Academy Art Museum Announces Instructor Open House and New Instructors

In Fall 2019, the Academy Art Museum’s talented team of art instructors will offer thirty-seven adult classes featuring a wide range of media and subjects. On Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Museum will host an Instructor Open House introducing its fall line-up of classes and instructors. According to Katie Cassidy, the Museum’s Education Consultant, “This event is designed to showcase the incredible talent of our instructors and to introduce potential students to the variety in the Museum’s adult classes. There really is something for everyone.”

The Museum is very excited to welcome four new instructors to its corps of leading regional art teachers: Georgia June Goldberg, Bernard Dellario, Cid Collins Walker and Meg Nottingham Walsh.

Meg Nottingham Walsh, one of four new instructors at the Academy Art Museum this fall. Walsh has garnered numerous awards at juried exhibitions and plein air competitions, including Plein Air Easton.

Georgia June Goldberg, an artist, and architect, will offer a new “Color Theory Class,” which will explore the exciting interaction of colors. This hands-on studio class emphasizes developing observation, use, and feeling of the relationships between colors. Because of the abstract and subjective nature of color, this lively and engaging class is useful to all artists, designers, and, in general, the curious. She comments, “The color wheel and theories are not enough – our perception of any color can be changed by its proximity to another. Color is best understood through experience and in this class we will approach color with open eyes, using experimental exercises designed by Josef Albers (Bauhaus and Yale).”

Goldberg studied art at Yale College, where her professor was Albers’ student and architecture at Princeton University. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and is in the collection of the US Embassy in Sarajevo, among others. She comes to the Museum from teaching Color Theory and Architecture in the Bay Area, where she has a studio. Her installations and drawings collaborate with natural phenomenon such as soil, wind, water, and light and the unexpected beauty of Nature impels her work.

Bernard Dellario earned a bachelor’s degree from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, PA and has studied Art at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia.  In addition, he has taken several workshops with national well-known painters. He has been a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters since 2003 and currently serves as president.  He exhibits and has won awards through several venues in the Washington, DC metro area. 

Dellario will teach a two-day workshop “Travelling with Gouache,” which will also discuss how to create your own personalized sketchbooks in order to document your travels in paint. Dellario’s “Still Life Painting in Oil” class will introduce the student to the methods and materials of oil painting. By using the still life subject, students will have the opportunity to focus on the fundamentals of oil painting. He comments, “From the beautiful to the discarded, I am inspired by many things as an artist.  I rarely know what the subject of my painting efforts will be, but once discovered, I strive to articulate that reality into a simple collection of abstract shape and color.”

Cid Collins Walker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from Scripps College in Claremont, California in 1974, and was awarded a studio fellowship with the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1975.  She has worked with several distinguished artists in the fields of visual art, dance, film, and theater including Merce Cunningham, Yvonne Rainer and for several years with Robert Rauschenberg’s master printer.  Central to Walker’s work is the production of fine paintings and prints.  Walker has exhibited at the Academy Art Museum in Easton in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York, and internationally in France, Holland, Belgium, and Brazil.  Her work is now represented by the Creighton Block Gallery in Big Sky, Montana.

Walker will teach “Composition and Design for the Artist” which will begin with a review of the fundamental elements of design including shape, line, and texture engaging students at an intermediate level. An emphasis will also be to see and render compositions in the abstract sense. Walker comments, “My class will answer the question: What makes a strong and interesting composition in a work of art?”

Meg Nottingham Walsh is known for paintings drenched in light and color, Meg Nottingham Walsh has garnered numerous awards at juried exhibitions and plein air competitions, including Plein Air Easton. She has also served as judge for several plein air events. She is an elected member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters and the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Her landscapes are featured in the book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. Walsh’s paintings have been purchased by the Academy Art Museum, the town of Oxford, MD, the National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University Hospital, Martha Jefferson Hospital, and numerous private collectors. She is represented by galleries in Lewes, Delaware; Annapolis, Maryland; Washington, Virginia; and the Trippe Gallery in Easton.

Walsh will teach “Oil Painting: How to See as a Painter” which will help students simplify and translate their subjects to create more dynamic paintings. In this “visual bootcamp,” students will experiment with color relationships, limiting values, and compositional elements of painting.

Walsh comments, “My goal as an artist is to translate a scene, revealing what interests me most about a specific place at a moment in time. I strive for an honest rendition of the subject before me, and I often use limited values, simplified shapes, and expressive color to emphasize what I feel is most important. I want you to see the world through my eyes.”

The Instructor Open House is free and will include demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments, and door prizes. For further information, contact Katie Cassidy at or 410-820-5222. For a complete listing of adult classes or to register, visit