Academy Art Museum Offers New Spring Workshops and Classes


The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, is offering several new one- and two-day workshops for spring, as well a new six-week painting class by painter Brad Ross. The workshops will be held on weekends to give people who have busy work schedules the opportunity to take an art class at the Museum.


Painting by Brad Ross

The workshop, “Transcending Grief Through Making Art,” with facilitators Sheryl Southwick and Lauren Todd, will be held on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is the first art therapy workshop that the Museum has offered and gives grieving survivors an opportunity to channel their sorrow into creating a piece of art to preserve the memory of a loved one. Sheryl Southwick is an accomplished artist and instructor at the Museum and she will be working with Lauren Todd, LGHSW, ATR-BC, an Art Therapist.

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Painting by Julia Rogers

Matthew Hillier and Julia Rogers are nationally known artists who live and work in Talbot County. Both will be teaching favorite subjects in their weekend workshops. Matthew’s two-day workshop, “Oil Painting Workshop: Painting the Ocean,” will be held on Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will focus on capturing crashing waves, ocean spray and the beauty and drama of the waves. He was the 2015 Featured Artist of the Waterfowl Festival and is a member of the prestigious American Society of Marine Artist.

Matthew’s wife Julia has just been named the 2017 Featured Artist for the Waterfowl Festival and the first woman ever to have this title. She will be instructing students how to paint animals from photographs in her two-day oil painting workshop, “Fur to Feathers – Painting Animals in the Studio,” on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Julia’s gorgeous paintings will inspire the class as she teaches the form, texture and value of a majestic lion or your favorite pet.

Finally, in addition to these workshops, artist Brad Ross will be teaching a six-week class, “Painting Intense Light in Oils,” from March 22–April 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Brad’s work seems lit from within and he will be passing on these lessons to his students. This is a wonderful class for artists of all levels. Brad is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay, and the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.

For further information or to register for these classes, visit or call 410-822-2787.


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