Tradition and Innovation: The Contemporary Native American Arts

with Dr. F. Johanna Minich, Adjunct Professor of Art History, University of Mary Washington

Wednesdays, Jan 7 – 28, 1 – 2 pm

Conference Suite & Galleries

Beginning with a discussion of the impact of European culture on indigenous art forms—and how museums, critics, and art historians respond to this “non-Western” tradition, this course goes on to examine some of the major Native North American artists — Norval Morrisseau, Maria Martinez, Bill Reid, Preston Singletary — and movements in the twentieth and…

3 in 30: From Jade to Bronze Ancient Chinese Art

with Lulan Yu, Adult Programs Coordinator

Tue, Dec 9, 11 – 11:30 am

Thu, Dec 11, 6:30 – 7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

Described in a two thousand-year-old source as the “fairest of stones,” jade has long been treasured in China. Join Lulan Yu, Adult Programs Coordinator, for a gallery talk that will explore Chinese jade objects and beautifully crafted bronze ritual vessels produced by the technologically advanced Chinese Bronze age cultures. In upcoming months, we will offer a…

Introduction to Woodcuts

with Dennis Winston

Sat & Sun, Mar 28 & 29, 10 am – 4 pm

Studio School, 1st floor

This workshop focuses on the fundamentals of woodcut printing, the oldest of the printmaking processes. Developed in the ninth century, this graphic process appeals to many contemporary artists. View a variety of woodcut prints then watch the instructor demonstrate how to carve a woodblock. With guidance from the teacher, students design, transfer, cut, ink and…

NEW! Intro to Impressionist Oil Painting Intensive

with Mark Hierholzer

Wednesdays, May 6 – 27, 1 – 4 pm

Studio School, 2nd floor

A crash course in observation-based landscape painting in oil, this class shows students how to “see” the world through a painter’s eyes. Technical demonstrations stress line, shape, value, and color. Students learn to simplify the landscape by identifying color masses from which to develop impressionist oil paintings. A materials fee of $30, payable to the…

NEW! Exploring Flowers through Watercolor

with Ann Chenoweth

Sat, Apr 25, 10 am – 4 pm

Studio School, 2nd floor

See demonstrations of watercolor technique and learn about composition and color in capturing the unique beauty of flowers. For inspiration, students visit VMFA’s special exhibition Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower to view beautiful French floral paintings and then return to the studio to paint their own floral still lifes. Students…

NEW! Drawing Flowers in Color with Oil Pastels

with Sat & Sun, Mar 28 & 29, 10 am – 4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor Diana Detamore

Sat & Sun, Mar 28 & 29, 10 am – 4 pm

Studio School, 2nd floor

This workshop introduces oil pastels for painterly approaches to drawing flowers from life. Students explore colored grounds, glazes, and various methods of layering color as well as color mixing and interaction. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills Click here for materials list.

Teacher Workshop: Workin’ the Flowers: Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Modern Visions

Thu, Apr 23, 4:30 – 7 pm

Conference Room 1 & Galleries

How did impressionist and post-impressionist painters radically transform the traditional French still life genre? How were their experimentations with paint application, composition, and color combinations connected with changes in science, commerce, and technology? Discover how their reinvention of artistic representation can inspire and challenge your students’ understanding of art-making in this workshop that combines gallery…

The Middle Ages in Europe and England

with Dr. Donald Schrader, Adjunct Professor of Art History, University of Mary Washington

Wednesdays, Mar 4 – Apr 8, 2 – 3 pm

Pauley Center Parlor

The great artistic movements of the Middle Ages—the Romanesque and the Gothic—emanated from France to other parts of Europe in a variety of ways, presenting a distinctive national creativity and character for the first time in medieval art. Among the architectural treasures explored in this class will be the majestic imperial churches in the Rhineland,…

Europe’s Fascination with the East: From Orientalism to Japonisme

with Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art and Kristie Couser, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections

Saturdays, May 9 & 16, 2 – 3:30 pm

Reynolds Lecture Hall

This two-part course will explore the history of western Europe’s artistic fascination with the people and locales of north Africa, the Middle East, and east Asia. The first session examines the practitioners of French impressionism who engaged with the aesthetics of Japanese art, among them Claude Monet who famously collected ukiyo-e prints and designed a…

ChinaFest! Year of the Wood Sheep

Sat, Jan 3, 11 am – 3 pm


Celebrate longevity, the New Year, and treasures from the Forbidden City while exploring Chinese culture. Participate in a LEGO® reproduction of the Imperial Palace nine dragon screen and nine imperial treasure-making activities. Take in nine Chinese animated films for children, breathe and stretch with Project Yoga Richmond, and be amazed by martial arts demonstrations. Also…