmas Extravaganza Seminar 
September: September 15, 16, 17, 18, 2022   **Please note date change**
Watercolor Day: September 14, 2022

     Project done on a 14" Double bead Plate
 Painted on a new Candle shelf/sconce

This year Brenda is teaching a spectacular angel on a 14” double beaded plate. It will take two days to complete the angel and the trim on the plate border. A Christmas landscape on a new votive candle holder will be done on the third day.  

Updates will follow on the watercolor day.

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.

Seminar held at Wyndham Garden Hotel

201 Water Country Pkwy
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757-253-6444 

Flight and ground Information

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). 

Reminder: E - Tutorial Packet Price Reduction

There are 120 E Tutorials on the web site..featuring Santas, still life, florals and more. Today we are announcing a price reduction in all of them....just in time to add treat yourself or a painting friend. The prices now range from $6.00  to $14.95. 

Click here for the E-Tutorial Section on Web site

Go to our Tips & More page for Tips on E-Tutorial printing

CLEARANCE SALE:  DecoArt Premium Acrylic paints and Mediums

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

Our Price $1.50

Retail $5.26  

Our Price $1.50

Retail 5.26

Click here or on the photo to purchase

Informative Videos

Masterson Palette 

Fine Line Work

Side Loading a brush

Ruling Pen

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