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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Spring 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, April 9 - June 4, 1-3:30pm 

Drawing: Wednesdays, April 10 - June 5, 1-3:30pm

Drawing: Thursdays, April 11 - June 6, 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 Betty: Wednesdays, April 10 - June 5, 10am-12:30pm

Watercolor Painting with Holly: Thursdays, April 11 - June 6, 10am-12:30pm

Watercolor Painting with Holly: Fridays, April 12 - June 7, 10am-12:30pm

Beginning Watercolor with Pam: Fridays, April 12 - June 7, 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, April 9 - June 4, 1-3:30pm

Painting in Oils or Acrylics: Thursdays, April 11 - June 6, 1-3:30pm

Painting in Oils or Acrylics: Saturdays, April 13 - June 8, 1:30-4pm

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, April 12 - May 31, 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, May 9 - May 23, 6:30-9pm

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

Wildlife and Pet Portraits: Wednesdays, May 15 - June 5, 1-3:30pm

OIL & COLD WAX ON PAPER - Join in the fun for this one day workshop to explore oil paint and cold wax on special papers using unique processes taught in the workshop. In an encouraging and explorative environment, participants will delve into texture and mark making, drawing, scraping back, and layering with this versatile, fun, and compelling paint medium. No previous painting experience is necessary.

Oil and Cold Wax on Paper: Sunday, May 19, 10am-2:30pm

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