Summer 2018


We’ve Moved!

The Studio School has moved to a larger, brighter, more visible space on the upper level of Towers Shopping Center. Our new location is in the inside the mall, just steps away from The Wildflower Restaurant. You may remember it as the Rams Head bookstore.

We’re excited about the new opportunities and classes we’ll be able to offer the community and hope to see you in our Summer Session, beginning the first week of June!

Stay tuned to our Blog

See you there,
your Studio School Instructors

To register for classes online and pay by credit card click on the register_button button.

Until we get our new phone system up and running, please contact the individual instructors above with questions. Some classes fill quickly so reserve your space by registering early.

If an instructor needs to cancel or change a class, they will contact you via email (or phone if you do not provided an email address)

Be an Art Angel
If you have some time to give, we would be grateful for any help you can provide, be it helping to organize and hang our school shows, keeping our parking lot tidy, or helping with general cleaning now and then! Click Here to contact instructor, Judy Bates if you have a bit of time and effort you can donate.

The Studio School is an incorporated non-profit organization, (501.C.3) with programs partially funded through the Virginia Commission for the Arts. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, ability or disability. Easel Society Contributors of $250 or more will receive end of the year summaries for their records.

Click Here for a printable Summer Registration Form (form will open in an new window or tab).

Summer Teen Classes

-Oil Pastel-
Nature Close-up with Oil Pastels–with Patti Kapral
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 18, 19, 20 • 10 a.m.–noon • $80 (all supplies are included!)
Using natural objects such as flowers, pine cones, seashells, produce, seashells and bones, we will explore how color and value are emphasized in a work of art. You’ll learn fundamental oil pastel techniques, such as blending, sgraffito, and layering. You will also learn how to create a dynamic composition. Bring a natural object such as a flower (artificial is fine!), shell, leaves, apple, etc. to be used as your subject. There will also be other natural items for you to peruse. All supplies are included. Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

Drawing for Teens (ages 13 – 18)–with Gina Louthian-Stanley
5 classes: Monday–Friday, July 9-13, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • $125.00

Come explore the Elements of Art! We will start out with beginning drawing techniques, and continue exercises to introduce us to ‘seeing’ like an artist. Participants will create contour and value drawings, and end up completing a class project. For the first class, bring an interesting object (ex: figurine, artificial flower, etc.), an 9 X 12 Canson Mixed Media Sketchbook, and a set of drawing pencils, eraser (the rectangular white one is best), and a good, clear, black and white 4″ x 6″ laser copy of themselves (we will be marking on this.). Gina will supply other materials included in the class fee. Click Here to contact Gina with questions.register_button

-Oil Pastel-
Capturing Reflective Surfaces in Oil Pastel–with Patti Kapral
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 18, 19, 20 • 10:00 a.m.–noon • $80
In this class we will take original photographs of reflective objects in a still life and then create a realistic drawing using the photograph as a reference. Bring your cell phone with you if you are able to take photos on it- and there will be a camera available for use. You will learn tricks for drawing reflective surfaces, and how to achieve realism with oil pastel. All supplies are included. Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

Summer Adult Classes

If your child age 15-17 would like to be considered for an adult class, please contact the individual class instructor.

Adults… JUNE

Tiny Landscapes–with Tracy Budd
One class: Tuesday, June 5 • 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • $55
Pack up your acrylics and come paint tiny! We will do three small, acrylic landscapes focusing on atmosphere, simplified format, texture and color! Lots of layering scraping, texture making will give us our desired atmospheric effects! Great exercises for creating larger paintings later. Start collecting your photos now! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Study the Color Magic of John Singer Sargent in Watercolor–with Judy Bates
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 5, 6, 7 • 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. • $100 (plus $10 copy and materials fee paid to Judy at first class)
By studying and copying one of John Singer Sargent’s masterful watercolors, you will unlock the magic of his techniques and use of color that may be applied to your future work. You will gain an understanding of Sargent’s approach to creating luminous color that ranges from his most transparent passages to his deepest saturated darks. We will re-create a Sargent by tracing and copying one of his masterful watercolors in order to study glazing techniques, mixing techniques on the palette, and wet-in-wet, as well as masking and reserve techniques. There will be a strong emphasis on color theory and the use of the color wheel with demonstrations by Judy throughout the process and exercises on making intentional and successful color choices. A master copy, tracing and graphite paper are provided. Suitable for beginners with some experience to more experienced painters. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button

-Mixed Media-
Create Your Own Icon–with Vera Dickerson
4 classes: Mondays, Tuesdays, June 11, 12 and 18, 19 • 9:00 a.m. to noon • $100 plus a supply fee of $10 paid to Vera at the first class.
We all have special pets, places, people or objects which hold a powerful presence in our minds. Take this image and create your own icon on a small wooden panel using a variety of media similar to icons from the past. Acrylic paints, modeling paste and gels, metal leaf and bits of collage will be incorporated for a truly personal piece of art.

