Fine Arts

Bead Your Own Mask Lanyard 2-3pm

Bead Your Own Mask Lanyard 2-3pm

Monday, September 21, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm

Are you tired of digging around for your face mask when you need it? Join our very own Melanie Benjamin and Carolyn Merrick in a one-hour workshop where you’ll bead a stylish mask lanyard. Precut beading wire makes this fun and easy – you select and string the beads and we’ll do the finishing. Pair something you need with something you’ll love - you’ll wonder how you lived without it. Fee: $10.00 per lanyard (includes supplies), payable at the workshop. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 10

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Bead Your Own Mask Lanyard 2-3pm

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Watercolor Landscapes with Jane Skafte (Online)

Watercolor Landscapes with Jane Skafte (Online)

Monday, September 21, 2020 | 4:00-6:00pm

This class is full.

This class is held each Monday for four weeks until October 19th (excluding September 28th)

Jane Skafte offers a judgment-free opportunity to explore watercolor in this four-week online Zoom class for beginning and intermediate artists.  It is all about enjoying creative exploration in color. The subjects will be from reference photos that Jane will send via email links prior to our 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.

Participants will receive an email shortly before class with the zoom meeting link and ID number.

 

 

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: Online

Drawing From Nature (ONLINE)

Drawing From Nature (ONLINE)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 4:00-6:00pm

This class is held each Wednesday for 4 weeks Until October 14th

This course combines guided sketching exercises from observation of nature with an understanding of the natural geometry of our everyday world - for example, the fractals of trees and the geometric structure of flowers. Online instruction will also include downloadable PDFs of examples by master artists.

Instruction will include making a nature journal.

Participants will receive an email shortly before class with the zoom meeting link and ID number.

Open to all, but space is limited; please register below.

Materials needed:

 paper, tracing paper, pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor paints and brushes.

Open to all.

Location: Online

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Drawing From Nature (ONLINE)

Standard Members and Guests fee $45.00
Prime Members
Friday Art Group (ON SITE)

Friday Art Group (ON SITE)

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 9:30-11:00am

If you like to draw or paint, you are invited to join the Friday Art Group. 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. 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: David Reynaud 434)293-5494

Felting Pumpkins Sept. 25th (ONSITE)

Felting Pumpkins Sept. 25th (ONSITE)

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

Fall is coming, everyone loves a cute needle felted pumpkin! Come learn basic needle felting techniques as you create your own special pumpkin in time for fall decorating. No experience necessary. Fiber artist Donna Markey has studied and played with fiber for years. She loves teaching and sharing this creative art form with people of all ages, and to see the joy in peoples’ faces as they create their own masterpieces! Prime Members: free, Standard Members and Guests: $20.00 Materials fee: $10.00 per person for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class.

Members only.

Location: Art Studio

Seats available: 3

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Felting Pumpkins Sept. 25th (ONSITE)

Standard Members and Guests fee $20.00
Prime Members $0.00
Beginner's Acrylic Pour Class (ON SITE)

Beginner's Acrylic Pour Class (ON SITE)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 9:00-12:00pm

Acrylic Paint Pouring us a fun and exciting way to set your creativity free and play with color. Fluid acrylic paints in your choice of colors are layered and poured onto a canvas surface and the rest is up to your imagination! Join artist Jan Settle to learn the basic techniques of acrylic pouring – no experience required. No two paintings are ever the same; you will take home two finished paintings after they have dried.

Prime members - free; Standard Members and Guests 25.00.   Materials 15.00 per person, payable to instructor at time of class.

 

About the Artist

Jan Settle received her BFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth Universty and worked in the field of Interior Design for many years. She paints with acrylics, watercolor, pastels, and her new passion is Acrylic Paint Pouring. Jan is a member of the Blue Ridge Art League of Culpeper, the Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society (MAPS) and the Firnew Farm Artists Circle of Madison. Her work can be seen in local galleries and in many of the exhibits held by MAPS. You can follow Jan on Facebook at CastleRock Designs and Workshops.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Beginner’s Acrylic Pour Class (ON SITE)

Standard Members and guests fee $25.00
Prime Members $0.00

Great Songs and Songwriters Through the Decades (ONLINE)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 1:30-2:30pm

Wednesdays, October 7-November 25

Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Carole King, Rent...and the list goes on! Join Mike D'Antoni for this 8 week series that will take you back in time to some of the greatest music of all time. Learn a little about the songs, the singers and writers. Sing along with Mike as he plays selected pieces on his guitar. Lyrics will be provided.

Mike has a bachelor's degree in music education and has been teaching and playing music professionally for over 40 years. He has performed with Dixieland, jazz, rock, country and folk combos.

Once you register, you will receive a link to the ZOOM class series.

Members only.

Location: Online

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Great Songs and Songwriters Through the Decades (ONLINE)

Standard Members $40.00
Prime Members $0.00
Controlled Acrylic Pour (ONSITE)

Controlled Acrylic Pour (ONSITE)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 9:00-12:00pm

If you enjoy doing acrylic pours, you’ll love this class. Learn how to control the paint mixed with pouring medium to create a simple landscape. Reference photos of landscapes and all supplies are provided. Each person will take home 1-2 paintings. Prior experience with acrylic pouring is required. Jan Settle works in a variety of art mediums, with acrylic being one of her favorites. Prime members free, Standard Members and Guests 25.00. Materials 15.00 per person, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 12

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Controlled Acrylic Pour (ONSITE)

Standard Members and Guests $25.00
Prime Members $0.00
Piedmont Pastelists (ON SITE)

Piedmont Pastelists (ON SITE)

Monday, November 9, 2020 | 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