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


Painting with Cold Wax Medium [18]

Sat & Sun, Sep 26 & 27, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions)| 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)


Encaustic Painting & Mixed-Media Lab [20]

Sat, Oct 3, 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)


Pet Portrait Workshop [21]

Sat & Sun, Oct 3 & 4, 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)


Painting Animals in the Landscape [22]

Sat & Sun, Oct 10–11, 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)


Small-Scale Still Life Drawing NEW! [23]

Sat & Sun, Oct 10 & 11, 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)


Cloud Painting Workshop [24]

Sat & Sun, Oct 17 & 18, 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)


A Tour of American Painting [25]

Sat & Sun, Oct 17 & 18, 10 am -- 4 pm (2 Sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor & VMFA galleries
SALLY BOWRING

Expand technical and critical skills and learn to develop new ideas and imagery. The instructor will take students on a tour of paintings in VMFA's American galleries---including examples of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. In the studio, students will work from a theme they select--Americana, Abstract Expressionism, or Pop Art. The instructor will provide suggestions and individual critiques. Please bring acrylic painting supplies and small canvases or panels. Prerequisite: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$145 (VMFA members $125)


Pour a Painting [26]

Sat, Oct 24, 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 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)


A Crash Course in Watercolor [27]

Sat & Sun, Oct 31 & Nov 1, 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)


Mixed Media Illustration [29]

Sat & Sun, Nov 7 & 8, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
SARAH HAND

Students will be guided through a series of techniques and materials--painted paper collage, oil pastel transfers, paint, dip, pens, paint markers, colored pencil, and crayon---and prompts to create a collection of colorful, layered mixed media illustrations on a variety of substrates. Explore characters, animals, and shapes. Participants will make a small portfolio for their new collection of artworks. Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Color with Sargent Workshop [30]

Sat & Sun, Nov 21 -- 22, 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 workshop, 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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$145 (VMFA members $130)