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, Jan 28–Apr 14, 1:30–4:00 pm (12 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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$235 (VMFA members $215)


[2] Drawing in Color: Pastel

Thu, Jan 30  Apr 16, 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)


[3] Painting and Pastel Studio

Wed, Jan 29 – Apr 15, 1 – 4 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sara Clark

This class is a great way for artists to expand their painting and pastel skills. Students learn to generate ideas, choose subjects, and adopt approaches to using media. They 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)


[4] Drawing & Painting the Portrait

Tue, Jan 28 – Apr 14, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (12 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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$250 (VMFA members $230)


[5] Drawing in Color with Oil Pastels NEW!

Tue  Jan 28 -- Apr 14, 1:30 -- 4:30 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
Diana Detamore

Prerequisite: basic drawing skills. This class introduces oil pastels and paint sticks for painterly approaches to drawing. Students explore colored grounds, glazes, and various methods of layering color as well as color mixing and interaction.

$250 (member $230)


[6] Watercolor Studio

Mon, Jan 27– Apr 20, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, no class Feb 3 (12 sessions) | Pauley Center, 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 and watercolor masterworks offering inspiration. Individual and group critiques provided. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


[7] Introduction to Painting

Wed, Jan 29  Apr 15, 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 they 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)


[8] Painting Studio

Mon, Jan 27– Apr 13, 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)


[9] Oil Painting: Independent Study

Thu, Jan 30 – Apr 16, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (12 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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$250 (VMFA members $230)


[10] Color & Abstraction in Painting

Fri, Jan 31  Apr 17, 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 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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$250 (VMFA members $230)


[11] Introduction to Collage

Tue, Jan 28 – Mar 3, 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)


[12] Basic Drawing: Step One

Thu, Jan 30  Apr 16,  7  9:30 pm (12 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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$235 (VMFA members $215)


[13] Intermediate Painting & Drawing

Tue, Jan 28 – Apr 14,  7 – 10 pm (12 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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$250 (VMFA members $230)


[14] Painting with Water Media

Mon, Jan 27  Apr 20, (no class Feb 3) 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. 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)


[15] Introduction & Intermediate Painting

Wed, Jan 29 – Apr 15, 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)


[16] Painting Studio

Mon, Jan 27 – Apr 13, 7 – 10 pm (12 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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$250 (VMFA members $230)


[17] A Drawing Primer

Sat & Sun, Feb 15 & 16, 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)


[18] Painting Animals in the Landscape NEW!

Sat & Sun, Feb 22–23, 10 am–4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
Maria Peardon

Students will learn to paint various animals within a landscape/background in the studio. From cows and horses in pastures, waterfoul in costal 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 settings. The instructor will demonstrate painting animals in their surroundings. Students should provide painting supplies and photos for painting reference. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


[19] Encaustic Painting & Mixed-Media Lab

Sat, Feb 29, 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. Some materials included.

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$105 (VMFA members $90)


[20] A Crash Course in Watercolor

Sat & Sun, Feb 29 & Mar 1, 10 am–4 pm  | 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)


[21] Acrylic Painting: Putting it All Together NEW!

Sat & Sun, Mar 7 & 8 , 10 am – 4 pm  (2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
Sally Bowring

Learn to develop new ideas and imagery by working in small units on wooden panels or canvas and then combining them for a larger scale piece. Be inspired by collage elements that you provide -- photos, small objects, or decorative paper-- that may be added to your paintings for a personalized touch. Students should work with acrylic paints. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills

$145 (VMFA members $130)


[22] Pour a Painting

Sat, Mar 14, 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 semi-gloss 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)


[23] Pet Portrait Workshop

Sat & Sun, Mar 21 & 22, 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] Painting Transformation Workshop NEW!

Sat & Sun, Mar 21 & 22, 10 am -- 4 pm  | Studio School, 2nd floor
Michelle Gagliatio

With guidance from the instructor, students will tour the VMFA galleries and select a painting as inspiration for their own piece of art. Back in the studio, students will investigate palettes, mediums, composition, and history of their paintings. Through this creative exercise, students will transfer these details into their own piece of art, inspired by the color and composition of their chosen "masterwork".
Prerequisite: basic drawing & painting skills
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$145 (VMFA members $130)


[25] Lost and Found: An Introduction to Assemblage

Sat, Mar 28, 10 am – 4 pm, & Sun, Mar 29, 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)


[26] Painting with Cold Wax Medium NEW!

Sat & Sun  Mar 28 & 29, 10 am – 4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
Martha Prideaux

This workshop will teach students how to build beautiful textured surfaces using cold wax medium and oi 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)


[27] Drawing Trees

Sat & Sun, Apr 4 & 5, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
Dawn Flores

Basic drawing skills are essential to building a strong foundation from which to express creativity in any medium. By focusing on the beauty of trees, students learn the importance of observation, proportion,  perspective, and form while discovering and cultivating an appreciation for the anatomical complexity of nature’s botanical wonders.  Students will work directly from observation on the VMFA grounds and from photographs provided by the instructor.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


[28] Children's Book Illustration

Sat & Sun, Apr 4 & 5, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions)| Studio School, 1st 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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$145 (VMFA members $120)


[29] Cloud Painting Workshop

Sat & Sun, Apr 18 & 19, 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 $120)


[30] Mixed Media Book Arts

Sat & Sun, Apr 18 & 19, 10 am – 4 pm (2 session)| Studio School, 2nd floor
GINNA CULLEN

This workshop will explore several approaches to creating artists’ books including Copric sewn binding. Participants will be free to experiment with the concept of bookmaking, to incorporate their personal artistic styles and journaling possibilities into the book format. They will also be encouraged to think of the book as a possible sculptural form and to use a variety of usual and unusual materials. A great workshop for teachers to experiment with ideas to take back to the classroom. A materials fee of $10, payable to the instructor, is due at the beginning of the workshop.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


[31] May Plein Air Watercolor Painting Intensive

Mon, Apr 27–May 18, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (4 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor 
Dawn Flores

This crash course in observation-based landscape painting with watercolors shows students how to “see” the world through a painter’s eyes. Technical demonstrations stress line, shape, value, and color. Students learn to simplify the landscape by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic watercolor paintings. A portable easel is recommended. Prerequisite: basic drawing & watercolor skills.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[32] May Color & Abstraction in Drawing & Painting Intensive

Fri, May 1–22, 10 am--1 pm (4 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sally Bowring

Expand technical and critical skills and learn to develop new ideas and imagery. In the studio, students work from a variety of subjects, focusing on color and abstraction. The instructor will provide suggestions and individual critiques. Prerequisite: basic drawing & painting.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[33] Color with Sargent

Wed, Apr 29 -- May 20, 10 am – 1 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)


[34] Collecting Art 101

Sat, Mar 14, 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)