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Handbuilding with Clay: pottery, tiles, and sculpture with Rebekah Wostrel

AGE OF STUDENTS: Adults and mature teens

Students will learn how to create dinnerware, teapots, and platters using drape molding, slab building, coil construction and other techniques. Students can also use these techniques to make sculptural forms. All projects will be glazed and fired to take home and use.                                                                                              

DATES and TIMES: Winter Session 1: 1/29-3/5, Winter Session 2: 3/19-5/7    

LOCATION: Studio #6       

PAYMENT INFORMATION: $235 pay by personal check or register online www.rebekahwostrel.com                                 

CONTACT: Rebekah Wostrel, rawostrel@gmail.com, www.rebekahwostrel.com


Botanical Watercolor Painting with Lara Call Gastinger

DESCRIPTION: This is a 6-week botanical watercolor evening class focusing on seasonal specimens. We will learn dry brush techniques such as brush control and color mixing. The classes are for all levels. Paints will be provided but students will be expected to get other supplies. Contact Lara for the supply list.                                                                                                                                                               
STUDENTS: adult or mature teen
DATES and TIMES: Thursday morning, 10-12 am, 1/18 - 2/22
LOCATION: Starnes classroom
PAYMENT INFORMATION: $250 check or PayPal to Lara Call Gastinger
CONTACT: laragastinger@gmail.com or laracallgastinger.com


Botanical Pen Illustration with Lara Call Gastinger

$65 per session

DESCRIPTION:  Learn basic botanical illustration techniques that Lara used in the Flora of Virginia. We will use pens to draw and stipple illustrations of plant specimens.           

STUDENTS: adult or mature teen

DATES and TIMES: Session 1:  Thursday morning, March 1st, 9-12 am, Session 2: Thursday evening, March 8th, 6-9 pm

LOCATION: Starnes classroom

PAYMENT INFORMATION: $65/per session, check or PayPal to Lara Call Gastinger

CONTACT: laragastinger@gmail.com or laracallgastinger.com


Jean's Gutsy Abstract Oil Painting Class by Jean Sampson



This is a class about process, about not giving up when a painting is going through an “ugly” stage. After an introduction to color and abstract art, the teacher will help you individually explore color mixing and the other elements of the language of painting. You are encouraged to use a painting knife, but brushes are fine, too. You learn by doing in this intuitive, non-academic and addictive class. We handle your inner critic, too! Supplies are NOT included.

DAY AND TIME OF CLASS:  Monday Evenings 6:00-8:30  Winter Session: January 22nd - March 12th.  Spring Session:  March 26th - May 14th.   Please contact instructor prior to class.  

LOCATION: The Starnes Classroom at McGuffey, #17, First Floor.  New students will meet for the first class introduction in Jean's studio #26B.

PAYMENT:  $225, make checks out to McGuffey Art Center, bring to first class

CONTACT: poeartree@gmail.com (preferred), Home 434-977-7933, www.jeanrsampson.com


Beginning Drawing for Chickens with Jean Sampson



This is a class for non-artists who are scared to take a drawing class or who have been intimidated by a class that went too fast. Given gentle support and instruction by a teacher who also had to learn to draw, anyone can discover his or her “inner artist”. The teacher promises not to hover over you as you draw so you will experience very little ”performance anxiety” while doing the exercises. Limited to 8 students. All supplies are provided!  

DAY AND TIME OF CLASS: Tuesday evenings, 6:15-8:15,  Winter Session:  January 23rd - March 13th.   Spring Session:  March 27th - May 15th

LOCATION: Jean’s McGuffey studio 26 B

PAYMENT INFORMATION:  Make check payable to McGuffey Art Center, bring to first class.

CONTACT:  poeartree@gmail.com (preferred), Home (434-977-7933, www.jeanrsampson.com


Light and Composition with Stacey Evans

Adult & mature teens (maximum 5, minimum 3)

DATES and TIMES: 4 Tuesdays, January 9th-30th, 4:00-6:00 PM

DESCRIPTION: This class is about learning to see light and patterns. We will look at the basic elements of design that create good composition while viewing the work of influential photographers. You will be asked to do weekly assignments and bring either digital files or prints to class for critique. Use whatever camera makes you comfortable. The emphasis of this class is the visual pleasure of seeing.


Organizing and Processing Photographs in Adobe Lightroom with Stacey Evans

DATES and TIMES: 2 Sundays, January 28 & February 4, 2:00-4:00 PM

DESCRIPTION: The capture of a photo is just the beginning. Many techniques can enhance a photo. In this class, I’ll share a few basic processing tips to get you started. We’ll also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Lightroom library. A personal laptop with Adobe Lightroom is required. This course is excellent if you’re new to Lightroom or thinking of investing in the software. Lightroom is available for $9.99/month through the Adobe website.

COST: $75


Aperture, Shutter and ISO with Stacey Evans

DATES and TIMES: 4 Tuesdays, February 20 - March 13, 4:00-6:00 PM

DESCRIPTION: Are you ready to take on the creative tools of the camera. I am here to help you! Through weekly assignments, you’ll learn how these setting work together to create the proper exposure while achieving desired results like shallow depth of field and motion blur. A camera with Aperture and Shutter Priority modes is required. You will need to bring digital files or prints in to discuss results. 

COST: $150




Developing a Personal Vision with Stacey Evans

DATES and TIMES: 4 Saturdays, February 17th - March 10th, 2:30-4:30 PM

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Why do you make photographs? We’ll begin with the conversation of why people make photographs. Through critique, we will establish the strengths in concept and technique of projects. Through hands-on exercises, you’ll get a feel for camera settings and how to approach a subject. An outline of how to further develop your photography practice will be formulated. Sharing platforms both print and online will be shared. A camera and prints or digital files are required. 

COST: $150

Oil Painting for Adults with Renee Balfour

From $225

The class will explore the versatility of oil paint with an emphasis on materials, technique, and individual style.  Each class will begin with a demonstration and exercise designed to further the understanding of materials and technique.  All experience levels welcome.


Monday Mornings, 9:30-1:30, Tuition $385
Session 1      Nov 6th - Jan 8th
Session 2     Jan 15th - Mar 5th
Session 3     Mar 12th - Apr 30th     

Tuesday Mornings, 9:00-1:00, Tuition $385
Session 1      Nov 7th - Jan 2nd
Session 2     Jan 9th - Feb 27th
Session 3     Mar 6th - Apr 24th

Tuesday Evenings, 6:00-8:00, Tuition $225
Session 1     Nov 7th - Jan 2nd
Session 2     Jan 9th - Feb 27th
Session 3     Mar 6th - Apr 24th

Wednesday Evenings, 6:00-9:00, Tuition $300
Session 1     Nov 8th - Jan 3rd
Session 2    Jan 10th - Feb 28th
Session 3    Mar 7th - Apr 25th

LOCATION:  Studio 22, McGuffey Art Center

CONTACT:  paintwithrenee@gmail.com   434-960-5115


Oil Painting for Kids with Renee Balfour
$ 285.00

DESCRIPTION: Students will explore the versatility of oil paint while learning concepts and techniques. Focus will be on composition and color, color mixing. They will be encouraged to incorporate these techniques into their own work. Students will be guided total greater risks with artistic expression while building a better understanding of materials and technique

STUDENTS: Age 6 to 17


--Tuesday Session 1     Nov 7 - Jan 9   (8 weeks) 4:00 - 6:00

--Tuesday Session 2     Jan 16 - March 6   (8 weeks) 4:00 - 6:00

--Tuesday Session 3     March - May 1   (8 weeks) 4:00 - 6:00

--Sunday Session 1a     Nov 5 - Jan 7   (8 weeks) 12:30 - 2:30 (previous experience)

--Sunday Session 1b     Nov 5 - Jan 7   (8 weeks) 3:00 - 5:00 

--Sunday Session 2a     Jan 14 - March 4   (8 weeks) 12:30 - 2:30 (previous experience)                              

--Sunday Session 2b     Jan 14 - March 4   (8 weeks) 3:00 - 5:00

--Sunday Session 3a     March 11 - May 6   (8 weeks) 12:30 - 2:30 (previous experience)

--Sunday Session 3b     March 11 - May 6   (8 weeks) 3:00 - 5:00

LOCATION:  Studio 24

PAYMENT INFORMATION: Class cost is $285 All Materials included. For registration and payment information go to: reneebalfour.com

CONTACT: Renee Balfour   paintwithrenee@gmail        434-960-5115. 


Clay for Kids with Rebekah Wostrel


Kids will have fun learning how to make colorful pots, sculptures and masks. A variety of building techniques will be taught. Students will decorate and glaze their own pieces and all projects will be fired to take home and use! All materials non-toxic and food-safe. Drop-ins welcome!

STUDENTS: Kids 5-11                     

DATES and TIMES: 6-week sessions

--Wednesdays 3:30-5; Session 1: 1/10-2/14  Session 2: 2/28-4/4 Session 3: 4/18-5/9                                                                                                                                                
--Saturdays 10:30-12; Fall Session (4 Weeks) 11/18-12/16 (No class Thanksgiving week), Winter/Spring Session 1: 1/13-2/17,  Winter/Spring Session 2: 3/3-4/7 Spring Session 3: 4/21-5/12                                                                                                                                                
LOCATION: Studio 6 

PAYMENT INFORMATION: $160 pay by personal check or register online www.rebekahwostrel.com                         

CONTACT: Rebekah Wostrel, rawostrel@gmail.com, www.rebekahwostrel.com

Rebekah is also available for: Private lessons and portfolio critiques for all ages (clay and/or mixed media sculpture, making pots on the pottery wheel, design fundamentals). Custom classes and POTTERY PARTIES available upon request. Put a class together with friends! Design your own fun theme for a birthday party!


Fundamentals of Design with Rebekah Wostrel


AGE OF STUDENTS:  adults and mature teens


This class explores the concepts of two and three-dimensional art and design. By studying the elements and principles of design and utilizing a variety of art-making techniques (including drawing, collage and sculpture), students will produce creative, engaging and well-crafted compositions. Topics covered: color, value, texture/pattern, space, balance, emphasis, visual rhythm/motion and more!

STUDENTS: Adults and mature teens     

DATES and TIMES: Wednesdays 9:30-12; 2/7-3/28

LOCATION: Studio 6   
PAYMENT INFORMATION: $295 pay by personal check or register online www.rebekahwostrel.com                                                                                                                               
CONTACT: Rebekah Wostrel, rawostrel@gmail.com, www.rebekahwostrel.com



Children's Art Class with Lee Alter

DESCRIPTION: working with watercolor, clay and sand tray work  

STUDENTS: 3 – 12 yrs.               

DATES and TIMES: Tuesdays Jan 9th – March 6th, 3:30-5:30, Thursdays Jan 11th – March 8th, 3:30-5:30, Saturdays 2:00-4:00, Jan 13th – March 10th. 

LOCATION:  Studio 6          

PAYMENT INFORMATION:  pay me the first day $360.00         

CONTACT: leealter@mac.com 760-9658

CONTACT: leealter@mac.com 


The Art of Being, Adult Watercolors with Lee Alter

DESCRIPTION: trusting your unique vision through watercolor  
STUDENTS: adults
DATES and TIMES: Wednesdays Jan 10th – Mar 7th, 10-1pm or Fridays Jan 12th – March 9th,  10-1pm                                  

LOCATION: Studio 6                                                                             

PAYMENT INFORMATION: Pay instructor the first day of class $450.00 for the semester  
CONTACT: leealter@mac.com 760-9658  


Family Music Classes for Children Birth through 5 Years and their adults

INSTRUCTORS: Estela Knott and Dave Berzonsky, Blue Ridge Music Together
AGES: Birth to 5 and adults

Do you LOVE MUSIC?  Check out Blue Ridge Music Together and experience what beautiful music your family can make together. BRMT offers fun, well-researched, non-performance oriented family music classes for children birth to five and their loving adults. 


--Session 1: January 2 - March 12

--Session 2: March 24 – June 6 (no classes Spring Break March 31 – April 6)

--Session 3: April 7 - June 8

Please view our full class schedule @ www.blueridgemusictogether.com

LOCATION:  Studio 11, McGuffey Art Center  (view website for classes at other locations in Charlottesville and Crozet) 

COST: $185 (for 10 week session and includes all materials) Sibling fee $95 (siblings 8 months or younger free with registered sibling).

CONTACT: www.blueridgemusictogether.com, Email: director@blueridgemusictogether.com or call

434-293-6361 for more information or to register for a class.