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Talks & Demonstrations


Sponsored by PAAG, the Masters of Art talks feature nationally and locally known artists in watercolor, oil, encaustic, political cartooning, courtroom illustration, and photography.

This program gives insight on the why and how each artist fell in love with their medium and style of art. It’s not only informative, but gives you a better appreciation on what it takes to make it look easy.

Along with talks and demonstrations, professional artists share their experiences on how to best present and promote your art, along with art critiques. 

We are currently taking a break. Talks will resume on Monday, September 16, 2024 @ 7:30 PM. Have a great Summer!

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Held in the SPRING: March, April, May and FALL: September, October, and November 

usually at the Hill School in Pottstown PA on the 3rd Monday of the month starting at 7:30 PM  (unless otherwise indicated) with a brief general mtg before.

Artists Chat & Comment

with ART from PAAG Members and COMMENTS from fellow artists

Monday, SEPT 16, 2024 | 7:30 PM

MAP & DIRECTIONS to The Hill School Center for the Arts . 760 Beech Street . Pottstown PA


We will hold an informal “Art Crit” for works by members of the Pottstown Area Artists Guild.

All area artists are invited to join in the “chat & comment” of these works.

What is an “Art Crit”? It is normally an opportunity for artists to show a piece of their work

possibly still a work in progress, explain what the work is about, how they chose that design or

subject, and the choice of techniques and materials. Then to ask for thoughts possibly on

specific questions they have about achieving their vision for the work or just to invite

constructive thoughts on the piece from the other artists present at the “crit”.

Members of the Guild are invited to bring up to two of their artworks to discuss with other

members of the Guild. If the turnout is large enough, we may break into multiple “Crit” gropus.

About 15 minutes will be allocated to present and discuss each piece; so, only 4 or 5 pieces can

be discussed in each group. The pieces to be discussed will be randomly drawn from those

brought to be presented.

Plan on participating in this event either to share your artwork and your concerns, or to help

fellow artists with your insights and experiences.

Photographing the Figure in the Landscape and Abandoned Spaces.
Incorporating Textures to Create Digital and 3-D Collaged Images.

by Rebecca Carpenter

Monday, OCT 21, 2024 | 7:30 PM

MAP & DIRECTIONS to The Hill School Center for the Arts . 760 Beech Street . Pottstown PA

Rebecca (Becky) will show images from her photo shoots in a variety of backgrounds (desert, ocean, rainforest, mountains, as well as a variety of abandoned spaces) and talk about the many ways to create strong images with a figure in those environments. She will explore ways of using the natural light available or easy to transport lights to add light to the scene, as well as suggesting ways to create strong compositions and tell a compelling story.

Becky has created many digital textures and will also demonstrate ways to “age” a photograph or create vintage digital collage effects with the images, as well as transferring photographs to other surfaces to create a 3-D collage.

Making Sense of Contemporary Art

by Ellen Nelson

MAP & DIRECTIONS to The Hill School Center for the Arts . 760 Beech Street . Pottstown PA

Ellen Nelson
“Interstitial” by Ellen Nelson

"Interstitial" by Ellen Nelson

Have you ever struggled with trying to make sense of contemporary art? If so, you are not alone, and this lecture is for you. Using a chronological approach, this interactive lecture will present a historical overview of art as it progresses from modern to our contemporary time period. Giving a context and precedence for contemporary art helps to increase our understanding and appreciation for these sometimes-confounding works of art. Using various themes such as: appropriation, integration of time and text, and social justice, Ellen O. Nelson will present various works of art to help illuminate some of the questions and concerns explored by contemporary artists.

Ellen O. Nelson is a Senior Master of the Arts at The Hill School and Coordinator of the Boyer Gallery. Nelson has been a member of the arts department since 1987. She has served as chair of the department and has taught multiple levels of studio art and art history. Nelson holds a Master of Arts in Arts Education from the New Hampshire College Institute of Art & Design.  She is a respected juror for various art groups including the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the Chester County Art Association. She has been a guest lecturer at the Reading Museum and Albright College. She is a prolific, award-winning artist in various mediums and exhibits regularly with the Perkiomen Valley Art Center and the Pottstown Area Artists Guild. Primarily a printmaker, Nelson has recently been exploring the theme of embodiment by creating garments from foraged natural materials.