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


[1] Basic Drawing: Step One

Tue, Sep 24 – Nov 26, 1:30 – 4 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Marjorie Perrin

This class helps students develop basic drawing skills through various techniques and materials, working from the model and other subjects. Class discussions and individual and group critiques round out the course.  

 
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$195 (VMFA members $175)


[2] Drawing in Color: Pastel

Thu, Sep 26  Dec 5, 1 – 4 pm (10 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)


[3] Painting & Pastel Studio

Wed, Sep 25  Dec 4, 1 – 4 pm (10 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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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[4] Drawing & Painting the Portrait

Tue, Sep 24 – Nov 26, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Marjorie Perrin

This class focuses on creating portraits from direct observation. Students learn about drawing and painting techniques and the history of the portrait in art and may choose to work in oil-paint, charcoal, chalk pastel, or watercolor. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[5] Watercolor Studio

Mon, Nov 11 – Dec 2, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (4 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 of color. The instructor will share watercolor masterworks to offer inspiration. Individual and group critiques provided. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[6] Introduction to Painting

Wed, Sep 25  Dec 4, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Kendra Wadsworth

Learn to use direct observation when painting from "real life." Through demonstrations, observation-based painting exercises, and instruction, beginning and intermediate artists strengthen their ability to see color and value relationships, and they learn how to mix colors accordingly. Students also learn to simplify any subject matter by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic paintings. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[7] Painting Studio

Mon, Sep 23 – Nov 25, 1 – 4 pm (10 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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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[8] Oil Painting: Independent Study

Thu, Sep 26 – Dec 5, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Joan Elliott

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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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[9] Color & Abstraction in Painting

Fri, Sep 27  Dec 6, 10 am – 1 pm (10 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 using VMFA's 20th- and 21st-century galleries 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 also be included. Prerequisites: basic drawing and oil or acrylic painting skills.

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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[10] The Language of Color: Theory for Painters & Designers

Thu, Sep 26  Dec 5, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Catherine Southall

Designed for beginners, professional artists, and aspiring designers, this class includes exercises from The New Munsell Student Color Set. Assignments will aid students in a better understanding of color use, mixing, color schemes, selection for personal projects, creation, manipulation, and organization. The color theories of Albert Munsell and Joseph Albers will be discussed along with the color world of Pantone. Students may choose to work with watercolors, acrylics, or oil paints. 

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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[11] Introduction to Collage

Tue, Sep 24 – Oct 22, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (5 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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$160 (VMFA members $140)


NEW! [12] The Making of Modern Art - Part 1

Tue, Sep 24 -- Nov 26, 1 – 4 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sally Bowring

Using VMFA's galleries as a classroom, the instructor will review modern art "isms" starting with Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. Lectures will include decorative arts, literature, music, and politics of the time. Students will make paintings and drawings in the studio inspired by what they have seen and learned about the various art movements. Lively discussions will be encouraged. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[13] Color with Sargent

Thu, Nov 14 -- Dec 12, 1 – 4 pm (4 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 by visiting the VMFA’s McGlothlin Collection. 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)


NEW! [14] Visual Narration

Mon, Sep 30 -- Dec 2, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Michelle Gagliano

Combine drawing, painting, illustration, and calligraphy in this class designed to define your own visual narrative and nudge your creative process. Look for inspiration in illuminated manuscripts, poems, favorite illustrations, personal history, comic books, and more. With guidance from the instructor, students will create autobiographical and imaginative works using a combination of words and pictures to tell a story. Bring your own story, or any book or poem that inspires you, along with a selection of art materials including canvas or panel, paints and brushes, or drawing materials that you want to use. 

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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[15] Basic Drawing: Step One

Thu, Sep 26  Dec 5,  7  9:30 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Dawn Latane

This class helps students develop basic drawing skills through various techniques and materials, working from the model and other subjects. Class discussions and individual and group critiques round out the course.

