Interior hallway at VMFA Studio SchoolStudio School Registration

VMFA is committed to ensuring a safe and comfortable experience for visitors. The museum is following safety protocols recommended by the CDC regarding in-person visitation. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page to learn more about our safety measures and other details.

Those who register for Studio School classes must be 16 or older. To register, please phone the Ticket Desk at 804.340.1405 or visit the calendar to purchase tickets online.

Register Online, by Phone, or In-Person

Enroll online, by phone at 804.340.1405, or in-person at the VMFA Visitor Services Desk from the start of registration until the week before classes begin.

Registration Information

Registration for Winter/Spring 2022 programs begins November 15 for current VMFA members and November 22 for non-members.

Winter/Spring 2022 Classes and Programs Catalog

In preparation for attending Studio School programs, please view the current safety and cleaning protocols below.

Studio School Safety & Cleaning Protocols

Register Early!

Classes and workshops with insufficient enrollment will be canceled at least a week before they are scheduled to start. Please register early.  Check the VMFA website for current sold-out or canceled offerings.


For studio classes, students are required to supply some or all materials. Look for PDF supply lists on the class pages.  Main Art Supply is no longer in business.  Please disregard the listing if it appears on supply lists. 

Continuing Education Credit

Upon request, teachers who participate in courses will receive a letter of completion for continuing education credit to submit to their school at the end of the course.

Class & Workshop Availability

Class and workshop availability is udated online.

Questions about Class Content?

Phone the Studio School at 804.367.0816, Mon–Fri, 9 am–5 pm.

Registration Policies

  • Enrollment is open to the public.
  • We reserve the right to change instructors when necessary.
  • We reserve the right to refuse enrollment to those with a history of unacceptable behavior.

Limited Enrollment

Class space is limited.  Registration is first-come, first served. Please register early.

Studio Attire

Many materials used in art class cannot be washed out if they come in contact with clothes. Students are advised to wear “studio” clothes.


Tuition and all fees are due in full upon registration. VMFA accepts checks, cash, or credit cards (VISA, MC, AMEX). Please make checks payable to VMFA.


Fees are nonrefundable except when VMFA cancels a class or workshop. Classes may not be switched or substituted once registration is complete. Please make your selections carefully and mark your calendar!

Membership Discounts

VMFA members receive discounts on classes and workshops.

Scheduling Note

Classes do not meet during the Thanksgiving Holiday, Nov 27–Dec 1. For information on weather cancellations, phone 804.340.1400.

Teaching Proposals

Professional artists with adult studio art teaching experience interested in proposing a workshop not currently offered at the Studio School are encouraged to email a descriptive cover letter, resume, 10 images of their artwork or website address, and a workshop description. All proposals will be considered. Please familiarize yourself with our current offerings before you submit a proposal. Course offerings are set at least six months in advance of each semester.