Vera will supply some materials to reduce your need to purchase many of these materials. Upon registering, Vera will email a specific list of what she has for the group and what you will need to bring. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Flower Power–with Robin Poteet
3 classes: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, June 13, 14, 15 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $75
There’s no media like watercolor when it comes to expressing the luminous, delicate qualities of flowers! We’ll zoom in on nature’s beauty as we explore techniques for managing water/paint ratio, creating dimension, preserving highlights, achieving vibrant colors, and determining interesting shadow and foliage hues. Students are encouraged to to bring multiple close up photos. Robin will send examples and a list of supplies to those signing up. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

-Mixed Media-
Weaving Canvas Strips–with Jane Winders Frank
2 classes: Thursday & Friday, June 14–15 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $75
We will stain unprimed canvas and cut it in strips to weave together. The woven strips will be mounted on wooden painting panels. From there we complete the piece with acrylic paint and other mixed media. $5 fee payable to Jane for canvas. Click Here to contact Jane for supply list or questions.register_button

-Silver Jewelry-
Introduction to Precious Metal Clay–with Annie Armistead
1 class: Saturday, June 16, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $135 (all materials included)
Learn all the basics of working with precious metal clay, including, sculpting, texturing, carving, sanding, firing and polishing. No experience needed! Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button

Monotype Printmaking–with Gina Louthian-Stanley
1 class: Saturday, June 16 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $80 plus $45 material fee for wax/oil sticks/pigments and 8 full sheets of rice paper payable to Gina at the beginning of class. All tools are provided.
This workshop will concentrate on printing on paper with pigmented beeswax. One of a kind prints are created using simple mark making with pigment bars, brushes, silicone subtractive tools, wooden print blocks, and stencils. We will explore working with different tools, different types and sizes of paper, and techniques. You are welcome to bring 60lb. drawing paper, or additional rice paper to make more prints. Click Here to contact Gina for a list of optional materials or tools. Bring notebook for notes and a bag lunch. Limit 6 .register_button

-Watercolor & Mixed Media-
A Summer Blast of Watercolor & Wax–with Robin Poteet
2 days: Thursday and Friday, June 21 and 22 • 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. each day • $75 (includes many of the materials)
Join one of Robin’s most popular classes. Come expecting to be a bit messy and adventurous — with results that are often unexpected, but are always marvelous! Working in layers, this process alternates brushing on areas of melted wax to protect areas in our paintings, then brushing on watercolor or acrylic paint for results that are vibrant, loose and creative. We’ll mount the finished pieces on deep sided canvasses. These make great gifts and are fun to design and paint. You’ll have time to do at least 4 pieces. This class is offered just once a year, so sign up early! Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

Adults… JULY

Color Power–with Vera Dickerson
3 classes: Friday, Monday, Tuesday, July 6, 9, 10 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $75
Concentrate on two small paintings of the same subject with a variation in temperature and value. We will talk about your color & value choices, make a quick color chart, and then learn by seeing how your choices make a huge visual difference in the mood of the 2 works. Paint in class and share our experiences. Your choice of photo references, but keep this simple. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

-Mixed Media-
Channeling Mary Todd: Strata Paining–with Jane Winders Frank
2 classes: Thursday & Friday, July 12–13 • 9:00 a.m.–noon. • $75

Following Mary Todd Beam’s workshop guide we will experiment with different textures and mediums on elongated illustration board. Acrylic paint is applied to the textural surface to finish the piece. Click Here to contact Jane for supply list or questions.register_button

Big, Bold, Beautiful Landscapes–with Robin Poteet
3 classes: Wednesday–Friday, July 18, 19, 20 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $75
Grab some watercolor paper, and lets get busy exploring the landscape that’s right around us! Get bold and loose and prepare to express yourself in this 3 day workshop. We’ll do 2 sheets of exercises—this part will be fun, I promise!. We’ll study how to paint all types of skies, plus, our mountains, farmland and streams. And yes, getting a variety in our greens will be part of the discussion! If you’re familiar with watercolor, this is a great class. If you have questions about this, please call Robin at 540-384-5022 or Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

