Classes

At The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, we believe the best way to keep the arts in your life is by creating art throughout your life. Our educational programs allow visitors and students to broaden their understanding and appreciation of art by interacting with art, artists, and instructors, while expressing themselves through the creation of their own artwork.

The Arts Center offers approximately 20 classes in various media for adults and children throughout the year on a quarterly basis. These include drawing, watercolor, painting, photography, yoga and other media. Both one day workshops and multi-week class sessions are available. During the summer, the center offers week long programs for children in a diverse range of mediums.

Winter Classes

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Ages 18+

Session A: Monday Evenings, 6:00-7:00 pm
January 11 - March 21
No class January 25, February 15 or March 7

Session B: Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm
January 13 - March 23
No class January 27, February 17 or March 9

Enjoy learning about and practicing Yoga surrounded by art in our galleries. Students will enjoy a relaxing session of breath work and meditative motion. No experience in yoga is required and students of all levels will be comfortable, as the poses are adaptable to provide the desired intensity. Please provide your own mat and comfortable clothing.

Instructor: JANET ABEL

9 Classes, Class Limit 12, $80 (HAL members $75)


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Ages 18+

Wednesdays, 1:00-3:30 pm
January 13 -  March 30
No Class on January 27 and March 30

This class is for beginners only! For the students who say ‘I have no talent’, ‘I can’t draw a straight line’. Focus will be on becoming familiar with the tools of drawing and how to use them, how to begin a drawing, and basic drawing techniques including line work and shading. This will be a slow-paced, fun approach to the amazing world of drawing. Materials list will be given at the first class.

Instructor: MARY LEE RUFF

10 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $180 (HAL members $175)


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Ages 18+

Thursdays, 1:00-3:30 pm
January 14 - March 31
No Class on January 28 and March 27

This class is designed for the more experienced student. Students will work independently using the materials and subject of their personal choice. Class will include lectures, drawing exercises and critiques. Materials list will be emailed or mailed.

Instructor: MARY LEE RUFF

10 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $180 (HAL members $175)


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Ages 18+

Saturdays, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
January 16 - March 26
No Class March 19

The class is for beginning to advanced students to develop skills in graphite and Prismacolor pencil, Speedball pen and ink, Crayola crayon or inked scratchboard. Emphasis on subject, depth and the principles of design will be discussed and application demonstrated. Class will include lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. Syllabus and material list will be given at the first class.

Instructor: JOAN RUSHIN FOLSOM

10 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $155 (HAL members $150)


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Adults

Wednesday, 6:30-9:00pm

February 24

The human form is the most imperfect, dynamic, and widely interpreted subject for artists, making it the perfect platform for self- expression. Polish your powers of observation, channel your perceptions, and enhance your drawing skills. Students will work independently without instruction using the drawing media of their choice. The session will begin with shorter poses and end with one longer pose.

No Instructor

Class Limit: 12, $20 (HAL member $15) per class


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Adults

Wednesday 6:30-9:00 pm
March 23

The human form is the most imperfect, dynamic, and widely interpreted subject of artists, making it the perfect platform for self- expression. Polish your powers of observation, channel your perceptions, and enhance your painting skills. Students will work independently without instruction using the drawing or painting media of their choice. The students will choose one long pose for the session.

No Instructor

Class Limit: 12, $20 (HAL member $15) per class


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Ages 18+

Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:30pm
January 13 - March 16
No Class November 11

Beginning students will learn about the fundamental materials and techniques of watercolor, while more experienced students will progress to a new level with individual instruction. The focus of the class will be on materials, techniques, design, subject matter and personal expression. Students may work from their own original photographs, still life set ups, drawings or imagination. Materials list will be mailed or emailed.

Instructor: BETTY ANGLIN

10 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $155 (HAL Members $150)


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High School and Adults

Session A: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
January 12 - March 29
No class January 26 and March 15

Session B: Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm
January 14 - March 31
No class January 28 and March 17

Session C: Saturdays, 10:00am-12:30pm
January 16 - March 26
No class March 19

Students with any level of experience from beginning to more advanced, may work with oils, acrylics or watercolor, and explore their own style and original subject matter. Beginning students will learn fundamental materials and techniques; while more experienced students will be challenged to reach another level. The class will feature lecture, demonstration, individual instruction, and critiques.

Materials list will be mailed. 

Instructor: JAMES WARWICK JONES

10 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $155 (HAL members $150)


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Ages 18+

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00pm
February 17 & 24

If you are new to digital photography and want to immediately improve your photographs, this class is for you. A general introduction to Digital Photography, the class will focus on three topics that will lay a good foundation for personal growth as a photographer. The three topics that will be the main focus of the class are "The Art of Seeing", viewing the world with a creative eye, the Fundamentals of Good Composition, with emphasis on the Rule of Thirds and the importance of the Digital Darkroom for the post processing of photographs. Students will get an introduction to the Exposure Triangle and be challenged to consider the Seven Steps to Becoming an Intermediate Photographer.  Participants will only need a digital camera that will take photos in the Auto mode for this class. There will be an optional shooting assignment between classes with a "gentle critique" of the photos in session two. Bring your digital camera.

Instructor: JERRY GAMMON

2 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $40 (HAL members $35)


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Ages 18+

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm
March 16 & 23

Are you ready to quit shooting on the Green or Auto Button? Want to learn to use your digital camera in its Creative Modes? If yes, this is the class for you. Students will get a refresher on the Basics of Composition, the Art of Seeing, and the Digital Darkroom. The classes will then cover Seven Steps to Becoming an Intermediate Photographer, which includes topics such as Shooting in RAW, the Exposure Triangle and Advanced Composition Techniques. Students must have a digital camera that will shoot in Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed modes. There will be an optional shooting assignment between classes with a "gentle critique" in the second class.

Instructor: JERRY GAMMON

2 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $40 (HAL members $35)


Children's Classes


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Ages 9-16

Saturdays, 1:30-3:30 pm
February 6-20

This course will feature the basic principles of photography with an emphasis on the fun of making photos. This class will include the Principles of Composition, the Digital Darkroom and "The Art of Seeing", an introduction to seeing the world with a creative eye. Students will also learn the basic operations of their camera. Students may bring any type of digital camera for use in the class. Students will also do a photo shoot in and around The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center with variety of subjects including people, waterfront, architecture and landscapes.

Instructor: JERRY GAMMON

3 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $80


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Painting for Kids

Ages 6-12

Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm
February 27- March 12
 

Young artists will explore a variety of painting media including watercolor, tempera and mixed media as they learn about painting a still life, portrait, landscape and other subjects. They will learn about materials, techniques, color mixing and design as they expand their painting skills. All materials included.

Instructor: AMANDA WALLACE

3 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $70