Artists in Middleburg will host its first of four oil painting classes from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Birkby House at 109 Loudoun St. SW in Leesburg.

            Artists Dell Keathley will instruct students of all skill levels on the concepts of painting from observation by using still life to explore composition, color, texture and rhythm. The next sessions will be held every Wednesday this month—Oct. 16, 23 and 30. The cost for the entire series is $280 per person. Individual sessions cost $80.

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