Teen Studio – Art Classes

Expand your creativity and artistic awareness, build your own portfolio for college, or simply spend time with peers and professional artists through these studio classes related to VMFA’s world-renowned collection. Enrollment is limited in order to provide individual instruction and accommodations for teenagers of all skill levels. Register online or by phone 804.340.1405.

View Program Guidelines 2019 Fall Classes

Fall class Registration begins Aug 5 for current VMFA members and Aug 12 for non-members.

Teen Studio Programs

Wednesdays (3-session classes)
5 – 7 pm
Pauley Center
Enrollment limit varies per class
$70 (VMFA Members $60)

Focus on your favorite style, medium, or technique in one or all of these innovative classes. Designed for teens in middle or high school, these classs help students grow creatively, explore self-expression, and develop works for a college portfolio.

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[TE1] Digital: Studio Basics

Wed, Sep 18–Oct 2, 5–7 pm (3 Sessions) | Pauley Center, Computer Lab
Stephanie O'Dell

Ages 13–17 | Gain insight into the world of digital arts! Each session focuses on a different genre, including digital photography, graphic design, and motion graphics. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives and DSLR camera.

$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE2] Drawing: Figures & Faces

Wed, Oct 9–23, 5–7 pm (3 Sessions) | Pauley Center, Studio A
Kendra Wadsworth

Ages 13–17 | Increase your proficiency in drawing the human figure. Work from instructional guidance and observations to practice proportion, tone, and line quality.


$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE3] Visual Arts: Fundamentals

Wed, Nov 6–20, 5–7 pm (3 Sessions) | Pauley Center, Studio A
Stephanie O'Dell

Ages 13–17 | Achieve a better understanding and use of the elements and principles of art and design, the creative process, and developing an artistic style, while exploring a variety of 2D and 3D media.

$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE4] Visual Arts: Intermediate/ Advanced Studies

Wed, Dec 4–18, 5–7 pm (3 Sessions) | Pauley Center, Studio A
Stephanie O'Dell

Ages 13–17 | Push your creativity to the next level by practicing studio habits of mind, developing a portfolio, and learning about careers in art. Create an original artwork with your choice of materials, along with guidance from a professional artist.

$70 (VMFA members $60)

Important Dates
Select Fridays
5:30 – 7:30 pm  New Hours
Art Education Center, Studio 1
$12 (VMFA members $10)
Enrollment Limit: 16

Explore the galleries and boost drawing skills associated with different art movements, styles, and cultures. Designed for teens in middle or high school, monthly sessions include demos, art talks, and independent instruction to accommodate both beginning and accomplished artists.

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[TD1] Drawing: Essentials

Fri, Sep 20, 5:30–7:30 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Perfect for beginning or experienced artists, this class will explore a variety of techniques that will expand your artisanship and value-rendering skills.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD2] Drawing: The Secret to Composition

Fri, Oct 18, 5:30–7:30 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Observe how other artists masterfully use the principles of design to create compelling and cohesive compositions. Learn how to apply these principles to your own drawings.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD3] Drawing: People

Fri, Nov 15, 5:30–7:30 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Hone your ability to draw lifelike portraits by learning about human proportions, shading, and techniques to depict expressive features.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD4] Drawing: Using Color

Fri, Dec 13, 5:30–7:30 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Explore the many properties of color! Investigate how master artists use color in their work, and then use your understanding of color to make more intentional choices in your own drawings.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


1–4 pm (1–2 sessions)
Art Education Center or Pauley Center
Fees differ per workshop

Each of these innovative workshops focuses on a unique art movement, culture, and medium associated with the VMFA collection. Teenagers benefit from learning new techniques and using a variety of professional tools and materials.

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[TS1] Painting: Pouring Acrylics

Sat, Sep 28, 1–4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
Kendra Wadsworth

Ages 13–17 | Experiment with popular paint-pouring techniques and learn how to create "cells" and unpredictable swirls within vibrant compositions.

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS2] Design: Wearable Art

Sat & Sun, Oct 5 & 6, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Nastassja Swift

Ages 13–17 | Be inspired by the ingenuity, aesthetic, and visual imagination of African American artists from the South. Learn 2D felting techniques to design a sweatshirt with interesting patterns and imagery that reflects YOUR identity. Request: Email youthstudio@vmfa.museum by Sep 30 to let us know what size sweatshirt you prefer.

$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TS3] Illustration: Art for Gamers

Sat, Oct 19, 1–4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
Anh Do

Ages 13–17 | Use video games to help elevate your own artistic creativity. Explore concept art and examine visual elements for use as a design reference in your own illustrations.

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS4] Painting: Intro to Oils

Sat, Nov 9, 1–4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
Kendra Wadsworth
 

Ages 13–17 | View an array of renderings and oil paintings by the famous American Modern artist Edward Hopper. Learn basic oil painting techniques to create your own original oil painting on canvas.

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS5] Digital: Intro to Photoshop

Sat, Nov 23, 1–4 pm | Pauley Center, Computer Lab
Anh Do

Ages 13–17 | Discover some of the essential tools and functions of Adobe Photoshop to design graphics, digitally manipulate images, and more. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives.

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS6] Mixed Media: In the Loop

Sat, Dec 14, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Celeste Johnston

Ages 13–17 | Re-purpose plastic bags into plastic yarn, or plarn! With strips of plastic, learn to crochet, braid, or weave a small bag, coin purse, or other accessory.

$30 (VMFA members $25)