ESAL Workshops


Jack Richardson Workshop Focuses on the Big Picture Saturday and Sunday, March 16 & 17, 10 AM – 3 PM Historic Onancock School, Room 104, $150

Jack Richardson will be conducting a two-day workshop in Room 104 at the Historic Onancock School (HOS) working from still life or on location if weather permits. Emphasis is on the big picture, getting the subject down on the canvas as quickly as possible, then fine tuning once the whole canvas is covered. Jack will provide a viewfinder, for finding and setting the composition. Includes a discussion of opaque/transparent colors, chroma, white pigment, and their differences and also painting without white. Friday and Saturday, March 16-17 from 10AM-3PM, $150. All media and all levels of experience are welcome. Limited to 8 students. 

Contact Jack at jackrichardsongallery@gmail for a materials list and to reserve your space. Jack Richardson Fine Art Gallery

Ukranian Egg Workshop with Sarah Morgan

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 11 AM – 3 PM, Historic Onancock School, Room 104, $65

A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The designs are not painted on but written with beeswax.
The earliest examples of wholly intact pysanky have not been found, but egg fragments decorated by the wax resist method have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in Poland. In pre-Christian times, Slavic culture included worship of a sun god, and the bird was the sun god’s chosen creation; thus, eggs the birds laid were seen as magical objects, a source of life. The egg was important for rite-of-Spring festivals, representing rebirth. With the advent of Christianity, the symbolism of the egg changed to represent, not nature’s rebirth, but man’s. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened it to the tomb from which Christ rose.

Participants in this workshop will receive handouts that include step-by-step instructions, traditional images, and their meanings, and the symbolism of the various colors of dye they will use to complete their egg projects. Information on creating additional pysanky after the workshop will be provided as well, in catalogs selling dyes, wax, kistky (the small, funnel-like pens used to write on the eggs with wax), and design guides. All materials will be provided, but please wear close-fitting clothes and make sure long hair is tied back, as we will be heating our kistky with candles. Gloves are supplied; in case of latex allergy, please bring your own.  Maximum number of participants is 10, with a minimum of 6. Minimum age for participants is 18.

Deadline for registration and payment is March 30, 2019. For additional information or to register, please email Sarah Morgan ( or text her at 336-409-7637.

Mixed Media Workshop with Artist Angela Herbert-Hodges
Friday & Saturday, April 12 -13, 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Historic Onancock School, room 104

Mixed Media

During these 2 days of painting, we will be exploring the use of Value & Compositional elements to make dynamic & authentic paintings. As artists we are aiming to capture spontaneity, to create visual snapshots in the form of paintings which describe our interests, that make up who we are today. We will be using Watercolor & Acrylic on paper, canvas or board. Collage elements are encouraged to describe texture and balance in our work. This is open to Beginner artists, as well as those who have more experience. 

Make your check payable to ESAL and put “Angela” in the memo.
Mail to ESAL, PO Box 151, Onancock, VA 23417 
Questions? Email Angela at

Sorry, the following workshop is canceled

Abigail McBride’s workshop at Jane Kafigian’s Creamsicle Gallery in Exmore, which was scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 2-3 has been canceled.

Workshop: Planning Your Painting

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10 am to 3 pm
Historic Onancock School,  Room 104
Limit: 8 students, first come, first serve
$95, supplies included

  • Mail your check to Susan McGuire, PO 175, Onancock, Va with your name, email address and a brief description of your painting experience.
  • Improve your paintings by planning ahead.
  • For beginners or seasoned painters, this workshop will give you the tools and the info you need to produce more dynamic paintings.
  • Instructor: Susan McGuire (

October ‘Play Dates’ for Adults

  • At the Frame Shop at 59 Market Street in Onancock
  • Saturdays, Oct 6 and 13 – Air Dry clay- how to make your own and nest thing you can make with it
  • Saturday, Oct 20 and 27 – Cold porcelain – again how to make and use it
  • Questions: email or call Mary at 302-1305 

September ‘Play Dates’ for Adults

Plan on three Saturdays in September for the chance to continue playing with Acrylic Mediums. All times are 3 to 3:30 (please note time change). All take place at Market Street Framers, 59 Market Street in Onancock. For more information call Mary at 302-1305.

