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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Fall 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, Oct 1 – Nov 19, 1-3:30pm 

Drawing: Wednesdays, Oct 2 – Nov 20, 1-3:30pm

Drawing: Thursdays, Oct 3 - Nov 21, 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, Oct 2 - Nov 20, 10am-12:30pm

Watercolor Painting with Holly: Thursdays, Oct 3 - Nov 21, 10am-12:30pm

Watercolor Painting with Holly: Fridays, Oct 4 - Nov 22, 10am-12:30pm

Beginning Watercolor with Pam: Saturdays, Oct 5 - Nov 9, 1:30pm-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, Oct 1 - Nov 19, 1-3:30pm

Painting in Oils or Acrylics: Thursdays, Oct 3 - Nov 21, 1-3:30pm

Painting in Oils or Acrylics: Saturdays, Oct 5 - Nov 23, 10:30am-1pm

OIL & COLD WAX WORKSHOPS: Part I & Part II - Combining cold wax and oil paint creates fascinating possibilities. The mixture dries much faster and allows for the use of other mediums in the creative process. An intriguing and fun process, be prepared to get hooked!


Part I – Oil & Cold Wax on Paper: Saturday, October 19, 10am-3pm


In Part I Eloise will introduce participants to this versatile and fascinating medium and how to use it on special papers that work well with oil paint. Students will use oil paint, oil sticks, charcoal, solvents, be introduced to many tools and more. 


Part II – Oil & Cold Wax on Cradled Board: Sunday, October 20, 10am-3pm


In Part II, participants who have taken Part I (or another oil and cold wax class) will expand on their previous voyage by working on gessoed, cradled boards. The differences between paper and board will be explored. Two are provided, but others may be prepared ahead of time by participants and brought with them.

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, Nov 7 - Nov 21, 6:30-9pm