Painting Classes + Workshops

Swimming in Paint with Chuck Larivey

July Sessions: Sign up for a weekend at a time!

July 8–9, 15–16, 22–23, 29–30  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day
Fee: $80 per weekend

August Session #1

August 5, 12, 19, 26, 27  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. |  Fee: $200

August Session #2

August 6, 13, 20   |  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. |  Fee: $120


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

Summer 2017 Painting Classes with Curney Nuffer

Tuesdays, June 20 – August 1*  |  9:00 a.m. – noon

* No classes the week of July 4


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: $180 for 6 classes, paid in advance. No refunds after class begins. Missed classes may be made up during any other sessions. To register, send a check and a note with your name and choice of class day and time to Susan Dull at 304 Saint Davids Lane, Richmond, VA 23221. Learn more about Curney at



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

Color Mixing—Neutrals! with Linda Hollett-Bazouzi

Sunday, July 9  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


You may think of neutrals as dull greys and beiges, but this class will open you to the beauty and subtly of nuance. Neutrals have a lot of color; they are not just grey. When a complement is added to a color, the color is neutralized. Spend a few hours playing with combinations you may have never considered. Bring an extra canvas panel. Fee: $80 ($75 is registered by July 5). No refunds.



You also may contact Linda Hollett-Bazouzi at 804.512.5059 or

Sky, Clouds, and Water — with Linda Hollett-Bazouzi

Sunday, July 23  |  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Using observation and study, students will create several small studies about painting sky, clouds and water/reflections. The goal for the day is not finished works; it is about understanding what is seen and the fun of portraying air and movement. Images will be provided, but students may also bring their own pictures or create scenes from their imagination.

Students may use their own brushes or knives and their own paints (oil or acrylic). We keep a green studio, so for an oil medium, please use Gamblin’s solvent-free gel, res-n-gel, or another medium that has no odor. Absolutely no turpentine or mineral spirits.

Fee: $100 ($95 if registered by July 19). For an additional $10, students can use Linda’s water-mixable oils that clean up with soap and water. No refunds.

Supplies: Bring your own knife or brush and small canvas panels (no larger than 9x12) or canvas sheets from a pad (real canvas, not paper). Bring lunch or snacks, or plan to go out for lunch.



You also may contact Linda Hollett-Bazouzi at 804.512.5059 or

Using a Limited Palette with Linda Hollett-Bazouzi

Sunday, July 30  |  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Explore painting with only a few colors that have been in use since the Renaissance, and push those few colors to their limit. We will also paint small studies using Anders Zorn’s palette and variations of Zorn’s palette. Fee: $100 ($95 is registered by July 26). No refunds.



You also may contact Linda Hollett-Bazouzi at 804.512.5059 or

Capture Your Color, Capture Your Style 2017 with Adele Castillo

Weeklong Outer Banks Painting Workshop

October 1–6, 2017

Fall is gorgeous on the Outer Banks. The water is still warm, the tourists are gone, and the weather is perfect for a weeklong acrylic painting workshop with Adele Castillo at the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) in Manteo. This workshop will be fun and focused, for experienced beginners to professional painters. A plan will be developed to set goals for the workshop, but artists are encouraged to be open to possibility. There will be surprises to keep everyone energized and creative.


Your stay at the Tranquil House Inn includes continental breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese each day. DCAC and Adele will provide refreshments throughout the day, and the fee includes two dinners and four lunches. DCAC is just a walk across the street from the inn. Park your car at the inn, and leave it for the next five days!


It’s time to register and save your seat. Space is limited to allow one-on-time instruction.  Click the link below for more information, registration and payment information, and other details.


Early registration by May 15: $745*

Registration by July 1: $845*

Late registration by August 1: $945*

*Rooms reserved for an additional fee at the Tranquil House Inn



You also may contact Adele at 804.550.7201 or

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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