Painting Classes + Workshops

Swimming in Paint with Chuck Larivey

January Sessions

Saturdays, January 6–27  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. |  $40 per class

Sundays, January 7–28  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. |  $40 per class

February  Sessions

Saturdays, February 3–24  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. |  $40 per class

Sundays, February 4–25  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. |   $40 per class

March Sessions

Saturdays, March 3–31  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. |  $40 per class

Sundays, March 4–25 |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. |   $40 per class


Chuck Larivey’s painting method is directly based on molding shapes and depicting light and shadow, broad-base at the beginning and continually refined (not overworked) until the desired effect is achieved or until the energy dissipates.

Classes are be devoted to small practice works and the longer sessions conclude with a Saturday/Sunday 2-day large-format class. This final 2-day class will apply everything that has been learned during the month and applied to create a wonderful final work stretched linen canvas. This schedule and format will be repeated every month throughout 2017.

Choose your own subject. Participants focus on their chosen subject with related small-practice studies. The goal is to become comfortable painting shapes, gesture, color, light, and shadow that best represents the chosen subject and the artist’s intention. Between classes, artists should go online or otherwise study examples that might be useful in their own work.

Important: At registration, indicate subject preference for the month. Related references will be made available to supplements your own. Choose a single standard small-works study size for the month (8x10, 12x12, or 11x14). Recommended supplier: Jerry’s Artorama, Centurion oil-primed smooth linen (pads, panels, or stretched canvas). Linen pads can be mounted or stretched if desired.

Limited to 10 members. Printed materials list available on registration.



You also may contact Crossroads Art Center at 804.278.8950 or

Joanna Tyka: Cityscapes & Landscapes

Tuesdays, January 23–February 27 |  2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Joanna Tyka will share 40 years of experience and perspective on landscape and cityscape painting, starting with strong composition and the harmony of using color to make a great painting. Bring sketches or photos on which to base your painting. Come prepared to create an original in your own style. Supplies needed include a large canvas, charcoal, a set of acrylic or oil paints, brushesm, water container, and odorless turpentine if you use oil paints. Fee: $195. Early registration by January 10: $180.


Joanna Tyka is an internationally acclaimed artist. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. Joanna has worked and lived in Germany, Spain, and, most recently, in Miami, Florida. Her work can be found in galleries and private collections around the world. In Virginia, you can find her work in Senate of Virginia, Dominion Resources, UVA Health System in Charlottesville, and elsewhere.



You also may contact Joanna Tyka at

Paint Along with Adele Castillo

Saturday, January 20  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 17  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 17  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A cross between a paint party and a color techniques class, this workshop is a fun way to create a quick painting while learning about color and acrylics. For the beginner or advanced student who wishes to explore acrylic painting or for family or friends to spend a fun day together. Using the same reference, students create from the beginning to the end of class, following along with Adele to get started, then completing the painting with her supervision, demonstrations, and advice. Reserve your space soon; these classes fill up quickly. A supply list will be sent prior to each class. Fee: $75, per person/per class, due one week prior to class or upon registration. Supply list provided upon registration.



You also may contact Adele at 804.550.7201 or

Introduction to Watercolor with Roz Berlin

Mondays, starting January 15  |  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Beginning to intermediate students are welcome to take this relaxed class to learn the building blocks of watercolor to successful mastery of this medium. Structured lessons are offered weekly, with emphasis on materials, techniques, and color mastery. Fee: $30 per class, with a commitment for one month. Payment is due the first of the month for the entire month to reserve a space. Fees for missed classes will not be refunded or credited for a future class, but each student will receive four unexcused absences for the year. One-week notice is required to discontinue.



To register or for more information, contact Roz Berlin at 804.868.0129 at


Advanced Watercolor with Roz Berlin

Session 1

Thursdays, January 11–March 15  |  9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Session 2

Thursdays, January 11–March 15  |  1:00–4:30 p.m.


This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students seeking in-depth study of the watercolor medium. Exploration of color is very important in this class, as well as experimentation with other mediums to create mixed media creations. Technique and style are vital to growth so students can develop to their potential. Fee: $350 for ten 3-hour classes, paid in advance. No refunds after classes begin. Contact the instructor for a supplies list.



