Hampton Arts considers the health and safety of our patrons to be of the utmost importance. To help do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, and to ensure the protection of our community and our employees, The American Theatre and Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center will be closed until further notice. 


At The Charles H. Taylor Visual 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 has approximately 20 classes in various media throughout the year on a quarterly basis. These include drawing, watercolor, painting, photography, and other media. Both one day workshops and multi-week class sessions are offered. Our award winning artist instructors exhibit widely throughout Hampton Roads and have 10 to 40 years of teaching experience.

Class Collage.jpg

Summer 2020 Classes

Introduction to Pastels with Emily Christoff-Flowers (online)


Thursday, July 9 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Join award-winning pastel artist Emily Christoff-Flowers in this online beginner pastel class. Emily will show participants, step-by-step, how to work with soft pastels while drawing the same image.

Emily will introduce different types of pastels and pastel papers and give many other tips and tricks for working in pastels. She will cover how to create a basic palette, color mixing, and blending techniques. It is a great way for people who have never worked with pastels to get familiar with the materials and produce a completed 11 x17” drawing.


Instructor: Emily Christoff Flowers

Date: Thursday, July 9th from 1-3:00 pm

Maximum class size: 16

Class price: $20

Ages: 10+


Supply list:

- NuPastels

- Canson or other pastel/drawing paper (Canson Mi-Tientes recommended by the instructor) 11 x17”

- Workable fixative (or aerosol hairspray) for sealing drawing once complete.  Krylon Workable Fixatif recommended.

Plein Air Painting with Karen Spaulding

Tuesdays, July 7 & 14 from 9:00-11:30 am


Join Karen Spaulding in this Plein Air class where students will be onsite at the shores of Sunset Creek with beautiful views of boats, docks, and the water to paint. Plein air painting presents unique challenges to artists as changing light and the unpredictability of atmospheric conditions require a specific technical approach. This class will cover choosing the best locations, lighting, and building a strong composition. Students will learn to paint confidently and quickly to capture their subject matter while on location. Students are encouraged to work in their preferred medium. Bring sunscreen, water, and snacks as needed. Face masks are required for your safety and the safety of those around you, as well as the need to follow social distancing guidelines.


Instructor: Karen Spaulding

Location: 73 Columbia Ave, Hampton VA, 23669

Dates: Tuesdays, July 7 & 14 from 9:00-11:30 am

Maximum class size: 8

Class price: $50 for the 2 class session