At The Charles 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.

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Summer 2019 Classes

DRAWING - Focus will be on becoming familiar with the tools of drawing and how to use them, how to create a drawing, and basic to advanced drawing techniques including line work and shading.

Beginning Drawing: Tuesdays, July 30 - September 3, 1-3:30pm 

Drawing: Wednesdays, July 31 - September 4, 1-3:30pm

Drawing: Thursdays, August 1 - September 5, 1-3:30pm

WATERCOLOR - Focus will be on the fundamentals of watercolor technique, materials and personal expression in painting. Students will discover the use of shape, line, value, color, and texture to create good composition. Students will also explore painting styles and influences leading to the development of watercolor as a modern American art form.

Watercolor Painting with Pam: Wednesdays, July 17 - August 21, 10am-12:30pm

Watercolor Painting with Holly: Thursdays, July 18 - September 5, 10am-12:30pm

Watercolor Painting with Holly: Fridays, July 19 - September 6, 10am-12:30pm

Beginning Watercolor with Pam: Saturdays, July 20 - August 24, 10:30am-1pm

PAINTING IN OILS OR ACRYLICS - Students with any level of experience may work with oils or acrylics to explore their own style and original subject matter. Students will learn fundamental materials and skill-appropriate techniques. The class will feature lecture, demonstration, individual instruction, and critiques.

Painting in Oils or Acrylics: Tuesdays, July 16 - September 3, 1-3:30pm

Painting in Oils or Acrylics: Thursdays, July 18 - September 5, 1-3:30pm

Painting in Oils or Acrylics: Saturdays, July 20 - September 7, 1:30-4pm

DRAWING FROM THE FIGURE - The focus of the class will be on drawing the clothed figure. Students will be taught to achieve correct proportions and capture the essence of the model. Class will include lectures, demonstrations, drawing exercises, and instructive critiques. Materials List: Recommend drawing with charcoal (vine charcoal in thin and thick widths), however, you may use your choice of drawing implement (pencil, crayons, pastels, paint, etc.) as well as your own kneaded eraser and chamois cloth. Your papers should include a large newsprint pad and a few sheets of light gray toned Canson Mi-Teintes paper. Bring a drawing board or foam board to mount your paper.

Drawing from the Figure: Wednesdays, July 17 - August 7, 1-3:30pm

FORT MONROE PHOTO WALK & CRITIQUE This class is for photographers who would like to enjoy an early evening-into-night photo walk at historic Fort Monroe followed up the next week with a classroom critique of up to 10 photos made by each participant during the walk. The first class will meet at the Gazebo, next to the Chamberlin, at 6:30pm. After a brief orientation, we will walk as a group to some of the famous landmarks at the Fort, ending the walk at a great spot for a sunset, probably around 9:15pm. The second class will be held at The Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:00pm. The instructor will critique the photos using guidelines that will be given to each student as a handout. The photos will be critiqued anonymously unless the photographer wishes to identify their shots during the critique. The class is for photographers of all skill levels. Participants will need a DSLR camera where they can shoot on the full auto or custom settings. A tripod would be helpful, but not required.

Fort Monroe Photo Walk: Thursdays, July 18 - 25, 6:30-9pm

PASTEL AND PASTEL PORTRAITS - This class is designed for intermediate students with some background in drawing or painting. Students will learn about the fundamental materials and a variety of techniques for working in pastel. The focus of the class will be on materials, techniques, design, subject matter and personal expression.

Pastel and Pastel Portraits: Fridays, July 19 - September 6, 1-3:30pm

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: THE BASICS AND BEYOND - Ready to learn how to use your digital camera to make some great photos? This class will cover the fundamentals of good image making. We will start with your camera's Auto button and advance to shooting in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes. The class will also cover the Five (and only five) Things You Can Do with Any Photo, the importance of composition and self-critique plus shooting tips to make your photography more enjoyable. There will be an optional shooting assignment between weeks 2 and 3. Please bring a digital camera.

Digital Photography: Thursdays, August 1 - 15, 6:30-9pm

WILDLIFE AND PET PORTRAITS - Students will learn to draw lifelike animals or wildlife using soft and hard pastels and pastel pencils. Students will use their own photos to create luminous images on soft velour paper (provided by the instructor).

Wildlife and Pet Portraits: Wednesdays, August 14 - September 4, 1-3:30pm