Teen Studio – Art Classes

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

Wednesdays (3-session classes)
5 – 7 pm
Pauley Center
Enrollment limit varies per class
$70 (VMFA Members $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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[TW4] Drawing: Sketchbook Starters

Wed, Dec 7 and 14, 5–7 pm (2 sessions) | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Lindsay Steele

Ages 13–17 | Spark your imagination by putting the right side of your brain to work! Receive a sketchbook and drawing tools to take part in a multitude of drawing and mixed media exercises designed to help you develop your creative process.
  
$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TW5] Studio Arts: Finding Ideas

Wed, Jan 18 and 25, 5–7 pm (2 sessions) | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Lindsay Steele

Ages 13–17 |Do you ever just want to make art but aren’t sure where to begin? Learn how to get past the mental block, tap into your creativity, and generate unlimited ideas through fun art-making prompts, skill-building activities, and more.
  
$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TW6] Digital: Filmmaking

Wed, Feb 8, 15 and 22, 5–7 pm (3 sessions) |Pauley Center, Computer Lab
Todd Raviotta

Ages 13–17 |Write, film, and edit your own content to produce an original short film incorporating the museum’s collection and grounds. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own flash drive and headphones. All other equipment will be provided.
  
$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TW7] Survey: Females in Fine Arts

Wed, Mar 15, 22, and 29, 5–7 pm (2 sessions) |Art Education Center, Studio 1
Lindsay Steele

Ages 13–17 |Through gallery tours and art talks, discover historic breakthroughs by women in the art world! In the studio, students of all genders will reflect on the theme and compositions while creating original works of art that express their own life experiences and perspectives.
  
$70 (VMFA members $60)


[TW8] Digital: Fashion Illustration

Wed, Apr 12 and 19, 5–7 pm (2 sessions) |Art Education Center, Studio 1
Elena Keeler

Ages 13–17 |Get to know the basic functions of Adobe Illustrator to create digital illustrations for
fashion. Enjoy planning a mood board— combining inspirational ideas, silhouettes, colors, and texture—to designing an original fashion illustration. Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring a flash drive.
  
$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TW9] Drawing: Chalks and Charcoal

Wed, Apr 26, May 3 and May 10, 5–7 pm (3 sessions) |Art Education Center, Studio 
Lindsay Steele

Ages 13–17 |Whether you simply sketch for fun or want to advance your skills in drawing and painting, you’ll enjoy learning tips and techniques that will help you successfully draw with powdered
pigments like charcoal and chalk pastels. 
  
$70 (VMFA members $60)

Important Dates
Select Fridays
5 – 7 pm
Art Education Center, Studio 1
$12 (VMFA members $10)
Enrollment Limit: 16

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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[TD4] Drawing: Exquisite Concepts

Fri, Dec 16, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13 – 17 | Combine realistic drawing techniques with unrealistic situations. Influenced by the Dada movement and Surrealist art, explore strategies for sparking the imagination and create drawings that are just a bit ... bizarre.
 
$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD5] Drawing: Essentials

Fri, Jan 20, 5–7 pm |Art Education Center, Studio 
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Perfect for both beginners and experienced artists, this class will explore a variety of techniques that will expand your artisanship and value-rendering skills.
  
$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD6] Drawing: Museum Muse

Fri, Feb 17, 5–7 pm |Art Education Center, Studio 
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Take part in guided sketching exercises throughout the galleries. Practice different
drawing techniques by emulating your favorite artists’ signature styles and learn to incorporate them into works of your own.
  
$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD7] Drawing: Depth and Perspective

Fri, Mar 17, 5–7 pm |Art Education Center, Studio 
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | After studying relevant works in the museum’s collection, learn techniques for depicting space, volume, and depth on a flat surface to help give the illusion of three dimensions.
  
$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD8] Drawing: Sew Inspiring

Fri, Apr 21, 5–7 pm |Art Education Center, Studio 
Lizzie Green

Ages 13–17 | Reimagine classic drawing techniques through mixed media and embroidery! With
inspiration gathered from elements found in contemporary works of art, create a dynamic composition by “drawing with thread” or combining a variety of stitching and fiber techniques.
  
$12 (VMFA members $10)


[TD9] Drawing: Still Life

Fri, May 19, 5–7 pm |Art Education Center, Studio 
Rachel Deutch

Ages 13–17 | Find inspiration in everyday objects—create your own still life compositions and use
perspective and value to capture a variety of shapes and surfaces.
  
$12 (VMFA members $10)


Times differ per workshop (1–2 sessions)
Art Education Center or Pauley Center
Fees differ per workshop

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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[TS6] Drawing: History of Manga

Sat, Jan 21, 1–4 pm |Pauley Center, Studio A 
Anh Do

Ages 13–17 | Learn the history, style, characteristics, and culture of Japanese manga art. Discover
different ways to develop drawing skill, and apply these methods in exercises to illustrate the manga style.
  
$30 (VMFA members $25)


[TS7] Design: Beaded Jewelry

Sat, Feb 11, 11am–4 pm |Pauley Center, Studio A 
Saajida Chohan

Ages 13–17 | Awaken your creative spirit and draw ideas from our African art collection to inspire your own exquisite jewelry. Practice traditional and contemporary beading techniques using an array of natural and fabricated materials, while learning about African cultures and body adornment. Students should bring a bagged lunch from home. No peanut products, please.
  
$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TS8] Studio Arts: Identity

Sat, Mar 4, 11am–4 pm |Pauley Center, Studio A 
Anna Showers-Cruser

Ages 13–17 | Identity is multidimensional and our art can be too! Discover the freedom and expression in creating an unconventional self-portrait through a unique combination of drawing,
painting, and other mixed-media applications. Students should bring a bagged lunch from home. No peanut products, please.
  
$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TS9] Digital: 3D Modeling

Sat, Apr 15, 11am–4 pm |Pauley Center, Computer Lab 
Anh Do

Ages 13–17 | This introduction to 3D modeling teaches students to design and model with polygons by creating objects using simple geometric shapes. Open-source software is used so students have the option to continue designing 3D computer graphics from home. Students should bring their lunch. No peanut products, please. Students are also encouraged (but not required) to bring a flash drive.
  
$50 (VMFA members $40)


[TS10] Painting: Acrylic Scenes

Sat, May 6, 1pm–4 pm |Pauley Center, Studio A 
Kendra Wadsworth

Ages 13–17 | Go sightseeing around the museum to find inspiration from works by Impressionist artists. Using acrylics and new techniques, paint an outdoor scene that captures a moment in time. If weather permits, enjoy painting en plein air!
  
$30 (VMFA members $25)