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


Basic Drawing: Step One [1]

Tue, Jun 5 – Jul 24, 1 – 3:30 pm (8 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. No experience is required — an excellent prerequisite for painting courses.

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$180 (VMFA members $160)


Drawing in Color: Pastel [2]

Thu, Jun 7 - Jul 26, 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)


Painting & Pastel Studio [3]

Wed, Jun 6 - Aug 1, 1–4 pm (8 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sara Clark

Learn to generate ideas, choose subjects, and adopt approaches to using paint and pastel. Students also work on independent projects with guidance and individual critiques from the instructor.  Prerequisites: basic drawing & painting skills

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$195 (VMFA members $175)


Drawing & Painting the Portrait [4]

Tue, Jun 5 – Jul 24, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (8 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Fielding Archer

This class focuses on the oil-paint, chalk-pastel, and watercolor portrait. Students also learn about the rich history of the portrait in art.  Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills

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$195 (VMFA members $175)


Watercolor Studio [5]

Mon, Jun 4 – Jul 9, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (6 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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$175 (VMFA members $155)


Introduction to Painting [6]

Wed, Jun 6  Aug 1, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (8 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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$195 (VMFA members $175)


Painting Studio [7]

Mon, Jun 4 Jul 9, 1 – 4 pm (6 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Matt Lively

Explore oil 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)


Oil Painting: Independent Study [8]

Thu, Jun 21 – Jul 26, 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)


Encaustic Painting & Mixed-Media NEW! [9]

Fri, Jun 8 29, 1 – 4 pm | 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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$165 (VMFA members $145)


Introduction to Collage [10]

Tue, Jun 5 – 26, 10 am – 1 pm (4 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. Experienceds tudents are also welcome. Prerequisites: basic drawing and oil or acrylic painting skills.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


Basic Drawing: Step One [11]

Thu, Jun 7  Jul 26, 7  9:30 pm | 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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$180 (VMFA members $160)


Intermediate Drawing & Painting [12]

Tue, Jun 5 – Jul 10, 7 – 10 pm (6 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Matt Lively

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. Prerequisite: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$175 (VMFA members $155)


Painting with Water Media [13]

Mon, Jun 4  Jul 9, 7 – 10 pm (6 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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$175 (VMFA members $155)


Introduction and Intermediate Painting [14]

Wed, Jun 20 – Aug 1, 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 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)


Painting Studio [15]

Mon, Jun 18 - Jul 23, 7 - 10 pm | 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. Prerequisite: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$175 (VMFA members $155)


Color & Abstraction in Drawing & Painting [16]

Sat, Jun 9, 10 am – 4 pm (1 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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$90 (VMFA members $75)


A Crash Course in Watercolor [17]

Sat & Sun, June 16 & 17, 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.

$145 (VMFA members $130)


Painting on Photographs: The Extended Image [18]

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

This workshop explores the use of photography with mixed-media applications. Students combine photographic materials (digital or traditional prints, photocopies, found imagery, or old photographs) with oil paint to produce new and exciting imagery. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of approaches including surface supports and preparation, gluing techniques, surface alterations, paint application, varnishing, cold wax and other surface treatments. Open to students of all levels of experience.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Creativity Workshop [19]

Sat, Jun 23, 10 am – 4 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)


Pet Portrait Workshop [20]

Sat & Sun, Jun 30 & Jul 1, 10 am - 4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor
Matt Lively

Start by exploring a variety of animal 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. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Mixed Media & Collage Workshop NEW! [21]

Sat & Sun, Jun 30 & Jul 1, 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.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Encaustic Painting & Mixed Media Lab [22]

Sat, Jul 14, 10 am  4 pm  | 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. Returning students may begin exploring larger scale works. Some materials included.

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$105 (VMFA members $90)


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)