Photo courtesy of Brittany Johnson.


Thursdays, March 30–April 20, 2023
6:00–8:30 PM


Drawing: Scratchboard
Four sessions
Instructor: Brittany Johnson

Scratchboard is a subtractive drawing process that involves scraping away at a dark surface with a sharp tool to reveal a lighter layer beneath. This dynamic drawing method can be used to achieve stunning levels of contrast and detail.
In this comprehensive course open to all skill levels, participants will begin by exploring the galleries at Virginia MOCA to see examples of subtractive processes and high-contrast imagery. In the studio, we’ll practice with a variety of tools and techniques to get a better understanding of the range of effects that can be achieved, learn how to select and transfer a reference image, and gain confidence as we work under the guidance of an expert. Before the class is over, we’ll varnish our final works and discuss storage, care, and framing.

Level: All levels welcome

Thursdays, March 30–April 20
6:00–8:30 PM
Members $120; Nonmembers $135


Brittany Johnson Scratchboard Artist

Brittany Johnson was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Art Education. She is a Signature member of the International Society of scratchboard artists, and an active board member and past president of the Chesapeake Bay Art Association. Johnson is a regular participant in locally held art expositions, including the Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show. Her artwork has been exhibited at a variety of local venues including the Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center, D’Art Center, and Suffolk Cultural Center for the Arts.

Mask wearing inside the studios is encouraged, and masks may be required at the discretion of the instructor.


LaToya M. Hobbs: Flourish


LaToya M. Hobbs creates large-scale portraits of women from her community. Her portraits challenge entrenched assumptions of beauty and identity about Black women and turns them inside out. The artist deconstructs these ideas and reframes them from a place of love and celebration. Hobbs is an artist, professor, mother, wife, daughter, colleague, and friend. She connects to a wide community of women who serve as a source of inspiration and creation.


MARCH 9–JUNE 11, 2023