Spring 2022

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Country Tin Painting with Barbara Bunsey
   ASP-396-w01-22  March 21
          Location: WCAC - 110 Westover Avenue
          Times: 10:00-4:00
            Course Fee:
            Members $100.00             Non-Members $115.00

Instructor: Barbara Bunsey

We are privileged to present a Country Tin Painting workshop with Barbara Bunsey.  This full-day workshop will begin with a 1-hour presentation on the history of Country Tin Painting.  Following the presentation, Barbara will teach Country Tin Painting techniques to a limited number of students.  The project will be a 7-inch tin tray, which is on display at the gallery.  The class fee of $100 includes the lecture, the instruction, and all materials that you will need for the class.  We ask that students provide only 2 water containers, paper towels (Viva or Bounty only, please), and an apron if you chose to wear one.  At the end of the day, you will take home a completed project ready for you to varnish and proudly display.

Enrollment Deadline & How to Enroll:  Contact Michael Jones, Art Center Manager, by March 11 at (757) 229-4949 or visitwcac@gmail.com to register and make payment.  For questions, contact Judy Leasure, Art Ed Coordinator, at leasure.judy@gmail.com or 757-941-4668.  Seats are limited for the full day, so please register early.

Biography of Barbara Bunsey, CDA

Barbara began painting over 30years ago, studying with many nationally- and internationally-known Decorative Artists over the years and has developed her own unique style.  She has exhibited her work at many art & craft shows and shops and galleries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. 


Barbara has painted Country Tin pieces which were sold at the DeWitt Wallace/Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum Gift Shop in Colonial Williamsburg.  Many of these are her interpretation of pieces in the Colonial Williamsburg collection.  Barbara also demonstrates her art of Country Tin Painting at the St. George Tucker House in Colonial Williamsburg when she visits each December.  Barbara has painted a reproduction square tea canister which is used in a display for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.


Her designs have been featured in many Decorative Art magazines.  Barbara has been named to the Directory of Traditional American Crafts by Early American Life Magazine since 2004.  The artists on this exclusive list represent the best "for their finely wrought skill" in telling wonderful stories with their reproduction artwork.


Barbara was honored to have an ornament selected for the official White House Christmas Tree in 2004 and had the honor of meeting First Lady, Laura Bush, at a reception for the artists whose ornaments were chosen.  In 2005 Barbara painted an ornament to grace the Christmas tree at the Library of Congress.  


In 2008 Barbara was one of four artists contacted by the Society of Decorative Painters asked to submit a design to Mrs. Laura Bush.  Barbara's design was chosen and she painted 1,000+ ornaments which President and Mrs. Bush used as gifts for family, friends, and White House staff.  She attended a reception at the White House where she met and was photographed with President and Mrs. Bush.


In 2009 Barbara, along with other members of the Society of Decorative Painters, painted an ornament which was used to decorate the Christmas tree at the Smithsonian.


Barbara attained the Accredited Decorative Painter certification from The Society of Decorative Painters in 2017.  She received the Certified Decorative Artist designation in 2018.

Barbara is a member of the Society of Decorative Painters and Tole Painters of the Western Reserve, where she has held several board positions.  She is also involved in her church community, the Olde Northfield Historic Appreciation Association, and Nordonia Hills Garden Club, where she has also been a board member.


Barbara teaches in her home studio, does online classes through Artful Webinars, as well as painting chapters throughout the US.