Painting + Drawing Classes

Drawing and Painting Classes at VMFA Studio SchoolDrawing + Painting is a very popular area of study and has the most offerings – over thirty each semester. Beginning students are encouraged to start with a Basic Drawing class then graduate to more advanced classes such as Drawing in Color: Pastel, Watercolor Studio, Introduction to Painting or many other courses or workshops.

Instructors Sally Bowring, Sara Clark, Joan Elliott, Dawn Flores, Dawn Latane, Matt Lively, Marjorie Perrin, and Kendra Wadsworth teach most of the weekly classes.

 

Class Schedule


Basic Drawing: Step One [1]

Tue, Jan 31–Apr 18, 1–3:30 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Merenda Cecelia

This introductory class helps students develop basic drawing skills using various techniques and materials. Observation, imagination, memory, and creativity will be utilized while building skills and confidence.
 
$235 (VMFA members $215)


Drawing in Color: Pastel [2]

Thu, Feb 2–Apr 20, 1–4 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Dawn Flores

Expand the use of color in drawing with soft pastels, employing various application methods and paper choices. Students work from the still life or subjects of their choice. Individual critiques provided. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Paint, Pencil, and Pastel Studio [3]

Wed, Feb 1  Apr 19, 1 – 4 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Dawn Flores

Learn to generate ideas, choose subjects, and adopt approaches to using paint, pencil, and pastel. Students also work on independent projects, with guidance and individual critiques from the instructor. Prerequisites: basic drawing & painting skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Painting and Drawing Animals in Any Medium [4]

Tue, Jan 31  Apr 4, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Maria Reardon

Students will learn to paint or draw various animals within a landscape in the studio. From cows and horses in pastures, waterfowl in coastal settings, or a pet in the backyard, this class will focus on the special challenges in capturing the likeness and personality of animals in a landscape setting. The instructor will demonstrate painting animals in their surroundings. Students may choose to work in paint or any drawing medium. Prerequisites: basic drawing & painting skills.

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$220 (VMFA members $200)


Drawing Flowers in Color with Oil Pastels [5]

Thu, Feb 2–Apr 20, 10 am–1 pm (12 Sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Diana Detamore

This class introduces oil pastels and paint sticks for painterly approaches to drawing flowers and plants. Students explore colored grounds, glazes, and various methods of layering color as well as color mixing and interaction. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Botanical Drawing [6]

Mon, Jan 30–Mar 20, 1:30–4:30 pm (8 Sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Merenda Cecelia

Be inspired by works in the VMFA collection as well as native flora. Students will learn basic botanical drawings kills using graphite and pen and ink drawing from life as well as photographs. Watercolor techniques and experimentation will also be included later in the semester. Prerequisite: basic drawing skills.

$195 (VMFA members $175)


Watercolor Studio [7]

Mon, Jan 30–Apr 17, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Dawn Flores

Learn a wide variety of watercolor techniques while using related drawing mediums in this course for beginning and experienced watercolor artists. Students work directly from the still life, landscape, and other subject matter, with discussions of color and watercolor masterworks offering inspiration. Individual and group critiques provided. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Introduction to Painting [8]

Wed, Feb 1–Apr 5, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Maria Reardon

Learn to use direct observation when painting from life. Through demonstrations, observation-based painting exercises, and instruction, beginning and intermediate artists strengthen their ability to see color and value relationships, and they learn how to mix colors accordingly. Students also learn to simplify any subject matter by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic or abstract paintings. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

$220 (VMFA members $200)


Painting Studio [9]

Mon, Jan 30–Apr 17, 1–4 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Amy Smith

Explore drawing and painting from direct observation, photos, or sketches and depict various subjects including the still life, human figure, and landscape. Students develop a more personal approach to imagery, drawing, and painting styles by examining the formal and expressive aspects in their work and that of classical to contemporary artists. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Oil Painting: Independent Study [10]

Thu, Feb 2–Apr 20, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Joan Elliott

This is a great studio course for students at the intermediate level who are working to develop their own personal painting style and approach to imagery. Through individual guidance, students explore painting strategies and working methods. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Color and Abstraction in Painting [11]

Fri, Feb 3–Apr 21, 10 am–1 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sally Bowring

Expand technical and critical skills and learn to develop new ideas and imagery. The class will focus on using VMFA's Modern and Contemporary and 21st-Century galleries as points of interest and inspiration. In the studio, students will work from a variety of subjects, focusing on color and abstraction. Critiques and discussions of contemporary painting will also be included. Prerequisites: basic drawing and oil or acrylic painting skills.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Introduction to Collage [12]

Tue, Jan 31–Mar 7, 10 am1 pm (6 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Frank Saunders

Using found materials, create unique images that range from abstract and dynamic to representational and poetic. The instructor will discuss materials, techniques, mounting, and presentation. Explore one of the most satisfying forms of visual play. Experienced students are also welcome.