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$195 (VMFA members $175)


[16] Intermediate Drawing & Painting

Tue, Sep 24 – Nov 26,  7 – 10 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Kendra Wadsworth

Learn to employ concepts, interpret subjects, and adopt approaches for using various drawing and painting media. 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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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[17] Painting with Water Media

Mon, Nov 11  Dec 2, 7 – 10 pm (4 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. 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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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[18] Introduction and Intermediate Painting

Wed, Sep 25 – Dec 4, 7 – 10 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Joan Elliott

Learn to use direct observation when painting from life. Through demonstrations, observation-based painting exercises, and instruction, beginning and intermediate artists strengthen their ability to see color and value relationships, and learn how to mix colors accordingly. Students also learn to simplify any subject matter by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic paintings. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


[19] Painting Studio

Mon, Sep 23  Nov 25, 7 – 10 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Joan Elliott

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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$210 (VMFA members $190)


[20] A Drawing Primer

Sat & Sun, Sep 28 & 29, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Marjorie Perrin

Beginning artists and those wanting to brush up on their skills will discover the basics of drawing, including pattern and composition, light and shade, proportion, three-dimensional form, and perspective. Learning through demonstrations, class discussions, and individual instruction, students complete multiple drawings working from the still life and landscape images. Soft vine charcoal (assorted sizes), 18" x 24” sketch pad, and a kneadable eraser required.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


[21] Encaustic Painting & Mixed-Media Lab

Sat, Sep 28, 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. This workshop, designed for both new and experienced painters, 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. Returning students may begin exploring larger scale works. Some materials included.

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$105 (VMFA members $90)


[22] Painting Your Memories

Sat & Sun, Oct 5 & 6, 10 am -- 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sally Bowring

This workshop will help you conjure up your memories and paint them in inventive ways. Fragments, color, symbols, and abstract forms will be the language used to paint. Bring in anything to help inspire you—photographs, diaries, your mother’s favorite recipe on an index card or anything else of use. This is a great workshop to develop ideas for future artworks. Students should work with acrylic paints. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$145 ( members $130)


[23] Pet Portrait Workshop

Sat & Sun, Oct 12 & 13, 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)


[24] Cloud Painting Workshop

Sat & Sun, Oct 19 & 20, 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 painting in oil or acrylic paint. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


[25] Pour a Painting

Sat, Oct 26, 10 am -- 4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
Kendra Wadsworth

Explore several methods for making acrylic pour paintings, which are characterized by unpredictable swirls of colorful paint with a glossy finish. Please bring three painting canvases—not to exceed 24 x 24 inches, one quart of semigloss house paint, and four to six acrylic. 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)


[26] Drawing Flowers and Plants in Color with Oil Pastels

Sat & Sun, Nov 2 & 3, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Diana Detamore

Learn to draw flowers and plants from life using the painterly medium of oil pastels. Explore colored grounds, glazes, and various methods of layering color as well as color mixing and interaction. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


[27] A Crash Course in Watercolor

Sat & Sun, Nov 9 & 10, 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)


[28] Lost and Found: An Introduction to Assemblage

Sat, Nov 9, 10 am – 4 pm, & Sun, Nov 10, noon – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Heather Godlewski

Learn to create a small, wall-hung assemblage in this introductory workshop. Many 20th-century and contemporary artists have experimented with assemblage as a way to think creatively and repurpose materials that might otherwise be discarded. Students need to provide a collection of items to use or share with fellow students - creating a pile of "junk" to inspire ideas. Small found objects are the best and the instructor will provide supplemental materials to complete your piece. The class will cover planning and execution, composition, adhesives and attachment methods, useful tools, and stylistic and aesthetic choices.
Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

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$125 (VMFA members $110)


NEW! [29] Papier-Mâché Ornaments

Sat & Sun, Nov 9 & 10, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 1st floor
Sarah Hand

Explore sculpting with papier-mâché to create small ornaments. The instructor will demonstrate the use of armature sculpting, traditional newspaper and paste papier-mâché, and painting. Students will learn to create their own personalized holiday ornaments to paint and embellish. The instructor will also show examples of her own creations and give students an overview of the complete process. Most materials will be provided.

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$150 (VMFA members $135)


[30] Collecting Art 101

Sat, Oct 12, 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)