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Dickerson's Fine Arts

Background Information

Employment History

Ongoing Student

Dalhart Windberg

Marketing Manager

Golden Acrylics


bachelor's degree

Elementary Education

University of Illinois



Mesa College



University of Illinois

U of I

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A few years ago, I took ... [cached]

A few years ago, I took a workshop from Barbara Dickerson of Dickerson's Fine Art and fell in love with painting.

About Barb [cached]

Barbara continues to paint murals once in a while.

Besides her weekly classes, Barbara teaches workshops on the color wheel, how to achieve mood and how to come up with harmonious color schemes. Barbaras strengths include an innate feel for color, mood, depth and creativity of which she passes on to her students. She goes the second mile with her students believing in teaching others what you would want someone to teach you. She uses very little lecture in her workshops, but hands on doing, letting students experience color.
Barbaras art education was expanded by taking numerous workshops from well known artist around the United States. Barbara is an ongoing student of Dalhart Windberg. The Artist of Texas and In the Path of the Masters are two biographies written about him. Dalhart was so impressed with Barbaras skill and teaching status that he made two rare visits to Georgia to teach a week long workshop to her students.
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Barbara Dickerson Becoming an artist never entered Barb Dickerson's mind until she was married with three young children. Like most little girls, Barb loved to draw and color, but as she grew up her interest was in education. Barb graduated from a private high school in Illinois and attended the University of Illinois where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Barb stayed home to take care of her three young children where they now lived in San Diego, CA. She finished one year of her masters in Administration at Mesa College. Looking for something fun to do that was just for her, she remembered a beautiful water color of a mallard duck her twin sister had painted in high school. That was it; Barb would try her hand at painting.

Now living near Houston, Texas, Barb painted on her own for a while, but realized she needed some instruction. She went into the big city of Houston and found a wonderful artist, Pat Souma, who had been a student of Dalhart Windberg's, a famous artist in Georgetown, Texas. Barb studied Windberg's Flemish Old Master's palette and techniques for two years. Then she and her family moved to Georgia. People loved Barb's paintings. In 1979, she decided to take a big leap by going to an art show to see what happened.
Doing much better then she thought she would, Barb signed up for more shows, eventually being accepted into the most prestigious shows up and down the east coast. Barb listened closely to customer's comments and educated herself by taking workshops from well known artists and she read. In the next five years, Barb learned how to market her work at shows to increase her sales. She was doing so well at shows, when her husband got laid off from his job; they decided to do shows full time. This career course was a surprise, but Barb was doing so well at her 'hobby' it seemed to be a natural course to follow. They did shows full time for twelve years, making a good living and raising their children.
Finally, tiring of the constant travel from doing shows, Barbara decided to see if she could build a new business by teaching her secrets to the public. Armed with her education degree, Barbara blended her knowledge of teaching basic fundamentals to her new students in the form of fine arts on canvas.
In two years, Barbara's classes were built up with a waiting list and she was launched into her teaching career. Numerous newspaper articles have been written about her classes and students. Barbara was glad she followed her heart. She has met many wonderful people as well as enjoying her career as an oil painting teacher.
Besides her weekly classes, Barbara teaches workshops on color, mood, harmonious color schemes, creating your own art identity by and painting original paintings. . Barbara's strengths include an innate feel for color and eliciting emotions from the viewer in her paintings. Barb goes the second mile with her students believing in teaching them all she knows to help them become the best artist they can be. She uses very little lecture in her workshops using "hands on" and letting students experience as much as they can.
Barbara discovered Dalhart Windberg was still teaching workshops. She took several workshops from him and has ended up being an ongoing student of his. Barb enjoyed reading two of his books, "The Artist of Texas" and "In the Path of the Masters", two biographies written about him. Dalhart was so impressed with Barbara's skill and teaching status that he made two rare visits to Georgia to teach a week long workshop each time to her students. Barbara was also asked to teach in several national workshop organizations as well as private workshops around the United States. While teaching a workshop in San Francisco, Barbara was talking to the marketing manager of Golden Acrylics, Howard Thaller.
Golden ended up using Barb and ten of her students to test their new Open Acrylics which was very instrumental in Golden coming up with a high quality paint and mediums that was easy to control and multi dimensional. Four artists were used to introduce their new product nationally and Barb was one of them.
Barb yearned to know if there was art talent in her family since she and her identical twin sister were both talented artist, but were adopted when they were three years old by a highly educated family. Born in Syracuse, New York, Barb and Betty lived on a dairy farm after they were adopted, but then quickly moved to Iowa with their new parents. Their father was a professor at different universities throughout their childhoods. Living in New York, Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, California and Georgia gave Barb a good look at the United States and how beautiful it is. After Barbara and Betty were grown their mother told them what she had always wanted to know.

