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Arts & Jewelry

From crafts like jewelry making to watercolor painting and drawing, our art and jewelry classes focus on the skills needed to turn hobbies into art that can be shared with others. Course offerings vary by semester, but range from crafts to photography and drawing.

Our arts and jewelry classes generally meet once weekly over the course of a few weeks, so there is sufficient time to master each new technique. Unless otherwise noted, classes are open to participants of any skill level.

Course and Registration Information

Select the title below for course schedules and online registration.

An American in Paris Painting Movie Adventure
Course Offerings (1)
Friday, October 20, 2017; 
4:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017; 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Donna Allen
CRN: ART118.15
Fee: $295
$25 materials fee (included in course fee) is non-refundable in case of withdrawal.
NEW! Inspired by the lure of Paris post WWII and the determined quest of wanna-be painter J. Mulligan (Gene Kelly,) students will explore the skills for painting street scenes, cafes, and dreamy nightlife in vibrant watercolors. Painting techniques will be explored step-by-step to complete 2 to 3 works of art. Drawing skills are not necessary for this class. Supplies provided. All skill levels welcome!

Chain Maille - Viper's Basket Bracelet
Course Offerings (1)
November 1, 2017 through November 8, 2017
Wednesdays: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Celeste Miller
CRN: ART118.03
Fee: $109 (includes $60 non-refundable materials fee)
NEW! This beautiful sterling silver chain maille bracelet lies flat on your wrist, featuring criss-crossing inner twisted silver rings surrounded by larger silver rings for a lacy look. What a great bracelet for a dressy look or to wear with your casual wear!

Fall into Watercolor
Course Offerings (1)
October 24, 2017 through December 5, 2017
Tuesdays: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Donna Campbell Allen
CRN: ART118.04
Fee: $240
Feed a passion for pushing vibrant watercolors around on the painting surface. Learn brush techniques for controlling the paint and gain confidence in applying pale layers to create three-dimensional forms. All the basics of watercolor will be covered from the beginning for those coming for the first time, while seasoned painters will be challenged to grow to the next level.

Glass Ornaments
Course Offerings (2)
Monday, November 20, 2017; 
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Christopher Skibbe
CRN: ART118.21
Fee: $50 (includes $25 non-refundable materials fee)
Monday, November 27, 2017; 
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Christopher Skibbe
CRN: ART118.20
Fee: $50 (includes $25 non-refundable materials fee)
In this workshop-style class, students will make colored blown glass ornaments working with the instructor. Each student will have the chance to make two ornaments.

Painting from and for the Heart
Course Offerings (1)
Saturday, November 11, 2017; 
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 12, 2017; 
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Doug Mock
CRN: ART118.01
Fee: $98
NEW! This exciting workshop is open to middle and high school students who would like to further improve their painting skills and also give back to the Richmond community. Working in teams, artists will paint a large, one-of-a-kind landscape mural depicting the four seasons. When the mural is complete it will be donated to a children's nonprofit organization in Richmond. Artists will also produce individual paintings for themselves inspired by our mural.

Seaglass Necklace
Course Offerings (1)
Saturday, September 30, 2017; 
9:00 - 11:30 am
Instructor: Kathe Wittig
CRN: ART118.02
Fee: $50 (includes $15 non-refundable materials fee)
NEW! Create a beaded seaglass crocheted necklace in this class. A tutorial will be provided for a simple one-stitch crochet method; no previous experience required. Materials provided include cord, seaglass, beads, and findings. Final piece will be a ready-to-wear 18-inch necklace.