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, Jun 8 – Jul 27, 1– 3:30 pm (8 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
SARA HAND

This introductory class helps students develop basic drawing skills using various techniques and materials. Observation, imagination, memory, and creativity will be utilized while building skills and confidence.

 
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$180 (VMFA members $160)


[2] Drawing in Color: Pastel

Thu, Jun 10  Jul 29, 1 – 4 pm (8 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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$195 (VMFA members $175)


[3] Painting Animals in the Landscape

Wed, Jun 23 – Jul 28, 1– 4 pm ( 6 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
MARIA REARDON

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 of chalk pastel. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$175 (VMFA members $155)


[4] Watercolor Studio

Mon, Jul 5 – 26, 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 and watercolor masterworks offering inspiration. Individual and group critiques provided. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[5] Introduction to Painting

Wed, Jun 9  Jul 14, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (6 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
KENDRA WADSWORTH

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 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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$175 (VMFA members $155)


[6] Painting Studio

Mon, Jun 7 – 28, 1–4 pm (4 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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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[7] Oil Painting: Independent Study

Thu, Jun 10 – Jul 15, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (6 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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$175 (VMFA members $155)


[8] Color & Abstraction in Painting

Fri, Jun 11  Jul 30, 10 am – 1 pm (8 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 contemporary art in the VMFA's 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 be included. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$195 (VMFA members $175)


[9] Plein Air Painting The Southern Landscape NEW!

Tue,  Jun 8  --  29, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (4 Sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor and on location
ANDY BALITY  

Explore drawing and painting the landscape from direct observation. The instructor will encourage students to view the exhibition The Dirty South in the VMFA galleries for inspiration. Then with guidance from the instructor, students will develop a more fluid response to painting on location. Students should provide their own plein air painting easel and stool. Prerequisite: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[10] Introduction to Collage

Tue, Jun 8 – Jul 13, 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 take the class on a tour of The Dirty South in the VMFA galleries for inspiration. In the Studio, the instructor will discuss materials, techniques, mounting, and presentation. Explore one of the most satisfying forms of visual play. Experienced students are also welcome. 

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$175 (VMFA members $155)


[11] Basic Drawing: Step One

Thu, Jun 10  Jul 29,  6  8:30 pm (8 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
MERENDA CECELIA

This introductory class helps students develop basic drawing skills using various techniques and materials. Observation, imagination, memory, and creativity will be utilized while building skills and confidence

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$180 (VMFA members $160)


[12] Surface Development in Painting NEW!

Tue, Jun 22 – Jul 13, 7 – 10 pm (4 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
DIEGO SANCHEZ

Learn to employ concepts, interpret subjects, and adopt approaches to using a wide variety of various drawing and painting media and techniques on painting surfaces. Students may also work on independent projects with guidance and individual critiques from the instructor. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[13] Introduction & Intermediate Painting

Wed, Jun 9 – Jul 14, 7 – 10 pm (6 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 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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$175 (VMFA members $155)


[14] Painting Studio

Mon, Jun 7  Jul 19, 7 – 10 pm (6 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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$175 (VMFA members $155)


[15] Plein Air Painting Workshop

Sat & Sun, Jun 12 & 13, 10 am – 4 pm (2 Sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor and on location
ANDY BALITY  

Explore drawing and painting the landscape from direct observation. With guidance from the instructor, students will develop a more fluid response to painting on location. Students need to provide their own plein air painting easel and stool. Prerequisite: basic drawing and painting skills. 

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[16] Encaustic Painting & Mixed-Media Lab

Sat, Jun 12, 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)


[17] Pour a Painting

Sat, Jun 19, 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 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)


[18] Mixed-Media Drawing & Painting NEW!

Sat & Sun, Jun 26 & 27, 10 am – 4 pm (2 session)| Studio School, 2nd floor
DIEGO SANCHEZ

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. Prerequisites: basic drawing & painting skills

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


[19] Abstract Drawing NEW!

Sat & Sun, Jun 26 & 27, 10 am – 4 pm ( 2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
CHERYL PASWATER

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)


[20] A Crash Course in Watercolor

Sat & Sun, Jul 10 & 11, 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)


[21] Drawing Trees

Sat & Sun, Jul 17 & 18, 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)


[22] Experimental Collage Workshop NEW!

Sat & Sun, Jul 17 & 18, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
CHERYL PASWATER

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 foe all levels of experience. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


[23] Children's Book Illustration

Sat & Sun, Jul 17 & 18, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
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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$140 (VMFA members $120)


[25] Painting with Cold Wax Medium

Sat & Sun, Jul 24 & 25, 10 am – 4 pm (2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
MARTHA PRIDEAUX

This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn how to build beautiful, textured surfaces using cold wax medium and oil 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)