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Virtual Classes at Virginia MOCA

Virginia MOCA Studio School is bringing the studio to you! We are offering live hands-on instruction through Zoom for you to explore painting, drawing, and photography while socially distancing.

Small class sizes and hands-on projects make the online courses as similar as possible to our in-person offerings. Virginia MOCA staff are available for live tech support.

Register today for Adult Classes, Teen Classes, Children's Classes, and One Day Workshops.

Spring 2021 Classes:

Schedule Online: Friday, April 16
Virginia MOCA Member Registration Opens: Monday, April 19
General Registration Opens: Tuesday, April 20
Classes Begin: Week of May 17

Studio School Policies and Virtual Class FAQs

Become a Virginia MOCA Member to enjoy special discounts and register early!

 

VIRTUAL SPRING 2021 CLASSES


ADULT CLASSES

Introduction to Fiber Art
Instructor: Heather Beardsley

Explore a diverse range of traditional and non-traditional fiber and craft techniques that can be used to create images and collages on fabric. Students will study a range of inclusive art references for inspiration. Some of the techniques taught include hand embroidery, image transfers onto fabric, cutwork, fabric collage, and solar printing with light-sensitive dyes. These are all methods that can be combined in different ways to make and embellish images on textiles. Students will be introduced to techniques through guided demonstrations and encouraged to experiment with individual work under the guidance of the instructor. Throughout the course, students will also share their work with class to practice talking about their art and receive peer feedback.
Members $120, Nonmembers $135

May 18 – June 22
Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30am
6 Weeks; Beginner to Intermediate
SP2101 – Register
Virtual
Materials List
 

Fundamentals of Painting
Instructor: James O’Connor

Join us on Zoom and increase your knowledge of materials and techniques to create work in oil or acrylic media. Practice developing an idea from initial inclination to final art object. Emphasis is placed on brushstroke, materiality, and the mixing and application of color.
Members $120, Nonmembers $135

May 18 – June 22
Tuesdays, 6 – 8pm
6 Weeks; Beginner to Intermediate
SP2102 – Register
Virtual
Materials List

 

Flow: Watercolor and Mixed Media
Instructor: James O’Connor

Flow is fluid movement which can be visible through elegant brushstrokes or a sequence of layered images. In this virtual class, take inspiration from sweeping landscapes and forms in motion while learning fluid painting techniques in watercolor and acrylic to recreate this sense of vitality. Learn techniques in brushwork, color mixing, careful control, and layering while working toward a finished piece.
Members $120, Nonmembers $135

May 19 – June 23
Wednesdays, 6 – 8pm
6 Weeks; Beginner to Intermediate
SP2103– Register
Virtual
Materials List

 

Photo I: Introduction to Photography
Instructor: Judith Soule

This virtual class presents a solid foundation of digital SLR camera use through virtual in-class demonstrations and lectures as well as hands on classwork and homework. Lectures and assignments cover manual shooting modes, image storage capabilities, file types, menus, exposure, light, shutter effects, and the resulting creative possibilities. A digital SLR camera is preferable but any camera with manual capabilities will work as well for this class. No previous camera knowledge or experience is required. Photo editing skills will not be covered in this class. Please have the manual that came with your camera for the first class. Both daytime and evening times available!
Members $120, Nonmembers $135

May 19 – June 23
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30am
6 Weeks; Beginner
SP2104 – Register
Virtual 

May 19 – June 23
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
6 Weeks; Beginner
SP2105 – Register
Virtual

 

MOCA Ceramics at Home

For previous MOCA Ceramics students with access to a personal space suitable for ceramics work, MOCA is offering Community Firing through 2021 to keep everyone creative and productive! Create at home, pay only for the clay and a firing fee that covers both bisque and glaze firings, and scheduled in-studio glazing time.

View full details and Studio Calendar here.


