• Warrenton Antiquarian Society


    In the spring of 2021, the Warrenton Antiquarian Society initiated a series of workshops to fulfill its mission to preserve, interpret, and share educational resources related to local artistry. The workshops were held outdoors on the spacious and shady lawn of Weston, the Society’s nineteenth-century home and farmstead near Casanova. Since 1959, the Antiquarians have served as caretakers of Weston, a non-profit (3) (C) historic house museum listed on the National and Virginia Registry of Historic Properties. Proceeds received by means of conducting these workshops will be used to rehabilitate Weston’s recently-vacated Casanova Hunt kennels to create a modern arts and education center on site.

    The exceptional talents of each of the local artists chosen to conduct these workshops, the 2021 participants’ expressions of admiration of Weston itself, and the receipt of a multitude of requests to continue the creative arts program has resulted in the formation of a second series of three monthly workshops to be conducted throughout the summer of 2022.

    To register for any of the workshops, call (540) 229.0114. Directions to Weston (4476 Weston Rd, Casanova, VA 20139, USA) can be found on our Home Page.



    Following demonstrations of painting with watercolors,

    everyone in attendance will leave with a good understanding of basic color theory, watercolor tools and techniques, and at least one completed watercolor painting.



    10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Fee: $75


    Last summer, Sonja proved to be not only a master watercolorist, but an excellent teacher as well. Sonja moved with her family to Fauquier from South Africa. Her “love of painting subjects that involve nature” is reflected in her paintings for which she has earned many awards.


    Participants: 12

    “Introduction to Watercolors” Supplies List                                                                                     

    “I am an artist painting realism with mediums such as Watercolor, Acrylic, Gouache and Oil. Love painting subjects that involves nature. My studio is based in Vint Hill, Warrenton. Painting offers me peace and a place to meditate on the beauty of nature and what the world has to offer. "

    Note: Each of the supplies that you will use in Sonja’s workshop may be found on Amazon.com’s website. Those supplies that are underlined will link you to the supply site.



    Introductory instruction of the tools and composition complemented by power point illustrations of best practices followed by helpful discussions about photographs attendees take while on the grounds of Weston.



    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

    Fee: $75


    Participants: 10

    “Improving Your Cell Phone Photos” Supplies List   

    Cindy is a master of the camera and photography. Having literally grown up amidst the world of professional photography at her parents’ distinguished McClanahan Camera and Sound here in Fauquier, she formally joined the family business in 1992.

    Cindy is now the general manager in charge of sales, offering almost thirty years of expert customer service plus advice to customers about equipment, the art of photography, printing, and framing, She teaches several types of photography classes to small groups of all ages and levels at McClanahan’s.

    Projection of cell phone photographs illustrating new, beneficial tools and techniques will take place in the dining room of Weston House. Students are asked to bring their charged cell phones, chargers, laptops or paper and pen. Students will explore the grounds of Weston to take images practicing Cindy’s instruction. All will return to the dining room to discuss and perhaps project their own cell phone photographs.



    In this four-hour workshop, participants will focus on using larger brushes on a larger canvas to achieve a bolder, cleaner, more powerful level of artistic expression. Anyone may take this workshop, but some experience in using oil paints is recommended.


    THURSDAY, August 11

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Fee: $75


    Nancy studied oil painting for many years in the United States and abroad. She shows her work in local, regional, national, and international venues. Currently she is exhibiting her work at the Crossroads Art Center in Richmond and the Jarret Thor Art Alliance in Colonial Beach.


    Participants: 10

    Boldly Approaching the Canvas” Supplies List                                                     

    It’s that certain slant of line, depth of color, or intensity of light on forms that often catch my eye. Painters focused on line, pattern, texture, and color such as Degas and Cezanne, Vuillard and Bonnard, Diebenkorn and Milton Avery interest me now as much as decades ago. I began painting and design with Julien Binford and Dorothy Van Winckel at Mary Washington College. Over the years, I continued my work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, and the Marchutz School in Aix. In the summer of 2015, I was fortunate to paint with 100 other artists from around the county in Plein Air magazine's week-long Adirondack painting event. In February 2016, I was chosen as a painter-in-residence at the Anne Marie Sculpture and Art Center. That same year I was juried into the national show of Women Painters of the Southeast. In the summer of 2017, I won an honorable mention in the Plein Air Event in Floyd which was featured in Plein Air magazine; I also was juried into its 2019 show. Having grown up in a small farming community in a large extended family, I feel those early influences as I continue to explore plein air work, larger landscapes, intimate interiors, and informal groups of figures.”


    Bold Indicates the required supplies.


    Purchase the best grade oils you can afford (in studio-sizes) of the 3 primaries in cool and warm- a warm and a cool yellow, a warm and cool red, and warm and cool blue. Select one of the choices from the following rows:


    1. Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium lemon yellow, or Cadmiums yellow medium and dark, and also Indian Yellow;

    2. Cadmium red light, Permanent alizarin crimson, or Quinacridone red;

    3. Permanent ultramarine blue, French ultramarine or Cobalt blue.

    4. Earth colors burnt sienna, raw sienna, and yellow ochre White covering, ex. Permalba White or Winsor Newton/Gamblin titanium (recommended.)



    Larger brushes (bristle flats and/or filberts) in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.


    A few round bristle brushes in size 8 or 10 (recommended.)



    Odorless, non-toxic, no lead thinner such as linseed oil, walnut, or flax oil with turpentine and Damar varnish or solvent-free Gamblin




    Two of acrylic primed canvas, wood panel, or heavy watercolor paper in sizes from 11x14 to 16x20 A wooden or plastic or disposable palette An easel or a tripod and a palette or a portable easel (bring what you have and are comfortable using.)


    Note: If you paint sitting at your easel, bring a stool. If you use an umbrella, bring that. Paints and thinner, brushes, cups, paper towels, baby wipes, rags, a few trash bags, and an apron can all go into a basket, tote, or backpack. If the weather is good we will paint outside, so bring an old sheet or tarp to stand on to avoid ticks. Long pants with the cuffs in socks, a brimmed hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and bug spray are also recommended.