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. 

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Classes 

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.

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Colored Pencil Painting with Heather Marconi

Are you ready to take your color pencil skill to the next level? In this class, students will learn how to grid and enlarge a photo of their choice and render the image using colored pencils. Using blending methods students can achieve a painterly effect in their drawings. Students will learn how to apply different color pencil techniques to their drawings to achieve an almost photo-realistic look.

Instructor: Heather Marconi

Dates: July 27 & 29, 2020 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Class price: $35 ($30 HAL members)

Ages: 16+

Maximum class size: 4-16

Beginner Crochet: Granny Squares with Heather Marconi

Always wanted to learn how to Crochet? In this online class, heather will teach basic crochet stitches needed to create a simple granny square. The “granny square” is a basic block that can be used to make scarves, purses, blankets, and coasters. So grab that crochet hook and yarn you’ve been holding on to and learn to slip the stitch, chain stitch, single stitch, and more.

Instructor: Heather Marconi

Dates: July 29, 2020 from 1:00-3:00pm

Class price: $20

Ages: 16+

Maximum class size: 4-16

Sketching, Doodling and Noodling with Jane Skafte

In this online class, you will discover your own style of sketching and develop a kind of shorthand to find a way of working that "summarizes" the overwhelming amount of detail in any subject. Jane will also cover shading with pencil and ink to show light and dark as well as texture. Jane offers a private Facebook group for students to share work and get constructive critique and feedback from other students.

Instructor: Jane Skafte

Dates: Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020 from 1:00-3:00pm

Class price: $60 ($55 for HAL members)

Ages: mature teens and adults

Maximum class size: 5-18

Explorations in Watercolor with Jane Skafte

It’s all about enjoying creative exploration in color in this four-week online class. Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate artist this is a judgment-free opportunity to explore watercolor. In each session, a variety of techniques and strategies for experimenting with materials will accompany instruction in basic brush skills, transparent layering, negative painting, and color mixing. Jane also offers a private Facebook group for students to share work and get constructive critique and feedback from other students.

Instructor: Jane Skafte

Dates: Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 28 from 1:00-3:00pm

Class price: $60 ($55 for HAL members)

Ages: mature teens and adults

Maximum class size: 5-18



Class Series: Pastel Drawing Techniques with Emily Christoff-Flowers

Overview

Get your summer creativity going and join award-winning artist Emily Christoff-Flowers in a series of online classes focused on the exploration of pastel techniques. Each session presents students with a new and unique pastel experience. Learn to create and use different drawing surfaces to play with texture, value, color application, and mark-making. Emily teaches through Zoom using a combination of cameras so students will get a full experience. Students can work from their original photographs, still life or live settings, their imagination, or draw along with the instructor from the same reference photo.

Basic Materials list for all 6 classes. Additional supplies for specific classes are required.

  • White foam board cut to 11 x 14” or larger available at a dollar store or Walmart
  • Soft pastel, set of 15 assorted colors, half sticks, available for $24.98
  • Hard pastels, Set of 12 assorted colors available
  • Prismacolor Nupastel, set of 12 or larger, available for $12.90
  • Krylon workable fixative, available for $6.27
  • Kneaded eraser
  • 2b charcoal pencil

Pastel Techniques Series: Pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes Tinted Paper
Date: Tuesdays, July, 28 and Aug. 4

Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM

 

Pastel Techniques Series: Pastel Over Watercolor Painting
Date: Tuesdays, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18
Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM

 

Pastel Techniques Series: Pastel on Textured Handmade Sanded Board
Date: Tuesdays, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1
Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM

More information about each class can be found below.

(1) Pastel Techniques Series: Pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes Tinted Paper

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Using yellow-tinted Canson Mi-Tientes pastel paper Emily will show students how to create a lush color-saturated textural pastel drawing in this two-session class.

Students will begin by creating a dry pastel base using fingers and paper to rub the pigment onto the paper. Then students will apply pastel over the base to create texture and value. Students can use their own image or the same image as the instructor to complete their artwork. Emily will work on an 8x10” paper, but students may work in any size that they prefer.

Class 1 Focus: Tracing versus drawing in addition to the session focus
Class 2 Focus: Space and perspective in addition to the session focus

Materials list in addition to the standard list above:

  • Canson Mi-teintes paper, 8 x 10” yellow canary color, available for $3.12, cut to 11 x 14”

Date: Tuesdays, July 28 and Aug. 4

Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM

Price: $35 ($30 for HAL members)

Age range: mature teens and adults

Class size: 4-16

(2) Pastel Techniques Series: Pastel Over Watercolor Painting

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In this two-session class, Emily begins by teaching students how to create a simple watercolor painting using basic watercolor techniques. Then she will show how to apply pastel over the painting to create a highly textured and vibrant finished drawing. Students can use their own image or the same image as the instructor to complete their artwork. Emily will be working on an 11 x 14” sheet but you may work in any size you prefer.

Class 1 Focus: Color in addition to the session focus
Class 2 Focus: Texture and mark-making in addition to the session focus

Materials list in addition to the standard list above:

  • One sheet of watercolor paper 140lb or thicker, available for $6.84
  • Watercolor paints, beginners set available at any art store, or available for $4.97 (includes a brush)
  • Hairdryer
  • Rubbing alcohol

Date: Tuesdays, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18
Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM
Price: $35 ($30 for HAL members)
Age range: mature teens and adults
Class size: 4-16

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