Teen Studio – Art Classes

Registration Information

Registration for spring 2021 programs begins November 16 for current VMFA members and November 23 for non-members.

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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.

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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: Intro to Manga & Anime

Wed, Jan 20 & 27, 5 - 7 pm (2 sessions) | Art Educational Center, Studio 1
Anh Do

Ages 13 – 17 | Take a crash course in the history and culture of Japanese-style comic arts, manga and anime. You will be given your own sketchbook and participate in drawing exercises to develop basic techniques and illustrate characters.

$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TE6] Painting: Applications

Wed, Feb 10, 17, 24, 5 – 7 pm ( 3 sessions)| Pauley Center Studios
SANDI WILEY

Ages 13 – 17 | Practice both traditional and experimental painting and printmaking techniques while using different painting mediums and papers. Enjoy inspiration from the museum's collection and your own artistic style!

$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE7] Drawing: Sketchbook Starter

Wed, Mar 10 & 17, 5 – 7 pm ( 2 sessions)| Art Educational Center, Studio 1
MAYZIE ZECHINI

Ages 13 – 17 | Spark your imagination by putting the right side of your brain to work! You will receive a sketchbook to keep and necessary drawing tools you will need to take part in multiple drawing and mixed media exercises designed to help you develop your creative process.

$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TE8] Digital: Animation

Wed, Apr 14, 21, 28  5 --7 PM ( 3 sessions)| Pauley Center, Computer Lab
AHN DO

Ages 13–17 | Be introduced to the history, methodology, and digital tools necessary in making animation. Learn how to animate through exploratory exercises using simple shapes, texts, and images from the museum's collection. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drive to save their work.

$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE9] Painting: Impressionism

Wed, May 5, 5–7 pm (1 sessions) | Art Educational Center, Studio 1
KENDRA WADSWORTH

Learn impressionist painting techniques to depict your own vivid landscape that captures a fleeting moment in time. If weather permits, enjoy painting en plain air, outside in the Sculpture Garden.

$30 (VMFA members $25)

Important Dates
Select Fridays
5 – 7 pm
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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[TD6] Drawing: Using Color

Fri, Feb 19,  5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
RACHEL DEUTCH

Ages 13–17 | Explore the many properties of color! Investigate how master artists work with pigments in their art and  then use your understanding of color to make more intentional choices in your own drawings. Supplies are provided but students are welcome to bring their own sketchbooks.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD7] Drawing: Still Life

Fri, Mar 19, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
RACHEL DEUTCH

Ages 13–17 | Find inspiration in everyday objects -- form your own compositions and use perspective and value to capture a variety of shapes and surfaces. Supplies are provided but students are welcome to bring their own sketchbook.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD8] Drawing: Mixed Media

Fri, Apr 16, 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 spans outside the box. Explore how combining different materials can add variety and dimension to your work. Supplies are provided but students are welcome to bring their own sketchbook.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD9] Drawing: Architecture in RVA

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

Ages 13–17 | Draw inspiration from your city! Use perspective to realistically depict buildings and architectural structures in Richmond's museum district. 

$12 (VMFA members $10)


Times differ per workshop (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] Painting: Still Life

Sat, Jan 23, 1–4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
KENDRA WADSWORTH

Ages 13–17 | Learn about the properties of acrylics to paint vibrant still life with captivating compositions using a variety of artist quality tools and acrylic mediums.

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS6] Digital: Graphic Art

Sat, Feb 20, 11 am–4:30 pm | Pauley Center, Computer Lab
ANH DO

Ages 13–17 | Welcome to the digital world of art! Develop a basic understanding of digital tools through exploratory exercises needed to create digital artworks and learn about careers and software for this modern medium. Students must bring a bagged lunch or hearty snack to have during their break. Please avoid peanuts. Students are also encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drive to save their work.

$40 (VMFA members $30)


[TS7] Studio Survey: Women in Art

Sat, Mar 20, 1 – 4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
LINDSAY STEELE

Ages 13 – 17 | What historical impact did female artists have on art and society? Create powerful paintings inspired by Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, and other women artists of the past and present.

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS8] Studio Arts: Teen Take Over

Sat, Apr 17, 11 am– 4:30 pm | Pauley Center, Studio B
LINDSAY STEELE

Ages 13 – 17 | An expert art instructor is available to help bring their ideas to life. Come to the studio ready to work and take advantage of quality tools and materials including canvases and paints to needles and thread. Students should bring a bagged lunch or hearty snack to have during their break. No peanut products.

$40 (VMFA members $30)


[TS9] Drawing: Botanicals for Beginners

Sat, May 1, 1-- 4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
CELESTE JOHNSTON

Ages 13–17 | Led by a certified botanical artist, discover how the masters used botanical objects in their own work. Learn fundamental techniques for this formal style of art to depict your own plants and flowers.

$30 (VMFA members $25)