Beverley Street Studio School

The Beverley Street Studio School distinguishes itself from other art organizations in the region by offering year round non-degree college-level art classes to the serious art student.

Located in the historic district of downtown Staunton, Virginia, Beverley Street Studio School (BSSS) has adopted as its mission “providing the community and region with a variety of opportunities to explore the world of the visual arts through practice, professional instruction, and contact with practicing artists”.

Founded in 1992, Beverley Street Studio School (BSSS) began with a group of five professional artists who sought to establish a studio art school that would provide an opportunity for those in the region to engage in art training in a collaborative and nurturing fashion. The emphasis in instruction is working from direct observation, whether in a plein air setting or within the studio classrooms. It is now an established organization and integral part of the local and regional cultural community.

In addition to the core curriculum and as part of the School’s mission to make art accessible to everyone in the community, BSSS offers: an art gallery with rotating exhibits by guest artists, instructors and students; several offsite exhibit opportunities; a high quality Travel Study program; Open Session figure drawing; and numerous free community programs including monitored art discussions, lectures, and peer critiques.

Beverley Street Studio School

We are pleased to be among the sponsors of the gallery for 2018. Visit the Beverley Street Studio School website to view the exhibition schedule here, and to further explore the School’s other programs and offerings.


Classes and Workshops

Classes are the core of the Beverley Street Studio School education program. Weekend workshops support the intent of the classes, while allowing the student to more intensely focus on a particular medium or technique. A variety of classes are offered throughout the year.

The faculty members who teach classes and workshops at Beverley Street Studio School include artists, art historians, and critics who are highly esteemed professional and experienced educators. The Academic Committee selects them after a review of applications, candidates’ professional standing, available student evaluations, and professional recommendations. After that, and a review by the Standards Committee, the schedule of varied, informative, and enjoyable class is announced.


Winter and Spring workshops have been posted. Here are a few coming up to explore:


Beverley Street Studio School
Lynn Mehta


Instructor: Lynn Mehta

Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25, 2018

Beginner to Advanced

Lynn won the top awards in the 2016 BSSS plein air festival with her expressive, gestured oil paintings that were singled out by judge Nan Covert for their exceptional qualities. Now you have an opportunity to study with Lynn and gain insight into ways you can develop better composition, more expressive paintings, and bigger statements in your landscape paintings. “I will help people key in on their inspiration and be expressive while following the elements of good design and composition,” says Lynn of her course.

Beverley Street Studio School

Letting In and Letting Go, by Lynn Mehta, 14 x 18 inches, oil on linen. Best Use of Light Award, Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2017.

Visit Lynn Mehta’s website, for more examples of her work, at

Click on this link to enroll in Lynn Mehta’s workshop at the Beverley Street Studio School.




Beverley Street Studio School
Nancy Tankersley


Instructor: Nancy Tankersley

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Intermediate to Advanced

Understanding color is easier than you think when you use a limited palette and learn to mix your color properly. Paint application involves more than putting paint on your brush and scrubbing it into the canvas. Nancy will show you many ways to get the effect you want by making smart color choices, broadening your range of color combinations, controlling your paint application, and “sculpting” your paint surface with brushes and other tools. Workshop open to oil and acrylic painters.

Beverley Street Studio School

Soaring, by Nancy Tankersley, 18 x 18 inches, oil on canvas. Painted “en plein air” during the Door County Plein Air Festival in 2017 and then exhibited at the Salmagundi Club’s American Masters Invitational Exhibition in New York, NY, Fall of 2017.

Visit Nancy Tankersley’s website, for more examples of her work, at

Click on this link to enroll in Nancy Tankersley’s workshop at the Beverley Street Studio School.






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