Painting + Drawing Classes

Drawing and Painting Classes at VMFA Studio SchoolDrawing + Painting is a very popular area of study and has the most offerings – over thirty each semester. Beginning students are encouraged to start with a Basic Drawing class then graduate to more advanced classes such as Drawing in Color: Pastel, Watercolor Studio, Introduction to Painting or many other courses or workshops.

Instructors Sally Bowring, Sara Clark, Joan Elliott, Dawn Flores, Dawn Latane, Matt Lively, Marjorie Perrin, and Kendra Wadsworth teach most of the weekly classes.

 

Class Schedule


Basic Drawing: Step One [1]

Tue, Feb 2 – Apr 20, 1:30 – 4 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
SARA HAND

This introductory class helps students develop basic drawing skills using various techniques and materials. Observation, imagination, memory, and creativity will be utilized while building skills and confidence.

 
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$235 (VMFA members $215)


Drawing in Color: Pastel [2]

Thu, Feb 4  Apr 22, 1 – 4 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
SARA CLARK

Expand the use of color in drawing with soft pastels, employing various application methods and paper choices. Students work from the still life or subjects of their choice. Individual critiques provided. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Painting & Pastel Studio [3]

Wed, Feb 3  Apr 21, 1 – 4 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
SARA CLARK

Learn to generate ideas, choose subjects, and adopt approaches to using paint and pastel. Students also work on independent projects, with guidance and individual critiques from the instructor. Prerequisites: basic drawing & painting skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Painting Animals in the Landscape [4]

Tue, Feb 2–Apr 20, 9:30 am–12:30 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
MARIA REARDON

Students will learn to paint or draw various animals within a landscape in the studio. From cows and horses in pastures, waterfowl in coastal settings, or a pet in the backyard, this class will focus on the special challenges in capturing the likeness and personality of animals in a landscape setting. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Watercolor Studio [5]

Mon, Feb 1– Apr 19, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
DAWN FLORES

Learn a wide variety of watercolor techniques while using related drawing mediums in this course for beginning and experienced watercolor artists. Students work directly from the still life, landscape, and other subject matter, with discussions on color. The instructor will share watercolor masterworks to offer inspiration. Individual and group critiques provided. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Introduction to Painting [6]

Wed, Feb 3  Apr 21, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
KENDRA WADSWORTH

Learn to paint through direct observation and intuitive decisions. The instructor will provide painting demonstrations and exercises to cover the basics of making a painting. Students will strengthen their ability to see color and value relationships and learn how to mix colors. The teacher will also introduce artwork by contemporary artists who work in a wide variety of styles for inspiration and reflection. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Painting Studio [7]

Mon, Feb 1 – Apr 19, 1–4 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
MATT LIVELY

Explore drawing and painting from direct observation, photos, or sketches and depict various subjects including the still life, human figure, and landscape. Students develop a more personal approach to imagery, drawing, and painting styles by examining the formal and expressive aspects in their work and that of classical to contemporary artists. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Oil Painting: Independent Study [8]

Thu, Feb 4 – Apr 22, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
ANDY BALITY

This is a great studio course for students at the intermediate level who are working to develop their own personal painting style and approach to imagery. Through individual guidance, students explore painting strategies and working methods. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Color & Abstraction in Painting [9]

Fri, Feb 5  Apr 23, 10 am – 1 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
SALLY BOWRING

Expand technical and critical skills and learn to develop new ideas and imagery. The class will focus on contemporary art as points of interest and inspiration. In the studio, students will work from a variety of subjects, focusing on color and abstraction. Critiques and discussions of contemporary painting will be included. Prerequisites: basic drawing and oil or acrylic painting skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Introduction to Collage [10]

Tue, Feb 2 – Mar 9, 10 am - 1 pm (6 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
FRANK SAUNDERS 

Using found materials, create unique images that range from abstract and dynamic to representational and poetic. The instructor will discuss materials, techniques, mounting, and presentation. Explore one of the most satisfying forms of visual play. Experienced students are also welcome. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$175 (VMFA members $155)


Basic Drawing: Step One [11]

Thu, Feb 4  Apr 22,  7  9:30 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
MERENDA CECELIA

This introductory class helps students develop basic drawing skills using various techniques and materials. Observation, imagination, memory, and creativity will be utilized while building skills and confidence

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$235 (VMFA members $215)


Experimental Painting & Drawing [12]

Tue, Feb 2 - Apr 20, 7-10 pm | Studio School, 2nd Floor 
KENDRA WADSWORTH

Experiment with various drawing and painting media. Explore new ideas, techniques, and imagery. Students may also work on independent projects with guidance and individual critiques from the instructor. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$250 ($230 VMFA members)


 


Painting with Water Media [13]

Mon, Feb 1  Apr 19, 7 – 10 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
DAWN FLORES

Designed for beginning and intermediate watercolor or acrylic students, this class covers the basic tools, materials, and practices of water-based paint media. With guidance from the instructor, students will study classic and contemporary art while they experiment with various techniques. Individual and group critiques are included. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Introduction & Intermediate Painting [14]

Wed, Feb 3 – Apr 21, 7 – 10 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
KENDRA WADSWORTH

Learn to paint through direct observation and intuitive decisions. The instructor will provide painting demonstrations and exercises to cover the basics of making a painting. Students will strengthen their ability to see color and value relationships and learn how to mix colors. The teacher will also introduce artwork by contemporary artists who work in a wide variety of styles for inspiration and reflection. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Painting Studio [15]

Mon, Feb 1  Apr 19, 7 – 10 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
DIEGO SANCHEZ

Explore drawing and painting from direct observation, photos, or sketches and depict various subjects including the still life, human figure, and landscape. Students develop a more personal approach to imagery, drawing, and painting styles by examining the formal and expressive aspects in their work and that of classical to contemporary artists. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Basic Drawing Workshop [16]

Sat & Sun, Feb 6 & 7, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
SARAH HAND

This introductory workshop helps students develop basic drawing skills using various techniques and materials. Observation, imagination, memory, and creativity will be utilized while building skills and confidence. Soft vine charcoal (assorted sizes), 18 x 24-inch sketch pad, and a kneadable eraser required.