$175 (VMFA members $155)


Introduction to Collage [13]

Tue, Mar 14–Apr 18, 10 am1 pm (6 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Frank Saunders

Using found materials, create unique images that range from abstract and dynamic to representational and poetic. The instructor will discuss materials, techniques, mounting, and presentation. Explore one of the most satisfying forms of visual play. Experienced students are also welcome.

$175 (VMFA members $155)


The Language of Color: Theory for Painters and Designers [14]

Wed, Feb 1–Apr 5, 10 am–1 pm (10 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Catherine Southall

In this color class designed for beginners, professional artists, and aspiring designers, students complete a series of exercises using The New Munsell Student Color Set. Assignments will aid students in a better understanding of color use, mixing, color schemes, selection for personal projects, creation, manipulation, and organization. The color theories of Albert Munsell and Joseph Albers will be discussed along with the color world of Pantone. Students may choose to work with watercolors, acrylics, or oil paints.

$215 (VMFA members $195)


Introduction to Mixed Media Painting [15]

Mon, Jan 30–Apr 17, 10 am1 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Martha Prideaux

Discover approaches and materials that can inspire new ideas and add a fresh dimension to your artwork. Explore the beautiful textured surfaces that you can create using cold wax medium and oil paint. The instructor will do demonstrations and provide guidance when experimenting with a variety of new materials. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Basic Drawing: Step One [16]

Thu, Feb 2–Apr 20, 7–9:30 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Amy Smith

This introductory class helps students develop basic drawing skills using various techniques and materials. Observation, imagination, memory, and creativity will be utilized while building skills and confidence.

$235 (VMFA members $215)


Watercolor Studio [17]

Tue, Jan 31 – Apr 18, 7 – 10 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
DAWN FLORES

Learn a wide variety of watercolor techniques while using related drawing mediums in this course for beginning and experienced watercolor artists. Students work directly from the still life, landscape, and other subject matter, with discussions of color. The instructor will share watercolor masterworks to offer inspiration. Individual and group critiques provided. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

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$250 (VMFA members $230)


Introduction and Intermediate Painting [18]

Wed, Feb 1–Apr 19, 7–10 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Joan Elliott

This is a good painting class for beginning or intermediate level oil painters who want to develop their own personal painting style and approach to imagery. Through individual guidance, students explore painting strategies and working methods. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Painting Studio [19]

Mon, Jan 30–Apr 17, 7–10 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Joan Elliott

Explore drawing and painting from direct observation, photos, or sketches and depict various subjects including the still life, human figure, and landscape. Students develop a more personal approach to imagery, drawing, and painting styles by examining the formal and expressive aspects in their work and that of classical to contemporary artists. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Drawing Fundamentals [20]

Sat & Sun, Feb 4 & 5, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Dawn Flores

Beginning artists and those wanting to brush up on their skills will discover the basics of drawing, including pattern and composition, light and shade, proportion, three-dimensional form, and perspective. Learning through demonstrations, discussions, and individual instruction, students complete multiple drawings working from the still life and landscape images. Soft vine charcoal (assorted sizes), 18" × 24" sketchpad and a kneadable eraser required.

$145 (VMFA members $130)


Encaustic Painting and Mixed Media Lab [21]

Sat, Feb 11, 10 am–4 pm (1 session) | Studio School, 1st floor
Karen Eide

Encaustic painting is an ancient process using molten, pigmented beeswax to create layered and luminous art. Designed for both new and experienced painters, the instructor teaches classic encaustic techniques and ways to combine them with contemporary painting techniques and mixed media. Discover collage, incising, texturizing, surface embellishment, and relief work, as well as how to combine oil paint, pastels, inks, watercolors, and gouache with the encaustic. Some materials included.

$105 (VMFA members $90)


Painting & Drawing Animals in Any Medium [22]

Sat & Sun, Feb 11 & 12, 10 am–4 pm ( 2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
Maria Reardon

Students will learn to paint or draw various animals within a landscape in the studio. From cows and horses in pastures, waterfowl in coastal settings, or a pet in the backyard, this class will focus on the special challenges in capturing the likeness and personality of animals in a landscape setting. The instructor will demonstrate painting animals in their surroundings. Students may choose to work in paint or any drawing medium of their choice. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills. 

$145 (VMFA members $130)


Figure Drawing Workshop NEW! [23]

Sat and Sun, Feb 18 & 19, 10 am–4pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Amy Smith

Start by exploring a variety of drawings of the human form by other artists. Then with guidance from the instructor and working from a live model, learn to create expressive portraits in charcoal and pencil. Prerequisites: intermediate drawing skills. 

