Summer in the Studio

Teens working on a project together.Ages 13 – 18
Five-day programs run Jul 4 – Aug 26
Mon – Fri, 9 am – noon or 1 – 4 pm
Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
$130 (VMFA members $115)

Whether you enjoy drawing, painting, sculpting, film, or fashion, these studio classes teach you new skills and enhance your talents, help you develop personal vision, and strengthen your portfolio for college. Professional artists and instructors use a wide range of concepts and media to expand your knowledge of art, art history, culture, and perspective while building new relationships with peers and mentors within the arts community. Classes offer individual instruction to accommodate students of all levels of experience.

Download Programs Info and Emergency Form.

Note: Upon registration, VMFA will send a confirmation to the email address you used in your registration. Please review this information carefully as it provides further details about the program and the student emergency form, which should be submitted on the first day of class. It is important that both teens and their parents or guardians understand all policies and procedures pertaining to this program, including check-in/check-out, lunch options, Code of Conduct, studio attire, and VMFA’s cancellation policy.

Class Schedule


[T1] Digital: Video Game Design

Mon–Fri, Jul 4–8, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Angela Corpuz
Ages 13–17 | Go from gamer to game developer. Learn 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.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T2] Drawing: History of Manga

Mon–Fri, Jul 4–8, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Anh Do
Ages 13–17 | Learn the history, style, and characteristics of manga and anime through expert instruction and guided practice. Then apply these methods to illustrate stylistic comics and characters.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T3] Digital: Filmmaking

Mon–Fri, Jul 4–8, 1–4  pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Todd Raviotta
Ages 13–17 | Work with an experienced filmmaker to develop your own short film through screen­writing, production, and editing. This experience provides a unique perspective on the museum campus and collection. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives. All other equipment will be provided.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T4] Painting: Techniques in Oil

Mon–Fri, Jul 4–8, 1–4  pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13–17 | Explore classical to contemporary oil paintings in the galleries to discover both traditional techniques and alternative applications to integrate into your own works.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T5] Digital: Animation & Creativity

Mon–Fri, Jul 11–15, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Anh Do
Ages 13–17 | Help bring selected works at VMFA to life through digital animation and image manipulation. No expe­rience is required but familiarity with animation and Adobe Creative software is beneficial. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T7] Drawing: Depth & Perspective

Mon–Fri, Jul 11–15, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Anh Do
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. Recommended for students interested in fine arts or manga.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T8] Fashion: Vintage Throwback

Mon–Fri, Jul 11–15, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Heidi Field-Alvarez
Ages 13–17 | Bring in old or vintage clothing from home that you can deconstruct to create a new look that expresses your personal style. Build outfits from the planning stages to completion, while also learning basic hand couture sewing techniques.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T9] Drawing: Figures & Faces

Mon–Fri, Jul 18–22, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13–17 | Increase your proficiency in drawing por­traits and figures. Work from clothed models in the studio and objects in the galleries to practice proportion, tone, and line quality.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T10] Fashion: Jewelry & Accessories

Mon–Fri, Jul 18–22, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Angele Fernandez
Ages 13–17 | Conceptualize original designs by repurposing old jewelry using innovative materials and tools. Then apply jewelry-crafting tech­niques to create your own wearable art. Materials are provided, but students are encouraged to bring from home old jewelry, handbags, and other objects that reflect their personal style.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T11] Digital: Photography & Design

Mon–Fri, Jul 18–22, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Tyger Belton
Ages 13–17 | Interpret artistic concepts, improve shoot­ing techniques, and explore editing tools for enhancing digital images and designs in Adobe Photoshop. Also gain insight into portfolio development and profes­sional photography. Students are encour­aged (but not required) to bring their own flash drive and DSLR camera with a user manual.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T12] Painting: Exploring Applications

Mon–Fri, Jul 18–22, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13–17 | Try out a wide range of tools, applications, and acrylic mediums, as well as unex­pected materials and textures, to create large-scale, expressive paintings. Students are encouraged to think outside the box!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T13] Pottery: Hand Building

Mon–Fri, Jul 25–29, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13–17 | Unearth basic methods of hand building with clay and enjoy experimenting with surface textures and underglazes to add dimension, color, and creativity to origi­nal forms. This class is open to all levels of experi­ence. Finished pottery will be available for pick-up in the Pauley Center on Mon, Aug 22.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T14] Animation: History & Illustration

Mon–Fri, Jul 25–29, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Anh Do
Ages 13–17 | Make your drawings come to life! Explore the history, language, and tech­nique of animation through exploratory exercises, flip books, and more.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T15] Digital: Filmmaking

Mon–Fri, Jul 25–29, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Todd Raviotta
Ages 13–17 | Work with an experienced filmmaker to develop your own short film through screen­writing, production, and editing. This experience provides a unique perspective on the museum campus and collection. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives. All other equipment will be provided.
Students may register for either [T3] or [T15] without a prerequisite, or both classes to increase mastery of the medium or technique.

