Painting Classes + Workshops

Contemporary Realism Painting with Aaron Bowles

Choose from Tuesdays or Thursdays!

Tuesdays, beginning January 10

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thursdays, beginning February 2

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Paint light-filled representational landscape and figure paintings in oil and acrylic paint. Learn how light and color mix together within a framework of abstraction to provide a suggestion of space. Learn how to use a planned value and color structure via the initial block-in of the painting from a photograph, then work over the entire piece to control values. We will seek expressiveness based on integrated abstract forms and texture that portray the emotional aspects of a scene and examine contemporary techniques to tell a visual story that will make your finished paintings immediately interesting for the viewer. Fee: $30 per class, minimum of four classes ($120). For a limited time, get one free class when you buy a month of classes (five classes for the price of four).



Paint Along with Adele Castillo

Choose from four dates!

Saturday, January 21 |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 11  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 15  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 13  |  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

Swimming in Paint with Chuck Larivey

January Session

Saturdays, January 7–28, and Sunday, January 29

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

February Session

Saturdays, February 4–25, and Sunday, February 26

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

March Session

Satudays, March 4–25, and Sunday, March 26

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


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.

This year’s Swimming in Paint will feature monthly sessions, each with five classes). Classes will be devoted to small practice works on Saturdays and 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 for the month, with related small-practice studies based on the chosen subject. 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.

Fee: $200 per session (month). Limited to 10 members. Printed materials list available on registration.



You also may contact Crossroads Art Center at 804.278.8950 or

Winter Painting Classes with Robin Caspari

Choose from plein air or studio classes

First Winter Series Studio Class

Tuesdays, November 29 – January 10*  |  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

*No class during the week of Christmas

Second Winter Series Studio Class

Tuesdays, January 17 – February 21  |  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

First Winter Series Plein Air Class

Wednesdays, November 30 – January 11*  |  9:00 a.m. – noon

*No class during the week of Christmas

Second Winter Series Plein Air Class

Wednesdays, January 18 – February 22  |  9:00 a.m. – noon


Join Robin Caspari in her beautiful Goochland studio for a series of painting classes to help students create confident and dynamic work and have success in and out of the studio. Robin focuses on a clear method of painting with a limited palette and takes each student's artistic goals into consideration. She holds large design concepts above all else, encouraging the expression of individual creativity. Lessons are designed for beginner and intermediate level painters. Each session is limited to five students, and classes are held in a beautiful professional studio environment. Oil and acrylic painters welcome … from abstract to impressionist! Fee: $185, for six classes (covers the cost of mineral spirits).



You also may contact Robin Caspari at 804.833.3332 or

Winter 2017 Painting Classes with Curney Nuffer

Choose from three sessions:

Mondays, January 16 – March 13 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, January 17 – March 14 | 9:00 a.m. – noon

Wednesdays, January 18 – March 15 | 1:00 – 4:00 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: $270 for 9 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. Between August 30 and September 14, please call Crossroads Art Center to register at 804.278.8950.

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

Abstract Painting with Joanna Tyka

Tuesdays, March 7 – April 11  |  2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Do you want to introduce abstraction to your paintings? How about some new materials? Learn mark-making, painting, and collage techniques that can be used in abstract paintings. Plan on working in a variety of media as you explore new modes of painterly expression. Fee: $195. Early registration by February 15: $175. Maximum of 12 participants


Joanna Tyka is an internationally acclaimed artist. She is a graduate from 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 many 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 many other places.



You also may contact Joanna Tyka at

Knife Painting with Linda Hollett-Bazouzi

Sunday, March 19  |  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

During this one-day class, participants will practice techniques and create 1–2 small paintings based on a choice of images provided by the instructor. Water-mixable oils will be provided (so odor and clean-up will not be issues). Fee includes two paint knives that students may keep. Participants may bring their owns canvases or purchased them from the instructor for $5 each. Recommended canvas size is 8x10 or 9x12. Fee: $100 or $95 per person if two register together.



You also may contact Linda Hollett-Bazouzi at 804.512.5059 or

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

Friday and Saturday, April 21–22  |  10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Sunday, April 23  |  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Create a history. Provide some mystery. Make your mark. Join Lisa Boardwine for a 3-day workshop to explore your personal voice using oil and cold wax medium. This workshop will emphasize discussion/demos, studio painting time, and individual critique of your personal direction in art-making. Introductory techniques for oil and cold wax will be demonstrated as needed. Selected topics include composition, color, and working in a series. If you are new to oil and cold wax, bring 12x12’’ panels and Arches oil paper; if you are an experienced oil or cold wax painter, you are encouraged to bring larger panels and paper. Supplies list will be sent upon registration. Some experience will oil painting is recommended. All levels of experience welcome. Fee: $395. Registration by April 8 is required.



You also may contact Lisa Boardwine at 276.935.6163 or Payment for registration may be mailed to Lisa Boardwine, PO Box 648, Grundy, VA 24614.


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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