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How to prepare to become a Signature Member of the BWS

  • 05 Nov 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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    How to prepare 
to become
a Signature Member
of the BWS

One Day Workshop 
Sharon Green, BWS, PWCS
Bob Coe, BWS

Saturday, November 5th 2016

from 10 AM to 2:00 PM

We are pleased to have two very talented Artists give a lecture and critique for future Signature Members

Both will lead us through all criteria that the Jurors follow in their selecting new Signature Members.

Sharon Green

Sharon Green has been working as an artist for more than twenty years.  As a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and now as its Past-President, she has exhibited in galleries throughout the State of Maryland as well as national and international juried exhibitions.  She studied in Baltimore with Jim Condron at Towson University, Nancy Linden at School 33, and Polly Mitchell at The Mitchell School of Fine Arts.  Sharon participated in workshops conducted by the nationally known instructors like Frank Webb, Mark Mehaffey and Linda Baker.  Her paintings can be found in many fine corporate and private collections.

Listed below are are some of Sharon Green's many exhibits:

2016, 2012 – Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

2014 – Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, UMUC, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Award

2012 – Baltimore Watercolor Society exhibit at Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick MD – First Prize

2012 – Keystone National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper, Mechanicsburg, PA

2010 National Watercolor Society, San Pedro, CA

2009, 2011 International Exhibition of Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA

2008, 2003, 2001 and 1997 Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Hoffberger Gallery

2005 Columbia Art Center, “Bike” National Juried Exhibition

1996 Mid-Atlantic Regional Juried Exhibition, North Light Art School Award, Johns Hopkins Turner Auditorium

1996 – present Baltimore Watercolor Society:  Multiple exhibits and awards at various locations in Maryland

Bob Coe

For many years Bob has worked in the design field. At various times specializing in graphic design, illustration, and most recently, in web and web application user-experience design. Along with his design work, he has maintained an energetic schedule of painting watercolors and teaching painting.

Bob started seriously working in watercolor in 1986. By 1989 he had been elected an artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and in 1990, he mounted his first solo show. His work has appeared in many group and solo shows since then.

He has been teaching watercolor classes at the Columbia Art Center for many years. He also offers workshops and jurying for a variety of art organizations.

Bob’s work encompasses a wide variety of subject matter, including portraits, animals, florals, and landscapes. Though the subject matter varies, he always approaches his work with the eye of a designer and craftsman. He chooses subjects that are meaningful to him, seeing each painting as an opportunity to grow in skill and self-expression, hoping that his painting will also connect with his audience. 

Students will bring two matted and framed paintings to go through the jurying process. Please note that the pictures will be excluded from future jurying.


Some paintings can be considered "high concept"and communicate bold ideas, reflection on the human condition or a particular world view, while others attempt to evoke a mood, capture a subtle feeling or tell a story. Is each painting successful in communicating the conceptual intent of the artist?


Is the subject, the treatment, the composition , or the overall approach of the paintings fresh and original? 


The Elements of Design

Line, Shape, Color, Value, Texture, Space Form

The Principles of Design

Balance, Unity, Emphasis, Variety, Pattern, Proportion, Movement, Rhythm. Gradation


Do the paintings demonstrate adequate mastery of technical components to accomplish the goals of the artist? ( Not all technical aspects equally important in any particular painting.) Some technical elements which could be considered include: 

Paint applications and brushwork, Drawing, Linear and areal  perspective, Understanding of unique aspects of water media, Color mixing, Treatment of edges.


Do all of the paintings submitted for consideration demonstrate a consistent style and quality? (All four paintings do not need to address the same subject matter.)


Do the matting and framing of physical submissions (or the photographic quality and electronic file preparation of digital submissions) demonstrate professionalism and create a favorable presentation of the artwork? 

Objective Versus Non-Objective Art Submissions:

The same considerations of concept, composition and design, originality, technique, consistency and presentation apply to both objective and non- objective paintings. However, the relative weights and merits of each may differ, again depending on the goals of the artist, the style, the subject matter, the painting size and format, and other factors. 


Please pack a lunch and beverage. Light refreshments will be available.


From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take the exit onto I-70W and follow for 4.4 miles. Take exit 87B to merge onto US-29N towards MD-99. Turn right at Rogers Ave. At the traffic light, take the exit to stay straight on Rogers Ave. Turn left at High Ridge Rd. and the Howard Co. Center for the Arts is on the left.

Member Registration Opens August 27th 2016

Member Fee: 45.00

Non-Member Registration Opens October 1st 2016 

Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate

Non-Member Fee: 50.00

Registration Deadline:  October 29th unless the program is full prior to this date. 

Cancellation: 75% refund if notified no later than October 29th 2016 

Refunds for later cancellations are subject to availability of a substitute participant.

Please direct questions to our Program Chair
Sabine Yeager at

or by phone at 410-774-4212

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