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 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 programs for children in a diverse range of mediums.

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Winter 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: January 15 - March 19 from 1-3:30pm

Drawing Wednesdays: January 16 - March 20 from 1-3:30pm

Drawing Thursdays: CLASS IS FULL

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 Betty Wednesdays: January 16 - March 20 from 10am- 12:30pm

Watercolor Painting with Holly Thursdays: CLASS IS FULL

Watercolor Painting with Holly Fridays: CLASS IS FULL

Beginning Watercolor with Pam: January 18 - March 22 from 1:30-4pm

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: January 15 - March 19 from 1-3:30pm

Painting in Oils or Acrylics Thursdays: January 17 - March 21 from 1-3:30pm

Painting in Oils or Acrylics Saturdays: January 19 - March 23 from 1:30-4pm

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

Wildlife and Pet Portraits (Wednesdays): January 16 - March 6 from 1-3:30pm

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): January 18 - March 8 from 10am-12:30pm

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 101 - This class focuses on three topics that will lay a good foundation for personal growth as a photographer: "The Art of Seeing”, the Digital Darkroom and Composition Basics with emphasis on the Rule of Thirds. The class introduces the Exposure Triangle and shooting off the "Auto" button, plus suggests Seven Things Needed for Advancement in Photography.

Introduction to Digital Photography 101 (Thursdays): February 21 & 28 from 6:30-9pm


Registration is now open for Winter 2019 Classes! Click the button below to register online and secure your space in class.