$145 (VMFA members $130)


Pet Portrait Workshop [17]

Sat & Sun, Feb 13 & 14, 10 am - 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
MATT LIVELY

Start by exploring a variety of dog and cat portraits by other artists. Then, with guidance from the instructor and working from photographs, learn to create accurate, detailed or expressive portraits of your own pet using drawing materials and oil or acrylic paint. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Small-Scale Still Life Drawing [18]

Sat & Sun, Feb 13 & 14, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
DENNIS WINSTON

Students will be introduced to a variety of small-scale still life drawings by other artists. Then with guidance from the instructor and working from still-life set-ups, they will learn to create accurate, detailed, or expressive drawings using a variety of black and white and color drawing materials. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills

$145 (VMFA members $130)


Painting Animals in the Landscape [19]

Sat & Sun, Feb 20–21, 10 am–4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
MARIA REARDON

Students will learn to paint various animals within a landscape in the studio. From cows and horses in pastures, waterfowl in coastal settings, or a pet in the backyard, this workshop will focus on the special challenges in capturing the likeness and personality of animals in a landscape setting. The instructor will demonstrate painting animals in their surroundings. Please bring painting supplies and photos for painting reference. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Encaustic Painting & Mixed-Media Lab [20]

Sat, Feb 20, 10 am – 4 pm (1 session) | Studio School, 2nd floor
KAREN EIDE

Encaustic painting is an ancient process using molten, pigmented beeswax to create layered and luminous art. Designed for both new and experienced painters, the instructor teaches classic encaustic techniques and ways to combine them with contemporary painting techniques and mixed media. Discover collage, incising, texturizing, surface embellishment, and relief work, as well as how to combine oil paint, pastels, inks, watercolors, and gouache with the encaustic. Some materials included.

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$105 (VMFA members $90)


Painting with Cold Wax Medium [21]

Sat & Sun, Feb 27 & 28, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
MARTHA PRIDEAUX

This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn how to build beautiful, textured surfaces using cold wax medium and oil paint. Experienced and beginner painters are welcome. The workshop will consist of demonstrations and hands-on practice. With guidance from the instructor, students will create small-scale studies and paintings using various techniques and leave with an understanding of how to use the wax medium to build gorgeous, layered surfaces in future paintings. Prerequisite: basic drawing & painting skills

$145 (VMFA members $130)


A Crash Course in Watercolor [22]

Sat & Sun, Mar 6 & 7, 10 am–4 pm (2 Sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
DAWN FLORES

This workshop provides step-by-step instruction on a variety of watercolor techniques, including special effects, glazing, wet on wet, washes, and more. Working from colorful photographs or still lifes of flora and fauna, students explore the full range of watercolor painting. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Children's Book Illustration [23]

Sat & Sun, Mar 6 & 7, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
AIJUNG KIM

Through demos, handouts, and short drawing exercises, this workshop covers the most basic and important elements of children’s book illustration. Topics include character design, composition, storytelling, and page layout. Bring your favorite children’s book(s) and a fable, poem, or short story (or you can use one that the instructor provides) for practice and creating your illustrations. Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


Pour a Painting [24]

Sat, Mar 13, 10 am -- 4 pm (1 Session) | Studio School, 2nd floor
KENDRA WADSWORTH

Explore several methods for making acrylic pour paintings. These paintings are characterized by unpredictable swirls of colorful paint with a glossy finish. Please bring three painting canvases—not to exceed 24 x 24-inch, one quart of semigloss house paint, and four to six acrylic colors of your choice. Miscellaneous supplies will be provided by the instructor for a $5 fee, payable at the beginning of the workshop. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$90 (VMFA members $75)


Cloud Painting Workshop [25]

Sat & Sun, Mar 20 & 21, 10 am - 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
MATT LIVELY

Start by exploring a variety of cloud paintings by other artists. Then, with guidance from the instructor and working from photographs, learn to create accurate, detailed, or expressive paintings of clouds in oil or acrylic paint Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


Color with Sargent [26]

Sat & Sun, Mar 27 & 28, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
DAWN FLORES

Artist John Singer Sargent was a master of color. His blacks were textured, his whites were complex, and his side-by-side use of warm and cool colors gave his paintings vibrancy. In this intensive class, students will study Sargent’s artwork through slide presentations and catalogs. Working in either watercolor or acrylic paint, students will complete color exercises, copy Sargent’s work, and create their own compelling pieces inspired by Sargent’s use of color. Prerequisites: basic drawing and watercolor or acrylic painting skills.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


Plein Air Painting Workshop [27]

Sat & Sun, Apr 10 & 11, 10 am – 4 pm (2 Sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor and the VMFA Sculpture Garden
ANDY BALITY  

Explore drawing and painting the landscape from direct observation. With guidance from the instructor, students will develop a more fluid response to painting on location. Both sessions will take place on the VMFA grounds. Students should provide their own plein air painting easel and stool. Prerequisite: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


Collecting Art 101 [28]

Sat, Apr 10, noon – 4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
FRANK SAUNDERS

Are you interested in collecting art but don’t know how to begin? This workshop offers valuable information to get you started with confidence. The instructor will provide insight on the local art market, working with galleries and artists, and buying art online. Also learn ways to display and take care of your artwork when you get it home so you can enjoy it for years to come. 

$65 (VMFA members $50)