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ABOUT IN-PERSON STUDIO PROGRAMS¬

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.

For the safety of our community, masks are required throughout the Museum for all visitors age 3 and up regardless of vaccination status.

We are asking all in-person studio program attendees to self-screen for symptoms prior to attendance. Please fill out this FORM.

*Class sizes limited. Masks required for all sessions.

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS¬

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.

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UPCOMING CLASSES

ADULTS

MASTER CLASS WITH MEGAN ANGOLIA

DATE Saturday, March 5, 2022 10:30 AM–4:30 PM

In this workshop, you’ll hear from the artist how to sculpt an expressive face in clay and learn to capture the anatomical components of a person's likeness by sculpting a face in dynamic expression.

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MASTER CLASS WITH AGNES GROCHULSKA

DATE Saturday, February 12, 2022 10:30 AM–1:30 PM

In this workshop, hear from the artist herself as she reveals her open, intuitive approach to sketching from life through a variety of exercises in gesture and contour drawing.

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CONSTRUCTING IDENTITY

DATES Thursday, February 17, 6:30–9:30 PM
Thursday, February 24, 6:30–8:30 PM
Thursday, March 3, 6:30–7:30 PM

You’ll use sculptural and functional ceramics to creatively apply a variety of hand-building techniques and underglazing methods to create a personally symbolic work of art.

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NARRATIVE VESSELS: TELLING STORIES THROUGH LAYERED IMAGES

DATES Sunday, February 13, 11:00 AM–3:00 PM (students bring packed lunch)
Sunday, February 20, 1:00–3:00 PM

Layer personally symbolic imagery using ceramic printmaking techniques to create a narrative vessel and examine how Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay artists Ehren Tool and Hollie Lyko use layers to obscure and reveal their own recollections.

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FAMILIES

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 3–8

PLACES AND SPACES

DATE Saturday, February 19, 2022 10:30–11:30 AM

Join us in the galleries to examine the place-based work of Made in VA artists Shara Appanaitis and Riley Goodman, then combine painting, printmaking, and other processes to represent a special space of your own!

Pricing includes supplies for one adult and one child.
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PRE-K

CHILDREN AGES 2–5, WITH A CAREGIVER

THE GREEN LIFE

DATE Saturday, February 5, 2022 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

We’ll explore our galleries to find nature-inspired artworks by Made in VA artists Caitlin Blomstrom and Gregory Hennen, then capture the elements of nature through monoprints, liquid watercolor, and found object stamping!

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ART ON THE GO

DATE Saturday, March 5, 2022, 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

This sensory-based class encourages creative play and material research to create a portable and modifiable work of fiber art perfect for kids on the go!

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AGES 6–8

MARK MAKING: A MICRO INVESTIGATION

DATE Tuesday, March 1, 2022 4:30 PM

Examine the marks of Made in VA artists Suzanna Fields and Sarah Boyts Yoder, inspect synthetics and organics under the microscope, and experiment with an unconventional variety of materials to create reduction prints and mixed media paintings about the world up close.

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MAKING WITH MEMORIES

DATE Saturday, February 26, 2022, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Assemble an engaging multi-media installation that explores the concept of memory with clay, found materials, ink, paint, and pastels.

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AGES 9–12

INTRO TO CONTEMPORARY ART

MULTIPLE SESSIONS Sundays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2:00–4:00 PM

Uncover the themes, techniques, and materials exhibited in the galleries at Virginia MOCA, and discover the why behind the creation of contemporary art. Immerse yourself in the professional practices of a contemporary artist to conceptualize, workshop, and implement ideas through 2D and 3D art.

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AGES 13–17

IDENTITY INVESTIGATION

DATE Saturday, February 26, 2022 1:00–3:00 PM

Exercise creative exploration and critical thinking skills to distinguish how aspects of appearance, personality, culture, and more contribute to the personal and social self by combining found materials, drawing, and painting to produce a wall-mounted installation.

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ARCHETYPE CORNER

DATE Wednesday, February 16, 2022 4:30–6:30 PM

Engage with exhibiting artists Agnes Grochulska and Russell Richards to identify how symbols, expressions, and environments can be used to cultivate meaning in art. Enhance understandings of setting and character design and develop your own ideas through drawing and painting.

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SUMMER ART CAMPS

Now Accepting Summer Art Camp 2022 Proposals

Educators, Virginia MOCA is now accepting proposals for Summer Art Camp 2022. Art Camp will be in session from July 11–August 19, 2022 (six weeks total).

Payment Instructor payment begins at $25/hour for teaching plus a half-hour of preparation per class per day.

If you are interested in offering a camp, please submit your proposals no later than Thursday, January 27, 2022.

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You may also submit a proposal by following the below link and completing the ONLINE FORM (preferred).

Please feel free to contact Education Coordinator Kendall@virginiamoca.org with any questions at all. We look forward to hearing from you!

Summer Art Camp

2022 dates Coming soon!

Enroll your young artist in Summer Art Camps with Virginia MOCA! Children and teens ages 6–8, 9–12, and 13–17 will enjoy captivating and unique hands-on art experiences led by knowledgeable art educators. Campers will engage with a variety of artists, creative media, techniques and more through exciting and memorable art activities.

*Masks are required for all in-person sessions. Each in-person camp is limited to 10 participants.

STUDIO SCHOOL 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

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.

Payment

Currently, Virginia MOCA is only accepting payment by credit/debit card online or over the phone and Tuition Credits from previous Studio School sessions. To apply Tuition Credits, call 757-425-0000 x338 or email Kendall@virginiamoca.org.

Scholarships

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 Kendall@VirginiaMOCA.org or call the education department at (757) 425.0000 x338 for more information.

THE COHEN FAMILY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Additional Policies

  • 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

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