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 [21]

Sat & Sun, Feb 27 & 28, 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)


A Crash Course in Watercolor [22]

Sat & Sun, Mar 6 & 7, 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)


Children's Book Illustration [23]

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


Pour a Painting [24]

Sat, Mar 13, 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-inch, one quart of semigloss 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)


Cloud Painting Workshop [25]

Sat & Sun, Mar 20 & 21, 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 paintings of clouds in oil or acrylic paint Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

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$140 (VMFA members $120)


Color with Sargent [26]

Sat & Sun, Mar 27 & 28, 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 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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$140 (VMFA members $120)


Plein Air Painting Workshop [27]

Sat & Sun, Apr 10 & 11, 10 am – 4 pm (2 Sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor and the VMFA Sculpture Garden
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. Both sessions will take place on the VMFA grounds. 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)


Collecting Art 101 [28]

Sat, Apr 10, 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 valuable 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)