Painting Classes + Workshops

Winter and Spring 2016 Painting Classes with Robin Caspari

Choose from Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning sessions

Tuesdays, January 5 – February 9  |  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, January 13 – February 17  |  9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, February 23 – April 5*  |  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

* No class March 29, Spring Break

Wednesdays, February 24 – April 6*  |  9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

* No class March 30, Spring Break


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

Painting Classes in Acrylic or Oil
with Lora Monahan

Tuesdays, January 12 – March 15 |  9:30 a.m. – noon

Participants choose their medium — acrylic or oil — in this 10-week studio painting class that is open to all levels. Class size is limited so that each participant receives individual attention. Composition, color mixing, paint application, and use of value will be discussed. Demos will be brief so the majority of class time can be spent painting. A supply list is available on the artist's website at Fee: $295; $100 deposit reserves a space with the balance due on the first day of class.



You also may contact Lora at 804.221.6524 or


Winter 2016 Painting Classes with Curney Nuffer

Choose from Monday or two Tuesday sessions

Mondays, January 11 – March 7  |  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, January 12 – March 8  | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Tuesdays, January 12 - March 8  |  2:00 – 5:00 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 nine classes, paid in advance. No refunds after class begins. 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.


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You also may contact Susan Dull at 804.914.9791 or

Mixing Colors Using Water-Mixable Oils
with Linda Hollett-Bazouzi

Choose one or more sessions

Sunday, January 17  |  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Violets: Register by January 14

Sunday, January 24  |  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Oranges: Register by January 21

Sunday, January 31  |  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Greens: Register by January 28.

Sunday, February 7  |  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Neutrals: Register by February 4

Four three-hour sessions on mixing oranges, violets, greens, and neutrals — warm, cool, light, dark, subdued, vibrant — using oil paints that mix with water. Choose one, two, three, or all four sessions. Supplies are included! Fee: $75 per session or $250 for all four sessions, including all supplies. Register by dates above, or register for all four sessions by January 14. Payment may be made by check or credit card and is due before class begins. No refunds unless cancellation due to weather.



You also may contact Linda Hollett-Bazouzi at 804.512.5059 or

Acrylic and Color with Adele Castillo

Choose from Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday sessions

Mondays  |  6:00 – 9:00 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

Wednesdays  |  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

Paint Along with Adele Castillo

Choose from two classes:

Saturday, February 13|  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 19  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Unfamiliar with a paint along? A paint along is a cross between a studio class and a color techniques class. Everyone in the class begins with the same subject and the instructor provides drawing tips and guidance to get it onto the canvas. Painting techniques are demonstrated, and students follow along. After the first hour, everyone is allowed to veer off and bring their creative interpretations to the canvas. Along the way, Adele teaches and advises about color, application of paint, and anything else that comes up. It’s a great way to have fun and learn about acrylic paint, especially for beginners. Experienced painters can expand their portfolio or pick up tips and input about their style. Painters leave with a finished — or ready to finish — painting. Fee: $75, due one week prior to class or upon registration. Limited to 8 students. Supply list provided upon registration. Class is held in Studio Three.



You also may contact Adele at 804.550.7201 or

Personal Voice in Oil/Cold Wax, Intermediate Level with Lisa B. Boardwine, BWS, VWS

Friday, March 4  |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

Sunday, March 6  |  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 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 paint and cold wax medium. The emphasis will be on personal style and expanding your personal artistic voice, and includes discussions and demonstrations of topics listed, studio painting time, and individual critique concerning the personal direction of your work. Selected topic: Working in a Series, Composition, and Unique Color Mixes. Participants will have a one-hour lunch break. Some experience with oil/cold wax is suggested. Fee: $395. Preregistration is required; registration deadline is February 26, 2016.