To register or for more information, contact Roz Berlin at 804.868.0129 at

Winter 2018 Painting Classes with Curney Nuffer

Session 1

Mondays, January 8–February 26  |  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2

Tuesdays, January 9–February 27  |  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels are welcome. Classes are primarily focused on oil painting, but Curney welcomes artists who work in acrylic and watercolor. The use of oil paint — from brushes and canvases to palette and technique — is the emphasis in these classes. Curney will demonstrate how the use of a limited palette emphasizes the importance of color, value, intensity, and placement of paint. Composition and the use of photos versus using still-life setups and plein air landscapes will be discussed. Demos and exercises are combined with painting time, or artists have the option to paint on their own with help from Curney throughout the class. A “New Student Info File” will be emailed to new students. Fee: $240 for 8 classes, paid in advance. No refunds after class begins. Missed classes may be made up during any other sessions. Learn more about Curney at



You also may contact Susan Dull at 804.914.9791 or or Curney Nuffer at 804.356.0911.

Monitored Life Studies with Betsy Kellum and Sherwin Ghaphery

Wednesdays, January 17–February 21  |  1:00–4:30 p.m.


Paint the clothed model from life, in the medium of your choice, to draw or paint. No formal instruction provided. Limited enrollment of 10 painters. Fee: $100 for six weekly sessions, includes model fees and classroom rent. NOTE: Only odorless mediums and cleanup are allowed (Gamsol for oil painters); if you have questions about a substance, please call or email.



You can contact Betsy Kellum at 804.399.4877 or Your check for $100 is your registration. Make checks payable to Betsy Kellum and mail to 14412 Lander Road, Midlothian, VA 23113. Reserve your spot now!

Open Studio with Susan Singer

Tuesdays, January 16–March 6  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Under the supportive and encouraging tutelage of Susan Singer, work on your own projects in the medium of your choice in a dynamically creative atmosphere. Susan will occasionally give demos and will always give individual help. Susan has been teaching drawing, pastels, Zentangles, and oils for the last 18 years and loves encouraging students to find their own voice in their creativity. Fee: $240 for 8 weeks, or $35/class drop-in.


To sign up or for more information, contact Susan Singer at 804.267.3455 or


Create Your Own Visual Journal with Susan Singer

Saturday, February 17  |  10:00 – 4:00 p.m.  and

Sunday, February 18  |  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Create a 128-page visual journal using paper Susan Singer will provide along with your own special inclusions. Learn to construct a book and bind it by hand. It's a simple, meditative process with many steps and an incredibly personal, pleasing outcome. The book can be used for any purpose you desire: journaling, drawing, creating, writing. There are no limits to what this book — your creation — can become!  Fee: $175, includes some materials.


To sign up or for more information, contact Susan Singer at 804.267.3455 or

Expressive Painting in Oil/Cold Wax Medium with Lisa B. Boardwine BWS, VWS

Friday, March 16  |  10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 17  |  10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 18  |  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Create a history. Provide some mystery. Mark your mark. This 3-day workshop with Lisa Boardwine will help you express your personal voice using oil and cold wax medium. This is a beginner to intermediate level workshop. For those new to oil and cold wax, introductory techniques will be demonstrated. For those who want to push their paintings further, they will learn to create a good foundation, texture, and layers. An emphasis will be on powerful composition and unique color mixes. Various exercises on panels and paper will help to explore the concepts of color mixing, composition, and expression. In addition to discussion and demonstrations, there will be lots of studio painting time and individual critique concerning your personal direction in art-making. Those new to oil and cold wax should be 12x12" panels and a pad of Arches oil paper (9x12" or 12x16"). Experienced painters are encouraged to work larger, on both panels and paper. A complete supplies list will be sent upon registration. Fee: $395.



For information or to register, contact Lisa Boardwine at 276.935.6163 or Mail check for $395, payable to Lisa Boardwine, to P.O. Box 648, Grundy, VA 24614.

Alcohol Inks 101 with Janice Jones

Friday, April 6–Sunday, April 8  |  9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Two Rivers Art Workshops

Alcohol inks are dye-based; mixed with rubbing alcohol, they create beautiful jewel-tone works of art that any artist will be proud to add to their portfolio. This 3-day workshop is is a basic introduction to alcohol inks that will demonstrate how to use and control the medium. This is the class you need before you venture into more complicated works. A future class will build on what is learned in this course and prepare participants for the Sheryl Williams class in October.


What you will learn:

Day 1  Alcohol Inks have a mind of their own until we learn to control them. In the morning, we will let them do their thing and create FantasyScapes. In the afternoon, you’ll learn to use frisket and stencils with the inks.

Day 2  Learning a little more control, we will create stunning landscapes with the inks and incorporate stamps. In the afternoon, we’ll learn to use structure paste and stencils.

Day 3  We’ll discover the basics of creating animals in the morning, and by afternoon we will experiment with different surfaces and learn how the inks work on them. Our imagination will take us to a new level of creativity. A fun way to finish the class!


