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    Feb 24

    Photo courtesy of Tommy Mitchell

    PROGRAMS
    All About Love: New Visions of Care, Community, and Environment with the YWCA of South Hampton Roads

    Close out Black History Month with an afternoon of love and the arts! Join the YWCA South Hampton Roads at Virginia MOCA for a community conversation inspired by All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks.

    Saturday, February 24, 2024
    11:00–2:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 25
    PROGRAMS
    Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime

    Children ages 3–8 and their caregivers are invited to join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme.

    Sunday, February 25, 2024
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 29
    PROGRAMS
    Visual Conversations: Community Resilience Over Violence, presented by EVMS Arts for Optimal Health

    This workshop series provides violence prevention and resilience education through expressive arts workshops. This series is open to anyone interested in prevention and resilience and those directly or indirectly impacted by community violence and mass shootings from any locality.

    Thursdays, February 15–March 14
    5:30–8:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 29

    Photo courtesy of Rachel Jaffe

    CLASSES
    Introduction to Ceramics with Glass

    Adults (16+)
    6 sessions
    Rachel Jaffe

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create your own wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic artworks with reclaimed clay and recycled glass!

    Thursdays, February 29–April 4, 2024
    6:00–9:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 02

    Photo courtesy of Sue Hill

    CLASSES
    Introduction to Stained Glass

    Adults (16+)
    1 session
    Instructor: Sue Hill

    Class full; please join waitlist.

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create your own stained glass sun-catcher!

    Saturday, March 2, 2024
    10:00 AM–2:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 02

    Photo courtesy of Renee Calway

    CLASSES
    Intro to Contemporary Art

    Ages 6–8
    3 Sessions
    Instructor: Renee Calway

    Explore the galleries at Virginia MOCA and practice your studio art skills! Together, we’ll create works of art from start to finish, practice in our sketchbooks, and investigate a variety of exciting art media used for drawing, painting, and weaving.

    Saturdays, March 2–16
    12:00–1:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 07
    CLASSES
    Afterschool Nature Art!

    Ages 9–12
    4 sessions
    Instructors: James O’Connor and Renee Calway

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create artworks inspired by nature!

    Thursdays, March 7–28
    4:00–6:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 07

    Photo courtesy of Headwaters Down

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    Film Screening | Headwaters Down: Tidal River

    Headwaters Down: Tidal River is a feature film about the tidal section of the James River. Following five friends traveling on the water, Tidal River tells the story of the final 110 miles of the James, stretching from Richmond to the Chesapeake Bay. This story focuses on recently uncovered history, environmental disaster and recovery, and the impacts of climate change on one of America's most historic sites.

    Thursday, March 7, 2024
    6:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 09

    Photo courtesy of Cherilyn Colbert

    CLASSES
    Painting: Abstract Landscapes

    Adults (16+)
    1 session
    Instructor: Cherilyn Colbert

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create an abstract acrylic landscape painting on wood panel!

    Saturday, March 9, 2024
    10:00 AM–4:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 10

    Photo courtesy of Shirley Lu

    CLASSES
    Drawing and Painting: Ink and Gouache

    All levels welcome
    Adults (16+)
    3 sessions
    Instructor: Shirley Lu

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create your own drawings and paintings in ink and gouache.

    Sundays, March 10–24, 2024
    12:00–2:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 16
    CLASSES
    First Art: Clay Fossils!

    Ages 2–5 (with caregiver)
    1 session
    Instructor: Bria Tyler

    Class full; please join waitlist.

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create fossils of plants and animals out of clay! We will press objects into slabs of clay in order to preserve an impression of the object.

    Saturday, March 16, 2024
    10:30–11:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 23

    Photo courtesy of Seda Pound

    PROGRAMS
    Atrium Artist in Residence: Seda Pound

    Engage with working artists creating on-site exploring themes and materials in conjunction with Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld. Artists will have mobile studios set up in the Virginia MOCA Atrium. The residency aims to support and amplify the work of regional artists while creating another entry point for Museum visitors to engage with contemporary art and ideas in connection with the main gallery exhibitions.

    On Saturdays, March 23–April 13, our Artist in Residence is Seda Pound.

