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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Watercolor Painting with Pam Oden: A Look at British Artists

Developed around British Artists’ use and exploration of watercolor techniques to portray flowers, gardens, and weather effects on the landscape and at sea, this class series offers beginners basic brush handling and color mixing techniques, and intermediate students a chance to expand their knowledge of composition, design, and expressive interpretation.

Part 1

Part 1 - The first four-week class will begin with painting “wet on wet” flowers from a live still life setup and from garden scenes. Contemporary British artist Jean Haines is our inspiration for learning ‘wet on wet’ flower studies and Shirley Trevena will be our guide in composition as we design our floral still life. Participants may bring their own flower/garden photos or printouts, or use images provided by the instructor as reference from which to paint.


Fridays, 02/18/2022 - 03/11/2022

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost: $80 ($75 HAL Members)



Part 2

Part 2 - In this four week class we continue the look at British artists with the comparison and contrast of John Constable and JMW Turner. Both painters are of the Romantic period who interpret pastoral scenes of countryside and capture the ‘sublime’ of both nature, weather, and industrialization. We’ll employ Turner’s techniques for painting sunsets, ships at sea, architectural ruins, and practice ‘Constable’ clouds with atmospheric expression for landscapes. Participants may bring their own photos or printouts of sunsets, sailing ships at sea, modern industrialization, and a landscape with clouds, or use images provided by the instructor as reference from which to paint.


Fridays, 03/18/2022 - 04/08/2022

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost: $80 ($75 HAL Members)



Gelli Print Mania! with Eloise Shelton-Mayo


Saturday, February 19, 2022


Fee: $65 (HAL $60)


Join us for a morning of fun with Eloise Shelton-Mayo! In this workshop participants will create multiple prints with layers of exciting color, texture and contrast. Using acrylic paints and a gelatin plate, Eloise will show you how to produce loads of prints that rock! Materials provided are:  Gelli™ plates, brayers, texture materials, white printing paper and some exciting surprises!


Participants are recommended to bring:

  • Dark colored card stock paper like black, blues or purples (black is instructor’s fave!).
  • A selection of basic acrylic paints - red, blue, yellow, white and black plus a metallic if desired. (No folk or craft paint in little bottles as it has very little pigment).
  • Other acrylic paint colors if you have and would like to use them. Mid-grade paints like Liquitex Basics, Windsor Newton and store brands work well. Quinacridone red and Nickel Azo Yellow in heavy body add a great punch mixed with the less expensive paint.
  • Wear an old shirt or apron (or both!)



Let Yourself Play! Collage with Eloise Shelton-Mayo


Saturday, March 5, 2022


Fee: $60 (HAL $55)


Come and let yourself play as Eloise shares her methods and techniques in this exploration of color, texture, and design. After choosing a size to work with (5x7”, 6x6”, or 8x8”) participants will use a variety of mediums and materials to create a dynamic series of three collages. Eloise will discuss composition and the concept of the grid and demonstrate how to incorporate text, stamps, vintage papers, old prints, and more.


Instructor will provide foam brushes, vintage papers, stamps, old music pages and more.


Participant Supply List:

  • Bristol board, watercolor paper, or other heavy weight paper
  • Heavy Gel Medium
  • Paint brush if you prefer over foam ones instructor supplies