Art Workshops

Arts Alive invites you to discover the artist in you with our various art workshops for adults and students (11-18). All classes are held in the West Point United Methodist Church basement located at 1020 Main Street unless otherwise noted. Classes are filled on a first come basis and space is limited. Participants will be emailed a supply list, if necessary.

If you discover you can no longer attend a workshop, we cannot offer a refund, but you may get a friend to take your place. Please retain a copy for your records.

The 2022-2023 season is supported in part by:
Events Sponsors - VA Commission for the Arts

UP COMING Workshops

Get Grounded Through Art Therapy

Friday, September 2, 2022

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Leslie Babbitt-Belcher

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$28

Join us for a fabulous art therapy workshop! Come and release, relax, set your intention, and transfer your energy into a beautiful piece of art. You will shape and fill your version of a butterfly filled with color, beads, feathers, and items that will produce an awesome realization of your energetic and heartfelt goal.
Art Therapy with Babbit

Traveling With Monet

Friday, October 14, 2022

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Monti Sikes

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$28

Join painter and author, Monti Sikes for a Claude Monet inspired class in cold wax painting. Monti will teach students how to work with cold wax to create a beautiful impressionistic work of art. Cold Wax is an oil painting medium which is a soft paste made of beeswax mixed with a small amount of solvent and resin. The cold wax paste is mixed with oil paint on a palette. Cold wax adds body, transparency, and depth to the oil paint. Express yourself through this unique medium and sign up for her class today.

Traveling With Monet

Special Christmas Ornaments

Friday, November 4, 2022

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Nita Bunting

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$23

Special Christmas Ornaments

Join artist, Nita Bunting for a fun holiday workshop. Students will learn to make Christmas Ornaments out of ordinary home items and craft materials. Bring the festive spirit back home with these cute decorations.

Special Christmas Ornaments

Live Christmas Wreath: CLASS IS FULL

Friday, December 2, 2022

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Patricia Hilton

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$40

Wreath decorating workshop.  Participants will use natural items to decorate freshly made wreaths in styles similar to those found in Williamsburg. Wreaths and all supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring anything special they want to add and may find a pair of needle-nosed pliers to be helpful.
Live Christmas Wreath

Live Christmas Wreath Class 2

Friday, December 2, 2022

6:30-8:30PM

Instructor

Patricia Hilton

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$40

Wreath decorating workshop.  Participants will use natural items to decorate freshly made wreaths in styles similar to those found in Williamsburg. Wreaths and all supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring anything special they want to add and may find a pair of needle-nosed pliers to be helpful.
Live Christmas Wreath

Sketching by the Grid

Friday, January 6, 2023

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Jim Parrett

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$30

Arts Alive workshop sketching by the grid

Join artist and Arts Alive board member, Jim Parrett for a Sketching by the Grid workshop. Jim will guide students in the basics of using a grid to make sure the subject dimensions are accurate. Create a beautiful piece of art to give as a gift or keep!

Arts Alive workshop sketching by the grid

Basic Drawing

Friday, February 3, 2023

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Sue Kurfees

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$23

Join art instructor and Arts Alive board member, Sue Kurfees, for a Basic Drawing workshop. Sue will teach students the best techniques to capture a still life subject with paper and pencil. Sign up to learn the basics of drawing!

Arts Alive Basic Drawing

Chinese Silk Painting

Friday, March 3, 2023

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Mary Swezey

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20

Join VMFA textile art instructor Mary Swezey for a Chinese Silk Painting workshop. Mary Swezey has a BFA in art history from VCU and an MFA in fibers from Arizona State University. She has also studied textile techniques at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She has taught at VCU and Longwood College. Mary will help students learn the Chinese inspired techniques of painting on silk scarfs. After painting the background on their silk scarf, participants will examine images found in traditional Chinese art (including bamboo, fish, birds, and Chinese characters) which they will draw on the silk using a liquid resist. Once the resist has dried, students will apply brilliant fabric paint to complete their design. Participants can expect to finish one long scarf.

