Painting Classes + Workshops

Winter 2019 Painting Classes with Curney Nuffer

Choose from two sessions:

Mondays, January 7–February 26 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, January 8–February 26 | 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. 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

'Painting the Nude Human Form' Winter Painting Classes with Curney Nuffer

Tuesdays, January 15–February 26  |  5:30–8:30 p.m.


“The nude does not simply represent the body, but relates it, by analogy, to all structures that have become part of our imaginative experience.” — Sir Kenneth Clark, former Director the National Gallery, London


Curney Nuffer is offering painting classes for artists who would like to learn about painting the nude, first a three-hour class once a week to explore sketching then building the form of the human body by painting dark to light. The model will be lit and emphasis will be placed on seeing the values of the skin tones as well as using color.


The palette that Curney uses is specially mixed by students in advance and originated at the Art Students League in New York. It requires the use of only 7 tube colors of paint and white. It is key to building a strong foundation for painting the human form based upon simplicity. Even if you don’t want to paint figures or portraits, the lessons you will learn will greatly improve your future work.


Fee: $250, for seven classes. A supply list and more class info will be sent to every student via email in advance. No refunds once classes have started.




To register, email Susan Dull at or call 804.914.9791.  Make checks for $125 payable to Susan Dull and mail to 304 Saint David’s Lane, Richmond, VA 23221.

Variations in Acrylic with Adele Castillo


Color Mixing Plus

January 19, 2019  |  10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Get more out of your pigments by learning the wide range of color mixtures you can make. Mixing includes learning how to mix tints, tones, shades and neutrals. In addition you will explore warm and cool versions of hues and learn how to choose the best version of any color you mix. You can put any color combination together in a painting - it’s about learning how to make those combinations work and mixing is where to start.


The Value in Blending

January 26, 2019  |  10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

From fabric to skin, blending is one of the most difficult techniques to master in acrylic painting, because acrylics dry so quickly. Using the color mixing skills from Color Mixing Plus, you will learn to match using color swatches, then create a trio of light, medium and dark versions of the color in a blending exercise. Then you will use these skills to practice painting fabric folds in light and shadow plus skin tones while emphasizing form. You will leave with a functional color reference chart that can be updated as new colors are introduced.


No Fear Faces

February 2, 2019  |  10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Painting portraits can be intimidating and seemingly quite difficult, but they don’t have to be either. You will learn to mix a variety of skin tones using various pigments. Following quick painted sketches of expressive faces, you will then dive into painting a human portrait. This workshop will include a lesson in drawing generic facial proportions and shapes with an emphasis on light and dark to define features.


General Information for All Classes

Where: Studio Three at Crossroads Art Center

Cost: $300 for the entire series or $125 per individual class if you don’t wish to attend the entire series. Each successive class builds on the skills from the prior class, which is great if you are a beginning painter. Experienced painters may prefer to sign up for just one or two, depending on interest.

Deadline: Sign up for the entire series by January 12 or one week prior to each class if taking individually.

Supplies: A supply list will be available upon sign up. Students will need to bring canvas or canvas board. Paint, brushes and palette pads will be available for all students. Experienced students may prefer to bring their own

supply stash.

Miscellaneous: Snacks and water are provided. Bring a bag lunch or plan for a quick (30-minute) lunch break nearby. Coffee, soda and additional snacks are for sale at the front desk in Crossroads.



You also may contact Adele at 804.550.7201 (leave a message) or

Midlothian Art Academy Winter Painting Classes

Winter classes start the week of January  21, 2019, and run through the week ofMarch 15, 2019. Registration closes Thursday, January 17, 2019.


Tuesday Afternoon  |  4:00–6:00 p.m.

Tuesday Evening  |  6:30–8:50 p.m.

Wednesday Midday  |  1:30–4:00 p.m.

Wednesday Afternoon  |  4:30–6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Evening  | 6:30–8:50 p.m. (acrylic only)

Thursday Morning  |  9:00 a.m.–noon


Midlothian Art Academy in Midlothian, Virginia, focuses on classical drawing and painting instruction with an emphasis on skills-based training. Visit for a complete listing of classes. All classes are held in the Midlothian Studio on Huguenot Road. Painting classes focus on the fundamentals of painting. This class will introduce you to painting with oil, acrylic, or watercolor. You will learn about appropriate substrates, mediums, and brushes for each. Following the materials introduction, we will explore basic color theory as we begin to paint simple subjects.


Advanced students will develop their talent by building confidence with the medium and substrates that they have chosen as their discipline. Students will also begin to explore composition and to assemble their independent portfolios either for specialty centers/college submissions, professional representations, or for the pure enjoyment of creating art.




For more information, call 804.464.3987 or email


Midlothian Art Academy

​1811 Huguenot Road, #305

​Midlothian, VA 23113

SOAR Colored Pencil Workshops


Winsome Portrait on Black Paper with Amy Lindenberger

Saturday, January 26–Sunday, January 27, 2019  |  10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

A master artist and instructor, Amy has taught extensively throughout the U.S. for decades. Author of our CP surfaces books, Amy has a real knack for breaking everything down into easy to follow steps. Learn how to create dramatically lit portraits on black paper. And you will love drawing those beautiful blue eyes. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn in just two days from Amy. Fee: $199.



For more information, contact Erin, workshop director, at or 253.831.2466.



Hummingbirds on White Paper with Pearl de Chalain

Saturday, May 4–Sunday, May 5, 2019  |  10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Born in South Africa with a pencil in her hand, Pearl has a vibrant and friendly personality with a wicked sense of humor. Pearl has a fun and relaxed approach to teaching making students feel at home, and has an incredible way of bringing out the best in her pupils with her encouraging comments. Learn how to render realistic feathers, plan and simplify a detailed subject, and create bright iridescent colors. Fee: $199.



For more information, contact Erin, workshop director, at or 253.831.2466.



Vivid Lilies on Sanded Paper with Mandy Peltier

Saturday, September 28–Sunday, September 29, 2019
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

As an experienced instructor, Mandy’s passion for teaching and for colored pencil is both evident and contagious. Her artwork has been juried into the prestigious exhibitions including CPSA’s International Exhibition and Explore This! We know you will enjoy Mandy’s Friendly disposition and her willingness to generously share everything she knows about working with colored pencils on sanded paper. Fee: $199.



For more information, contact Erin, workshop director, at or 253.831.2466.

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

Mixed Media Painting Classes with Susan Stuller

Choose from Tuesday or Wednesday sessions

Tuesdays  |  1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesdays  |  1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Classes begin on August 1, 2018, and 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.



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: $65 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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