Watercolor Workshop with Joe Miller

Joe Miller is an award-winning artist and nationally-known art instructor. He’s also the founder and owner of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, a popular online and mail order source for art supplies. Joe Miller will teach a four-day watercolor workshop March 30 to April 2, 2017 in Yorktown.

Recently, Cheap Joe became the 12th recipient of the American Watercolor Society Dolphin Award, “for outstanding effort on behalf of the visual arts, artists and organizations, and with special recognition for his support of artists working in watermedia and for his enthusiastic cooperation with the educational efforts of the American Watercolor Society.”

“First and foremost, I’ll strive to make watercolor fun and exciting for everyone, regardless of where they are in their art. I’ll give each person as much one-on-one time as possible. We will have critiques, offering positive ideas that you can do with your art. This will hopefully give you a quantum leap in whatever direction you want to take. My goal is not to teach you to paint like I do, but to paint like you want to.

Of course we will talk about composition, value, color, etc. That’s important, regardless of what medium you paint in. We will work small, no larger than ½ sheet, but mostly even smaller. I will demo as often as time permits. On day one, I will look at each artist’s paintings and comment on them. This is a valuable tool for me to better understand what direction to take in helping you in your art. We will spend a day, or part of it, making cards…a lost art that I feel is very important.

We will also cover: Wet in Wet, Dry brush, Color Mixing/Color Wheel, Brush Techniques, Palette Arrangement, Value, Composition, Thinking, Papers, Lifting/Erasing, Flat Wash, and Graded Wash.

I really look forward to being with you and sharing our talents with each other.”

Here are a few comments from past workshop attendees:

“Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful workshop. You gave me so many useful tips to improve my paintings.” Sharon J.

“You were so kind and inspirational. I loved every bit of the workshop.” Rose D.
“Great class, but more than that, you share so much with us…your heart, soul, wisdom, humor, and generosity.” Diane M.

Fee is $350 for members and $375 for nonmembers for all four days. It will be held at the Carriage House at the Watermen’s Museum on Water St. in Yorktown. Class hours will be 9 am to 4 pm with a half hour to hour for lunch.

Please contact us to sign up with 50% deposit to hold your space. Download this class registration form, fill it out, and mail or bring by the gallery with your deposit to confirm your space. We expect the class to fill up quickly.

Registered students: Download the supply list

3rd Sundays at On The Hill Gallery – Monoprinting class

Third Sundays at On the Hill Gallery at 402 Main Street in Historic Yorktown have never been so fun. On November 20, 2016 from 1 – 3 p.m. several students from the local area participated in the MONOPRINT WORKSHOP held at the gallery. Monoprinting has long been described as the most painterly method of print making. A technique which combines printing and painting on glass or plexi glass. Students left this workshop with a number of prints suitable for framing and gift giving. Imagine the surprise when Santa and Mrs. Clause dropped in to visit OUR workshop, they were very impressed with the talent of our young artists. If you know a young artist who may be interested in spending a Sunday afternoon with the artists at ON THE HILL GALLERY, please call the gallery at (757) 369-1108 and inquire about our next 3rd Sunday activity.





Monotypes   (Children’s Art Classes on Third Sundays)

November 20, 2016

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Fee: $25.00/per session/per student
Instructor: Angie Mack

This is a project oriented class, students will leave class with unique pieces of artwork created by the most painterly method among printmaking techniques.

Students will learn the basic concepts of print making on a plexi glass plate while applying a variety of mediums (paint, ink), creating texture and developing relief patterns.
Fun is sure to be had by all.

Students are welcome to bring their own inspiration for designs.
Dress for mess.


Art Teachers

The Yorktown Arts Foundation invites professional art teachers and instructors to teach people of York County, and from other local areas, fine art classes (drawing, watercolors, oils, acrylics, ink), and craft/skills classes: decorative painting, collage/altered art, jewelry, mosaics, pottery, photography, matting, framing, design, etc. It could be onetime class or a continuing class meeting every week, or project oriented class.


Class fees and supplies: Class fees are up to teacher as well as materials and supplies (The Gallery has some art supplies. Please ask before purchasing). The teacher receives 80% of fees collected and 100% of supplies.

The application: Download our Prospective Art Teachers Application and then once completed, please send it to us by EMAIL or call us (757) 369-1108 for more info.

Yorktown Arts Foundation

Mosaic Rock Class

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 6-9 p.m.

Please join instructor, Tina Crawford, for this fun-filled class in which you will make two beautiful mosaic rocks for your garden. In the class, you will learn the basic skills needed to complete your mosaic pieces. You will learn to design, cut tile with nippers, glue, grout, and polish your new garden treasures. Skill level for beginner to experienced – no prior experience necessary!

Mosaic Rock

Contact the Gallery to register (757) 369-1108.

Cost $35 (includes class fee and all materials.)

A deposit of 50% ($17.50) is due when you register. The balance will be due at the beginning of the class.


Children’s Summer Sampler Art Camp

Week 1 – July 16 – 20 for ages 9 – 13.
Week 2 –  July 23 – 27 for ages 14 & up.
Week 3 – July 30 – August 3 for ages 6 – 8.

Click for art camp program details.

Class hours are: 9am – 12pm, and 1pm – 4pm
Registration begins May 22, 2018 by phone. Call the gallery at (757) 369–1108 soon as space is limited.

** Please note exceptions.


Monday July 16
– AM – Picasso Pop Can Portraits
** – PM – Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon with Basket Pt. 1Exception: 3-part class

Tuesday July 17
– AM – Abstract Color Wheel
** – PM – Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon with Basket Pt. 2 – Exception: 3-part class

Wednesday July 18
ALL DAYWater Bottle Cover Weaving

Thursday July 19
– AM – Crayola Craze – Building with Crayola Crayons
– PM – Chuck Close Grid Drawing

Friday July 20
– AM – Adinkra Cloth Stamping
** – PM – Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon with Basket Pt.3 – Exception: 3-part class


Monday July 23
– AM – Day of the Dead Clay Ornament
– PM – Mosaic Garden Rocks

Tuesday July 24
– AM – Clay Cell Phone Holders
– PM – Mosaic Garden Rocks

Wednesday July 25
ALL DAYMarket Basket Weaving

Thursday July 26
– AM – Acrylic Paint Pouring
– PM- Mosaic Garden Rocks

Friday July 27
– AM – Plein Air Painting (Paint outside)
** – PM – Kinetic Ninjas – Exception: Ages 9-13


Monday, July 30
– AM – Time for Slime!
– PM – Time for Slime!

Tuesday, July 31
– AM – Furry Friends Paper Collage
– PM – Elmer the Elephant Creation

Wednesday, August 1
– AM – Shrinky Dink Creations
– PM – Shrinky Dink Creations

Thursday, August 2
– AM – Yarn (Warped) Wrapped Bowl
** – PM – Yarn (Warped) Wrapped Bowl – Exception: Ages 9 & up

Friday, August 3
– AM – Mosaic Garden Rocks