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We love making your Museum experience even better by offering a variety of unique programs each month. From interactive talks with exhibiting artists, to master classes, there are events for all ages, interests, and artistic experience.

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    Dec 03
    PROGRAMS
    Members' Make & Take: Living Art for the Home

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    Instructor: Alexandra Cantwell, Norfolk Botanical Garden

    Biophilic design is a design style that draws from the natural world. This involves incorporating materials, colors, and visuals that occur in nature into one's home.
    Virginia MOCA members are invited to create their own element of biophilic design with the traditional art of Japanese kokedama! This creative Japanese botanical technique focuses on growing plants in a ball of soil covered in moss. Kokedama is an excellent way to bring natural life into the home and a great introduction to biophilic design.

    Saturday, December 3
    10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 04
    CLASSES
    Sculpture: Animal Shelters and Habitats

    AGES 6–8
    Three Sessions
    Instructor: Elijah Chumley

    Art and science are tools we use to understand our world. By considering both, artists can imagine new ways to raise awareness about environmental issues and shape a more sustainable future. In this class, we’ll create art inspired by the unique shelters, habitats, and species that exist in the natural world.

    December 4 - December 18
    Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 04
    CLASSES
    Drawing: A Room of One's Own

    AGES 9-12
    Three Sessions
    Instructor: Elijah Chumley

    The objects we surround ourselves with tell important stories about who we are. What could someone learn about you by looking inside your living space? In this class, we will take inspiration from exhibiting More than Shelter artist Erin Fostel as we work on building our observational drawing skills in charcoal and graphite pencil.

    December 4 - December 18
    Sundays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 05

    Marlowe Emerson, Messejana Village, 2019. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist

    CLASSES
    Abstract Painting: The Nature of Home

    ADULTS
    Three Sessions
    Instructor: Marlowe Emerson

    CLASS FULL; Please join waitlist.

    The natural environment plays an important role in determining the kinds of structures and spaces in which we live. It can impact everything from what our homes are made of to how they are powered and our choices of decor. This abstract art workshop examines the ways in which nature impacts our ideas of home. Participants will use mixed media techniques to explore their personal connection to the environment and how it affects the spaces where they live.

    December 5 - December 19
    Mondays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 07

    Photo by Fresh Look Photography.

    PROGRAMS
    Teaching With Art: More Than Shelter

    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 More Than Shelter, is specially designed to equip teachers with helpful tools for using contemporary artwork in their curriculum and classrooms.

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022
    5:00–6:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 08

    David Marion, History Preserved, 2021. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Instagram Live Chat: David Marion

    Join Heather Hakimzadeh, curator, for a conversation with past and current Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists. Guest artists will give us a look inside their studios, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration. Find us on Instagram @virginiamoca.

    This month’s guest will be a Made in VA exhibiting artist David Marion.

    Thursday, December 8
    11:00 AM

    Instagram | @virginiamoca

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    Dec 10

    Ken García Oláes, Pandesitas, 2022, Oil on Linen. Courtesy of the artist.

    CLASSES
    Portrait Painting in Oil: Master Class with Ken García Oláes

    ADULTS
    One Session
    Instructor: Ken García Oláes

    CLASS FULL; Please join waitlist.

    Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting to create a realistic oil portrait using the alla prima technique! Walk step-by-step through the portrait painting process alongside Made in VA artist Ken García Oláes. We'll begin by practicing line drawing and composition from a reference image before establishing value in our portraits through underpainting. The class will also delve into color theory, oil transfers, working in layers, and various brushwork techniques to achieve finely rendered, captivating results.

    Saturday, December 10, 2022
    11:30 AM–4:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 11
    CLASSES
    1st Art: Painting Houses

    AGES 2-5 (WITH CAREGIVER)
    1 session
    Instructor: Kim Herman

    CLASS FULL; please join waitlist.

    Learn about houses around the globe and get inspired by representations of shelter in our galleries! Use a variety of painting media and collage materials to create a beautiful house of your own. Young artists will leave with imaginative multimedia artwork that is ready to hang.

    Sunday, December 11
    10:30–11:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 14

    1940 Home Owners Loan Corporation “Redlining” Map of Greater Norfolk.

    PROGRAMS
    Mapping History: Harnessing the Power of GIS for Mapping Racial and Environmental Inequality

    This three-hour professional development workshop will introduce educators to geographic information systems (GIS) and demonstrate how primary source documents, historical maps, and contemporary data from the U.S. Census, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency can be harnessed to explore the lasting socio-economic, environmental, and health impacts of racial segregation. Upon completion, attendees will be equipped to use historical and geographic data to explore dimensions of inequality in their communities.

    Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    5:00–8:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 17
    CLASSES
    Printmaking and Sculpture: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    AGES 6–8
    1 session
    Instructor: Renee Calway

    Homes look different, depending on the available resources, climate, and the needs they serve to the people who live in them. This workshop will feature two reductive artmaking techniques that allow students to study the similarities and differences of house structures in our community and around the world.

    Saturday, December 17
    1:00–2:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 17
    CLASSES
    STEAM: Shelter in Space

    Ages 9–12
    1 session
    Instructor: Renee Calway

    What would it be like to adapt to the conditions of a new planet? Together we’ll explore the “last frontier” of space from the perspective of designers and builders! In this investigation, students will imagine they’re tasked with building homes in space. Working with the landscape and available resources, students will discover how to design an extraterrestrial shelter to meet the needs of foreign space grounds. Our research will yield naturalist drawings, architectural designs, and sculptural models to take home!

    Saturday, December 17
    10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Dec 18
    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, December 18, 2022
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 05

    Artist Sherród Faulks. Photo by Alvin Parker, Kxdda Media.

    CLASSES
    Ceramics: Home Goods

    ADULTS
    Five Sessions
    Level: Intermediate/Advanced
    Instructor: Sherrod Faulks

    This dynamic class will focus on creating stunning, functional wares for the table, shelf, kitchen, bathroom, and beyond. Each class will develop a specific set of techniques and forms with an interactive demonstration followed by plenty of practice, artistic discussion, and fun.

    January 5 - February 2
    Thursdays 6:00-9:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 05

    Artist Will Smith.

    PROGRAMS
    Coffee + Conversation: Will Smith & Todd Walker, Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

    Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers. This month we will be joined by Will Smith, exhibiting artist, and Todd Walker, executive director of Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, who will discuss their collaboration and the culminating work art of featured in More Than Shelter.

    Thursday, January 5
    11:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 07
    CLASSES
    Ceramics: Building and Forming with Clay

    AGES 13-17
    4 sessions
    Instructor: Renee Calway

    Ceramics have served an important role in the lives of humans for the past 30,000 years. From building shelters, to forming cookware and creating sacred objects, humans have long relied on clay to survive and thrive. Today, artists, architects, and scientists have continued to push the medium of clay to exquisite lengths. In this course, we’ll practice hand building, wheel-throwing, glazing, and more as we learn about contemporary and historical applications of ceramics!

    January 7 - January 28
    Saturdays 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 08

    Panel Discussion with Jeffrey Allison and VMFA Fellowship Winners. Courtesy of Jeffrey Allison.

    CLASSES
    Professional Practices for the Visual Artist

    ADULTS
    One Session
    Instructor: Jeffrey Allison

    CLASS FULL; Please join waitlist.

    Join us for a professional development workshop for artists! Topics include photographing artwork, funding opportunities, developing professional relationships with galleries and publications, copyright matters, artist statements, and digital marketing.

    This program has been organized in collaboration with the VMFA Office of Statewide Partnerships.

    Sunday, January 8
    10:00 AM–3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 11

    Photograph courtesy of Johnny C. Finn, PhD/Living Apart.

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    Mapping Meaning: Harnessing the Power of Participatory Photography to Uncover the Meanings of Places

    This three-hour professional development workshop will introduce educators to participant-directed photography, provide a primer on qualitative interviewing, and demonstrate how to use online mapping to create interactive story maps. Upon completion, attendees will be equipped to actively engage students in innovative assignments and projects using photography, interviewing, and mapping to explore how meanings are embedded in places.

    Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    5:00–8:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 12

    Artist Pat Jarrett.

    PROGRAMS
    Instagram Live Chat: Pat Jarrett

    Join Heather Hakimzadeh, curator, for a conversation with past and current Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists. Guest artists will give us a look inside their studios, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration. Find us on Instagram @virginiamoca.

    This month’s guest is Pat Jarrett, More than Shelter artist.

    Thursday, January 12
    11:00 AM

    Instagram | @virginiamoca

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    Jan 13

    Brian Kreydatus, Self Portrait on 51st Birthday, 2020. Oil on board. Courtesy of the artist.

    PROGRAMS
    Gallery Talk with Brian Kreydatus

    Join Homebodies artist Brian Kreydatus for a gallery talk exploring his current exhibition.

    Friday, January 13
    12:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 14

    Artist Brian Kreydatus.

