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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On Site Plein Air Classes

Plein Air Field Studies and Sketching

In this three-session onsite plein air class students will focus on exploring and recording our local environment. Sketching and painting the surrounding landscape of beautiful downtown Hampton and the nearby Victorian homes, students will hone their artistic eye to better capture the world around them. Students should bring a sketchbook, as well as basic painting and plein air supplies. COVID-19 safe practices of social distancing and mask-wearing will be followed.

 

Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:30pm, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, and Nov. 3

Instructor: Karen Spaulding

Class size: 8

Cost: $75 ($70 HAL Members)

Virtual Fall Classes (instruction via Zoom Classroom)

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Pastel Wildlife Portraits on Velour Paper

Join award-winning pastel artist Emily Christoff-Flowers for this online exploration of pastel drawing on velour paper. Emily will show students how to use a unique pastel technique to create a soft effect of fur or hair when drawing animals. Emily teaches through Zoom using a combination of cameras so students will get a full experience. Students can work from their own photographs or draw along with the instructor from the same reference photo.

 

Tuesdays: 1:00-3:00pm, Oct. 20, Oct 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10

Instructor: Emily Christoff-Flowers

Class Size: 12

Cost: $60 ($55 HAL Members)

Colored Pencil Drawing with Imagination

Join artist Jane Skafte for this four-week online class inspired by and adapted from lessons taken from Bert Dodson's 2007 book, Drawing with Imagination. Jane will lead students first to explore the unique properties of colored pencil and color blending, then she will show how to make vivid drawings with abstract shapes, exploring stylized and inventive ways of altering realism. The class will provide fun and fanciful creative challenges for all participants.

 

Thursdays: 10am-12pm Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 12

Instructor: Jane Skafte

Class Size: 12

Cost: $60 ($55 HAL Members)

Exploring New Surfaces in Watercolor

This 4-week online session is designed to encourage watercolorists to try new ideas and surfaces, as a means of "expressive handling" of the watercolor medium. The class will explore how favorite art movements responded to innovative materials of their time to find new means of expression. Special emphasis on color and design.  A robust packet of paper material and boards is provided at no cost.

 

Fridays: 10am-12pm, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and Nov. 13

Instructor: Pam Oden

Class Size: 12

Cost: $60 ($55 HAL Members)

Watercolor Landscapes

This is a judgment-free opportunity to explore watercolor with a focus on landscape painting for beginning and intermediate artists. The subjects will be from reference photos that Jane will share with students before class meetings. In each class session, a variety of techniques and strategies for experimenting with materials will accompany instruction in basic brush skills, transparent layering, and color mixing.

 

Fridays: 1:00-3:00pm, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and Nov. 13

Instructor: Jane Skafte

Class Size: 12

Cost: $60 ($55 HAL Members)

Virtual Class Series: Gelli Plate Monotype Workshops with Eloise Shelton-Mayo

Overview

In this series of online workshops learn how to use a gel printing plate to create colorful patterned prints and papers in Session I, then, in Session II, learn to add depth with interesting imagery into your monotypes using an image transfer technique. Tie it all together in Session III and turn your monotype creations into layered and dramatic collages.

On the payment page, registrants will select individual classes ($25 each) or choose to take all three classes for $60 ($55 HAL Members).

(1) Session I: Gelli Plate Monotypes

 

Saturday, Oct. 24, 10:00am-12:30pm

 

Create colorful and uniquely patterned monotypes in this online workshop. Students will learn how to use a gel printing plate and humble materials such as string, bubble wrap, leaves, and much more to make lots of one of kind prints. Instructor demos will provide guidelines on color, value, and contrast.

Supply List:

  • Gelli Arts Plate - 8x10” or 9x12”
  • 65lb. Weight cardstock
  • Assorted Acrylic paint
  • Rubber Brayer (soft works best)
  • Scissors
  • No. 2 Pencil
  • Newspaper or something to protect table surface
  • High-contrast magazine images

(2) Session II: Transfer Prints

Saturday, Oct. 31, 10:00am-12:30pm

 

Session I is a prerequisite for taking Session II.

This Gelli plate transfer process results in wonderful visual texture from high contrast magazine images. By combining various transfers using the Gelli plate something unique and new is created. Whether working with full images or simple impressions of words and shapes, it’s an exciting exploration. We’ll pick images and text that give us the most contrast for this workshop.

Supply List:

  • Gelli Arts Plate - 8x10” or 9x12”
  • 65lb. Weight cardstock
  • Assorted Acrylic paint
  • Rubber Brayer (soft works best)
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper or something to protect table surface
  • High-contrast magazine images

(3) Session III: Collage with Monotypes

Saturday, Nov. 7th from 10:00am-12:30pm

 

In this workshop, students will create a series of three 5 x 7” collages. Using various Gelli monotype and transfer prints they have made participants will compose their collages using the idea of grid-composition. Add text from books, newspapers, old letters, stamps, or even junk mail to complete dramatic and successful collages.

Supply List:

  • Bristol board, watercolor paper, or other heavyweight paper
  • Regular Gel Medium
  • Foam or paintbrush
  • Assorted Acrylic paint
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer (optional)
  • Newspaper or something to protect table surface
  • Gelli prints, text from old books, magazine and/or newspaper, junk mail, maps, stamps, handwritten letters, etc

Virtual Class Series: Being a Better Artist: An Artist Development Series with James Warwick Jones

Overview

This series is for those who seek skills and advice on becoming a better artist. Pulling knowledge from his 60-year art career, from art school student to art educator, award-winning artist and former gallery manager, James Warwick Jones presents a series of classes on professional practices in the arts. James will share his experiences and advice with those hoping to go further with their art. These lessons aim to help participants grow and reach their goals as an artist. This lecture-based class is for artists at any level of experience and every media.

 

Participants can take individual classes ($20 each) or take them all for $65 ($60 HAL Members).

(1) A Few Words of Wisdom for Artists

Saturday, Oct. 17

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 

James will provide guidance and encouragement to artists who strive to go farther in their artistic journey. Helpful tips and advice about creating unique work and taking your artwork to the next level. This empowering class will make students eager to get back their studios.

 

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(2) Selecting Subjects for Your Artworks

Saturday, Oct. 31

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 

Deciding what will be the subject of your artwork can be overwhelming. James will provide pointers on selecting subject matter and themes to use in your work. This class will help steer participants as they start their creative process.

 

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(3) Composition and Design

Saturday, Nov. 7

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 

Creating a strong composition when starting a new work can have a huge impact on the final product. This class will cover the importance of the elements and principals of design to create strong artworks.

 

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(4) Analyzing and Critiquing Your Artwork

Saturday, Nov. 14

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 

This class will instruct artists on how to use a critical eye to analyze their work. An assessment of what is working and what needs to be changed can lead to a stronger end result. Looking at works in progress from a new perspective and deciding what to do to improve them is an important step in taking artwork to the next level.

 

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