You also may contact Lisa Boardwine at 276.935.6163 or



  • Oil paints, assortment of colors
  • 10-15 artist panels (Ampersand brand gessoboard, cradled or flat, in various sizes; bring a few larger size boards to push into working in a larger format)
  • Arches Oil Paper in pads or sheets
  • Terra Skin Stone Paper (can be purchased through Cheap Joe’s or Amazon in sheets and pads, 16pt.)
  • Various sizes of painting knives (a trowel-style knife, 4” to 7” painting knife)  Scrapers with silicone blades (the dough scrapers you find in kitchen shops; these will be for sale at the workshop)
  • Squeegees
  • Dorlands or Gamblin cold wax (cold wax is included for this workshop
  • Gamsol and a container/spray bottle for Gamsol
  • 4” soft brayer
  • Oil sticks in your favorite colors (recommended: 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)
  • Artist apron/shirt
  • Gloves
  • 2” blue painter’s tape,
  • Freezer paper for palette
  • Additional materials will be available to try during the workshop.

Painting Workshops with David Dunlop

Friday, May 20  |  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 21 |  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 22 |  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Day 1: Painting Atmosphere, Luminous Mysteries

Atmospheric perspective has been part of persuasive Chinese landscapes for a thousand years and later developed in Europe in the 16th century by artists like Claude. J.M.W. Turner and George Inness later explored atmospheric perspective in new Romantic directions. We will examine and I will demonstrate their techniques to help you build more engaging pictures. Explore misty atmospheres as they settle on a salt marsh, waft through a forest, or wade through a valley. Learn how to infuse atmosphere, tinted luminosity and incandescence in your paintings. Learn how to build the haunting effects of imagery dissolving into space. Following the demonstrations your instructor will work with each of you to help develop your paintings. Instruction will be in mixed media, watercolor, oil and acrylic.

Day 2: Realistic Abstractions

Merge realism with abstraction. Learn how to create deep illusory space, with shadows, unified light and unfolding events in abstraction. If you’re already an abstract painter you learn how to make abstractions with convincing illusions Learn how to evoke motion, perspectives of disappearance with subjects like the city, landscape or sky. Whether you paint on paper, canvas, aluminum, PVC or photographs here are strategies to create works that will oscillate between realism and abstraction. Relying on psychology and neuroscience we exploit the processes of vision to create pictures that arrest our attention. You will learn how to use color theory, simultaneous and successive contrast, color harmony, variable rhythms, sensations of movement, and art historical traditions to connect realistic experience with abstraction. Your instructor will demonstrate these ideas and then personally counsel each artist as they create their own works. Bring older paintings you are dissatisfied with or, make new work in this workshop. Instruction will be in mixed-media, watercolor, oil and acrylic.

Day 3: Brigher and Brilliant

Find dramatic and bright color in landscapes, cityscapes, and abstractions. Learn how color perception changes under various lights, from twilight to midday. Learn how to recreate those effects. Learn how color memory and culture affect color perception. Learn why different colors create different emotional and spacial effects. Learn how color determines our sense of volume, space, movement, and luminance. Learn how artists achieve, iridescence, luminescence, successive contrast, simultaneous contrast, brilliance, halation, translucence, and reflection. Learn how artists from Ancient Greece, the Renaissance, and Romantic age, the Hudson River Painters, Impressionists, and Modernists use color. What were their ideas, materials and techniques? How did science to help them? What new materials are available to us?  Using a variety of new tools your instructor will demonstrate how to create brilliant color effects and then help you develop bright harmonies in your work. Instruction will be in oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media.


Fee: 3 days, $495; 2 days, $375; 1 day, $199. Minimum of 10 students for each session, maximum of 18 students for each session.



You also may contact Crossroads Art Center at 804.278.8950 or


3-Day Palette Knife Painting with Leslie Saeta

September 23–25  |  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In this three-day workshop, students will discover their passion for art by learning the basic of value and color and mastering techniques of painting with a palette knife. This workshop will focus on tools to capture light and color with a strong emphasis on color mixing (using a limited palette) and temperature.


The first day begins with a unique paint-along demonstration with the palette knife to help students understand basic approaches, color mixing, and value … and students will love their completed painting. The second day begins with everyone painting together and a demonstration that focuses on using the palette knife to create visual interest and focal points. After this class, students will enjoy a home-cooked gourmet meal in Richmond, prepared by the instructor! On the third day, students will painting on their own using the palette knife and inspiration photos, along with one-on-one instruction at their easel. Time will also be given to discuss art marketing tips and advice for participants to sell their work. Fee: $425, includes one gourmet, home-cooked dinner.



You also may contact Leslie Saeta Fine Art at 626.799.8507 or

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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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