Artist hosts class for locals

A profound artist will soon visit the area to teach about painting.

Steven Walker will lead the 2013 Painting Workshop at Botkins Local School, and this event will be open to the public.

“I’ve taken a class with Steven and can promise you’ll not only leave a better painter, but you’ll enjoy the learning,” Botkins High School art teacher Dan Knepper said.

Any artist is eligible to attend the workshop, as Walker specializes in helping all ability levels.

“The goal of this workshop is to help raise scholarship money for any student going into the arts,” Knepper said. “Any money left over after Steven is paid goes toward the scholarships.”

Walker will also be donating a piece that will be auctioned at the Evening with the Arts, which is held annually in Botkins annually.

“Some of Steven’s pieces sell for thousands of dollars. This is a chance to get one for much less,” Knepper said.

This workshop allows Knepper to bring a working artist to Botkins.

“It shows students, and parents, that a person can make a living as an artist,” Knepper said. “I’ve met a lot of well-known artists and have found that they don’t all teach equally well. Steven is very good at communicating. He has a mastery of composition and technique and is able to pass it on to his students.”

Participants who take part in the workshop will be focusing on doing landscapes in oil.

Walker is an adjunct professor at Otterbein University and a painting instructor at McConnell Art Center.

“Steven is a great teacher as well as an accomplished, multi-award winning artist,” Knepper said. “When the U.S. Air Force needed paintings of their jets, they flew Steven to Belize to paint them.”

Other work of Walker’s includes illustrating five children’s books, including “Rosa Parks Story,” “Rosa’s Bus” and “The Ride to Civil Rights.”

Walker’s works can also be found in private and public collections and is also managed by five galleries in five states — including New York, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio.

Walker resides with his wife, Evelyn, in Westerville, where he participates with several local art groups.

The workshop Walker is scheduled to host is to be held from April 1-5 at Botkins Local School, and the cost is $160 and includes a light meal each evening.

A non-refundable down payment of $50 will hold a spot for interested participants, and to do so, contact Knepper at

Workshops are hostly annual, and they coincide with Evening with the Arts and Carry-In Competition.