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Fine Arts


Beginner's Drawing Class - evening

Every Tuesday at 6:00pm-8:00pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00pm


PLEASE NOTE: CLASS IS FULL! For 30 years art instructor Mike Uriss has been teaching the basic precepts that have equipped artists for centuries.  In this six-week, relaxed, no-pressure course, learn techniques as simple as how to hold a pencil in order to get the best results for modeling, shading, and highlighting a drawing, and learn how to establish atmosphere and mood. The recommended list of supplies is as follows:

Graphite pencils: 2B, 4B, 6B, 2H (one of each)

Kneaded erasure (one)

Drawing paper (one pad, no smaller than 11” x 14”, no larger than 16"x20”)

Stick of compressed charcoal (one)

White charcoal pencil (optional)

Toned paper (various colors and sizes—optional)

Color pencils (various colors—optional)

White hard rubber erasure (optional)

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Drawing on Location Art Class

Every Friday at 12:00pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Friday, May 26, 2017 at 12:00pm


Susan Patrick is offering an eight-week drawing program that will help you become comfortable and skillful in drawing from direct observation in public. You will gain an understanding of perspective in drawing; skills in drawing landscapes, buildings and people, and an understanding of pleasing compositions. There are only 12 spaces for this class. Payment required when registering. There will be no class on May 5th.

The first three classes will be spent in the classroom. You will study aerial, one point, and two ping perspective. You will draw from branches and drawings of trees. You will study figure drawing, working from class models. This class will cover contour and gesture drawing and composition. At this point, we will leave the classroom to draw in selected spaces—in the Senior Center, Grit Cafe downtown, IX Park, Riverview Park, and Jefferson Regional Library downtown.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Drawing on Location Art Class

Guests $75.00
Members $65.00

Friday Art Group

Every Friday at 9:30am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Friday, May 26, 2017 at 9:30am


If you like to draw or paint, you are invited to join the Friday Art Group at the Senior Center.  No matter what your medium or skill level, you will enjoy the creative, pressure-free environment of a colorful group of novice and experienced artists.  You can work from your own photos, pictures or illustrations or bring your own still life.  There is no formal instruction, but plenty of help and advice from others if you need it.  As a member of the group, you are also welcome to hang one or two framed pieces of your work in the bimonthly art show in the second floor hallway of the Senior Center. The Art Group meets in the craft room on Friday mornings from 9:00-11:30am.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Marion Hansen, 434.974.5662

Fee: free

Piedmont Pastelists

Every 2nd Monday at 1:00pm-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 1:00pm


pastel-carpenter Join a congenial group of artists who gather to practice their pastel painting skills. Each may bring a work in progress for a constructive group critique.

Attendance is usually 15–20 artists, and newcomers are welcome. Group shows are held annually.


Noting the lack of a chalk pastel society in Virginia, in August 2001, Dick Carpenter invited Charlottesville regional artists in that media to meet at Michaels Arts and Crafts store at Barracks Road shopping center. Many were members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, which had long admitted pastel as a water compatible “mixed” medium, but not as a feature of the CVWG activities.

The result of the meeting was, quite purposefully, an “un-organization” with NO membership requirements, bylaws, officers, dues, agendas, minutes, quorum, name-tags, committees, etc. Just like-minded people enjoying meeting to exchange ideas and experiences about pastel materials and techniques, constructive criticism, and “show and tell.”

The format is a mutual critique—an examination, not fault-finding. Suggestions for overcoming problems are a part of critiquing. The choice of subject and style of a painting are not topics of critique.

Some elements of Critique:
1.  Overall Composition - Division of space.
2.  Shapes and values
3.  Form –shadows-placement of each of the elements
4.  Perspective- Illusion of depth
5.  Color harmony
6.  Paths for the viewer’s eye
7.  Center of interest -
8.  Principles of Design. Assuring that there is a “message”.

All attending artists are active producers, serious about their work, open to criticism, willing to present “work-in-progress,” and constructive in their comments and suggestions. Although pastels are the featured media, other problem-paintings may be introduced.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free