Arts Alive Chinese Silk Painting

Oil Painting Basics

Friday, March 31, 2023

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Marjorie Perrin

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20

Join VMFA art instructor Marjorie Perrin for an Oil Painting Basics workshop. Marjorie Perrin is an instructor of fine arts painting and drawing at the VMFA Studio School. She obtained her BFA at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a liberal arts degree from Randolph Macon Woman’s College, and has studied at The Art Students League of New York and VCU. Learn how to create realistic or abstract oil painting and the best ways to apply oil paints. Sign up today and take a home a beautiful masterpiece!

Arts Alive Oil Painting Workshop

Past Workshops

Watercolor Landscape Painting

Friday, May 6, 2022

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Marjorie Perrin, VMFA Artist

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20

In this workshop, participants explore how to use color and form to create an expressive landscape painting. A demonstration shows how to see color and simple shapes as a starting point and how to create atmospheric perspective and depth while developing individual styles.
Watercolor Landscape Painting

Paint Like Georgia (O’Keeffe)

Friday, May 20, 2022

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Mary Montague Sikes, Artist

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20

This workshop will focus on using floral close-ups to inspire your creativity. Monti will demonstrate various acrylic painting techniques she uses in her own work. Students should bring a selection of floral photos they have taken. Some instructions and a supply list will be sent before the workshop.

Needle Felt a Small Pumpkin

Friday, October 22, 2021

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Gudrun Kiel-Bullock, Artist

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20 + materials fee $10 = $30
Learn how to needle-felt a small 3D pumpkin with an expressive face. Great opportunity to practice felting faces since there is no “right” or “wrong” pumpkin face. Large sewing needle, tweezers, and reference pictures of expressive faces are helpful but optional.
Needle Felt a Small Pumpkin

Fluid Acrylics, Beyond the Pour

Friday, October 8, 2021

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Jim Parrett, Artist

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20 + materials fee $10 = $30
Journey further into the world of Fluid Acrylic Art going beyond the basic fill a cup and flipping it. Come explore techniques such as painting with string, using ball chains as brushes, and blowing paint with straws. Come prepared to learn new things and have FUN!
Fluid Acrylics, Beyond the Pour

Porcelain and Glass Embellishing (Zen Tangle and more) 

Friday, November 5, 2021

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Sue Kurfees, Artist

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20 + materials fee $10 = $30
With porcelain/glass paint pens, we will use the Zen Tangle technique or other designs of your choice to embellish any kind of plain ceramic or glass objects, such as mugs, glassware, or vases.
Porcelain and Glass Embelishing (Zen Tangle and more)

Colored Pencil and Acrylics

Friday, December 3, 2021

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Dawn Flores, VMFA Artist

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20

The layering of colored pencils and acrylics is a fantastic technique for building up soft textures, sharp edges, and rich colors. Drawing from colorful photographs or still-life objects of flora and fauna, explore the techniques used to take colored pencils a step beyond their traditional use.
Colored Pencil and Acrylics

How to Make Paper Beads

Friday, February 4, 2022

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Gudrun Kiel-Bullock, Artist

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20 + materials fee $2 = $22
Learn how to make easy and colorful paper beads in many shapes and sizes, even Pandora-style beads. Different uses for the beads will also be demonstrated such as in jewelry pieces, keychain fobs, ornaments, charms, etc. A simple supply list required for this class will be emailed prior to class.
How to Make Paper Beads

Garden Themed Mosaic Birdbath – Workshop is Full

Friday, March 4, 2022

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Tina Crawford, Artist

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20 + materials fee $10 = $30
Create a fun and colorful mosaic garden birdbath (or bee apiary when you add a little water and rocks) with glass tiles, rounds, beads, and leaves, as well as ceramic shapes. Participants will safely glue and grout pieces to a terracotta garden dish to create this fun art project.
Garden Themed Mosaic Birdbath

Abstract Watercolors and Acrylics

Friday, April 1, 2022

10AM – 3PM

Instructor

Dawn Flores, VMFA Artist

West Point United Methodist Church

Basement at 1020 Main Street

Donation

$20

Watercolors have the reputation of being the most challenging painting medium. The unforgiving white of the paper and the uncontrollable nature of water make this medium intimidating. Through a series of exercises, participants will learn how forgiving white paper can be and how to control water and pigment. Focusing on color and composition, participants will practice techniques while creating small and large abstract paintings. This class is designed to motivate every participant to love watercolors.
Abstract Watercolors and Acrylics

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West Point, VA  23181
(804) 843-3475
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