Beyond teaching art techniques and supplying craft materials, we offer safe creative space for individuals to learn and express themselves.

Art for the Journey was born in a studio: people simply enjoying the camaraderie, creative energy, and the respite it provided. We believe everyone benefits from making art, which is why we provide quality art classes for anyone seeking to try something new, improve their skills, or perhaps find some therapy of their own. All instructors are professional artists, experts in their media and deeply vested in the personal and artistic success of their students, regardless their level.

Below are current classes and workshops. Scroll down for details and check back for updates!

Impressionist Oil Painting Classes
Instructor: Mark Hierholzer, voted “The Best Art Instructor for Adults” in 2017 by Richmond Magazine

Description: Painting isn’t just about creating art. It is refreshment. It restores balance in life. In his classes, Colorist Mark Hierholzer teaches impressionist oil painting to both beginning and experienced artists in an atmosphere that is relaxed, engaging, fun, and individualized. Once you purchase a six-week session those weeks are yours until you use them. If there is a break in your attendance you simply pick up where you left off when you come again. You can start at any time. Open to adults 15 and up. All materials provided.

When: Mondays 1:30 to 4:00 p.m and Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Monday at the Frable Studio behind Independence Golf Club in Midlothian. Tuesdays at the Hierholzer Studio in the far West End near West River Road and Patterson Avenue.

Tuition: $240

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Basic Drawing (all levels) (ON HOLD-DURING COVID)
Instructor: Betsy Kellum -

Description: This class is geared for all levels, from the beginner student to those more experienced who want a refresher course to improve their drawing skills. Graphite, charcoal, conte, and chalk will be used to learn and study line, shape, value, and relationships. Knowledge and skill in drawing is a necessity regardless of your preferred style of painting. This class provides the “tools” to enable and train the student to “wake up” the right brain as an aid to see what “IS” rather than what is “KNOWN”. Includes ‘Learning to see through the artist’s eye’, guided instructional exercises. Materials list provided upon enrollment.

When: 5-weeks session, dates TBA

Where: Frable Studio at Independence Golf Club - 600 Founders Bridge Blvd, Midlothian, VA (follow signage)

Tuition: $200 (a portion to benefit Art for the Journey programs). Send checks to Betsy Kellum, 14412 Lander Road, Midlothian, VA 23113

Contact: Betsy at: (804) 399-4877 or email

COVID RESPONSE: February 2021 Regular Impressionism Classes with Mark Hierholzer have resumed in-person, with limited participation and PPE required. Plein Air events continued during the pandemic, adhering to numbers of participants to remain under the governmental guidelines, a plain air painting event occurred at a daylily field in July 2020.

To innovate, Mark Hierholzer began to offer impressionism classes by zoom beginning February 2021, and continues to offer an introductory course as well as a landscape course being placed on the calendar late Spring 2021.