Michael Farrar

Artist and Instructor

Meet Artist and Instructor Michael Farrar

Michael Farrar is a well-known watercolor artist in western Virginia, having lived and painted in the Alleghany Highlands for most of his life.  He's know as a skilled workshop instructor in both non-objective and naturalistic watercolor techniques, teaching aspiring watercolorists the necessary tools to produce landscapes, water scenes, and seascapes as well as abstracts.


Farrar was born in Clifton Forge, Virginia in 1953.  He started making art at the tender age of six, using charcoal on paper, and made his first dollar with his art three years later when he was nine, completing a project in oils.


He is a graduate of Concord College (now University) in Athens, West Virginia, with a Bachelor's degree in Art Education, focusing on studio classes.  He taught in the Clifton Forge Public Schools for seven years, Farrar conducts numerous adult workshops throughout the region: at Roanoke's Studio School and Brambleton Center as well as at the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center and the Clifton Forge School of the Arts, and other locations for interested groups.


Micheal's non-objective watercolor work portrays his vision in bold colors and shapes, with power and rhythm that demonstrate the fluid nature of challenging medium.  His naturalistic watercolor work focuses largely on landscapes (many focused on the mountains and valleys of western Virginia) and water scenes and seascapes off the coast of Maine, and any area or scene that captures his interest.

Michael's Past Events

For pictures from Michael's past events, please see his tumblr page.  Currently it has photos from the 2016 Boardwalk Show in Virginia Beach, VA 

Upcoming Workshops and Classes:

Studio School Workshop and Classes Schedule: 

  • Eight Week Classes
    • Oil Painting: Sept. 12 to Oct. 31, 2016, 6pm to 8:30pm
    • Watercolor: Sept. 15 to Nov. 3, 2016, 6pm to 8:30pm

Brambleton Center Workshop and Class Schedule: 
  • One Day Classes
    • Monoprint: Sept. 12, 2016, 10am to 4pm
  • Six Week Classes
    • Drawing: Sept. 14 to Oct. 19, 2016, 10am to Noon
    • Oil Painting: Sept. 14 to Oct. 19, 2016, 1pm to 3pm
    • Watercolor:  Sept. 14 to Oct. 19, 2016 6pm to 8pm

Where you can see Michael's Work

  • Sept. 3, 2016: Art Blast at Lakewood Park in Roanoke, VA
  • Sept. 17, 2016: Art League Show at E. C. Glass High School in       Lynchburg, VA
  • October 15 & 16, 2016:  Stockley Gardens Art Show in Norfolk, VA