Painting & Drawing




Physical demands: Ability to work at length with pencils, paint brushes, x-acto knives, rulers, etc. Classes may involve sitting or standing for long periods and wrist and shoulder mobility. Please contact us to discuss adjustments and modifications if needed.


Supplies: Sketchbook, apron/work shirt. Basic supplies including primary color acrylic paints, charcoal, graphite pencils, and used classroom brushes and tools are available, but students are encouraged to bring their own additional supplies, especially brushes and other art tools. 


Primary Instructor: Laken Bridges is a mixed media artist with a BFA in Studio Art from ETSU and an MFA in Visual Art from Clemson University. She has 10+ years of experience teaching drawing, printmaking, and special topics classes to teen and adult audiences. 


Guest Instructors: Sylvia Lane is a young artist currently residing in Roanoke, VA. With a recent BA in painting, Sylvia studies form and figure relating to intimacy and sense of self. In her work she draws inspiration from interpersonal relationships and the complexity of the human figure to create art. Some of Sylvia’s biggest artistic inspirations are Martin Campos, Eugene Delacroix, Bernadett Timko, Félix González-Torres, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Malcolm T. Liepke among many others.





Figure Drawing with Sylvia: Anatomy for Figure Drawing

Tuesday 1/24

(make up day in case of inclement weather will be Tuesday, 1/31)

5:30pm – 8:30pm

$50 Non-Members   

$45 Members 

Minimum 4 people. Maximum 10 people.

(Please register 1 week prior)

This one-session figure drawing workshop will focus on the importance of anatomical study of the human figure in creating figure drawings. Knowing the mechanics of how the body works and moves helps to make more dynamic and accurate figures on paper. Using anatomical references and drawings we will first overview the skeleton and major muscle groups before moving to drawing with a live, clothed, model. The workshop aims to show how an understanding of anatomy leads to a better understanding of the figure. Ages 14+ are welcome, some art experience is suggested but not required.


Intro to Drawing

Tuesdays 10am-12pm

3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28; 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 (10 sessions, 20 hrs)

$215 non-members

$190 members

Minimum 2 people. Maximum 8 people.

This series explores a variety of drawing techniques. This class will focus on observational drawing, but will include some abstraction projects. Geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome. Supplies included with instruction. Topics include: Composition, space, proportion, value, color, line variation, texture, and visual movement. Students will work primarily with still life imagery but may also draw from nature and models. These sessions build on each other, but students are not required to take all weeks. (Want to pay as you go? Call 276-628-5005 #109)


3/7 – Gesture, sighting, proportion

3/14 – Contour

3/21 – Cross contour

3/28 – Hatching and crosshatching

4/4 – Value (graphite)

4/11 – Value (charcoal)

4/18 – Abstraction

4/25 – Color (dry media)

5/2 – Color (wet media)

5/9  – Abstraction


Portrait Drawing (w/ Laken Bridges)

Tuesdays 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 from 2pm-4pm (4 weeks, 8 hrs)

$125 Non-members

$110 Members

Minimum 2 people. Maximum 8 people. 

Learn to draw from mirrors, photos, and more using gestural drawing techniques to capture facial features from various angles and with various expressions. Basic supplies are included, but students are encouraged to bring their own favorite materials and tools as well.