Fabric Pattern Designs

This workshop will start with designing one element for the textile design process. This graphic design can be made into a laminated pattern that can be manipulated and folded to create varying repeated patterns and angles to create beautiful overall textile designs. The possibilities are endless with this method of textile design- together we will…

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A Creative Vision Transforms to an Elegant, Portable Sculpture – a Handbag!

Ms. Pinter will demonstrate where to get inspiration, how to sketch an idea, analyze the functionality, construct the sewing pattern, and use the visual artwork on the finished piece. Learn how to select colors and material for this every day necessary accessory, your wearable artwork: a handbag. For this process, I will give you directions…

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Mural Workshop

Spend a few hours tapping into your inner artist working collaboratively with a group to create a piece of public art. Learn what its like to be part of the process to create large scale works of art that will live and enrich its environment. Ideally, the location should have a wall space for this.…

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Layers of Meaning: Creating Image Transfer Portraits for Historical Projects

By creating portraits, artists have long held a pivotal role in recording history. Contemporary artists create visual narratives that represent the complexity of history and historical figures. Image transfer provides new opportunities for artists to develop this avenue of exploration. The image transfer process produces a transparent image that allows for the visibility of multiple…

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Altering Images: Photographic Transfers for Painting, Printmaking, and Collage

Image transfer provides artists with the option to create photographic images without the use of a camera. The image transfer process produces a transparent image that allows for the visibility of multiple collaged layers within a single work of art all at once. Learn this process to transform copies of photographs, as well as drawings,…

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Creative Clothing Construction: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fashion Institute Mixed Media Workshop

The focus of this workshop is to give students, grades 6 – 12, the opportunity to create a wearable piece of art that explores cultural trends, nontraditional materials, and fine art processes. Similar to the Project Runway design style, students make wearable art by reconstructing clothing, found objects, and recycled materials. Inspiration comes from the VMFA collection, artists, and fashion designers. Workshop attendance also gives students a snapshot of the annual Teen Stylin’ runway show held each year in December and open to all teens living in Virginia.

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Mixed Media Sculpture

Participants in this workshop are asked to bring 10 objects that can fit into a backpack. Using those objects plus a variety of provided “treasures,” students will enjoy a day of creating sculpture! Concepts such as connections, texture, focal points, stability, longevity, and other elements involved in developing mixed media sculpture will be explored. Students will walk away with new brainstorming techniques as well as the information and skills needed to create sculpture using a variety of materials.

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Visual Pull of the Canvas: Three Layers of Glass to Create a Painting

This course will introduce everyone to glass making with a twist, a contemporary approach to a material and new way of thinking about the tradition of “painting” and “glass art.” Through the use of a cutter and grinder, glass will be transformed into different shapes and high- temperature enamel will be used as a painting material to transform the glass into a canvas of overlapping imagery.

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That’s Me!: Portraits

Who are you? What are the important ideas and symbols that express your wishes, dreams, and everyday life? From Ancient Egypt to modern times, man has used art to record his identity through portraits, self-portraits, and symbols. In this workshop, students use a mixed-media approach, including monoprint, chine colle, collage, and stamping, to construct a self-portrait that captures their identity and puts it on display. No drawing experience necessary!

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Mobile Glass Studio

Share the unique experience of glass blowing — even add an educational component to exhibitions —with this mobile hot-glass studio, created by artist Ryan Gothrup. This studio can be used for lectures, demonstrations, workshops, or multiple-day residencies.

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