Summer in the Studio

Teens working on a project together.Ages 13 – 18
Five-day programs run Jul 6 – Aug 28
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


Drawing: History of Manga [T2]

Mon – Fri, Jul 6 – 10, 9 am – noon | Meet in 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)


Digital: Filmmaking [T3]

Mon – Fri, Jul 6 – 10, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Todd Raviotta
Ages 13 – 17 | Work with a professional filmmaker to develop your own film through screenwriting, production, and editing. This experience provides a unique perspective on the museum campus and collection.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Painting: Techniques in Oil [T4]

Mon – Fri, Jul 6 – 10, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 17 | From 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: Museum Animations [T5]

Mon – Fri, Jul 13 – 17, 9 am – noon | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Anh Do
Ages 13 – 17 | Help bring selected works at VMFA to life through digital animation. No experience is required but familiarity with animation and Adobe Creative software is beneficial.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Fashion: Sewing Essentials [T6]

Mon – Fri, Jul 13 – 17, 9 am – noon | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Angele Fernandez
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)


Digital: Graphic Design [T7]

Mon – Fri, Jul 13 – 17, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Stephanie O'Dell
Ages 13 – 17 | Discover the world of graphic design and learn the basics of professional digital tools like Photoshop and Illustrator. After creating a unique brand, combine graphics with imagery for your very own gallery poster and brochure!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Drawing: Depth & Perspective [T8]

Mon – Fri, Jul 13 – 17, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in 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)


Fashion: Salvaged Love Jewelry [T9]

Mon – Fri, Jul 13 – 17, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Claire Accardo
Ages 13 – 17 | With artist and owner of Salvaged Love Jewelry, conceptualize innovative designs using salvaged accessories and found objects. Then apply jewelry-crafting techniques as you create your own wearable art. Salvaged jewelry and materials are provided, but students are encouraged to bring from home old jewelry, watches, and objects that reflect their personal style.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Drawing: Figures & Faces [T10]

Mon – Fri, Jul 20 – 24, 9am – Noon| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 17 | 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)


Fashion: Vintage Throwback [T11]

Mon – Fri, Jul 20 – 24, 9 am – noon | Meet in 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)


Digital: Photography & Design [T12]

Mon – Fri, Jul 20 – 24, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Stephanie O'Dell
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 DSLR camera and user manual.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Painting: Experimental Applications [T13]

Mon – Fri, Jul 20 – 24, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 17 | Try out a wide range of tools, applications, and acrylic mediums, alongside unexpected materials and textures, to create large-scale, expressive paintings. Students are encouraged to think outside the box!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Printmaking: Process & Style [T14]

Mon – Fri, Jul 27 – 31, 9 am – noon | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Heidi Field-Alvarez
Ages 13 – 17 | Explore a range of applications and processes for printmaking that center around composition, creativity, and identity. Investigate printable dyes and quality inks for creating your own personalized, graphic T-shirt and series of prints.  
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Animation: Stop Motion Picture [T15]

Mon – Fri, Jul 27 – 31, 9 am – noon | Meet in 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, stop-motion works, and more.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Digital: Filmmaking [T16]

Mon – Fri, Jul 27 – 31, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Todd Raviotta
Ages 13 – 17 | Work with a professional filmmaker to develop your own film through screenwriting, production, and editing. This experience provides a unique perspective on the museum campus and collection.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Fashion: Illustration & Style [T17]

Mon – Fri, Jul 27 – 31, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Angela Bacskocky
Ages 13 – 17 | Learn how to conceptualize your own “product line” from a professional designer, and illustrate a collection of cohesive looks that reflect mood and your inspiration.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Pottery: Wheel Throwing [T18]

Mon – Fri, Aug 3 – 7, 9 am – noon| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Steven Glass
Ages 13 – 17 | Wheel throwing is a challenging yet rewarding experience that teaches about not only 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 Pauley Center on Fri, Aug 21.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Fashion: Sewing Essentials [T19]

Mon – Fri, Aug 3 – 7, 9 am – noon| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Angele Fernandez
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)


Pottery: Hand Building [T20]

Mon – Fri, Aug 3 – 7, 9 am – noon| Meet in 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. Open to all levels of experience. Finished pottery will be available for pick-up in the Pauley Center on Fri, Aug 21.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Fashion: Creative Apparel [T21]

Mon – Fri, Aug 3 – 7, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Angela Bacskocky
Ages 13 – 17 | Personalize your apparel in this unique fashion design course and learn techniques to construct wearable art from recycled materials and textiles. You’ll be ready for the runway!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Digital: Photography for Beginners [T22]

Mon – Fri, Aug 10 – 14, 9 am – noon | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Keith Browne
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 DSLR camera and user manual.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Drawing: Botanical Arts [T23]

Mon – Fri, Aug 10 – 14, 9 am – noon | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Celeste Johnson
Ages 13 – 17 | Botanical arts is where science unites with art. 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)


Pottery: Wheel Throwing [T24]

Mon – Fri, Aug 10 – 14, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Steven Glass
Ages 13 – 17 | Wheel throwing is a challenging yet rewarding experience that teaches about not only 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 Pauley Center on Fri, Aug 21.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Drawing: History of Manga [T25]

Mon – Fri, Aug 10 – 14, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in 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)


Digital: Museum Animations [T26]

Mon – Fri, Aug 17 – 21, 9 am – noon | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Anh Do
Ages 13 – 17 | Help bring selected works at VMFA to life through digital animation. No experience is required but familiarity with animation and Adobe Creative software is beneficial.  
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Fashion: Jewelry & Accessories [T27]

Mon – Fri, Aug 17 – 21, 9 am – noon | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Angele Fernandez
Ages 13 – 17 | Conceptualize and create trendy works of wearable art, jewelry, and accessories with materials and methods that may surprise you.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Drawing: In the Galleries [T28]

Mon – Fri, Aug 17 – 21, 1 – 4 pm | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
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)


Art History: Comics to Film [T29]

Mon – Fri, Aug 24 – 28, 9 am – noon | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Christopher Irving
Ages 13 – 17 | Discover the secret origins of movie superheroes, like Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America, and Hulk, through an art talk, movie, and TV clips of their first adaptations to film and TV. Each day follows a new hero!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Mixed Media: Experimental Arts [T30]

Mon – Fri, Aug 24 – 28, 9 am – noon | Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 13 – 17 | This studio class puts a fun and funky spin on art history while using found objects and leftover supplies to do everything from weave bicycle wheels to make mosaics!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Animation: Character Development [T31]

Mon – Fri, Aug 24 – 28, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
Saxton Moore
Ages 13 – 17 | From an award-winning illustrator, learn how to turn illustrated concepts into visual entertainment. With digital animation tools, focus on design principles to bring your characters to life.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Mixed Media: Glass & Metals [T32]

Mon – Fri, Aug 24 – 28, 1 – 4 pm| Meet in Pauley Center lobby
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)