Teen Studio – Art Classes

Registration Information

Winter/Spring 2024 Classes & Programs

Registration for VMFA Members & Non-members is currently underway online, by phone, and in person.

Questions: 804.340.1405

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Summer 2024 Classes & Programs

Registration for Members

To accommodate the high volume of enrollment, members-only registration for the following categories will begin as noted below:

Tue, Apr 9 | 8 am
Studio School and Adult Art History Classes

Wed, Apr 10 | 8 am
Early Childhood Classes & Camps (age 5 and under), Kids Studio Classes (ages 5–12), and Teen Summer Classes (ages 13–17)

VMFA members have the first chance to register for classes. Not a member? Join today.

Registration for Non-members

Tue, Apr 16 | 8 am
Non-member registration for all classes begins


In need of assistance? Visitor Services is available by phone 804.340.1405 starting at 8 am
or in-person at the museum starting at 10 am on registration days.

Expand your creativity and artistic awareness, build your own portfolio for college, or simply spend time with peers and professional artists through these studio classes related to VMFA’s world-renowned collection. Enrollment is limited in order to provide individual instruction and accommodations for teenagers of all skill levels. Register online or by phone 804.340.1405.

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Teen Studio classes run September-May.

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Teen Studio Programs

Select Wednesdays (2- or 3-session classes)
5 – 7 pm
Art Education Center or Pauley Center
Enrollment limit varies per class
$50-70 (VMFA Members $40-60)

Focus on your favorite style, medium, or technique in one or all of these innovative classes. Designed for teens in middle or high school, these classs help students grow creatively, explore self-expression, and develop works for a college portfolio.

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[TW7] Painting: Watercolors

Wednesdays, Mar 6, 13, 20 | 5–7 pm (3 sessions) | Art Educational Center, Studio 1
Catherine Purdy

Ages 13–17 | Learn both traditional and non-traditional watercolor painting techniques that match your skillset, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced artist. Prior to painting a final work of art, you’ll practice new methods, experiment with applications, and collect notes, ideas, and paint studies in your own watercolor journal (provided by VMFA). 

$70 (VMFA members $60)

[TW8] Digital: Photography of Today

Wednesdays, Apr 17 & 24 | 5–7 pm (2 sessions) | Pauley Center, Computer Lab
Tyger Belton

Ages 13–17 | Level up your photo skills! With the help of a skilled instructor, you’ll learn to effectively shoot and edit images with any camera or device, from digital DSLRs to iPhones. DSLR cameras are available for use, but students are welcome to bring their own cameras, smartphones, and flash drives.

$50 (VMFA members $40)

[TW9] Drawing: History of Manga

Wednesdays, May 1 & 8 | 5–7 pm (2 sessions) | Art Educational Center, Studio 1
Anh Do

Ages 13–17 | Learn about the history, culture, and characteristics that make up the art of manga, a specific style of Japanese comics and illustration. Follow along with exercises and guided practice to boost your manga-drawing skills.

$50 (VMFA members $40)

Important Dates
Select Fridays
5 – 7 pm
Art Education Center, Studio 1
$20 (VMFA members $15)
Enrollment Limit: 12

Explore the galleries and boost drawing skills associated with different art movements, styles, and cultures. Designed for teens in middle or high school, monthly sessions include demos, art talks, and independent instruction to accommodate both beginning and accomplished artists.

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[TD7] Drawing: Intro to Graphics

Friday, Mar 15, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Discover the basics of how hand-drawn graphics can visually communicate ideas—draw icons, logos, text, and other design elements, channeling the captivating posters and works from VMFA’s Art Deco and Art Nouveau galleries. 

$20 (VMFA members $15)

[TD8] Drawing: RVA Architecture

Friday, Apr 19, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Draw inspiration from your city! Use depth and perspective to realistically depict buildings and architectural structures in Richmond’s Museum District.

$20 (VMFA members $15)

[TD9] Drawing: Figure it Out

Friday, May 17, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Analyze the proportions of the human body to illustrate realistic figures to scale. Work with different techniques such as gesture drawing to bring movement to the page.

$20 (VMFA members $15)

Select Saturdays
11 am–4 pm or 1–4 pm
Art Education Center or Pauley Center
$40–55 (VMFA members $30–45)
Enrollment limit  varies per class

Each of these innovative workshops focuses on a unique art movement, culture, and medium associated with the VMFA collection. Teenagers benefit from learning new techniques and using a variety of professional tools and materials.

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[TS8] Digital: 3D Design

Saturday, Mar 9, 11 am–4 pm | Pauley Center, Computer Lab
Anh Do

Ages 13–17 | In this introduction to digital 3D modeling, learn how to design with polygons by creating objects using simple geometric shapes. Safe and reliable open-source software will be used to provide students a free opportunity to continue designing graphics from home. A personal flash drive is recommended (but not required) for saving files. Students will need to bring a bag lunch. Please, no peanut products. 

$55 (VMFA members $45)

[TS9] Illustration: Spring Fashion & Flora

Saturday, Mar 23, 1–4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
Jonathan Clarke

Ages 13–17 | Flowers? For spring? Groundbreaking. Be inspired by historic depictions of spring in the galleries and by classic vintage garments as you learn techniques to render your own fashion illustration. 

$40 (VMFA members $30)

[TS10] Drawing: Picturesque Pastels

Saturday, Apr 13, 1–4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
Lindsay Steele

Ages 13–17 | Whether you’re new to pastels or an experienced artist, learn techniques designed to enhance proficiency and boost confidence in drawing. Taking cues from the great outdoors, try your hand at rendering scenes and elements of nature. 

$40 (VMFA members $30)

[TS11] Fashion: Cosplay in a Day

Saturday, May 11, 11 am–4 pm | Pauley Center, Studio A
Elena Keeler

Ages 13–17 | Express your inner warrior and creativity by pulling inspiration from the Samurai Armor from the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller special exhibition. Learn how to make armor-inspired wearable art with foam in this one-day cosplay challenge. Students will need to bring a bag lunch. Please, no peanut products.

$55 (VMFA members $45)