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The Visual Arts Center of Richmond's schedule fosters creative expression in more than 400 classes for adults and youth that span the entire jurisdiction of the right brain. An Introduction to Blacksmithing workshop imparts the ancient wisdom behind shaping metal with such tools as gas forges, hammers, anvils, and circus strongmen, allowing students to create hooks, key chains, and other small projects while learning a time-tested trade ($95 tuition and $10 materials fee). Rug-hooking classes elucidate the fundamentals of the fabric art, including wool selection and finishing ($95 tuition and $45 materials fee). Six stained-glass sessions imbue students with the skills needed to cut, foil, solder, and frame their own translucent masterpieces ($155 tuition and a $10 studio fee).
Students from grades 5–8 gather in Animation for Youth classes to demystify the magic behind creating 2-D and 3-D animations, crafting their own short sequence using such materials as cutouts, clay, and metamorphic rocks ($155 tuition). The Visual Arts Center of Richmond enlists the teaching experience of more than 100 adjunct instructors to regale students of a wide range of backgrounds and interests with educational offerings.
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
It's been more than half a century since the Visual Arts Center of Richmond was founded to engage the community through art, proving Virginia's creative community is as fruitful as it is inventive. In rotating exhibits that spotlight local and nationally recognized artists, the museum makes contemporary art accessible, relatable, and rarely covered in bees. But it's not all about established artists. VisArts makes classes for the community a priority as well, and programs include an introduction to blacksmithing for adults, fabric design, letterpress printing, and weekly art classes for both adults and kids that focus on cartooning, clay, photography, and simple jewelry.