ONE DAY WORKSHOPS

Date Night: Painting the Night Sky, Watercolor
Instructor: Renee Calway

Get creative for date night! In this evening workshop couples will study the stars and experiment with wax resistance techniques, dark watercolors, and gorgeous iridescent pigment to make stars shine so bright you will have to make a wish. Study your own personal favorite constellations for an added awe-inspiring starscape to your composition. Each registration covers the cost for two participants. Most materials will be provided for pickup at Virginia MOCA the week before the event. Students are responsible for supplying a few household items. 
Members $40, Nonmembers $45

Friday, June 11
6 – 8pm
1 Day Workshop
SP2106 – Register
Virtual
Materials List 


CHILDREN'S CLASSES

Financial aid scholarships are available for students ages 6-17 thanks to The Cohen Family Memorial Fund. Additional details below. 
The Cohen Family Memorial Scholarship Application (printableonline)

Contemporary Creations: After School Edition (Ages 6-12)
Instructor: Renee Calway

Students will virtually explore the Virginia MOCA galleries and look to contemporary art for inspiration as they learn the visual language of line, shape, color, value, texture, and space. Young artists will use these fundamental skills to draw and paint original works of art while they discover their own artistic voice for creative expression. The first class will begin with a live virtual tour of the current exhibitions, and all other classes will use exhibition content for reference and inspiration. Register for the entire block of sessions so that your student doesn’t miss a project or register for individual sessions based on your schedule.
All Sessions (6 classes): Members $90, Nonmembers $105
Each Session: Members $20, Nonmembers $25

May 18 – June 22
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00pm
6 weeks
SP2106 – Register for All Sessions
Virtual
Materials List

 

Oil Pastels (Ages 6-8)
Instructor: Renee Calway

Students will explore the elements of art through colorful experimentation with oil pastels. Warm, cool, and complementary colors will inspire a variety of bright and imaginative artworks. Blending, shading, and highlighting will become second nature as students develop valuable techniques as part of a foundational artistic practice.  
Members $85, Nonmembers $100

May 22 – June 26
Saturdays, 10:00am– 11:00am
6 Weeks
SP2108 – Register
Virtual
Materials List

 

Collage Creation (Ages 9-12)
Instructor: Renee Calway

Collage is a fundamental aspect of mixed media artmaking which allows young artists so much freedom to create textures and forms. Students will learn about layering various materials to give rich qualities to their surfaces and how to transform found materials to express themselves. A basic materials kit will be provided for all registered students. Kits will be available for pickup at Virginia MOCA the week before the first class.
Members $90, Nonmembers $105

May 22 – June 26
Saturdays, 11:30am – 1:00pm
6 Weeks
SP2109 – Register
Virtual
Materials List


TEEN CLASSES

Financial aid scholarships are available for students ages 6-17 thanks to The Cohen Family Memorial Fund. Additional details below. 
The Cohen Family Memorial Scholarship Application (printableonline)

 

Acrylic Painting (Ages 13-17)
Instructor: Renee Calway

Explore the basics of the medium through projects that provide a balance of creative fun and technique. From the color wheels to value scales, students will grow a deeper understanding of color mixing. Students will learn how to create the illusion of 3D objects with paint, create inspired color stories that inform design choices, and design a graphic mural.
Members $120, Nonmembers $135

May 22 – June 26
Saturdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm
6 Weeks
SP2110 – Register
Virtual
Materials List

 

Drawing Techniques (Ages 13-17)
Instructor: Renee Calway

Join us on Zoom to improve your drawing skills and experiment with techniques that will take your drawings to the next level. Students will develop their abilities through a series of exercises that focus on drawing technique development. Examine line quality, value, positive/negative space, perspective, and proportion. Each session will include a minor and major project, as well as guided work time.
Members $120, Nonmembers $135

May 22 – June 26
Saturdays, 4:30 – 6:30pm
6 Weeks
SP2111 – Register
Virtual
Materials List

 

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