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The Center offers a multitude of art classes and seminars for all ages and learning levels. Both short and long term classes in varied forms of art and crafts will be offered throughout the year. You can obtain more information by contacting Kay Goldsby at 804-278-8950 or email: You may also use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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Watercolor for All Levels with Christopher Wynn

Dates: November 17, December 1, December 8, December 15
January 12, January 19, January 26, February 2
There will be NO class November 24, December 22, December 29, January 5.
Time: Mondays 6:00 pm. - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: 8-week class session. $235.00
Register by contacting Chris directly at: or call: 804.747.3446

Class Description:
Christopher Wynn will demonstrate many of the techniques he uses to paint his watercolors of contemporary realism. He typically “mixes and rolls” the paint directly on the paper to achieve soft, organic gradients of color, transitions virtually impossible in any other medium. There is always an element of “hit-or-miss” with these techniques, which often bring surprising results.

He will also demonstrate how he mixes a tricolor black for greater depth in watercolor, effective mixing and using various warm and cool grays, charging techniques to bounce and enhance light in your work, and why he likes to use resist, or masking fluid, when painting. Lastly he will discuss materials he prefers, and why, and plans to offer a great deal of individual attention.

Materials List:
1. Masking Fluid. I use Winsor Newton, in 75ml size. It is available at art stores
2. Some very cheap brushes in various sizes to apply mask with. You can purchase these at most art outlets also for a couple of bucks.
3. A pick-up. This is a squarish, rubber based product to erase and “pick-up” masking fluid
4. A straight edge triangle, such as a draftsman’s triangle, for squaring up lines.
5. 1.5" Masking tape, the brown kind available at any hardware store.
6. Bring to the first class a tube of Thalo Green, Thalo Blue, and a tube of any red, such as permanent alizarin crimson or a quinacridone rose. These are the basics for mixing blacks. Many of you are comfortable with your own color palette. No worries, there. But I would request that you have on hand the following colors along with the aforementioned: Naples Yellow, Hansa Light, New Gamboge, Quinacridone Rose (or) Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, (French) Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, and the earth tones of Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Umber. I use mostly Daniel Smith watercolor paints.
7. One cheap, but sturdy (nylon, for instance) oil painting brush, about a #8-#10 round. We’ll use that to activate paint.
8. Tracing paper for transferring drawings.
9. Turkey baster. I use one every time I paint to precisely measure out water. Any eyedropper would work just as well, but it is slower.

All the rest is obvious: paper, tapes, paints, pencils, spray bottles, painting boards, water buckets, kneaded erasers, paper towels, brushes, etc. etc. go without saying. I myself paint on 300# Arches cold press paper.

Thursday Morning Open Studio

Dates: Ongoing Thursdays Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Fee: $60 for 3 months payable in advance
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.
For information or to register contact Garry-Lou Upton at 804-379-9330, 804-347-4238 or

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Advanced Studio Painting Classes with Christaphora Robeers

Dates: Ongoing Mondays beginning January 19, 2015 Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Ongoing Wednesdays beginning January 21, 2015
Time: 10am - 12:30pm

Fee paid monthly in advance. Number of class days in a month varies.
Four classes in a month...$130
Three classes in a month...$97.50
Two classes in a month...$75.00

This is a multi medium studio class for intermediate and advanced participants.
Each class will begin with a specific focus. A demo and a short group discussion will start each studio session. Participants can work on the exercises or work on their own paintings. Individual instruction is a major component of each session.

For information or to register contact Garry-Lou Upton at 804-379-9330 or 804-347-4238

Paint Along with Adele Castillo

Date: February 21 and 22 Sat and Sun Time: Noon to 4 p.m. both days.
Where: Studio Three in Crossroads Art Center Maximum: 8 students
Cost: $85 per person, due one week prior to class or upon registration
Not familiar with a Paint Along?
This is a cross between a studio class and an evening painting party. Students begin with the same subject, learning how to get it to canvas along with drawing tips and guidance. Painting techniques will be demonstrated and students generally follow along. Then after the first hour or so, everyone gets to veer off and be creative with their interpretation. Along the way students will be advised about color, application of paint, and whatever else may come up. It's a great way to have fun and learn about acrylic paint, particularly for beginners. It's a great way for experienced painters to expand their portfolio or pick up some tips or input about their style. It's fun, it's easy and students leave with a finished, or ready to finish, painting.
For information or to register contact Adele at 804-550-7201 or for information and supply list.

Acrylic and Color with Adele Castillo

Ongoing Sessions:
Monday nights, Time: 6 -9 p.m.
Wednesday nights, Time: 6 - 9p.m
Thursday, afternoons, Time: 1 - 4p.m.
Location: Crossroads Art Center - Building 3, Studio 3
Fee: All classes are paid monthly in advance @ $25 per class
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 deal with acrylic paint and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded souls. Classes are small, which allows time for individual attention.
For information or to register please contact Adele at 550-7201 or for information and supply list.