Students will need to bring these supplies:

• Yupo 1 sheet or tablet

• Frisket

• Stencils (there will be many stencils available for your use)

• Alcohol inks (Piñata brand or Tim Holtz Adirondack inks)

• 91% alcohol

• Gloves or “gloves in a bottle”


Most of these supplies can be found at Plaza Art or online at Amazon or one of the artist supply companies. Some other supplies are included in the fee for this workshop.



You also may contact Janice Jones at or register at

Painting with Robin Caspari

Ongoing Tuesdays. Choose from two class times:

Class One: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Class Two: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Join Robin for a series of painting classes that focus on creating confident and dynamic work in or out of the studio. Robin spotlights a clear method of painting while focusing on each student’s artistic goals. Painters are taught how to set up and use her color wheel palette as an integral tool in the painting process. She holds large design concepts above all else, encouraging the expression of individual creativity. Value is also a fundamental concept that takes precedence in class. All levels of painters are welcome; we all learn together. Classes are held in a beautiful professional studio environment. Oil and acrylic painters accepted … from abstract to impressionist. The first class of each series is reserved for formal teaching, and Robin gives demonstrations in paint and design. Fee: $185 for six classes.



You may also contact Robin at or find a class schedule at

Acrylic and Color with Adele Castillo

Choose from Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday sessions

Mondays  |  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

NEW!  Wednesdays  |  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays  |  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Thursdays  |  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Adele teaches acrylic painting along with color theory to adult students of all abilities. Students are encouraged to find their own style and paint subject matter that interests them as they develop their skills. Explore color, learn how to handle acrylic paint, and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded souls. Classes are small, allowing time for individual attention. Materials list provided on registration or request. Fee: $25 per class, paid monthly in advance.



You also may contact Adele at 804.550.7201 or

Painting Classes with Susan Stuller

Choose from Tuesday or Wednesday sessions

Tuesdays  |  1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesdays  |  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wednesdays  |  1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Classes are ongoing with individual attention stressed. Instruction is in acrylic, pastel, watercolor and oil; the student chooses the medium. Class size is limited to 10 students. Fee: $30 per class, with a commitment for one month. Payment is due the first of the month for the entire month to reserve a space. Fees for missed classes will not be refunded or credited for a future class, but each student will receive four unexcused absences for the year. One-week notice is required to discontinue.

Openings on Tuesday afternoons for watercolor painters, Wednesday mornings for oil and acrylic painters, and Wednesday afternoons for oil, acrylic, and watercolor painters.



You also may contact Susan at 804.379.1477 or

Oil Painting with Merrily Johnstone

Thursdays  |  1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Interested in learning traditional approaches to portrait, still life, or landscape painting? Join Merrily Johnstone for an ongoing class in the visual language of art. With input geared to your current level, you’ll develop observational skills and working methods that appy equally to all painting, including representational and abstract principles. Stretch your understanding of composition, tonal and color relationships, brushwork, and materials (including supports, pigments, and mediums). Learn tricks for scaling up drawing and choosing the right formats for laying out your compositions. Beginning students may choose to complete a series of exercise to learn the fundamentals. Advanced painters can take it to the next level with a variety of traditional old-master approaches, working on original compositions from photo references or choosing to copy a masterwork. Start where you are! Fee: $30 per class, payable monthly.



You also may contact Merrily at 804.310.7043 or

Thursday Morning Open Studio

Thursdays  |  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bring your art supplies and imagination, and Crossroads will provide a place for you to create your next masterpiece! This is not a class; there will be no teacher available. Fee: $60 for three months, payable in advance.



You also may contact Garry-Lou Upton at 804.379.9330, 804.347.4238, or

Registration and Refund Policies for Classes and Workshops

Registration Guidelines

  • Full payment must accompany registration and is nonrefundable.
  • Class fees will not be prorated for any reason.
  • Payment must be made by cash, check, or credit card (a 5% convenience fee will be added for credit card transactions).
  • Late registrations are welcome with space available and permission of the instructor.
  • Unless otherwise noted, classes are open to participants age 16 and older.


Cancellations and Refunds

  • Crossroads Art Center or the course instructor reserves the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment five to seven days prior to the first scheduled class.
  • A full refund is provided if Crossroads Art Center or the instructor cancels a class.
  • Crossroads Art Center does not issue credit vouchers for class withdrawals.


Crossroads Art Center may occasionally provide a substitute course instructor. This is decided with a recommendation from the scheduled instructor to ensure the quality of the class.



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