Open Conversations with Artists [cached]

The artists interviewed included John Griefen, an artist and collaborator with Sam and Leonard at Bocour and one of our first customers; Patrick Fiore, an accomplished artist and a studio arts professor who was one of the first to try out the early versions of OPEN; Barbara Dickerson, an incredibly courageous teacher who allowed us to bring the OPEN Acrylics to her oil painting portrait class; and lastly, Jamie Grossman, a plein air painter who has been incredibly generous in sharing a great deal of feedback about the possibilities with OPEN Acrylics.

Mark Golden with Barbara Dickerson,
Mark Golden: Barbara, can you tell me about the way you work and the materials you work with?
Barbara Dickerson: Generally I use oil paints. I have used acrylics in the past but sometimes I incorporate acrylics with the oil paint and use it as an undercoat but most of the time I use oil.
Mark: And why oil?
Barbara: Because I like the blending quality and richness of them. In the past and occasionally I have painted a whole painting in acrylic.
Barbara: When I first tried it, I was amazed at the ability to blend it for as long as we could.
Barbara: I am extremely impressed with it.
Barbara: I still have a little bit of a problem learning how to control it.
Barbara: I have trouble getting the kind of look I want to get with a portrait as opposed to the kind of look I can get with oil paints.
Barbara: Yes, it's really different.
Barbara: Right.
Barbara: As a teacher, I would not present this medium as a medium that's like other mediums and that would include acrylic and oils.
Barbara: Yes, because it gives them tremendous control over it and they can use a little bit of the Thinner or they can use a lot of the Thinner.
Barbara: We're using sable brushes.
Barbara: That has been very easy.
Barbara: Yes, it was. It was plenty of colors. We could mix everything and get what we needed.
Mark: Barbara, did you get to use the new Gel Medium or the Acrylic Medium as opposed to Thinner?
Barbara: I did use both.
Barbara: The Thinner made it much more controllable.
Mark: Right.
Barbara: It covered the canvas better, it blended better.
Barbara: Yes, hours.
Barbara: My students keep their glass palettes in a plastic box with a lid.
Barbara: I think that somebody who starts using this paint and continues using and really masters the paint and experiments with it, will come out with a beautiful look that you can't get with any other paint.
Mark: Uh-huh.
Barbara: I encourage my students to do that, try blending with it.
Barbara: It becomes stickier.
Barbara: Dry. Right.
Barbara: Right, exactly, and that would be something that would be a lot of fun I think for an experienced artist to really master this new medium.
Barbara Dickerson's art career evolved into a fulltime livelihood in 1985. This career course was a surprise since her degree was in Education. After having her three children, Barbara started oil painting for fun and taking lessons in Houston, learning Dalhart Windberg's (the artist of Texas) beautiful Flemish Old Master's techniques and palette. After five years of success with art shows, she made her living doing shows for the next twelve years.
Finally, Barbara decided to start a new business by teaching her secrets to the public. Barbara blended her knowledge of teaching basic fundamentals to her new students in the form of fine arts on canvas. Barbara now has a thriving business teaching oil painting. Barbara's art education was expanded by taking numerous workshops from well known artists around the United States. For the past five years, Barbara has been an ongoing student of Dalhart Windberg. Dalhart was so impressed with Barbara's skill and teaching status that he made two rare visits to Georgia to teach a week long workshop to her students.

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Barbara Dickerson's School of Fine Arts Professional artist Barb Dickerson offers classroom training and specialized workshops.

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