Studio Classes

PROGRESSING AT YOUR OWN PACE

2018 Colored Pencil Classes start in April and run thru May and again in October.  Classes are ending for the session and start again in October, CONTACT ME TO  RESERVE A SPOT OR BE PLACED ON THE WAIT LIST. 



Thursdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Full thru May

                       OR

Thursdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM  FULL thru May


In my home studio 


Progressing Classes are $30 each week. Monthly commitment required.  

  • Class make ups can be scheduled during alternate weekly class.  
  • NO REFUNDS.
  • Workshops are full day classes, pack your lunch. 

Check out the classes listed below and let's get you started making some great art!

I offer small intimate classes in my home studio, designed to help you receive one on one attention but with the benefit of a group environment. We have coffee, draw and learn what could be better than that!

Classes or Workshops Offered

Beginner's Class

Backlit Grapes, 8 X 10 Colored Pencil on Ampersand board

The class is geared for students who have had experience in basic drawing, although I will review some basic knowledge if needed.  


Two Day Workshop 10 AM - 4 PM

Pack your lunch.

Tuition: $135.00 for the 2 Day Workshop (Receipt of a payment reserves your place.) No refunds on deposit.  

Location:  My home studio in Powhatan (10 minutes from 288) west on Robious Rd/Huguenot Trail.  (I will send directions upon request.)

Limit:  4 students per class 


Class will cover basics of colored pencil-stroke, layering, burnishing and blending with unique tools.  (All will be demonstrated and then practiced by student on projects worked on paper surfaces.)  Students can move to my Progressing Classes for additional study see class schedule for more details. 

Supply list will be sent when deposit is received.  I will provide 1 project with surface, several tools, electric pencil sharpeners for use here, and work table seating.  My Preference is for Prismacolor brand pencils, but you will have a chance to try many different brands

Progressing Classes

Backlit Strawberries, Colored Pencil on Ampersand Pastelboard

MY CONTINUING OR ADVANCING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS ARE FOR COLORED PENCIL ARTISTS EXPERIENCED IN THE MEDIA OR WHO HAVE TAKEN MY BASICS CLASS.  IF YOU HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE ELSEWHERE OR NOT IN MY STYLE, I WOULD BE GLAD TO REVIEW YOUR PREVIOUS WORK FOR PLACEMENT IN THIS CLASS. 


Tuition: Monthly commitment for $30.00 per week (Receipt of monthly payment reserves your place.)

Location:  My home studio in Powhatan (10 minutes from 288) west on Robious Rd/Huguenot Trail. (I will send directions upon request.)

Limit:  4 students per class 


Students will be encouraged to work on a continuing project in colored pencil of their own choosing.  Source reference is the student's.  Class assumes you know all the basics of colored pencil: stroke, layering, and burnishing.  I teach you techniques for working and blending to obtain a painterly appearance and saturation of color, whether on your surface, paper or sanded board.  (We work on what you want to learn,) Handouts and instructional packets will be issued as each student attempts a new subject.

Supply list will be sent when deposit is received.  I will provide: electric pencil sharpeners for use here, and work table seating.  Please bring your own photo reference for your project.  Email me for guidance on choosing your reference if desired.  

Should you need to miss a class, make ups are scheduled in advance for an alternate class time. (Provided seating is available.)  

Workshops & Class Topics

Infant Asleep, Portrait,

One of the things I enjoy most about Colored Pencil is the variety of surfaces it can be worked on.  And many of those surfaces lend to a subject matter that works so well.  I classes I teach colored pencil get to work on that variety if they choose.  I teach each student how the surfaces changes their application or how it can enhance their technique.  


Some of the surfaces I recommend trying are:

Stonehenge Paper

Ampersand Pastelboard (My favorite)

Double Frosted Mylar

Uart Sanded Paper and Board

Sanded primed surfaces

Travertine Stone Tile

Suede Mat Board


I also teach a variety of Subject matter:

Still Life

Portrait & Life Studies

Landscape & Botanicals

Plein Air Painting & Travel Journaling

Wildlife and Pets

Yearly Student Exhibition

2017 Student Exhibition at Crossroads Art Center

Every year I enjoy promoting my students hard work in an exhibition at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, VA.  I turn my exhibition space into their very own show.  For some this is the first exhibit they have participated in.  I enjoy showing off their hard work.  


This year's opening exhibit will be on Jan. 19th 6-9 PM.


I also offer WORKSHOPS OUTSIDE OF MY STUDIO AT OUTSIDE LOCATIONS SO 


The Joy of Teaching

Still Life, A Red Shoe Evening,

In the years that I have been teaching colored pencil, it has been such a pleasure to meet and expose wonderful budding and experienced artists to what can be done with colored pencil.  I truly have learned so much from my students and they continue to prompt me to challenge myself as a teacher, as well as an artist.   

Each session brings students of many skill levels, or previous media experience.   Every student gets individual attention since my class size is small and intimate due to my studio size.  Students learn color mixing, values, composition, rendering shape and underpainting techniques in colored pencil as well as enjoy a building friendship with other classmates. 

Comments made about my classes and teaching style have been:

Student Comments & Testimonials

Becky Spangler  12/10/13

This year, for the first time, I became interested in painting with colored pencils.  With the suggestion from a friend, I signed up to take classes with Gloria Callahan.  It was and continues to be a wonderful experience.  Gloria is a “hands-on” teacher, giving helpful advice as you work to complete a painting.  Her blending techniques and understanding of color help her students produce works of which they can be proud.  Whether you have prior experience with colored pencils or are new to this medium, I would recommend her as an

instructor.

Kathy Scott 12/2013 

" I am primarily an oil painter who has always been intrigued with colored pencils. When I first saw Gloria's paintings at an art show I knew she was doing something unique and in the painterly style you don't normally associate with pencils. This is my third year of taking Gloria's classes ,she has not only given me a solid foundation but inspires me with her passion and extensive knowledge of the medium. I have gone from a true beginner to having sold 3 colored pencil paintings under the guidance of a great teacher."  

Pauline Clay 12/2013  

Gloria is not only a gifted and talented artist, she is also a talented, patient teacher. She is very willing to share her knowledge, techniques and tips for creating a painterly look with colored pencils. I feel like I have grown tremendously in my understanding of color, composition and technique in the time I've been working with her. Her classes are the highlight of my week.     

B. Austin  05/2012  

"I have been taking watercolor classes for 2 years and my skills have improved in colored pencil more in the last 6 weeks of my first class session than in the two years of watercolor."  

S. Hoyle  06/2011  

"Your style of teaching is so giving, you are very generous!"

Blue Macaw on Suede Mat Board

Demo for working with colored pencil on suede mat board.


Beginner's Class Trio of Cherries Video

Demo for working in colored pencil on Stonehenge paper.