Painting Classes with Susan Stuller

Location - Crossroads Art Center, Building 3, Classroom 2
3 Classes to choose from:
Tuesday 1:00pm -3:30pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Class fee is $30.00 per class with a commitment for one month at a time. Payment is due the first of the month for the entire month. This will reserve your place in class. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Classes are ongoing with individual attention stressed. Instruction is in acrylic, pastel, watercolor and oil - you choose your medium.

Fees for missed classes will not be refunded or credited for a future class but each student will receive 4 unexcused absences for the year. A one week notice is required if you wish to discontinue.

Questions and Registration: Contact Susan at, 804-379-1477 or

Portrait, Landscape, and Still Life Class with Merrily Johnstone

Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m.
Ongoing: 4 week Session $100
Class fee is $25.00 per class with a commitment for one month at a time.
Approaches to portrait, landscape and still life with instruction geared to student's current level.
Questions and Registration: Contact Merrily at 804-310-7043.
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Painting Classes with Curney Nuffer
Winter 2015 Sessions

Mondays Jan 12 -Mar 2        Time: 1pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesdays Jan 13 - Mar 3        Time: 9am - 12:00 pm
Tuesdays Jan 13 - Mar 3        Time: 2pm - 5:30 pm.

Fee: 8 classes for $240.00.
Any missed classes can be made up at any time during the semester in the other class times. There will be no classes Thanksgiving week.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels are welcome.
Although classes are primarily focused on oil painting, Curney also 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 the paint. Composition and the use of photos versus using still life setups and plein air landscapes will be discussed. Demos and exercises are mixed in with painting time, or artists have the option to “just paint” on their own with help from Curney throughout the class. A “New Student Info File” will be emailed to all new students.
For questions or to register please contact Susan Dull at or 804 - 914 - 9791.

“Abstraction Explored”- Intermediate Level - Oil/Cold Wax/Mixed Media With Lisa B. Boardwine BWS, VWS

Date: February 14th & 15th 2015 Time: 10:00-5:00 each day
Cost: $250.00 + $25.00 supply fee
~Create a History ~ Provide Some Mystery ~ Make Your Mark~
Join me for a 2-Day workshop to explore your personal language using oil paint and cold wax. We will use various materials and tools to explore surface effects and techniques to achieve unique finishes and expressive paintings. We will be using panel and paper in this workshop.

The emphasis will be on personal style, composition and expanding your artistic voice. Topics- Working in a Series, Monotypes & Mark Making.

Some experience with oil and cold wax necessary! Intermediate Level

Supplies needed: Oil paints- assortment of colors, 10-15 Artists panels (I recommend the Ampersand gessoboard brand- in various sizes for this workshop- (they can be cradled or flat), I am suggesting for this workshop that you bring a few larger size boards to push into working in a larger format, Arches Oil Paper in pads or sheets, various sizes of painting knives- a trowel style knife 4-inch to 7- inch painting knife, Scrapers with silicone blades--the dough scrapers you find in kitchen shops ( I will have these for sale), squeegees, Dorlands or Gamblin cold wax,(The wax is included in the supply fee for this workshop), Gamsol, container for gamsol, 4 inch soft brayer, a few oil sticks in your favorite colors (I prefer R&F brand) rags/paper towels & wet wipes, anything interesting to make texture in paint(stencils, stamps, string, grid, mesh etc), ,soft pastels(your favorite colors),spray bottle for gamsol, artist apron/shirt, gloves, 2 inch blue painter’s tape, Freezer paper for palette.

I will have the suggested scrapers, painting knives, & some sizes of gesso boards for sale in class, All wax for workshop provided in the supply fee, plus other materials to sample and try.

Additional information Participants will have a one hour lunch break.

Registration & Information: Lisa Boardwine, 276-935-6163
Pre-registration is required, Registration deadline is February 6th 2015

Success from Start to Finish
Making Paintings Work with Rob Vander Zee

Dates: February 21 & 22, 2015
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Fee: $200
In this workshop, I am going to focus on a “start to finish” approach to making paintings work. I want to use proven ways of thinking about paintings to make the process of creating a painting more precise, direct and tangible. Many artists set up way too many “stumbling blocks” or “speed bumps” for themselves very early on in their painting process. Those stumbling blocks can inhibit a painter’s successful creative process throughout the entire time he or she works on any given canvas. What I would like to introduce is a proven method of approach that will remove any of those speed bumps from the very beginning before one unwittingly puts them in their own path. We will take a more philosophical approach to painting, which surprisingly is also a very practical approach to painting. Most artists (and often, even professionals) make the mistake of seeing painting as a “Linear” process, meaning that the artist expects each thing that they do on the canvas to add up to something better than before. Really good artists know that this is a dead-end road to uninteresting paintings. Good painters realize that allowing the painting process have a strong role in the development of the painting is crucial and that there are some layers that are “set up” layers (often the ugly layers) that are meant to create a certain feel or situation to allow the next layer to work better.

