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, Don Crow, Joan Elliott, Dawn Flores, Matt Lively, Marjorie Perrin, and Chuck Scalin teach most of the weekly classes.

 

Class Schedule


Watercolor Studio [5]

Mon, Feb 19 - Apr 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (10 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 and watercolor masterworks offering inspiration. Individual and group critiques provided. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills

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$215 (VMFA members $200)


Painting with Water Media [12]

Wed, Feb 21 -  Apr 25, 7–10 pm (120sessions) | 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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$215 (VMFA members $200)


Color & Abstraction in Drawing & Painting [18]

Sat & Sun, Feb 24 & 25, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions)  | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sally Bowring

Expand technical and critical skills and learn to develop new ideas and imagery. Studio experience with students working from a variety of subjects, focusing on color and abstraction. The instructor will provide suggestions and individual critiques. Painting students should work with acrylic paints. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Dog (and Cat) Portrait Workshop [19]

Sat & Sun, Mar 3 & 4, 10 am–4 pm  | 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, students learn to create accurate, detailed, or expressive portraits of their own pet using drawing materials and oil or acrylic paint. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


NEW! Mixed Media & Collage Workshop [20]

Sat, Mar 3, 10 am – 4 pm  | Studio School, 2nd floor
Melissa Schappell

Expand your artistic skills and explore a variety of paper collage techniques and adhesive methods that can be combined with drawing on semitransparent surfaces and water media painting to make one cohesive surface and overall look.

$90 (VMFA members $75)


Drawing with Charcoal:The Figure in Costume [21]

Sat & Sun, Mar 17 & 18, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Dennis Winston

After exploring a variety of portraits by other artists, work from models or photographs to create accurate, detailed, or expressive drawings of people in costume using charcoal. The instructor will provide guidance and individual critiques.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Creativity Workshop [22]

Sat, Mar 24, 10 am4 pm  | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sara Clark

This workshop will help you generate ideas, choose subjects, and explore different media to channel your creativity.  Explore a variety of papers and combinations of media–pencils, crayons, pastels, inks, and paints. You will leave this workshop with a portfolio of studies and drawings, and new ways to develop ideas for future works.

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$90 (VMFA members $75)


Drawing Trees [23]

Sat & Sun, Apr 7 & 8, 10 am–4 pm | 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)


Drawing Flowers in Color with Oil Pastels [24]

Sat & Sun, Apr 14 & 15, 10 am4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
Diana Detamore

Learn to draw flowers 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)


A Crash Course in Watercolor [25]

Sat & Sun, Apr 21 & 22, 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)


NEW! May Plein Air Watercolor Painting Intensive [26]

Tue, May 1–22, 9:30 am–12:30 pm | 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 & painting skills.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


May Color & Abstraction in Drawing & Painting Intensive [27]

Fri, May 4–25, 10 am - 1 pm (4 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Kendra Wadsworth

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)


Collecting Art 101 [30]

Sat, Mar 17, 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 invaluable 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)