    Saturdays, March 23–April 13
    10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA ATRIUM

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    Mar 23

    Photo courtesy of Sue Hill

    CLASSES
    Introduction to Mosaics

    Adults (16+)
    1 session
    Instructor: Sue Hill

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create your own mosaic glass artwork!

    Saturday, March 23, 2024
    10:00 AM–2:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 28

    Photo courtesy of ROŪGE

    PROGRAMS
    ROŪGE Presents: Rain Cycles 

    Rain Cycles is an interactive performance that explores the relationship between humans and their environment. Ritualistic in nature, this piece explores destiny, personal empowerment, and compassion for others.

    Thursday, March 28, 2024
    6:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 30

    Rowena Federico Finn, Apple Blossoms, 2019. Watercolor and 23 karat gold leaf, 9.5 x 9.5 in. Courtesy of the artist

    CLASSES
    Master Class with Rowena Federico Finn: Capturing Light and Form with Watercolor

    Adults (16+)
    1 session
    Rowena Federico Finn

    Join Artist in Residence Rowena Federico Finn for a workshop surveying the world of botanical watercolor illustrations!

    Saturday, March 30, 2024
    10:00 AM–2:30 PM

    Virginia MOCA

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    Apr 06

    Photo courtesy of Autumn Weiss

    CLASSES
    Introduction to Cyanotypes

    Adults
    1 session
    Instructor: Autumn Weiss

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create artworks on paper using the cyanotype process.

    Saturday, April 6, 2024
    12:30–3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Apr 11

    Photo by Fresh Look Photography.

    CLASSES
    Afterschool Nature Art!

    Ages 6–8
    1–4 sessions
    Instructors: James O’Connor and Renee Calway

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create artworks inspired by nature!

    Thursdays, April 11–May 2, 2024
    4:00–6:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Apr 13

    Courtesy of Sherród Faulks

    CLASSES
    Intermediate Ceramics: Pottery for Plant People

    Adults (16+)
    4 Sessions
    Instructor: Sherród Faulks

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create your own wheel-thrown ceramic artworks for use with plants.

    Saturdays, April 13–May 4, 2024
    12:00–3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Apr 14

    Photo by Lindsay Collette

    PROGRAMS
    Family Fest

    Family Fest offers a unique opportunity for all ages to create, explore, and connect with art. Join Virginia MOCA as we celebrate our current exhibitions with inspired artmaking, gallery activities, and more.

    Sunday, April 14, 2024
    10:00 AM–2:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Apr 16

    Alexis Rockman, Departure, 2018. Oil on Dibond aluminum composite sheet. 44 x 56 in. Barbara and Jonathan Lee, Courtesy the artist and American Federation of Arts. Photo by Adam Reich

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    Teaching with Art

    Join us for Teaching with Art at Virginia MOCA, part of a free professional development series created for educators of all grade levels and subject areas. This program, focusing on our current exhibition Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld, aims to equip teachers with helpful tools and takeaway resources for using contemporary artwork in their curriculum and classrooms.

    Tuesday, April 16, 2024
    5:00–7:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Apr 20

    Photo courtesy of Katie Prock

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    Atrium Artist in Residence: Katie Prock

    Engage with working artists creating on-site exploring themes and materials in conjunction with Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld. Artists will have mobile studios set up in the Virginia MOCA Atrium. The residency aims to support and amplify the work of regional artists while creating another entry point for Museum visitors to engage with contemporary art and ideas in connection with the main gallery exhibitions.

    On Saturdays, April 20–May 11, our Artist in Residence is Katie Prock.

    Saturdays, April 20–May 11
    10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA ATRIUM

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    Apr 20
    CLASSES
    First Art: Clay 3D Nature Art!

    Ages 2–5 (with caregiver)
    1 session
    Instructor: Bria Tyler

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create 3D artworks using natural materials!

    Saturday, April 20, 2024
    10:30–11:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Apr 20

    Photo courtesy of Renee Calway

    CLASSES
    Intro to Contemporary Art

    Ages 9–12
    3 Sessions
    Instructor: Renee Calway

    Uncover the themes, techniques, and materials exhibited in the galleries at Virginia MOCA, and immerse yourself in the essential studio practices of a contemporary artist. Learn to create works of art from start to finish as you perform visual research in a sketchbook and experiment with a variety of techniques and materials in drawing, painting, and weaving. By the end of this experience, you’ll walk away with several mixed-media artworks and a sketchbook full of useful knowledge!