-Mixed Media-
People, Places and Things–with Tracy Budd
3 classes: Monday -Wednesday, July 23, 24, and 25 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $90
Delve into the world of assemblage, collage and acrylic paint to create meaningful memory boxes. A place to use copies of old photographs, momentos, maps, jewelry, and found objects to describe how we feel about a person, place or thing! These little jewels can be oh so personal and a great way to display our treasures. Tracy will supply two birch panel boxes for the support, 12 x 12” and all you need to do is supply the memories and special “things”! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

-Mixed Media-
How Realists can learn to love Abstract Painting–with Robin Poteet
3 classes: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 26-28 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $75
Many artists shy away from abstract painting because they don’t understand why, or how to go about it. Once you delve into it though, you’ll find there often is “a method to the madness” and that it can be intriguing, enlightening and extremely rewarding to create work that comes “from within”. We’ll paint small and on paper—with paint, collage, pen and whatever else comes to mind… learning aspects of design and composition as we go. This class is all about having fun and letting go… so come express yourself… beginners are welcome! Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

-Mixed Media-
Abstract Figures–with Jane Winders Frank
2 classes: Thursday and Friday, July 26–27 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $75

Phone book pages come into play to create cut
out figure shapes. These shapes are then collaged on paper in interesting compositions. Acrylic paint and drawing media complete the process. This is a good way to take the “scary” out of working with the figure.  Click Here to contact Jane for supply list or questions.register_button

Adults… AUGUST

Alla Prima Flower Painting in Oil–with Judy Bates
3 classes: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 7, 8, 9 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $90
In this lively and fun class we will loosen up with the direct or alla prima method of painting flowers. We will explore this painterly and spontaneous method of working wet into wet without waiting for the lower layers to dry. This method allows you to finish a small painting in a session, so bring several small canvases! Please bring flowers or photographs of flowers to use as references for small still lifes. We will talk about materials, composition, color and paint application techniques. For beginners with some experience in oil to more experienced painters. A materials list will be sent upon registration. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button

Painting A Cityscape–with Tracy Budd
3 classes: Tuesday–Thursday August 7, 8, 9 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $85
Working larger, we will attempt a cityscape. Perspective, shape, scale and value will be emphasized to create vibrant canvases of “around town”! Drawing, mixing color and value comparisons to create dramatic cityscapes with an atmospheric feel. We will paint on large canvases with acrylics. Start taking your photos now! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

-Watercolor Pencils-
Learn all about Watercolor by using Watercolor Pencils–with Robin Poteet
3 classes: Saturdays, August 11, 18, 25 • 9:00–noon • $75

Geared for Beginners! If you have an interest in painting but don’t know where to start, this class is the perfect introduction. Watercolor pencils are versatile, affordable, and very easy to use. In this class, you’ll learn how to work with the pencils to achieve vibrant color combinations, shadows and intensity. Once we start adding water to the colored drawing, the magic begins! Robin will provide the first week’s subject, and will email information on purchasing a set of 24 watercolor pencils and other minimal supplies you’ll need. Click Here to contact Robin upon registration.register_button

-Water Media or Pastel-
Portraits from Photos–with Vera Dickerson
4 classes: Mondays, Tuesdays, August 13, 14, 20, 21 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $100

Bring good photo reference, drawing materials, a black and white photo copy of your primary photo and your paint supplies. Vera will demo with acrylics but you may use any water media or chalk pastels. Support size around 16 x 20.

We will focus on likeness and the spark which adds expression and life to the painting. Close values and temperature differences, shadow colors and a lively range of skin tones will accompany demos. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

-All Media-
Get Out of your Creative Rut!–with Robin Poteet
2 classes: Wednesday and Thursday, August 15 & 16 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $50
We all go through it… that creative slump where we don’t know what to paint…or even why we’re trying! Let these 2 days be the motivation you need to get inspired again. We’ll do numerous exercises and studies, but will also explore subjects, watch short video clips and hear interviews with other artists. Sometimes creativity needs a little nudge — other times it needs a bonfire lit under us! Either way, we’ll sort it out through painting time and conversation. This class will be fun and energetic and the goal is that you end up with a mountain of ideas that you can pull from for your next series of paintings. (Robin will have a supply list by mid July.) Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button