HVAL presents several workshops each year in various mediums. All workshops are open to the public; the tuition fees pay the instructor. Most indoor workshops are held in the Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield.


Pat Hogan giving Watercolor Portrait Workshop in Maine This Summer

In Pat’s own words:

Good morning!

This wonderful opportunity has come my way and of course I want to share it with all of you!  Arundel Farm Gallery in ME is just outside Kennebunkport – only four hours drive.

The Farm includes several galleries and an air conditioned studio (yay).

There are three workshops in addition to mine, all of which sound fabulous. Workshops include lots of delicious extras – even a lobster dinner! There is limited accomodation on the premises and, of course, more in town. The area is a popular spot so book early.

Contact Julie Feingold with questions.

Painting Workshop with Ira Barkoff:  June 21 & 22.


Italian Painting Holiday V:  August 29–September 4

Hopefully, by August we’ll be ready to fly.  Join Harvey Kimmelman and up to 9 others on this magical dream week in Italy. Get the information, itinerary, and registration at and click on “Art Workshops/Painting Holiday inthe Veneto”. Or email Harvey at

Assuming things will be getting better and we will be able to travel “safely” to Europe, the Italian Paining Holiday will happen.  BUT… 9 people have already signed on for it, which leaves room for just 1 more (maybe 2, if you’re a couple). So, if you’ve got the travel bug and painting in Italy is on your bucket list, you better register now because if you wait until tomorrow you may have to wait until next year! To register or for more information, go to

Anyone interested in Paint Outs!

A few of us have been meeting the last couple of weeks and painting outdoors. Yesterday, we met at Turn Park, in W. Stockbridge.

Our objective is to find a new FREE place to paint each week (next week it might be the Mount, in Lenox). Also, if you have a suggestion of a good place to paint, we’d like to hear about it.

If you would like to join others in painting outdoors, contact Karen Linden at 860 542-5078, or email her at


Painting “Breath on Glass” an Online Course

For five years now, each February, Harvey Kimmelman has been taking an “Impressionist’s Oil Painting Workshop” taught by Jerry Fresia in St. Petersburg, FL. Jerry is an impressionist artist/teacher who was born right here in Pittsfield, but now resides in Bellagio Italy, on Lake Como. He studied with and was the protege of William (Bill) Shultz, a well-known American Impressionist artist, also from Pittsfield. Shultz studied under Robert Brackman, who in turn studied under Robert Henri. Henri learned the Impressionist method in Paris and from Theodore Robinson, who learned it at Giverny from non other than Claude Monet.

About a year ago, Jerry started an online “Impressionist’s Method” course to allow his workshop attendees to continue their studies. Harvey signed on for it, after returning from this past February workshop, not so much because of the pandemic, but because he felt he needed prodding to keep painting in oils.

This is the authentic method used by the great Impressionist painters, such as Monet, Renoir, Cezanne,
Sargent and Whistler and there’s no one around teaching it anymore except for Jerry Fresia. It consists of 5 stages; composition, construction, underpainting, reconstruction, and painting. He takes you through each stage thoroughly, and then asks you to upload your efforts, as you complete each stage, for his critique.

“It is definitely working for me and I’ve been painting still lifes galore in my studio.” says Harvey. “What Jerry does so well, besides making the method so clear and understandable, is to teach you to see and sense color, tone and atmosphere. I feel my paintings have started to come alive under his tutelage, but even more important I’m enjoying the process so much more”.

The online course costs 150 euros (payable online by PayPal) and is good for 1 year where you are taken through the method, step by step, online critiques of your work, Jerry’s blogs (which are worth the price alone) and answers to any questions you have. You can find out more by going to, or contact Harvey at

HEADS UP!  Drawing and Painting the Head in Watercolor with Harvey Kimmmelman & Pat Hogan.

Saturday you will draw from the live model with Harvey showing you the fundamental construction, anatomy, and proportions of the head. On Sunday you’ll paint the same model, in watercolor, with Pat overseeing your work. The date has not been set yet.


“Get to Work!” An Oil Painting Experience with Souby Boski at Hotchkiss School Farm.

Show up and start the process! Stretch your imagination while strengthening skills through the
process of “painting.” Intermediate and advanced oil painters will explore concepts and techniques. Gain the confidence to explore the use of color, mark making, surface quality and composition, emphasizing your own pictorial language.” This is the description of the course Souby teaches at the Washington Art Assoc. & Gallery. She Draws her inspiration from Abstract Expressionism as well as Impressionism, and uses gestural and abstracted forms to define her richly textured compositions. Her loosely painted canvases are immediate responses to her visceral connection with her subjects.

The date to be announced.


Life Drawing, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 Some good news to report as the library believes we’ll be able to resume our regular Wednesday evening sessions in the fall. Stay tuned to this channel for further updated information.

 For more information, contact Harvey Kimmelman at 413 229-5951 or




A Spa Day with Paint

Many of you might remember Leslie Watkins, an amazingly talented watercolorist living in Norfolk Ct. who had organized workshops for HVAL in the past. Having become friends through our organization, I have studied botanical painting with her, in Norfolk, when I can. One day, I mentioned that the Society of Scribes was having their annual Christmas fair in NYC and that I thought she might find some interesting ways to cross -pollinate her divine botanicals with a scribal hand. And I was right, not only did she wind up teaching a botanical flower class for calligraphers in N.Y.C., but she met Kathleen Borkowski there.

Last week at Whiting Mills (a building dedicated to artists and WELL WORTH A VISIT), in Winsted CT, where Kathleen has an amazing studio, Leslie and Kathleen did what they called a day long “art spa workshop” together.

It was not only a pampered event with a catered lunch of poached salmon, forbidden rice salad, greens in a champagne vinagrette and apple crisp for dessert, the morning was spent with Kathleen learning an alphabet she had created especially for us with a pen I had never worked with, and then a botanical watercolor class with Leslie painting a butterfly in the afternoon. I attach the result…a delightful card that I can send off when I stop admiring my own handiwork.

Leslie has taken her watercolors into easily navigable projects lately using stamping and collage to create boxes, cards and small paintings I attach her website here for those who would like to see what she is up to.

Perhaps, when all is back to normal, we can talk her to come north again for a visit and a class?

Susan Bachelder 

If you have an idea for a workshop, an artist to give one, or would like to volunteer as Workshop Chair, please contact Tina Chandler at