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Welcome to Studio Programs at Virginia MOCA. No matter your age or experience, we’re here to help you embrace your inner artist and enjoy exceptional and exciting hands-on art experiences inspired by the art in our galleries. Engage with a variety of artists, creative media, techniques, and themes to produce contemporary artworks filled with meaning.
*Class sizes are limited; early registration is encouraged.
Spend the day in the studio with an exhibiting artist for a master class inspired by their artistic viewpoint and process. This unique and personal experience is a fabulous way for participants to have a one-on-one interaction with a contemporary artist.
Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 10:00 AM–2:30 PM
In this workshop, we’ll learn from Rosa Leff how to transform a photograph of an urban scene into a high-impact paper cut with detail and depth. From discovering when and how to reverse the positive and negative of a photograph to identifying light and dark for emphasis or removal, this beginner-friendly class will teach you all the tools and tricks to create your own paper-cut cityscape!
Class full; please join waitlist.
Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 11:30 AM–4:30 PM
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, January 14, 2023 | 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
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.
CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Thursdays, October 13–November 10, 2022 | 9:30 AM–12:15 PM
Saggar firing is a ceramic process that involves packing ceramic pieces with combustible materials in a protective shell or saggar that shelters the pot from flames while being fired. During the outdoor firing process, materials packed within the saggar combust and yield a range of unexpected colors and surface designs. Try your hand at this unique firing process while also practicing your wheel and hand-building techniques!
Tuesdays, October 18–November 1, 2022 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Grab your camera, and let’s head indoors! In this class, we’ll use photography to uncover how our homes tell the stories of our lives. Together with artist Lauren Keim, students will explore the use of light, composition, and subject matter to create compelling images of our interior spaces. Through lectures, creative exercises and hands-on practice, this class will show students how to maximize the use of their camera to see and record their homes with new eyes.
Class full; please join waitlist.
Mondays December 5–19, 2022 | 6:00–8:00 PM
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. Nature also impacts our sense of belonging and where we feel connected and at home on the earth. 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.
Thursdays, January 5–February 2, 2023 | 6:00–9:00 PM
What does it mean to cultivate a beautiful home? How can we, as makers, maximize the value of our work when space in the home is at a premium? What are the roles of ceramics in the home and what’s next for the medium? 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.
Class full; please join waitlist.
Sunday, January 8, 2023 | 10:00 AM–3:00 PM | FREE
Join us for a professional development workshop geared toward 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.
CLASSES FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES
AGES 2–5 (WITH CAREGIVER)
Sunday, October 9, 2022 | 10:30–11:30 AM
In this class, we’ll explore the places and things that make us feel safe and secure. We’ll look to the art on view in the galleries for inspiration and will come to understand that the items we surround ourselves with can have a powerful ability to make us feel at home. By the end of class, kiddos and their caregivers will learn to paint and draw on fabric as we create a unique pillowcase to take home!
Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 10:30–11:30 AM
Let’s learn about 2D and 3D shapes and how they are used by artists and architects! In this workshop, we’ll take an adventure through the galleries to see what shapes are used in the designs within our space. Then, we’ll use wood blocks to build a 3D structure, before exploring how those same wood blocks can be used as stamps to create a 2D work of art. By the end of our program, you’ll have created a beautiful wood sculpture and a print to keep for years to come!
Sunday, December 11, 2022 | 10:30–11:30 AM
Learn about houses around the globe and get inspired by representations of shelter in our galleries! In this class, you’ll use a variety of painting media and collage materials to create a beautiful house of your own. Kiddos will leave with an imaginative multimedia artwork that is ready to hang.
Sunday, January 15, 2023 | 10:30–11:30 AM
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.
Saturday, December 17, 2022 | 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Homes look different depending on the available resources, climate, and the needs they serve to the people who inhabit them. This workshop will feature two reductive printing techniques that allow students to study the similarities and differences of house structures in our community and around the world.
Sundays, December 4, 11, 18, 2022 | 1:00–2:30 PM
In this class, we’ll create art inspired by the unique shelters, habitats, and species that exist in the natural world. Together we’ll discuss the benefits of observing nature and investigate the role of art in environmental advocacy and protection. We’ll walk through the galleries to see insect hotels and other environmental art by More than Shelter artist Heather Beardsley, and create our own sculptures inspired by animal and insect homes found in nature.
Saturday, December 17, 2022 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
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 on 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!
Sundays, December 4, 11, 18 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
What could someone learn about you by looking inside of 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 by creating still lives in charcoal and graphite pencil. We’ll select personally meaningful objects as our subject matter, and learn to render them with a variety of drawing techniques. This class will culminate in a final still-life drawing that provides clues about who we are as individuals.
TEENS AGES 13–17
Saturdays, January 7–28, 2023 | 10:00 AM–12:30 PM
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!
The Cohen Memorial Fund at Virginia MOCA offers a number of scholarships for children and teens to participate in art education. Everyone deserves to express their creativity. Through these scholarships we hope to provide an understanding and appreciation of the arts to anyone with an interest—regardless of financial situation—and to recognize and encourage artistically gifted individuals.
STUDIO PROGRAM POLICIES
Registration & Studio Policies
Register online, by telephone, or in person. Tuition must be paid at the time of registration. No student is considered registered until all fees are paid. We cannot make confirmation calls, however students are notified in the event of a cancellation.
Registration deadline is 5:00 PM, seven days prior to the course start date unless otherwise noted.
Refunds are available only if a course is cancelled by Virginia MOCA due to low enrollment. Students cancelling enrollment before the registration deadline (7 days prior to the course start date) will receive a tuition credit voucher which can only be applied to another class at Virginia MOCA.
Currently, Virginia MOCA is only accepting payment by credit/debit card online or over the phone and Tuition Credits from previous Studio Program sessions. To apply Tuition Credits, call 757-425-0000 x338 or email email@example.com.
Financial aid scholarships are available thanks to The Cohen Family Memorial Fund. Registrations for approved scholarship applications will be made by MOCA staff. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the education department at (757) 425.0000 x338 for more information.
- Adult classes are for students ages 18 and up
- Adult students provide their own materials unless otherwise noted
- Virginia MOCA attempts to reschedule any course that is cancelled
- Substitute instructors may be hired without advance notification
- Minimum enrollment for all courses is seven students unless otherwise noted
- Most classes are held at Virginia MOCA. See course descriptions for exceptions
- Studio activities may be photographed for Virginia MOCA promotional use
- Mask wearing inside the studios is encouraged and masks may be required at the discretion of the instructor
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