Painting Classes + Workshops

Free Painting Demonstrations with Aaron Bowles

Choose from four dates!

Sunday, October 23 • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 4 • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, November 18 • 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 2 • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Aaron will demonstrate how to paint light-filled representational landscape and figure paintings in oil and acrylic paint. These are FREE demonstration events. Please complete the registration/order process online so we can plan or may contact you in case of changes or cancellations. Or just show up and enjoy the demo!



Contemporary Realism Painting with Aaron Bowles

Tuesdays, beginning January 10, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 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 three dates!

October 15, 2016  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

November 19, 2016  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

December 10, 2016  |  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, 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

Friday or Saturdays  | 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

*No class during the week of July 4


A large gallery painting demonstration to show how Chuck Larivey works with color, mediums, and tools. Participants will paint the same subject as Chuck, step-by-step, loosely or tightly depending on their personal painting style. Complexity of composition and technique increases as the sessions progress. Sign up for one Saturday session or all of them. There is a limit of 10 participants per session. Each session is limited to four hours with a lunch break (brown bag). Fee: $40 per session. For a materials list or information on each specific session, visit Chuck Larivey's blog.



You may register by contacting Crossroads Art Center at 804.278.8950.

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 9 – March 6 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, January 10 – March 7 | 9:00 a.m. – noon

Wednesdays, January 11 – March 8 | 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

Portrait, Landscape, and Still Life
with Merrily Johnstone

Thursdays  |  1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Approaches to portrait, landscape, and still life with instruction geared to a student’s skill level. Fee: $30 per class, with a one-month commitment.



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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