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.

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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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[TE6] Digital: Photography

Wednesdays, Mar 14, 21, 28   5–7 pm ( 3 session) | Pauley Center, Computer Lab
Tyger Belton

Ages 13 – 17 |Enhance your knowledge of camera settings, shooting techniques, and Adobe Photoshop to achieve professional looking results. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives and DSLR camera with a user manual.

$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE7] Digital: Video Game Design

Wednesdays, Apr 11, 18, 25   5–7 pm ( 3 session) | Pauley Center, Computer Lab
Stephanie O'Dell

Ages 13 – 17 |Discover the ins and outs of game design and development. After playing and critiquing games, learn the fundamentals for creating your own video game with user-friendly design software. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives.

$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TE8] Drawing: Manga Stories and Characters

Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16   5–7 pm ( 3 session) | Pauley Center
Anh Do

Ages 13 – 17 |Learn different ways of developing story lines and characters, then bring your story to life by incorporating your character into a manga comic book cover.

$70 (VMFA members $60)

Important Dates
Third Friday of the month
5 – 7 pm New Extended 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. Led by artist Cheryl Dillard and designed for teenagers enrolled 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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[TD7] Drawing: Illustrating Mythology

Friday, Mar 16   5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Cindy Shelton Eide

Ages 13 – 17 |Get inspired by the mythological illustrations in ancient Greek art to bring to life your own personal stories.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD8] Drawing: Altered Realities

Friday, Apr 20   5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Cindy Shelton Eide

Ages 13 – 17 |Use watercolor pencils to create an abstract still life inspired by Modern artists, from Georgia O’Keeffe to Stanton MacDonald-Wright.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD9] Drawing: Symbolic Portraiture

Friday, May 18   5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Cindy Shelton Eide

Ages 13 – 17 |Discover the significance of symbolism in portraiture, then draw a portrait of yourself, a friend, or a family member using symbols and details to communicate elements of your subject’s identity. Students are welcome (but not required) to bring in printed photographs to work from.

$12 (VMFA members $10)


Select Saturdays
1 – 4 pm
Art Education Center, Studio 1
(unless otherwise noted*)
$30 (VMFA members $25)

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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[TS6] Design: Bookmaking Basics

Saturday, Feb 24, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center
Caroline Leroux

Ages 13 – 17 |Enjoy this introductory course in the art of bookmaking. Learn the fundamental techniques to create and design your own artist journal, in addition to making decorative papers.

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS7] Drawing: Beginning Manga

Saturday, Mar 24, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center
Anh Do

Ages 13 – 17 |Discover the basic history, technique, and style of Manga. Enjoy practicing drawing exercises specific to this popular style of Japanese comics. 

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS8] Animation: Crash Course

Saturday, Apr 28, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center
Anh Do

Ages 13 – 17 |Learn how drawings can be brought to life through character illustration and experimentation with stop-motion animation techniques.

$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS9] Painting: En Plein Air

Saturday, May 12, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center
Kendra Wadsworth

Ages 13 – 17 |Have fun lounging on the VMFA grounds while discovering how artists painted outdoors. Learn Impressionist painting techniques and create your own bright and vibrant landscape that captures a fleeting moment in time. 

$30 (VMFA members $25)