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 Jan – May 2020 Classes & Programs
Fall class Registration begins November 11 for current VMFA members and November 18 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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[TE5] Drawing: Foundations

Wed, Jan 15–29, 5–7 pm (3 Sessions) | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Kendra Wadsworth

Ages 13–17 | Learn proportions as it applies to portraiture and still life drawing. Experiment with a variety of shading techniques to improve on realistic dimensional effects.


$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE6] Visual Arts: Studio Access

Wed, Feb 5–19, 5–7 pm (3 Sessions) | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Heidi Field-Alvarez

Ages 13–17 | Take advantage of quality art supplies, studio space, and individualized guidance to build portfolios or simply enhance proficiency in art making. Jumpstart your ideas through gallery inspirations and learn what makes a successful work of art.

$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE7] Design: Visual Journaling

Wed, Mar 4–18, 5–7 pm (3 Sessions) | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Lauren Bleam

Ages 13–17 | Take your sketchbook to the next level by incorporating new and exciting techniques– from image transferring and collaging to painting and stamping. Practice various forms of writing and ways to integrate text into your art. Allow this visual journal to become an inspiring outlet of self-expression! Students are welcome to bring their own sketchbooks to alter, but they will be provided if needed.

$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE8] Digital: Photography

Wed, Apr 15–29, 5–7 pm (3 Sessions) | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Tyger Belton

Ages 13–17 | Develop the ability to photograph and edit effective images with any camera, from digital SRLs to iPhones. DSLR cameras are available for use but students are welcome to bring their own cameras, iPhones or smartphones, and flash drives.


$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE9] Painting: Watercolors

Wed, May 6–20, 5–7 pm (3 Sessions) | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Caroline Velazquez

Ages 13–17 | Learn professional watercolor techniques while painting from life, creating detailed studies and experimenting with abstractions. Participants also receive a watercolor journal to collect notes, ideas, and paintings.

$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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[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)


[TD5] Drawing: Heads & Hands

Fri, Jan 17, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Do you love drawing eyes or hands? Or maybe you've tried and something seems a bit off? Get helpful tips and guided practice to fine tune drawing facial features and hand details.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD6] Drawing: Texture

Fri, Feb 21, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Use a variety of mark-making techniques to illustrate different types of textures like soft furs or rough surfaces. Create drawings that make people want to reach out and touch.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD7] Drawing: Depth & Perspective

Fri, Mar 20, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | After exploring the galleries for inspiration, learn techniques for depicting space, volume, and depth on a flat surface to help give the illusion of three dimensions.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD8] Drawing: Learn From the Masters

Fri, Apr 17, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Participate in guided sketching in the VMFA galleries. Practice different drawing techniques by emulating featured artists' signature styles, and learn to incorporate them into work of your own.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD9] Drawing: Mixed Media

Fri, May 15, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Use both traditional and non-traditional drawing media to make artwork that reaches outside the box. Explore how combining different materials can add variety and dimension to your work. 

$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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[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)


[TS7] Painting: Pour & Explore

Sat, Jan 25, 1–4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
Kendra Wadsworth

Ages 13–17 | Try out fun and fast-paced paint-pouring techniques and other experimental applications to create vibrant paintings and abstract compositions.

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS8] Design: Sustainable Sewing

Sat, Feb 29, 10:30 am–4:30 pm | Pauley Center, Studio B
Sarah Brown

Ages 13–17 | Help the environment while increasing your creativity and learning something new – avoid plastics and learn to sew reusable, everyday items from snack bags to pencil cases. Students must bring a bagged lunch to have during their break. Please avoid peanuts.

$40 (VMFA members $30)


[TS9] Digital: Graphic Art & Design

Sat, Mar 14, 10:30 am–4:30 pm | Computer Lab
Stephanie O'Dell

Ages 13–17 | Welcome to the digital world of graphic art and design! Learn about relative careers and build your beginner Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills to create original designs. Students must bring a bagged lunch to have during their break. Please avoid peanuts.

$40 (VMFA members $30)


[TS10] Visual Arts: Finding Your Voice

Sat, Apr 18 & 25 (2 Sessions), 1–4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
Lindsay Steele

Ages 13–17 | Learn what "voice" means and how to apply it. Spend time listening and looking at voices from the past, as well as contemporary artists' work. Recognize and embrace the things that make you a unique individual and then incorporate your own voice in original works of art.

$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TS11] Animation: Fundamentals

Sat, May 2, 10:30 am–4:30 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
Anh Do

Ages 13–17 | Discover the magical world of animation by learning about its storied history and practicing basic animation exercises. Students must bring a bagged lunch to have during their break. Please avoid peanuts.

$40 (VMFA members $30)


[TS12] Drawing: Intro to Fashion

Sat, May 16, 10:30 am–4:30 pm | Pauley Center, Studio B
Christi Owen

Ages 13–17 | Discover the fundamentals of fashion illustration from proportions and posing to basic fabric rendering. Enjoy using conventional tools of the trade like professional art markers and gouache. Students must bring a bagged lunch to have during their break. Please avoid peanuts.

$40 (VMFA members $30)