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First-Wind Band

Every Wednesday at 10:30am-12:00pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10:30am



Learn new musical skills or revitalize old ones with the First-Wind Band. All you need is the desire to learn to play an instrument. Interested, but no instrument? We have several for rent. Playing music is not only fun, but is good for your mental and physical health. Ask any of the members and they’ll tell you that it keeps them active and involved, and is a great way to make new friends. For more info and session prices, contact Greg Vaughn at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Already know how to play? Check out the Second-Wind Band.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Friday Art Group

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

Next Meeting: Friday, December 4, 2015 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

Lobby Art Gallery Talk

Every 2nd Tuesday at 1:30pm-2:30pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 1:30pm


The “Talk” is informal conversation among members, staff, and visitors about the artwork hung in the Senior Center. A new show is hung every two months, so there are always new perspectives to gain! Meet in the Senior Center lobby.  The featured artist for November/December is Marion Hansen.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Piedmont Pastelists

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

Next Meeting: Monday, December 14, 2015 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

Watercolor for December: Focus on Design

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 2:00pm


Jane Skafte’s workshops are intended for all levels, from beginners to those with some previous experience and a knowledge of basic watercolor painting techniques.

Art is a thing of the imagination. The way to become a good painter is to practice, practice, practice. The way to make beautiful paintings is to understand the fundamentals of good design. During the weeks together I hope to share my approach to good design; a review of the elements and principles of design, value patterns, and color theory; and some aids, such as the use of a view finder, to the process of transforming an idea, or the still life before us, into a composition; and some tips on turning that composition into a finished watercolor painting. In this session I will also touch on abstraction and will show power point lecture about abstract design.

There will be a special opportunity to create watercolor cards if there are those that are interested in Holiday cards

I give individual attention and suggest possible solutions to problems that may develop.  The sharing of experience, working methods, and the exchange of ideas between participants is one of the most positive aspects of artists getting together to paint.

Please register at the front desk or online.

Watercolor supplies
Tubes of paint: get the best brand that you can afford,  Cotman (student grade Windsor and Newton) is OK but you will have better results with professional grade (for example, Daler-Rowney, Holbein). This list is a suggestion, so ok to substitute.
Cadmium Red medium
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Sienna
Paynes Gray
Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Sap green
W & N Masking Fluid

#6, #12 Round synthetic (Princeton series synthetic or similar)
1” or larger flat brush
Optional brushes that are helpful: fan brush, liner.
Inexpensive round brush that can be used for masking fluid (be sure that it comes to a tip for detailing)

sheets* of 22 x 30” 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. ~ Or a watercolor block, 12"x16” or similar, which eliminates the need for sheets and a drawing board ~
Small sketch pad 3”x 5” to test colors and do thumbnail sketches 60-80 lb.
Helpful: drawing board that is larger than your paper size, masonite or gatorfoam board. *The sheet of 22” x 30” can be torn in half or quarters and can be stretched on drawing board.*

2B Pencil
Kneaded Eraser
Palette: Something with a white base is best. Can be a china plate if you don’t want to buy a traditional watercolor palette.
Roll of tape. Can be masking tape or gummed artist tape.
Sponge and 2 water receptacles.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Watercolor for December: Focus on Design

Members $48.00
Guests $60.00