Day 1: This first day, we will discuss the beginning processes of painting and what methods one should use to avoid creating more work for themselves. Many artists spend a lot of time removing unnecessary things from their paintings because they didn’t start thinking about their “set up” from the beginning. There are very common and basic rules that one can follow to make sure that the painting gets started off on the right foot and continues on that path for as long as it can. I will teach the guidelines to this path and give several examples of each principle I am talking about. I will also give you a list of questions to ask yourself when you get stuck or confused. These questions will help you navigate (on your own) your way out of any “dead end” place in a painting. Each student will also bring at least 15 good photographs or images to work from. I will help you choose which photos will naturally lend themselves to greater success and I’ll explain to you why. We will hang a bunch of these photos/images up on the wall and discuss them in depth and why certain images lend themselves to better paintings. We will also discuss how you, the artist, can alter other images to make them much better candidates for more successful paintings. I would limit your subject matter to landscapes, cityscapes, and possibly floral or interior views to make it easier for us to discuss the principles in a more contained and basic form. We will be working with Acrylic and Acrylic glazes to make the creative process move along very quickly. Speed will be an assisting aid so that you don’t slow down long enough to make all of your mistakes!

Day 2: We will continue working on the three canvases that we started on Day 1. I will discuss the “middle period” of the painting process. We will talk about creating texture and movement, contrast and harmony while maintaining a strong focus on moving the painting forward without creating those road blocks. I will give you a list of things to avoid during this process while you build the surface up and make it more interesting. We will be working closely together as a group to share in our creative making experience. Group dialogue and critique will be a part of this process. Group discussion is important and will be very helpful to make the ideas I am presenting more concrete and tangible. The second half of the day, we will discuss the “finishing touches” of the painting process. How does one know when a painting is finished? This is the most common question asked in the painting classroom. We will discuss this question and I will give you a list of questions you can ask yourself while you are going through this process. I will also demonstrate on my own paintings how to make decisions that will lead you down a pathway to success. My goal is that each of you will finish at least two of your three paintings by the end of the second day. I want to be able to lead you in a very precise and rapid way from start to finish and give you the guidelines and principles to follow that will allow you to successfully do this on your own.

Supplies: Three stretched canvases (gessoed), acrylic paints (variety of colors), acrylic glaze (satin or semi-gloss are best), brushes, 15 photos or images to choose/work from. **If you are not an acrylic painter, no problem. I can supply the paints and glaze to you for a nominal fee. It is important to use acrylic for expediency sake.

For information or to register contact Crossroads at 804-278-8950

Painting VA Landscape in Watercolor with Eleanor Cox

Dates: Saturday, March 7 and Sunday March 8, 2015 Time: 9am-4pm
Fee: $175
Registration deadline: March 1, 2015 Open to all levels.
This is a two day weekend workshop focusing on painting the Virginia Landscape using photograph references. A demonstration each morning will cover the basics of simple watercolor painting, followed by time to paint and practice the concepts. Photographs can be brought to develop one’s own paintings or use the images provided. A list of supplies will be sent to participants. Breaking for lunch will be mid day and suggested that bringing one’s own may conserve time, but there are several nearby places to buy lunch. Critique and review of the day’s work provides a fresh look and opportunity for growth in one’s work.
Register by email, or mail check with the following information (Name, Address, Email and phone) to:
Eleanor Cox
3980 Reed’s Landing Circle, Midlothian, VA 23113
804-320-1445 home, 804-513-7452 cell


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Crossroads Art Center Classes

The Center offers a multitude of art classes and seminars for all ages and learning levels. Both short and long term classes in varied forms of art and crafts will be offered throughout the year. You can obtain more information by contacting Jenni Kirby at 804-278-8950 or email: You may also use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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Registration Guidelines

  • Classes without sufficient enrollment five to seven days prior to the first class will be canceled.
  • Late registrations are welcome with space available and instructor's permission.
  • Full payment must accompany registration.
  • Class fees will not be pro-rated for any reason.
  • Payment may be made by cash, check, or charge card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).
  • Unless otherwise noted, classes are open to ages 16 and above.

Cancellations and Refunds

  • The Crossroads Art Center reserves the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment. Fees are 100 percent refundable if the class is canceled by the Crossroads Art Center.
  • Fifty percent of class fees are refunded if withdrawal notice is received seven days or more prior to the first class.
  • No refunds will be made if withdrawal notice is received less than seven days prior to the first class meeting.
  • The Crossroads Art Center does not issue credit vouchers for class withdrawals.

The Crossroads Art Center may on occasion need to substitute an instructor for a course. This is done with the recommendation of the scheduled instructor and does not diminish the quality of instruction

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