    CLASSES
    Drawing & Printmaking: Master Class with Brian Kreydatus

    ADULTS
    One Session
    Instructor: Brian Kreydatus

    Learn from artist Brian Kreydatus how to enhance your life drawing and printmaking skills to create unique monoprints! We’ll start with a brief overview of the history of monotype and then proceed to make our first prints by arranging a still-life composition and exploring the basics of the materials and printing processes to be used.

    Saturday, January 14
    10:00 AM–4:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 15
    CLASSES
    1st Art: Shelters in Nature

    AGES 2-5 (WITH CAREGIVER)
    1 session
    Instructor: Kim Herman

    Build a bug shelter and paint your very own birdhouse! Learn how humans can help to protect wildlife and follow along as we create shelters for bugs and birds! After this fun workshop, you’ll walk away with a creative wood shelter for wildlife that can be installed outdoors to protect our wild neighbors.

    Sunday, January 15
    10:30–11:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 19

    Photo by Fresh Look Photography.

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    Close Looking & Cocktails

    Current members can join Virginia MOCA staff for an in-depth and interactive look at select works of art from our current exhibitions using close-looking techniques. Plus, enjoy an exhibition-themed cocktail from a local mixologist. A cocktail reception will be held from 5:30–6:15 PM, and the tour begins at 6:15 PM.

    Thursday, January 19, 2023
    5:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 21

    Courtesy of Johnny Finn.

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    The Politics of Inequity: Looking Back to See a Path Forward

    In this lecture, Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, the Endowed Professor of Virginia Black History and Culture and emeritus director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies at Norfolk State University, will provide an overview of the historic African American communities in Virginia and the challenges they faced and continue to face relating to inequalities in resource allocation and redlining. The actions of local and state government resulted in the destruction of African American properties through the location of heavy industries, highways, and other destructive entities adjacent to their neighborhoods. The consequences have reduced Black wealth and increased health issues among many African Americans. By highlighting these issues, Dr. Newby-Alexander will offer recommendations for how Virginia can engage in reparative justice as a pathway for moving society forward.

    Saturday, January 21, 2023
    6:30–8:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 21

    Photograph Courtesy of Johnny C. Finn, PhD/Living Apart.

    PROGRAMS
    Mapping Inequality: Harnessing the Power of GIS Technology and Participatory Photography to Explore Racial and Environmental Inequality

    WORKSHOP FULL

    Workshop full; please join waitlist.

    This day-long professional development workshop will be broken into two sessions. The morning session will introduce educators to geographic information systems (GIS) and demonstrate how primary source documents, historical maps, and contemporary data from the U.S. Census, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency can be harnessed to explore the lasting socio-economic, environmental, and health impacts of racial segregation. The afternoon session will introduce educators to participant-directed photography, provide a primer on qualitative interviewing, and demonstrate how to use online mapping to create interactive story maps.

    Saturday, January 21, 2023
    10:00 AM–5:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 22
    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 live-streamed program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme.

    Sunday, January 22, 2023
    10:00 AM

    ZOOM

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    Jan 26

    Photo by Brandon Griggs.

    PROGRAMS
    Member Reception | Community Conversation: Affordable Housing in Hampton Roads

    Members can start their evening at the VIP reception ahead of the main event, Community Conversation: Affordable Housing in Hampton Roads. Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

    Free for Virginia MOCA members; registration required.

    Thursday, January 26, 2023
    5:30–6:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 26

    Artist Auz Miles stands in front of Passkey, her installation featured in More Than Shelter. Photo by Lindsay Collette.

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    Community Conversation: Affordable Housing in Hampton Roads

    Join us for a panel discussion exploring affordable housing in Hampton Roads. Our panel will include artists, organizations, and community members who are working to create awareness on the issues of cost, quality, instability, overcrowding, and racial disparities in housing. We’ll discuss the efforts being made within our community to establish affordable housing for all despite the structural inequities that exist within our economic systems.

    Thursday, January 26
    6:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 04

    Assembly located in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

    PROGRAMS
    Creative Connections with Work Program Architects

    Current members can join Virginia MOCA staff for a private tour of Assembly led by one of our exhibition partners for More than Shelter, Work Program Architects. Following the tour, members can engage in casual dialogue with WPA project managers to learn more about the collaboration with More than Shelter artist Heather Beardsley and other upcoming projects, including the Elizabeth River Project.

    Members will enjoy a light brunch provided after the program.

    Saturday, February 4, 2023
    10:00–11:30 AM

    ASSEMBLY IN NORFOLK

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