$145 (VMFA members $130)


Value to Color in Painting [24]

Sat & Sun, Feb 18 & 19, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Kathy Calhoun

Learn how value and color are related so that you can make them work for your benefit to give your paintings the impact or subtlety that you want them to have. The strategies taught create a stronger awareness of presence, eye travel and illusionary space in your work. Instead of focusing on one or two finished pieces, several studies will be created. This technique driven workshop is not media sensitive, watercolor, acrylic, and oils are all welcome. Please use a medium that you are familiar working with. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

$145 (VMFA members $130)


Intro to Collage [26]

Sat, Feb 25, 10 am–4 pm (1 session) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Frank Saunders

Experiment with new techniques, materials, and more to make innovative collages. The teacher will demonstrate ways to design, mount, and present your artwork in this workshop designed for all levels of experience.
 
$90 (VMFA members $75)


Pour a Painting [27]

Sat, Mar 4, 10 am–4 pm (1 Session) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Kendra Wadsworth

Explore several methods for making acrylic pour paintings. These paintings are characterized by unpredictable swirls of colorful paint with a glossy finish. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills.

Please bring as many painting canvases or panels as you can safely transport – not to exceed 24” x 24”, one quart of white semigloss house paint, and four to six acrylic colors of your choice. Miscellaneous supplies will be provided by the instructor for a $5 fee, payable at the beginning of the workshop.

$90 (VMFA members $75)


Mixed Media Workshop [28]

Sat & Sun, Mar 4 & 5, 10 am – 4 pm (2 session)| Studio School, 2nd floor
DIEGO SANCHEZ

Discover approaches and mixed media materials that can inspire new ideas and add a fresh dimension to your artwork. Students learn techniques that reinforce the importance of the painting and drawing process to the finished product. Prerequisites: basic drawing & painting skills

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Color and Abstraction in Drawing [29]

Sat, Mar 11, 10 am–4 pm (1 session) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Sally Bowring

Focusing on shape, color, line, and texture, students will learn to use a variety of materials including pencil, chalk, charcoal, and ink to create dynamic works of art through the lens of abstraction. Learn through demonstration, discussions, and hands on exercises. Prerequisites: basic drawing skills.

$90 (VMFA members $75)


Painting with Cold Wax Medium [30]

Sat & Sun, Mar 18 & 19, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Martha Prideaux

This workshop will teach students how to build beautiful textured surfaces using cold wax medium and oil paint. Experienced and beginner painters are welcome. The workshop will consist of demonstrations and hands-on practice. With guidance from the instructor, students will create small-scale studies and paintings using various techniques and leave with an understanding of how to use the wax medium to build gorgeous, layered surfaces in future paintings. Prerequisites: basic drawing and painting skills. 

$145 (VMFA members $130)


Pet Portrait Workshop [31]

Sat & Sun, Mar 25 & 26, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
Kendra Wadsworth

Start by exploring a variety of dog and cat portraits by other artists. Then with guidance from the instructor and working from photographs you provide, learn to create accurate, detailed or expressive portraits of your own pet using drawing materials and oil or acrylic paint. 

$145 (VMFA members $130)


Drawing Trees [32]

Sat & Sun, Apr 1 & 2, 10 am–4 pm (2 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor
DAWN FLORES

Basic drawing skills are essential to building a strong foundation from which to express creativity in any medium. By focusing on the beauty of trees, students learn the importance of observation, proportion,  perspective, and form while discovering and cultivating an appreciation for the anatomical complexity of nature’s botanical wonders.  Students will work directly from observation on the VMFA grounds and from photographs provided by the instructor.

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$145 (VMFA members $130)


Color with Sargent [33]

Mon, May 1 -- 22, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (4 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
DAWN FLORES

Artist John Singer Sargent was a master of color. His blacks were textured, his whites were complex, and his side-by-side use of warm and cool colors gave his paintings vibrancy. In this intensive class, students will study Sargent’s artwork through slide presentations and catalogs. Working in either watercolor or acrylic paint, students will complete color exercises, copy Sargent’s work, and create their own compelling pieces inspired by Sargent’s use of color. Prerequisites: basic drawing and watercolor or acrylic painting skills.

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$145 (VMFA members $125)


Plein Air Painting Intensive [34]

Wed, May 10– 31, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (4 sessions)| Studio School, 2nd floor 
KATHY CALHOUN

Explore drawing and painting the landscape from direct observation.With guidance from the instructor, students develop a more fluid response to painting on location. Students need to provide their own plain air painting easel, stool, and painting supplies. Prerequisite: basic drawing & painting skills.

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$145 (VMFA members $125)


Color and Abstraction in Painting May Intensive [35]

Fri, May 5–26, 10 am --1 pm (4 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor
SALLY BOWRING

Expand technical and critical skills and learn to develop new ideas and imagery. The class will focus on using the VMFA's 20th- and 21st-century galleries as points of interest and inspiration. In the studio, students work from a variety of subjects, focusing on color and abstraction. The instructor will provide suggestions and individual critiques. Prerequisite: basic drawing & oil or acrylic painting skills.

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$145 (VMFA members $125)