River Bend Farm Sketching Workshop – Celebrating the Blackstone

NEW DATE! MARK YOUR CALENDAR! We have rescheduled this event to Saturday, September 8th 2018. Come on out and join us! 9:30am – 11:30am!

Our instructor for this workshop is the talented Jo Ellen Reinhardt! This one-day sketching workshop provides an opportunity to quickly capture the beautiful area of River Bend Farm. After a complete sketching demonstration, Jo Ellen Reinhardt will guide you along as you capture your beautiful surroundings. All media are welcome. Demonstrations will be with Aquarelle Graphite Pencils and water.

River Bend Farm is a beautiful location alongside the Blackstone Canal in Uxbridge. There’s a lovely walking path, several bridges, along with ample turtles and other wildlife.

River Bend Farm Website
287 Oak Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Saturday, September 8th, 2018
9:30am – 11:30am


To follow along, Jo Ellen recommends:

· Sketch book
· Faber Castel Graphite Aquarelle Pencils HB – 8B
· Kneaded Eraser
· Aqua Flow brush filled with water
· Viva Paper Towels – non-textured
· Lawn / Stadium Chair or portable stool

· View Finder or Compose-it-grid
· Hat
· Sun screen
· Bug Spray
· Camera
· Easel
· “Wet-Ones” or wipes
· water for drinking

Please let us know via our contact form if you’re planning on coming, so we know to wait for you. If you need help with supplies, let us know. It’ll be a great morning of learning about sketching and exploring our Blackstone River history!

This is just one part of our month-long Celebrating the Blackstone artistic celebration. Be sure to check out all of our events!

About Joe Ellen:
Classically trained modern realist and co-founder of the New England School of Fine Art, Jo Ellen Reinhardt’s work has been shown in many prestigious museums, galleries, and exhibitions throughout the North East. Although best known for still life and portrait painting, she also enjoys creating other genres such as plein air landscape and figurative works.

Jo Ellen received her classical training at the New School of Classical Art. She is a signature member of the renowned Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Academic Artists Association, and the Copley Society of Art. Moved by her passion for realistic art, she recently co-founded the New England School of Fine Art, located in historic Worcester, Massachusetts. The school is dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional methods of drawing and painting.

In addition to running classes and creating new works at NESFA, she also enjoys passing her knowledge onto the next generation via her position as Adjunct Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


This month-long celebration is sponsored by Constellation, an Exelon company.

5 thoughts to “River Bend Farm Sketching Workshop – Celebrating the Blackstone”

  1. I have just signed up to take this class with JoEllen but do not know how much it costs. I do not use PayPal so I can send a check if you can tell me the cost. Also, is there a list of supplies that one needs to take the class and. of so, where is that posted? I did not notice it on the website.

    1. This is free – sponsored by the Constellation group as part of our Celebrate Blackstone series. I will be posting the supply list soon :).

  2. will attend sketching workshop at river bend farm. Will regular sketching pencils be acceptable? My watercolor pencils are next to useless!

    1. I bought some water-soluble graphite pencils on Amazon. They are not expensive (I don’t know if they carry them at Michael’s). They “dissolve” more thoroughly than regular graphite. A friend and I tried both at open studio and the regular graphite pencils left streaks.

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