Art Classes

2017 Art Classes

Special workshop for adults, character sculptures of polymer clay & mixed media

The Staunton Augusta Art Center enthusiastically welcomes internationally known artist Bill Nelson who will teach a weekend workshop of sculpting character heads, November 3-5, 2017. Bill’s figures of polymer clay and mixed media are in many private collections including those of Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, the late Ralph Waite and many more. Bill has taught throughout the United States and is known for his “gentle”, fun approach where participants always meet with success. Heads can be endearing, frightening, or hilarious… you get to create and learn the craft in one weekend. All materials are included in the registration fee of $400/$360 for members. Class size is limited and registrations are already underway so please sign up soon.

Where: Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, Staunton
Friday, November 3, 6-8pm
Saturday, November 4, 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 5, Noon-5pm
Cost: $400 ($360member rate)
Register: Pre-registration is required by calling 540-885-2028


Painting like the Masters, oil painting for beginner and intermediate students

When: 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesdays, October 11-November 15
Where: Smith Center for History & Art- 20 S. New Street–historic downtown Staunton, street and lot parking available
Cost/Registration: $165/$144 members. Pre-registration required by calling the Art Center at 540-885-2028
Teacher: Claudia Furlow

The Staunton Augusta Art Center welcomes Claudia Furlow who is a veteran teacher recently returned to the Valley. Claudia earned her MFA with an emphasis in the Renaissance style from Georgia Southern University. With her friendly, individualized approached, she has been successfully teaching to all ages for the past 12 year including tutelage to children in our own Summer Studio to university students in Georgia, to adults at BRCC.

Materials List for students to furnish:
*Oil paints (student-grade), see pigment list below
Plastic white palettes
Palette knife
Odorless solvent (Turpenoid)
Galkyd Lite
Brushes for oil (filberts and/or flats, sizes 10, 8, 4 + fan brush for blending)
Brush cleaner
Canvas, 16″x20″
Can for solvent
Jar with lid for storing solvent
Can for medium and/or glaze
Thickened linseed oil or stand oil (from art store, not hardware store)
Roll of paper towels
Masterwork for copy work, your choice; bring color copies of 2-3 works from artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Jan van Eyck, Titian, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Rubens, etc.

*Oil pigments:
mixing white, permanent alizarin crimson, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium, prussion blue, cerulean blue, dioxazine violet, permanent green light, viridian, burnt sienna, burnt umber, yellow ocher, naples yellow/flesh


Spring Celebration Children’s Art Workshop (6-10 year olds)

With the art of Georgia O’Keeffe as the inspiration, Sarah Beth Latane will teach techniques in artfully interpreting spring flowers with oil pastels.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
$15/$13 members
Pre-registration required by calling 540-885-2028

Watercolor Studio Series for adults

Guided by teacher Peg Sheridan, students will learn how to gently assess their skills, strengths, and weaknesses to set goals and devise plans for more consistent work and more effective personal expression through watercolors

Six Wednesdays, March 29-May 3, 2017
$170/$150 members
Pre-registration required by calling 540-885-2028

Designing Better Watercolors

Peg Sheridan, teacher

Review and apply principles of design and compositional strategies in realistic and abstract paintings. Students determine their own compositions; individualized guidance is offered.

Wednesdays, 9:30am-Noon, January 25-March 1
$170/$150 members

Saturdays-in-March classes

The Staunton Augusta Art Center is pleased to once again host Saturdays-in-March classes for the next generation of artists, ages 6-10. Classes are held 10 – Noon every Saturday in March in the R.R. Smith Center for History & Art at 20 S. New Street in historic downtown Staunton. Pre-registration is required by calling the Art Center (540-885-2028). The cost per class is $15/$13 for members. All materials are included.

Expand your understanding of color in 2-D artwork. Evan Clough will reveal techniques for creating, mixing, blending color with a variety of mediums. Sign up for one class or all four!

Coloring the Sea, March 4th

By mixing, creating, and coloring with paints, create beautiful seascapes to gain a better understanding of color theory and complementary color.

Lights and Darks, March 11th

Draw your favorite heroes and villains with pastels and charcoal to better understand form and figure, shading and blending.

Pet Pictures, March 18th

Bring in a photo of your favorite pet or animal. Using colored paper and/or markers, depict your favorite animal using colors created through optical blending.

Out in Space, March 25th

Imagine and create landscapes from outer space using mediums such as watercolor, tissue paper, and/or color pencil to learn about layering colors.

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