Art Workshops

Arts Alive invites you to discover the artist in you with our various art workshops for adults. 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.

Classes are for ages 18+ unless otherwise specified.

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

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: CLASS IS FULL

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

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
Students should bring their favorite photos printed on plain paper at 8×10 size. If you don’t have a picture I will have some available. Students attending the class will receive a 16×20 primed canvas, 18×24 sketch paper, and an 18×24 sheet of transfer paper which can be used for many sketches. Students should bring their favorite sketch pencils, a red pencil or pen and, if you are like me, an eraser (or two!).
Arts Alive workshop sketching by the grid

Live Christmas Wreath

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 helpful. 
Live Christmas Wreath

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

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

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

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West Point, VA  23181
(804) 843-3475
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