Fine Arts

Friday Art Group

Friday Art Group

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

If you like to draw or paint, you are invited to join the Friday Art Group at the Senior Center. No matter what your medium or skill level, you will enjoy the creative, pressure-free environment of a colorful group of novice and experienced artists. You can work from your own photos, pictures or illustrations or bring your own still life. There is no formal instruction, but plenty of help and advice from others if you need it. As a member of the group, you are also welcome to hang one or two framed pieces of your work in the bimonthly art show in the second floor hallway of the Senior Center. The Art Group meets in the craft room on Friday mornings from 9:00-11:30am.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: David Reynaud 434)293-5494

Fee: free

Introduction to Drawing

Introduction to Drawing

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

CLASS IS FULL!

Fridays, August 2 - September 20 (8 classes)

In this 8-week series taught by Susan Patrick, students will learn to draw real objects from direct observation. Students will investigate form, line, shape, space, and texture and will use them as elements in their drawings.  Also, students will learn to employ both aerial and linear perspective to add realism to their work and will learn the basics behind portrait drawing. Students will need paper and pencil for this course.

People of all ability levels are welcome to participate. Members - $75; Guests - $85. Space is limited. Sign up at the Welcome Desk or online

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Introduction to Pastel Drawing

Introduction to Pastel Drawing

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

In this six-week course, you will learn how to hold and manipulate a pastel stick to create still life and landscape drawings and how to choose colors that complement one another as well as enhance the picture itself.  Joanne Coleman, who has displayed her own work in multiple art shows in Central Virginia and who has many years of teaching experience, is the instructor.  Open to all, but space is limited.  Please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or online. Members: $55, Guests: $65. Supplies needed:  Nupastel firm pastel sticks, Krylon fixative aerosol, Strathmore drawing pad 9" by 12".  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Introduction to Pastel Drawing

Member $55.00
Guest $65.00
Drawing On Location Art Class

Drawing On Location Art Class

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

Fridays, September 27 – November 15, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

This eight-week course will focus on drawing outside and in public places. The first three classes will be held in the classroom and students will gain an understanding of how to draw natural and manmade objects, as well as how to quickly sketch a scene that might include people. The next four lessons will be spent on location (in a park, a shopping mall, and downtown) before you return to the classroom for the final session to add finishing touches to your work. Center veteran artist Susan Patrick is the instructor. Open to all, but space is limited. Please register in advance online or at the Welcome Desk. Supplies needed: Pad of drawing paper (80#, 11" x 14"), pencil, and eraser.  Members - $75; Guests - $85

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Drawing On Location Art Class

Members $75.00
Guests $85.00
Paint and Sip Party

Paint and Sip Party

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 4:00-6:00pm

Paint and Sip Party

Tuesday, October 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Join local artist Tamara Murray as she walks you through a step-by-step painting lesson designed to help you learn to differentiate between positive and negative space, to practice mixing colors, and to sharpen your manual dexterity.  Participants will leave with new skills and your very own masterpiece! Class size is limited to 14 participants. Fee includes all art supplies. Bring your own wine! Members: $30/Guests: $35. Please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or online.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Paint and Sip Party

Member $30.00
Guest $35.00
Painting with Watercolor (weekend classes)

Painting with Watercolor (weekend classes)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 1:30-3:30pm

Sundays, October 13 – November 17, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Jane Skafte offers a judgment-free opportunity to explore watercolor in this six-week WEEKEND course.  It is all about enjoying creative exploration in color. Our subjects will be still-life and photos. In each class session, a variety of techniques and strategies for experimenting with materials will accompany instruction in basic skills and color theory.  Techniques such as dry brush, wet brush, bloom, scumbling, and blotting, and wet-into-wet will be demonstrated, followed by ample time for you to experiment and produce a beautiful work of art. Open to all, but space is limited; please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or online.  Members: $55, Guests: $65

Supply list: 

  • Watercolor paper 140lb, size 12″ x 16″ or similar
  • Pencil
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints 
  • Water container
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • Brushes: there is a pretty good synthetic set at Michael’s, Artist loft set: 
    • Wash brush (1")
    • Flat brushes (sizes 10, 6)
    • Round brushes (sizes 10, 3, 5, 1)
    • Filbert brushes (sizes 6, 4, 1)
  • Winsor & Newton® Cotman® Watercolors Sketchers' Pocket Box  OR: if you have paint already or want to add to your supply: (The individual colors are suggested, don’t worry if you have another brand that calls the color by another name. You need the primary colors in both warm and cool (e.g. warm blue is purplish and cool blue is greenish)
    • Two reds:  for example, Alizarin Crimson and permanent red or Cadmium red
    • Two blues: for example, Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine and Cerulean blue 
    • One or two greens: for example, Hookers green or sap green
    • Two yellows: for example, Lemon yellow and Gamboge
    • Nice colors to have (can be added later): Raw sienna, burnt umber, ivory black, paynes gray, quinacridone rose

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Painting with Watercolor (weekend classes)

Member $55.00
Guest $65.00
Piedmont Pastelists

Piedmont Pastelists

Monday, October 14, 2019 | 1:00-3:00pm

Join a congenial group of artists who gather to practice their pastel painting skills. Each may bring a work in progress for a constructive group critique. Attendance is usually 15–20 artists, and newcomers are welcome. Group shows are held annually.

History

Noting the lack of a chalk pastel society in Virginia, in August 2001, Dick Carpenter invited Charlottesville regional artists in that media to meet at Michaels Arts and Crafts store at Barracks Road shopping center. Many were members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, which had long admitted pastel as a water compatible “mixed” medium, but not as a feature of the CVWG activities. The result of the meeting was, quite purposefully, an “un-organization” with NO membership requirements, bylaws, officers, dues, agendas, minutes, quorum, name-tags, committees, etc. Just like-minded people enjoying meeting to exchange ideas and experiences about pastel materials and techniques, constructive criticism, and “show and tell.” The format is a mutual critique -- an examination, not fault-finding. Suggestions for overcoming problems are a part of critiquing. The choice of subject and style of a painting are not topics of critique. Some elements of Critique: 1. Overall Composition - Division of space. 2. Shapes and values 3. Form –shadows-placement of each of the elements 4. Perspective- Illusion of depth 5. Color harmony 6. Paths for the viewer’s eye 7. Center of interest - 8. Principles of Design. Assuring that there is a “message”. All attending artists are active producers, serious about their work, open to criticism, willing to present “work-in-progress," and constructive in their comments and suggestions. Although pastels are the featured media, other problem-paintings may be introduced.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free