Painting Class with Kathryn Murray



Spend time exploring new painting techniques centered around using acrylics on tissue paper and later utilizing your tissue paper work for a final piece, for collage or to augment a watercolor piece you’ll do in the second half.

This is all about freedom of expression and using a medium that is extremely versatile.

September 10th – 9 am to 1 pm
Cost: $50
Class size: limited to 6


Minimal supplies are necessary. Brushes, paints (preferably acrylics.) Anything you might want to collage with (although that won’t be the emphasis) A number of inexpensive item will be provided. You can certainly bring extra pens, and any other supplies that you use and might add to the play.


Price: $ 50.00
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Bringing in the Magic | August 27 | 10 am to 3 pm

Working in oil and cold wax is one way to develop texture and form, using your own unique personality to create artwork. Learn the basics of cold wax painting and experiment with a variety of materials with this fun method. Develop design skills and create starts that will become paintings that “speak to you.” During this intensive workshop, instructor Mary Montague Sikes (Monti) will demonstrate basic methods and leave you with time to explore the possibilities in your own work.

Supply List

  • Matboard or any sturdy surface about 12” x 12” will work well for artists panels. Ampersand gesso board, cradled or flat, is ideal. Cradled wooden panels from Jerry’s or Cheap Joe’s are ideal. You can also work on Arches oil paper, Yupo, and Terra skin paper.
  • One can Gamblin or Dorlands cold wax
  • One bottle Gamsol and a spray bottle for it
  • Assortment of favorite oil paints, including white 
  • Freezer paper to use as a palette
  • Messermeister bowl scraper
  • Printmaking brayer
  • Paper towels, rags, baby wipes
  • Old credit cards for painting
  • Wide blue painter’s tape
  • Wax paper to separate projects for transport
  • Items to enhance texture like stencils, stamps, string, vegetable bags, yarn, collage papers. Items like paper product tubes, old lipstick tubes make good stamps.
  • Thick gesso (Utrecht professional) and oil paint sticks are nice to have but not essential.

Note: You can start a painting using acrylics or work over an old acrylic painting. You can paint oil over acrylic, but not acrylic over oil.

Bring lots of enthusiasm and a readiness to learn new techniques. Questions? E-mail Monti at .

To register, please complete the form below.

Price: $ 100.00

Mosaic Decorative Art: Techniques, Vocabulary and Skills of Trancadis | Sep 24 & Oct 1 | 9 am to 1 pm

Sep 24 and Oct 1 | 9 am to 1 pm | Cost $100*

*Discount to $80 with an agreement to volunteer as a teaching assistant for this class at Tappahannock Elementary School.

This hands-on class will focus on basic techniques, vocabulary, and skills used in the decorative art of mosaics.  Each participant will design and create a small mosaic.  Most materials and tools will be provided. Students are also invited to bring items be repurposed, such as a flower pot or small frame, and items to be broken, such as old chinaware or tiles. 

Week 1 | Sep 24 | 9 am to 1 pm

Brief introduction to the history of mosaics and the works of Antoni Gaudi. Learn the basics of nipping tile and cutting glass to create tesserae (the small pieces of glass, stone, mirror, or other hard material used in mosaics). Begin planning individual project designs and materials that participants will gather for next week’s class.

Week 2 | Oct 1 | 9 am to 1 pm

Finalize plans and begin laying out tesserae.  The focus will be on composition and adeamento (Italian for flow, it refers to how the placement of  tesserae in rows creates a visual direction and movement). Adhere/finish mosaic. 

You may register by notifying TAG at or
by calling Frank Rixey at 804-445-5131. Pay at first class.

To register and pay online, please complete the form below:

Your credit card will be charged $100. Most materials and tools for the class are provided.

Instructor, Joyce Crown-Wilkins, is a local artist and art educator with a B.A. in Art Education (cum laude) from V.C.U.   As a active member of the Virginia Art Education Association, the Teacher Advisorary Committe for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Tappahannock Art Guild, Mrs. Crown-Wilkins has presented countless workshops to art educators and aspiring artists throughout the state. She recently traveled to Barcelona on a Fund for Teachers grant where she studied Trencadís mosaic techniques in the studio of Livia Garetta and is very excited to share what she learned with her community. 

Fox: Painting with Oil & Acrylic | Jul 24 | 1 to 4 pm

INSTRUCTOR: Janet Hockman

DETAILS: This 4-hour class project will be painted on an 8×10 canvas or a piece of shiplap; students choice when they get to class. The price for this class is $35. All materials will be supplied, paints surface, brushes and a palette.

This class combines acrylics and a touch of oils and the background will be in acrylic with an oil overlay. The students will learn the process of using acrylics to simplify and speed up the painting process.

They will learn fur techniques on the fox. The background is an amazing technique to create wood grain on canvas and or wood using acrylic and oils. Students will take home a finished piece.

Heron: Painting with Oils

INSTRUCTOR: Janet Hockman

TO REGISTER: Contact Frank Rixey at 804-445-5131 or Payment can be made at the door.

DETAILS: In this two-day class students will learn to create a background that is pleasant but not distractive in order to enhance the main subject. The students will learn the use of color theory and gradation of values throughout a composition to create an eye appealing piece.

This is a fantastic learning class for all levels or even beginners in oils. All materials and a paint palette and brushes for each student will be provided. Finished piece is 11 x 14.
• We will use a wet into wet oil technique to create and paint the Heron. 
• Oil materials and products used will be explained.
• Feathering, and water techniques will be taught as well. 

Students may bring paper towels. Class size is limited to 9 students.