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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*Registration will end five days before the class/workshop start date.*

2024 Spring Class Schedule

Beginning Acrylic Painting with Alex Drewry - Tues, April 23 - June 4

Tuesdays, April 23, 30, May 7,14, 21,28, and June 4 (7 weeks)

6:00pm – 8:30pm

Age: 16+

Price: $145 (HAL Members $140)

Acrylic painting is a popular and versatile medium for artists of all skill levels. Before you start painting, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of color theory and composition, as well as an idea of what you want to create. Acrylic paint dries quickly, so you can add layers and make changes to your painting as you go. It is important to experiment with different techniques, such as blending, layering, and dry brushing, to create texture and depth in your painting. With practice and experimentation, you can create beautiful acrylic paintings that showcase your unique style and vision.



Watercolor Studio with Pam Oden - Wed, April 24 - May 29 - CLASS FULL

Wednesdays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 (6 weeks)

10:15am - 12:45pm

Age: 18+

Price: $125 (HAL members $120)

Step into the enchanting world of watercolors with our immersive studio class. In this inspiring environment, budding and experienced artists alike gather to explore the delicate art of painting with watercolors. Guided by our skilled and passionate instructor, you'll learn essential techniques such as blending, layering, and wet-on-wet, allowing you to capture the ethereal beauty of your subjects on paper.


Whether you're seeking a tranquil escape from everyday life or aiming to refine your artistic skills, our watercolor studio class offers a supportive, communal space to foster your artistic journey. Join us and let the soothing flow of watercolors transport you into a realm of artistic expression and self-discovery.

Beginning Watercolor Painting with Alex Drewry - Wed, April 24 - June 5

Wednesdays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and June 5 (7 weeks)

6:00pm - 8:30pm

Age: 18+

Price: $145 (HAL members $140)

Join Alex Drewry in the exploration of watercolor painting. Students will be engaged in applying techniques and learning the basic fundamentals of watercolor. Working alongside the instructor, students will find their own unique style and be able to apply both basic foundations and their own creativity fluidly. Dress for a mess is encouraged and basic drawing skills are not necessary, but welcomed!



Drawing 101 with Alex Drewry - Thurs, April 25 - May 30

Thursdays, April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 (6 weeks)

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Age: 18+

Price $125 (HAL Members $120)
Drawing is a foundational skill that can aid in the development of other creative pursuits. An art form in its own right, learning how to draw can help unlock one's creative potential. Many benefits associated with drawing include increased focus and relaxation, improved creativity and problem-solving, and greater hand-eye coordination. Each week, you'll learn how to practice and implement the basic elements of drawing, contour drawing, shading, and spatial relationships.



Intermediate Watercolor with Pam Oden - Fri, April 26 - May 31

Fridays, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 (6 weeks)

10:15am - 12:45pm

Age: 18+

Price: $130 (HAL members $125)

This class is designed for students who already possess basic fundamental skills in handling watercolor. Students will be encouraged to ‘delve deeper’ into Design, Value, and Color. Class topics will include still life, collaging a landscape/seascape, ‘figure’ design adding pattern, and non-representational abstract design. We will look at design principles employed by contemporary artists for inspiration.



Digital Photography: The Basics and Beyond with Wayne Berry - Wed, June 5 & 12

Wednesdays, June 5 and 12

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Age: 18+

Price: $55 (HAL members $50)

Are you ready to take your camera off the Auto Button and learn to make better photographs? If so, this class is for you. The two sessions will cover an introduction to digital photography, tips for using your camera properly, and show you how to use compositional techniques for more appealing photos. There will be an optional shooting assignment between classes one and two. Please bring a digital camera to each class.



For those needing ADA/Accessible accommodations due to limited mobility or wheelchair access, please let the CHTVAC staff know at the time of registration so we can best serve the needs of our students.



The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center is looking for experienced artists in a variety of mediums to teach 6-8 week courses or 1-2 day workshops. Some mediums we have previously offered include watercolor, photography, oils/acrylics, collage, alcohol ink, and oil & cold wax. We are interested in individuals with previous professional teaching experience who may offer mediums outside of our normal repertoire or may offer a new take on a familiar medium.

If interested, please email with your contact information, class proposal (including any class materials), preferred class times (Tuesday-Saturday, daytime or evening), and list of previous classes taught.