Master New Techniques At Waterfowl Festival Masterclasses

The Waterfowl Festival offers both aspiring and experienced artists an opportunity to learn new skills from master artists at the 2009 Masterclasses. Carving, photography and painting classes will be held on Thursday, November 12, at the Academy Art Museum in Easton.
Del Herbert of Chula Vista, CA, instructs the Carving Masterclass this year, “Designing and Carving a Winning Shorebird.” Students will finish an Avocet head and bust in this hands-on class, while Herbert discusses and demonstrates the design, composition and techniques used to create a winning carving.

Herbert is a Ward World Championship carver, winning more than one hundred Best-In-Show awards. He is the author of the carving guide, Championship Service Class Shorebirds, and his sculpture of three Aleutian Geese is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Chris Vigneri of Forest Hill returns to teach two Photography Masterclasses. “Learning to Use Your Digital Camera” will focus on the basics of digital photography for beginners.
“Advanced Techniques in Digital Nature Photography” allows intermediate and advanced photographers an opportunity to explore the latest digital techniques, including advanced field strategies, equipment selection and the digital darkroom. Participants in both photography classes may bring in their own images for critiquing.

Vigneri’s award-winning work has been published in numerous magazines and calendars. He has been sharing his passion for finding great subjects in great light with Masterclass students since 2004.

The Painting Masterclass will again be taught by wildlife artist Heiner Hertling of Milford, MI, who will share his techniques for “Simplifying Landscape Painting.” Beginners as well as accomplished artists are welcome in the class, where the focus will be on the use of oils in painting natural landscapes. Students will finish the day with their own completed painting.
Hertling has won seven Duck and Trout Stamp competitions and is widely known for his PBS television series,Your Brush With Nature.

Class space is limited to allow for personal instruction and early registration is advised. To register, contact the Waterfowl Festival at 410-822-4567 or visit its website,

“Designing and Carving a Winning Shorebird” with Del Herbert
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $75

“Learning to Use Your Digital Camera” with Chris Vigneri
9 a.m. to 12 noon. Fee $40

“Advanced Techniques in Digital Nature Photography” with Chris Vigneri
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fee $40
(Fee $70 for both Photography Masterclasses)

“Simplifying Landscape Painting” with Heiner Hertling
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee $75