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            Art Classes at RVCC

 “Faces of Nelson County”

Nancy Lauler is launching a monthly portrait session of interesting people who live in Nelson County. The class will be on the second Saturday of every month in the Nancy Lauler Art Studio, Rm. 12.  A model has been hired to sit for this first session from 9am-12pm (with breaks of course).  If anyone would like to join Nancy, they are most welcome to participate!  Suggestions of models are also welcome.  Model will be hired for $15 per hour.  Artists will improve their portrait/figure skills and hopefully, the group will have enough portraits for a show/reception in a year's time!   A $10 donation is requested from any artist who chooses to attend, to help cover costs of the model and room.  Easels, chairs and tables are available.  Bring your own medium with drop cloth/old sheet for paint. Please contact for more information and sign up--schedule subject to change.  Drop-ins are welcome, if room permits.   

Art classes with Nancy Lauler

Wednesdays, 9am—12pm, or Tuesdays 1—4pm (depending on interest and attendance.) $10/three-hour class.  An open studio class for all mediums, beginner to advanced levels. Easels and tables are provided—bring your own materials. Please email for more information and to sign up each week for the class.


Classical Painting Workshop with nationally known artist Frank Cavino

A viewing of Frank's instruction from one of his videos will be shown Feb 9th from 7-8:30pm, in Rockfish University. One of his students will be present to answer questions, show their work and give detailed information about the workshop.  Workshop dates: Oct 19-23, 9am-6:30pm. Learn to paint like a renaissance master with portrait artist Frank Cavino. Over the course of the week you will learn how to draw with accuracy using an ancient method, how to duplicate anyone's complexion, undertoning with the Florentine Method of Verdacicio, and using azuraccio undertones in landscapes using the methods of the Hudson River Valley school. By reproducing a masterpiece of the time, you will learn all these methods and more to create your own masterpiece. For more info, call Jill at 361-0127.

Beginning February 12:  Estonian Lace Knitting with Marti Naro

February 12, 19 & 26, 6:30—8:00pm, in Room 12.  Fee: $60/series, including email support as needed. This 3-part class will introduce advanced beginning knitters to Estonian knitted lace, its history, forms and techniques, how to combine lace stitches and how to read a chart.  Students will knit a traditional scarf/shawl, which may or may not be finished within the duration of the class.  Support is available as needed with casting off and blocking after the class ends.  Skills required:  Advanced beginning knitter and above.  Must know knit, purl, YO and K2tog and basic knitting abbreviations.  Knitters should have fair control of their needles.  Space available for up to 6 students.  To sign up, and for more info about materials needed, please contact Marti at  

Beginning February 21:  Handmade Brushes for Artists with Virginia Dawnswir

9am—noon, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14. Room 12.  Adults only, please.  Series fee:  $75.  Learn how to make beautiful and functional brushes for painting, calligraphy, sumi-e and other wet media. Students will make several bamboo and deer tail fur brushes over 4 classes.  Materials included. Virginia studied under Susan Nayfield Kahn, master brush maker. Space is limited—to register, contact Virginia Dawnswir at or 434-825-5320.

Beginning February 21:  Stabby, Stabby Fun Time!—Flat Felting for Kids with Virginia Dawnswir

In Room 12.  Children ages 10 and up; ages 7-9 accompanied with an adult.  Series fee (Sessions A or B): $45.  Make several fun felting fabric projects. Students will learn how to safely use felting needles, techniques to add colorful designs to fabric and needle felt small objects. Four 1.5 hour sessions. Minimum 6 students, maximum 10.

Session A: 1:00—2:30pm Saturdays, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14.   Session B 3:00—4:30pm Saturdays, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14.  To register, contact Virginia Dawnswir at or 434-825-5320.

Beginning March 2:  Life Drawing Sessions

Mondays, March 2—30, 6:30-9pm, in Room 12. Fee: $10/session.  Minimum of 6 people required, age 18 & up.  These Life Drawing sessions provide a relaxed informal atmosphere and a wonderful way to improve your drawing skills. Figure drawing has always been the traditional cornerstone of any art training. The human figure offers every challenge – line, shape, tone, color, perspective and composition. This friendly group welcomes beginners, students & experienced artists to join them in an informal workshop setting. No instruction provided.  To sign up, please contact RVCC:  434-361-0100 or


Beginning March 10: Introduction to the Japanese Tea Ceremony with Mikaela Deighan

4 sessions, Tuesday and Thursday evenings March 10, 12, 17 & 19, 6:30-8:00pm, in Room 12.  Fees TBD.  Introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony with emphasis on guest etiquette and the various arts appreciated within the tea ceremony: tea, ceramics, sweets or wagashi, chabana (flower arrangement), calligraphy and incense.  Participants will get a taste of the Chado philosophy and aesthetic that is delightful, mindful, and so applicable to our daily lives.  "Tea is the locus of the transcendent and the mundane, unbifurcated."  The philosophy of ichi-go ichi-e—one time one meeting, being present and in the moment—that is honed in tea, is an important practice to have in our busy and stressful lives.  The sessions are based on the four principles of tea: Wa (Harmony), Kei (Respect), Sei (Purity), and Jaku (Tranquility.)   Week I:  Wa - Harmony: Intro (Why do Tea?), Bows (Shin, Gyo, So), Tea Dogu/Tea ware and their uses, Chabana (bring a vase!), Kei (Respect)—Guest behavior in the tea room and phrases used. Sweets (wagashi): What are they and how do you eat them?  Making bowls of tea.  Week II:  Sei (Purity)—Incense, cleanliness and handling of tea dogu; demonstration of Ryakubon (tray tea); Tea and Sweets; Jaku (Tranquility)—Zen Philosophy: the world through tea eyes; The use of scrolls in the tea room. 2nd demonstration of Ryakubon.  Tea and Sweets.  For more info and to register, please contact Mikaela Deighan at


 We provide:

• a relaxed, non-judgmental environment

• a model with limited props

• chairs, limited easels and boards

• background music

You bring:

• drawing surfaces (paper, boards/easels)

• pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, and/or watercolors; acrylics or oils (just be sure to bring a drop cloth)

• a pickup if you plan to use solid media that may leave dust or other residue


Drawing sessions typically consist of:

• 6 one-minute gestures

• 6 two-minute gestures

• 15-minute pose

• a short break

• three 35-40 minute poses with breaks between

Participants are asked to help with set up and clean up if physically able. Please be on time so as not to disturb other participants or expose the model to passers-by.

We do not have themes for the sessions and there is no instruction. We sit in chairs or on the floor in a semicircle; easels can be set up behind chairs. The model is posed standing, reclining on cushions on the floor, or sitting.

No photography. Camera phones must be off while in the studio. Fees must be paid up front in cash or check. Non-participating visitors are not permitted.

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