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.

Summer Classes

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Ages 18+

Session A: Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm
June 27 - August 29
No class July 4,  August 1 

Session B: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm
June 29 - August 31
No class July 6, August 3

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

8 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $85 (HAL Members $80)

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High School + Adults

Session A: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
June 28 - August 23
No class August 16

Session B: Thursdays, 6:30-9:00pm
June 30 - August 25
No class August 18

Session C: Saturdays, 10:00am-12:30pm
July 2 - August 27
No class August 20

Students with any level of experience from beginning to more advanced, may work with either oils, acrylics or watercolor, and explore their own style and 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, demonstrations, individual instruction, and critiques. Materials list will be mailed or emailed.


8 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $125 (HAL Members$120)

Watercolor Painting

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Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:30pm
June 29 - August 31
No class August 3 & 17

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.


8 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $125 (HAL Members $120)

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Ages 18+

Saturdays, 11:00am-3:00pm
July 9 - August 13

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.


6 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $95 (HAL Members $90)

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Ages 18+

Wednesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
July 13 - August 31
No class August 17

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 mailed or emailed.

Instructor: MARY LEE RUFF

7 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $130 (HAL Members $125)

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Thursdays, 1:00-3:30pm
July 14 - September 1
No class August 18

This class is designed for the more experienced student with some background in drawing or painting. The focus of the lectures will be on “problems”, such as use of materials, composition, or problems that the students encounter with their drawings. Time will also be allotted for critiques and work on projects of the student’s choice. Materials list will be emailed or mailed.

Instructor: MARY LEE RUFF

7 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $130 (HAL Members $125)

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Ages 18+

Wednesday, 6:30-9:00pm
July 20 & 27

If you are new to digital photography and want to immediately improve your photographs, this class is for you. This 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+

Wednesday, 6:30-9:00pm
August 3 & 10

Are you ready to quit shooting on the Green or Auto Button? Want to learn to use your digital camera in its Creative Modes? 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 6-12

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm
August 1, 3, 4 & 5

Young artists will use papier mache, paint, model magic and decorative elements to create masks of animals, Characters, or whimsical creatures, while learning about this fun media and sculpture. All materials included.


4 Classes, Class Limit: 12, $90

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Ages 6-12

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm
August 8, 10, 11 & 12

Students will have fun while they explore a different art media each day. Each day’s projects will offer a different media or subject in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and more. All materials included.


4 Classes, Class Limit: 18, $90