    Saturdays, April 20–May 4, 2024
    12:00–1:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Apr 21

    Photo courtesy of Shayla Hayward-Lundy

    CLASSES
    Mixed Media: Eco-art Workshop

    All Ages Atrium Art Activation
    1 session
    Instructor: Shayla Hayward-Lundy

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create a mixed media earth-focused collage!

    Sunday, April 21, 2024
    11:00 AM–12:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Apr 25

    Photo by Bill Hansen

    PROGRAMS
    Coffee + Conversation with Jamie Melvin, Elizabeth River Project

    Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers. Free; registration is required.

    This month we will be joined by Jamie Melvin, Engagement Coordinator for the Elizabeth River Project.

    Thursday, April 25, 2024
    10:30

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Apr 28

    Photo by Lindsay Collette.

    PROGRAMS
    Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime

    Children ages 3–8 and their caregivers are invited to join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme.

    Sunday, February 25, 2024
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    May 02
    CLASSES
    Introduction to Ceramics: Hand and Wheel

    Adults (16+)
    5 Sessions
    Instructors: Anna Freeman and Michelle Truslow

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with local artists to create your own wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic artworks inspired by nature.

    Thursdays, May 2–June 6, 2024
    6:00–9:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    May 08

    Artist Alexis Rockman

    PROGRAMS
    Instagram Live Chat with Alexis Rockman

    Join Senior Curator Heather Hakimzadeh for a conversation with Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists. Guest artists will give us a look inside their studios, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration.

    This month's guest is Alexis Rockman.

    Wednesday, May 8, 2024
    11:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    May 11

    Photo courtesy of Spencer Tinkham

    CLASSES
    Master Class with Spencer Tinkham: Introduction to Sculpting with Wood

    Adults (16+)
    1 session
    Instructor: Spencer Tinkham

    Join Witness artist Spencer Tinkham for a workshop surveying the world of contemporary wood sculpting!

    Together, we’ll learn about different wood species, get a feel for common tools of the trade, and see a special demonstration of Tinkham’s intricate carving process.

    Saturday, May 11, 2024
    10:00 AM–3:30 PM

    Virginia MOCA

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    May 11

    Photo courtesy of Autumn Weiss

    CLASSES
    Cyanotypes: Sun Printing Workshop!

    Families
    1 Session
    Instructor: Autumn Weiss

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create cyanotype artworks with your loved ones!

    Saturday, May 11, 2024
    12:30–2:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    May 18

    Photo courtesy of Rowena Federico Finn

    PROGRAMS
    Atrium Artist in Residence: Rowena Federico Finn

    Engage with working artists creating on-site exploring themes and materials in conjunction with Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld. Artists will have mobile studios set up in the Virginia MOCA Atrium. The residency aims to support and amplify the work of regional artists while creating another entry point for Museum visitors to engage with contemporary art and ideas in connection with the main gallery exhibitions.

    On Saturdays, May 18–June 8, our Artist in Residence is Rowena Federico Finn.

    Saturdays, May 18–June 8
    10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA ATRIUM

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    May 18
    CLASSES
    First Art: Wool Landscapes!

    Ages 2–5 (with caregiver)
    1 session
    Instructor: Bria Tyler

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create landscapes out of wool!

    Saturday, May 18, 2024
    10:30–11:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    May 26
    PROGRAMS
    Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime

    Children ages 3–8 and their caregivers are invited to join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme.

    Sunday, May 26, 2024
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 01
    CLASSES
    Ceramics: Organic Shapes!

    Families
    2 Sessions
    Instructor: Michelle Truslow

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create water-inspired ceramic artworks with your loved ones!

    Saturdays, June 1–8, 2024
    12:30–2:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 02
    CLASSES
    Photography: The World Up Close!

    Families
    1 Session
    Instructor: Alliannah Hamilton

    Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create up-close photographs with your loved ones!

    Sunday, June 2, 2024
    12:30–2:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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