$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T16] Fashion: Beginner Patternmaking

Mon–Fri, Jul 25–29, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Sarah Brown
Ages 13–17 | Discover the fundamentals in patternmaking to create an original garment of your own! Learn technical terms and techniques to draft flat patterns and designs for different shapes and hems.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T17] Pottery: Wheel Throwing

Mon–Fri, Aug 1–5, 9 am–noon | Studio School (Meet in the Pauley Center on Monday)
Steven Glass
Ages 13–17 | Wheel throwing is a challenging yet rewarding experience that teaches not only artistic skill but also discipline and self-awareness. Learn to center clay, make basic forms, and paint pots with colorful slips and underglazes. Finished pottery will be available for pick-up in the Pauley Center on Mon, Aug 22.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T18] Digital: Fun with Photoshop

Mon–Fri, Aug 1–5, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center
Angela Corpuz
Ages 13–17 | Take your Photoshop skills to the next level and experience the world of new media art! Learn how to create animated GIFs, 3D anaglyph (red/cyan) photos, and stereoscopic “wiggle” GIFs. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T19] Digital: Animation & Creativity

Mon–Fri, Aug 1–5, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center
Anh Do
Ages 13–17 | Help bring selected works at VMFA to life through digital animation and image manipulation. No expe­rience is required but familiarity with animation and Adobe Creative software is beneficial. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T20] Fashion: Sewing Essentials

Mon–Fri, Aug 1–5, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center
Lindsay Durrette 
Ages 13–17 | From basic hand stitching to using a sew­ing machine, learn the fundamental skills you need to get your start in fashion.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T21] Digital: Photography for Beginners

Mon–Fri, Aug 8–12, 9 amnoon | Meet in the Pauley Center
Stephanie O'Dell
Ages 13–17 | Explore the history and art of photogra­phy and digital media through practical demonstration and hands-on experience. Use Adobe Photoshop for postproduc­tion work. Students are encour­aged (but not required) to bring their own flash drive and DSLR camera with a user manual.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T22] Drawing: Botanical Arts

Mon–Fri, Aug 8–12, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center
Celeste Johnston
Ages 13–17 | Botanical arts unite art and science! This class, led by a certified botanical artist, focuses on detailed observations, craftsmanship, and tech­niques used to illustrate realistic botani­cal images.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T23] Pottery: Wheel Throwing

Mon–Fri, Aug 8–12, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center
Steven Glass
Ages 13–17 | Wheel throwing is a challenging yet rewarding experience that teaches not only artistic skill but also discipline and self-awareness. Learn to center clay, make basic forms, and paint pots with colorful slips and underglazes. Finished pottery will be available for pick-up in the Pauley Center on Mon, Aug 22.
Students are welcome to register for [T17] or [T23] without prerequisite or both classes to increase mastery of the medium or technique.

$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T24] Fashion: Alternative Construction

Mon–Fri, Aug 8–12, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center
Sarah Brown
Ages 13–17 | Personalize your apparel in this unique fashion design course! Learn tech­niques to construct wearable art from nontraditional materials. Discover basic functionality of making a garment to exploring patternmaking.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T25] Drawing: History of Manga

Mon–Fri, Aug 15–19, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center
Anh Do
Ages 13–17 | Learn the history, style, and characteris­tics of manga and anime through expert instruction and guided practice. Then apply these methods to illustrate stylistic comics and characters.
Students are welcome to register for [T2] or [T25] without prerequisite or both classes to increase mastery of the medium or technique.

$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T26] Fashion: Illustration

Mon–Fri, Aug 15–19, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center
Shannon Brady
Ages 13–17 | Focus on artistic and technical fashion-rendering skills, while learning to use ink, watercolor, and graphite to express your fashion dreams.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T27] Digital: Art & Design

Mon–Fri, Aug 15–19, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center
Angela Corpuz
Ages 13–17 | Discover where fine art meets graphic design! Learn the basics of professional design tools such as Adobe Illustrator. Use these skills to illustrate your own unique logo and design a poster drawing inspiration from the work of VMFA artists. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drives.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T28] Drawing: In the Galleries

Mon–Fri, Aug 15–19, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13–17 | Spend a relaxing week in the galleries sketching and studying new art concepts and history. Each day highlights a differ­ent collection and artistic style.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T29] Drawing: Figures & Faces

Mon–Fri, Aug 22–26, 9 am–noon | Meet in the Pauley Center
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13–17 | Increase your proficiency in drawing por­traits and figures. Work from clothed models in the studio and objects in the galleries to practice proportion, tone, and line quality.
Students are welcome to register for [T9] or [T29] without prerequisite, or both classes to increase mastery of the medium or technique.

$130 (VMFA members $115)


[T30] Mixed Media: Glass & Metals

Mon–Fri, Aug 22–26, 1–4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center
Angele Fernandez
Ages 13–17 | After developing a baseline understand­ing of glass and metal properties, learn to construct your own stained glass art­works and fused glass designs, as well as experiment with cold-working metals and enameling.
$130 (VMFA members $115)