2016 An Evening at Barren Ridge

Save the date, Sunday, May 25, 2016, at 6pm for this rite of spring and very special benefit for the Staunton Augusta Art Center.

An elegant evening of cocktails, wine, fancy hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet meal, delectable desserts, special entertainment, and convivial company in a beautiful setting.

Stay tuned for more details.


Art Classes

2016 Classes

Design Choices in Watercolor

Six Wednesdays, February 17-March 30, 2016
Peg Sheridan, teacher
$160/$144 members
Pre-registration is required, call 540-885-2028

Learn about the principles and elements of design and how to apply design guidelines to compose a successful painting. Thanks to the comfortable, individualized tutelage of Peg Sheridan, beginners as well as advanced painters are welcome.


Art class for ages 6-8ish
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Sarah Beth Latane, teacher
$15/$13 members
Pre-registration is required, call 540-885-2028

Students will learn about American pop artist Jim Dine who included Valentine hearts in many of his paintings.  With Dine’s works as their inspiration, participants will create their own seasonal works of art.

Saturdays-in-March art classes

Saturdays-in-March Art Classes for ages 6-10
10:30-Noon in the RR Smith Center for History & Art, 20 S. New Street, Staunton
Pre-registration required.  Call 540-885-2028. $15 per class/$13 members

In celebration of Youth Art Month and in conjunction with the Annual Juried Youth Art Show, the Staunton Augusta Art Center is pleased to collaborate with Mary Baldwin College to present this special set of art classes.  With the encouraging guidance of MBC art students, children will learn art theory and develop art skills while taking an imaginative  journey to four very special American destinations  Sign up for one class or all four.

Crazy Horse Memorial/Sculpture Making, March 5

Sculptures can be made out of nearly any material, including the side of a mountain! The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota honors North American Indians. Create your own clay sculpture of someone who inspires you.

Arches National Park/Chalk Pastel Landscapes, March 12

Think Arches National Park’s red arch structures against a clear blue sky. Create bold landscapes by using a variety of chalk pastel techniques.

The Statue of Liberty/Collage, March 19

The Statue of Liberty and her diverse surroundings make for a very full picture.  Create your own collage of buildings, statues, rivers, boats, islands, or trees.

Golden Gate Bridge/Focal Point, March 26

Have you ever wondered why the road seems to disappear as it gets further away or why some pictures stand out more than others? Learn how to give your drawings a clear center point while exploring the world’s longest suspension bridge!

Materials List for Watercolor Classes

Quality watercolor paper, Arches 140 lb. preferred or Fabriano, Winsor and Newton, Gemini, etc.

Brushes: flats and rounds in sizes you prefer, bigger is recommended.  Include a 1″ or larger flat and a #10 or larger round

Paints: whatever you prefer including reds, blues, yellows, brown

Palette: a white plate or a plastic plate or butcher tray will suffice

Sketchbook and pencil

Summer Studio 2016

Summer Studio

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces details for the annual Summer Studio art day camp for ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. Students’ hands-on projects are created in the context of the creative process, art history, art theory, the development of art skills, and fun. Summer Studio is held in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, across from the public parking garage in historic downtown Staunton. Pre-registration is required ($85/$75 for members) by calling 540-885-2028. [Read more…]

2016 Art in the Park Details

Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill has grown into a two-day festival of quality fine art and fine craft every Memorial Day weekend. The exceptionally beautiful municipal park provides a tree-lined, intimate setting for participating artists and artisans as well as for area residents and tourists attending the event. There is no admission charge. Visitors linger as they admire the artwork, chat with the artists, listen to live music coming from the bandstand every hour, and enjoy the food provided by a variety of vendors. Young artists are welcome to participate in a children’s art activity area (small fee to cover materials costs). Artists’ application is below. Click here to download a PDF version of the application.



Upcoming Exhibit

Annual Juried Youth Art Show
mixed media by students preK-12

February 28 – April 2, 2016

Opening reception, Sunday, February 28, 1-3 p.m.