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

[27] Painting Animals in the Landscape Workshop

Sat & Sun, Oct 23 & 24, 10 am–4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor

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. The instructor will demonstrate painting animals
in their surroundings. Students may choose to work in oil paint or chalk pastel. 
Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$145 (VMFA members $130)

[28] Abstract Drawing NEW!

Sat & Sun, Oct 30 & 31, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor

Focusing on shape, color, line, and texture, students will use a variety of materials including pencil, chalk, charcoal and ink to create dynamic works through the lens of abstraction. learn through demonstration , discussions and hands-on assignments.  Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)

[29] Color with Sargent

Sat & Sun, Oct 23 & 24, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor

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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$145 (VMFA members $130)

[30] Pour a Painting

Sat, Oct 30, 10 am -- 4 pm (1 Session) | Studio School, 2nd floor

Explore several methods for making acrylic pour paintings. These paintings are characterized by unpredictable swirls of colorful paint with a glossy finish. Please bring as many painting canvases as you can safely transport, not to exceed 24 x 24 inches, one quart of white semi-gloss house paint, and 4 - 6 acrylic paint 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)

[31] Experimental Collage

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

Experiment with new techniques, materials and more to make innovative collages. The teacher will demonstrate ways to design, mount and present your artwork in this workshop designed for all levels of experience. Prerequisites: basic drawing experience

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$145 (VMFA members $130)

[32] Mixed Media Drawing NEW!

Sat & Sun, Nov 20 & 21, 10 am – 4 pm (2 session)| Studio School, 2nd floor

Discover approaches and mixed media materials that can inspire new ideas and add a fresh dimension to your artwork. Students learn techniques that reinforce the importance of the painting and drawing process to the finished product. Prerequisite: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$145 (VMFA members $130)

[33] Paper Mache Ornaments

Sat & Sun, Nov 20 & 21, 10 am – 4 pm (2 session)| Studio School, 2nd floor

Explore sculpting with paper mache (or papier-mâché) to create small ornaments. The instructor will demonstrate the use of armature sculpting, traditional newspaper and paste paper mache and painting.
Students will learn to create their own personalized holiday ornaments. Create unique pieces to paint and embellish. Explore how to make three-dimensional objects in this low-tech medium. 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)