Design + Mixed Media Classes

Design & Mixed Media Class at VMFA Studio SchoolThe most varied of all areas of studio art study, Design + Mixed-Media covers a wide range of classes and workshops including Introduction to Art Quilting, Interior Design Basics, Introduction to Stained Glass, Upcycling Jewelry Treasures, Holiday Gift Sampler and many others.

Instructors Sally Brown, Julia Pfaff, Jude Schlotzhauer, Mary Swezey, and Lynalise Woodlief teach many of the classes and workshops.


Class Schedule

Introduction to Jewelry Workshop [40]

Sat, Jun 9, 10 am – 4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
Shelley Jones

Learn about the types of beads (from glass to semi-precious gemstones), stringing options, and some basic wire-wrapping techniques. The instructor introduces students to a range of findings that hold jewelry together and shares helpful tools and resources. Participants leave the workshop with a handmade necklace, a pair of earrings, and the knowledge to continue jewelry making on their own. A fee of $25, payable to the instructor, is due at the beginning of the workshop and covers all materials. Tools are provided.

$90 (VMFA members $75)

Painted Silk Scarf Workshop [41]

Sat, Jun 9, 10 am – 4 pm | Studio School, 1st floor
Mary Swezey

Using the serti technique, participants draw their own designs onto stretched silk with water-based resist. After the designs have dried, colorful paints are brushed on and spread to the edge of the resist lines. Special effects are demonstrated including color mixing directly on the scarf, painting wet on wet, and the starburst effects of salt on dye. Expect to take home two completed long scarves. A materials fee of $20 payable to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop, covers all materials.

$90 (VMFA members $75)

Calligraphy & Brush Lettering Workshop [42]

Sat, Jun 9, 10 am – 4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
Stephanie O'Dell

Discover the art of calligraphy lettering and experiment with various media to find your own unique style.  Learn about the history of calligraphy for a foundation in traditional techniques, and try your hand at contemporary flourishes.  Create a custom calligraphy quote with your new decorative lettering skills. Some materials included.

$100 (VMFA members $85)

Sewing 101 [43]

Sat, Jun 16, 10 am – 4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
Heidi Field-Alvarez

Learn the basics of hand sewing in this introductory workshop. What is the best way to sew on a button, hem a skirt, or mend your favorite shirt? We will talk about some historical practices that are still the best methods and some that have gone by the wayside. Students will also learn about different sewing techniques and fabric qualities.

$90 (VMFA members $75)

Coptic Stitched Journals NEW! [44]

Sat, Jun 23,  10 am – 4 pm (1 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
Alyssa C. Salomon

Learn this famous and ancient, non-adhesive sewing method for binding books that open flat, even if they are thick. Coptic stitch looks fancy but is great for beginners and others interested in historical roots of bookbinding.  Participants should have time to make at least two books during the workshop. Materials are provided but students may wish to bring decorative papers and/or embellishments to personalize your books. All experience levels welcome.

$105 (VMFA members $90)

Introduction to Felted Jewelry [45]

Sat & Sun, Jul 7 & 8, 10 am – 4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
Shelley Jones

Students will make attractive felted jewelry, either bracelets or a necklace, experimenting with various ways of adding attachments to the basic bangle or necklace shape through resists and hand manipulation of the wool fibers. Imaginative use of color, texture, and contour will be encouraged. Participants will also explore embellishing techniques with hand stitching. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned felters. You will need to get your hands wet and soapy and be able to manipulate the wool. A $10 materials fee, payable to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop will cover materials for at least two bangles and one necklace. Please bring two old towels. All other tools will be provided.

$145 (VMFA members $130)

Papier-Mâché Dolls & Figures [46]

Sat, Jul 14, 10 am – 4 pm & Sun, Jul 15, noon – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sarah Hand

Explore sculpting with papier-mâché to create dolls and figures. The instructor will demonstrate the use of armature sculpting, traditional newspaper and paste papier-mâché, and painting. Students will then create their own figures. Learn various ways to attach limbs, create expression, and embellish. Explore self portraiture, or create a figure with personal meaning using humble materials and bright pigments. The instructor will also show examples of her own doll creations and give students an overview of the history of dolls. Some materials are included.

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$135 (VMFA members $120)