Spring 2023 Juror Workshop

Integrating Pattern, Color, and Design with Vera Dickerson

Monday, April 17 – Friday, April 21, 2023

“You Are Always On My Mind” by Vera Dickerson

This five-day mixed media class will begin with color and value studies and the practical exercise of making collage papers as the first steps to planning and designing the paintings. Vera will show how to create lovely grays and neutrals, a range of patterns, rich mid-values, deep dark hues, rounded shapes, and sharp angular shapes as a part of your painting surface. You’ll then incorporate and integrate your collage papers onto a painted surface. 

Vera will demonstrate how to construct a strong, connected composition, how to break many of the “rules” of artmaking, and take chances that make your art memorable and personal. It is all about composition, color, value, line, and shape. Color has strong emotional impact, but is much more effective if played off neutrals. Discussion topics include how to choose and mix colors, with lots of short demos and some relaxed critiques led by this award-winning instructor.

In addition to collaging patterned papers, time will be spent applying and modifying stenciling on the substrate. Stencils can look quite obvious, so it is helpful to find ways to integrate the repeated patterns.

Subject matter is the choice of each artist, so participants are free to paint figure, landscape, still life, abstract, or non-objective work. Vera’s own work ranges from recognizable figures in a geometric space, to totally non-objective compositions—often using the same collage elements. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you will benefit from this hands-on workshop, gaining a new perspective on how to build and design a better painting.

About the Instructor

Vera Dickerson
Vera Dickerson
Juror and Workshop Instructor

Vera Dickerson will be coming to Oregon from her home near Roanoke, VA. She has an MFA degree in Painting and American Art from American University and has taught various studio and history courses for most of her career. In 1990, she and two friends founded The Studio School, a non-profit art school, in Roanoke. That same year she and her husband started Sketchbook Tours, taking groups of artists abroad for painting and touring trips. Vera continues to study with other artists and also knows that she learns from all of her students. In an energy-filled atmosphere, the excitement of making art benefits everyone.

Vera is listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1987, and Who’s Who in American Women. She is a Signature Member of AWS, NWS, Southern Watercolor, Virginia Watercolor, and Baltimore Watercolor associations; and has taught workshops across the country and Europe. Her work has appeared in several publications and periodicals such as Palette, as well as an issue of Ireland of the Welcomes. Visit her website and gallery at  http://www.veradickerson.com/ .


The workshop will be held in the Brooks Room at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 469 NW Wall Street in downtown Bend. We will offer coffee, tea, and water each day. You may bring your own food and beverages on-site or choose to visit any of the numerous eateries within walking distance for lunch breaks.

Brooks Room – Workshop location


The fee for the five-day workshop is $500 for WSO Active, Lifetime, and Subscriber Members. Online registration opens for Active and Lifetime Members on November 1. Subscriber Members and non-WSO members are welcome to register beginning December 16. There is an additional $35 fee for non-WSO members (which covers WSO Subscriber Membership dues for 2023). If the workshop is full, consider adding your name to the waitlist. The link for workshop registration is listed in the November 2022 edition of the Watermark.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be accepted no later than April 3 (14 days prior to the beginning of the workshop). Cancellations made after April 3, will be refunded if the spot is filled with a replacement participant. Exceptions may be made in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family. All refunds, less a $25 processing fee, will be mailed after the workshop.

Supply List

The supply list for the workshop is available here.