Summer in the Studio

Teens working on a project together.Ages 13 – 18
Five-day programs run Jul 7 – Aug 29
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. Teen Studio programs correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Note: Upon registration, VMFA will email the forms required for classes along with detailed information about Summer in the Studio. It is important that both teens and parents/guardians understand policies and procedures pertaining to this program, including check-in/check-out procedures, lunch options, Code of Conduct, studio attire, and VMFA’s cancellation policy.

Class Schedule


Painting: From Canvas to Critique [T17]

Mon – Fri, Aug 4 – 8, 9 am – noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 18 | Build, stretch, and gesso your own canvas; experiment with a series of applications, styles, and acrylic media; and critique final paintings with peers.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Art History: From Comics to Film [T18]

Mon – Fri, Aug 4 – 8, 9 am – noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Christopher Irving
Ages 13 – 18 | Find out where your favorite superheroes, such as Batman, Spiderman, Superman, and even Hulk, came from through art talks and movie clips of their early attempts at TV and film adaptation. 
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Pottery: Hand Building [T19]

Mon – Fri, Aug 4 – 8, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 18 | 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. 
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Digital: Filmmaking [T20]

Mon – Fri, Aug 4 – 8, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Todd Raviotta
Ages 13 – 18 | Write, record, and edit your own movies inspired by the museum’s collections and grounds. The goal is for these films to represent your unique relationship with the art and the environment. Teens are welcome to register for [T4] or [T20] individually without a prerequisite or both classes to increase mastery of the medium or technique.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Painting: Art-isms [T21]

Mon – Fri, Aug 11 – 15, 9 am – noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Dan Ashman
Ages 13 – 18 | Study a new art movement each day, gaining knowledge in the galleries and painting experience in the studios. 
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Fashion: Costume Jewelry & Accessories [T22]

Mon – Fri, Aug 11 – 15, 9 am – noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Claire Accardo
Ages 13 – 18 | Conceptualize and create trendy works of wearable art, jewelry, and accessories with unexpected materials and methods.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Pottery: Wheel Throwing [T23]

Mon – Fri, Aug 11 – 15, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Steven Glass
Ages 13 – 18 | Wheel throwing teaches not only about art, 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 Art Education Center on Sat, Sep 6.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Fashion: Digital Arts & Advertising [T24]

Mon – Fri, Aug 11 – 15, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Stephanie O'Dell
Ages 13 – 18 | See how technology is used in the fashion industry — from designing to marketing — and learn the computer skills to design a brand and ad for yourself. 
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Drawing: Figures & Faces [T25]

Mon – Fri, Aug 18 – 22, 9 am – noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 18 | Increase your proficiency 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)


Pottery: Wheel Throwing [T26]

Mon – Fri, Aug 18 – 22, 9 am – noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Steven Glass
Ages 13 – 18 | Wheel throwing teaches not only about art, 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 Art Education Center on Sat, Sep 6.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Painting: Techniques in Oil [T27]

Mon – Fri, Aug 18 – 22, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 18 | From the classical to contemporary oil paintings in the galleries, discover traditional techniques and explore alternative applications to integrate into your own works.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Digital: Photography for Beginners [T28]

Mon – Fri, Aug 18 – 22, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Keith Browne
Ages 13 – 18 | 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 DSLR camera and user manual.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Mixed Media: Experimental Arts [T29]

Mon – Fri, Aug 25 – 29, 9 am – noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 18 | From weaving bicycles wheels to making mosaics, this studio class puts a fun and funky spin on art history while utilizing found objects and leftover supplies!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Animation: Character Development [T30]

Mon – Fri, Aug 25 – 29, 9 am – noon | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Saxton Moore
Ages 13 – 18 | Learn how to turn basic renderings into visual entertainment from an award-winning illustrator. Using digital tools for animation, focus on design principles to create characters and bring ideas to life.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Drawing: In the Galleries [T31]

Mon – Fri, Aug 25 – 29, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in the Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 18 | 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)