  • Saturday, September 8: Direct and indirect image transfers – great for collage work
  • Saturday, September 15: creating dynamic acrylic skins and how to use them
  • (No program September 22)
  • Saturday, September 29: acrylic pours – wild fun

Laura McGowan Oil Painting Class – September 18th at ESO

Laura McGowan will again be teaching beginning and intermediate oil painting, starting on September 18th. Classes will be on Tuesdays, running in 6-week sessions. The first session starts on the 18th, with the last class on October 23rd. 

The following session will run from October 30th through December 11th (She will have to skip one week due to travel). You have the option of the morning (10-12) or afternoon (1-3) classes. If your schedule doesn’t allow for a whole 6-week session, we can work out make-up classes, or a pro-rated fee. 

Please contact ESO or Laura ( if you plan on coming –  Laura has an 8 person per class limit and she wants to make sure she can accommodate everyone. Cost: $180.

Louis Escobedo Workshop
September 27, 28, 29. 9AM-4PM. Cost: $600

Creamsicle Studio
12141 Commercial Ave
Exmore, VA 23350

  • Three-day workshop by nationally known and renowned Oil Painter, Louis Escobedo.
  • Louis is one of only two painters to receive the Gold Award two times from Oil Painters of America (OPA).
  • The workshop “Painting from Photos” will focus on composition, brushstroke, and values. Limited to ten participants.
  • For details and to sign up contact Yolanda Escobedo (410) 241-7020

More “Play Dates” for Adults – Saturday Afternoons in April, Free 1-3 PM 

ESAL member Mary Clements will show and tell different artistic and crafty techniques on Saturday afternoons

  • Every Saturday from 1 to 3 PM at Market Street Framers, 59 Market St in Onancock
  • The month of  April is dedicated to Alcohol Inks. Each two-hour program will explore different subjects and include how to make your own alcohol inks, what the inks achieve on porous and on-porous surfaces and how to include alcohol inks in your chosen medium. There is no charge and you don’t have to register, just come on along!
  • For more information call Mary Clements at 757-302-1305

One Time Workshops and Painting Class Information

Jack Richardson Painting Classes – Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 AM 

Jack Richardson is offering painting classes on Thursday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30 at his studio, 24 King Street, Onancock. Jack will work with all levels of experience in oil or acrylic, with a focus on drawing form and color, using the view-finder and all technical aspects of creating a sound painting and exploring your individual vision. Cost is $40 a session, no material is supplied. Want more details or have questions? call: 757-710-2154 email:  jackrichardsongallery@gmail 

Artist Barbara Schmitz will be Leading a Class in the Ancient art of Sumi-e Painting – Tuesday, April 24th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM 

At the CCA (Chincoteague Cultural Alliance) Building on Church Street in Chincoteague.

Cost: $45 includes all supplies

Class limited to 10 students. No experience is necessary

Participants can register through the CCA website:

Cost: $45 includes all supplies

Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

Payment can be by PayPal or credit card online. CCA is located on Church Street (right at the bridge onto Main Street, then left on Church Street. Go past Church Street Hardware store, CCA on left)  

Laura McGowan  Oil Painting Class – March 6th at ESO Arts Center in Belle Haven

Laura’s oil painting class for beginners and intermediate students will be on Tuesdays with a choice of morning or an afternoon (10-12 or 1-3). It runs for 6 weeks. The Cost is $180. You can sign up online at: adult-classes/

Jeanette Darnell – Creating Your Own Vision Board Workshop

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 11 AM – 1 PM – HOS, Room 104

Carrie Jacobson Palette-Knife Workshop

Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 10 AM – 4 PM – HOS, Room 104

Cost: $95.00 – Limited to 10 artists

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The Eastern Shore Art League of Virginia, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation founded in 1977 and dedicated to promoting the visual arts on the Eastern Shore. We are supported by our members and friends as well as our affiliations with United Way, Arts Council of the Eastern Shore (ACES) and the Eastern Shore Artisans Trail.