Courses

An American in Paris earned eight Academy Award nominations and won six to include Best Art. It is ranked number nine among AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals. The 17-minute ballet sequence, with sets and costumes referencing master French painters is the film's climax. The film story is about an ex-GI (Gene Kelly) who stays behind in Paris after the end of WWII to become a reputable painter. Working diligently, he is still struggling to pay his way when both opportunity and love come knocking. Dance scenes interspersed to the music score by George Gershwin are unforgettable. Students will explore impressionism and Fauvism art to create personal paintings and also the use of hand lettering, collage, and icon images to create billboard art. All supplies included.
NEW! The 2000 movie Chocolat nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is a magical tale of love awakened by a skilled chocolaterie who delights in satisfying the customers. When a spirited drifter mother and child come into a French village to open a chocolate shop across the street from the town church, the townspeople can't abstain from the mysterious confections and the timing couldn't be worse as the traditional Lenten season is just beginning! Instruction will include creating signage for the chocolate shop using hand lettering techniques, bold images, and graphics to create colorful posters. Students will also paint decadent desserts while exploring the use of texture, depth, and shape. Sure to be a real treat! Art supplies included.
Inspired by the golden era of movie making, this film features scenes of large pools of water, elaborate diving features, tantalizing film clips of swimming actresses on floral trapezes, and a tremendous music score! Students will meet movie star Esther Williams, in the glamorous movie role of Million Dollar Mermaid. Students will design a one of a kind bathing suit, rendering a water ballet kaleidoscope and paint a classic pin-up poster. No prior experience needed; suitable for all levels. Course is designed for ages 18+. Materials are included.
NEW! This film was selected in 2005 for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Explore the gift of hope and magic of Santa Claus through the eyes of a child and her uptight, overworked single mom. Enjoy scenes from the bygone era of the department store shopping and a 1947 Macy's Day Parade. Using watercolor, students will create their own version of Santa Claus in holiday gala, design a department store window and compose a greeting card. No art experience required; open to all levels. Art materials included.
Discover the fun of drawing and painting using small repeated patterns to create intricate portraits in a variety of media like graphite, charcoal, ink, and acrylic. Learn about contemporary realism while exploring concepts such as color/value, lines, proportion/size, rhythm/pattern to create your very own art piece. Students will become familiar with Chuck Close's life, work, techniques and purpose and complete two pieces during the weekend. No previous art experience needed. Supplies included.
NEW! In this introductory bookbinding course, students will be introduced to the tools of the trade and learn several codex and folded book forms, including single-section sewn bindings, creative folds, and a multi-section Coptic binding. Students will come away with a new book every week. No previous bookbinding experience necessary. Fee includes all materials.
In this course you will learn color theory to produce beautiful rooms for any interior.
Learn the techniques to produce beautiful curb appeal for any home. We will explore walkways, doors, shrubs, lawns, screen porches, patios and lighting.
NEW! Does that thought of painting a portrait cause you great anxiety? Look no further; in this brand new course you will learn how to paint the human face - feature by feature. Each week Doug will demonstrate how to paint a specific facial component: eyes, ears, nose, mouth/teeth, etc. Artists will then practice painting that same feature using the skills and techniques demonstrated. During this course you will complete one portrait either from an image of your choosing or by using a photo reference provided. You will learn how to mix beautiful and luminous skin color for a variety of ethnicities. Join us for an energetic and educational program sure to improve your skills and produce impressive results! No prior experience is necessary; course is designed for ages 18+.
This class will offer students an opportunity to create beautiful rooms by mastering color coordination, fabric choices, textures, lighting, and overall visual harmony. Furniture arrangement will also be explored as you work with templates guided by a professional interior decorator.
The Interior Decorating Professional Certificate will equip students with industry skills and knowledge to begin a career in the Interior decorating field.
NEW! What exactly is an artist's book? Artist's books continue to defy definition and often take many different forms: altered books, sculptural books, one-of-a-kind objects, beautifully printed and bound multiples. They remain a fantastically creative form for artistic expression and visual communication. In this class students will be introduced to the genre and learn several basic book structures with which to create their own artist's books. No previous book making experience is necessary. 
Whether you are at the beginning of your design interests or work with the tools often and are looking for interesting ways to professionally enhance your design skill set, we can tailor the private session to your design needs.
NEW! Most artists obsess about their subject when in fact they should focus on strong design. This and well-developed composition add drama and interest in all successful paintings. During this session artists will learn the key elements to effectively plan for and execute a painting that goes from good to great. You will learn simple tips and employ easy techniques that will have your paintings make a significant impact on the viewer. Session open to artists in all media. No prior experience is necessary; course is designed for ages 18+. (Suggested supplies list provided to students in advance.)
Going beyond the basics of DSLR photography, this collaborative, student-driven workshop is designed as a sequel to the 'DSLR Workshop - Shooting like a Pro' course and will provide the tools and practical experience to take your photography to new, creative levels! Each class meeting will include one hour of outdoor, indoor and/or action photography around the University of Richmond campus, and two hours in the classroom. Weekly assignments will be shared with the class and critiqued. You will experience night and low-light photography, studio set-up, on- and off-camera flash, advanced composition, high ISO and high aperture, shooting in manual mode, macro photography, creating and maximizing light, manual white balance, action and motion, black and white, portrait photography, and more!
Don't let the winter weather stop you from photographing! Join Tom Veazey and expand your technical and creative skills indoors. This interactive workshop will include presentations, weekly assignments, and hands-on photography including: on and off camera flash, low-light and night-time, studio lighting, macro-close-up photography, indoor light painting. Suggested equipment: DSLR camera capability of at least ISO 3200, lens with f/2.8, good working knowledge of your camera's settings; a 'speed-light' and tripod are not required, but will be helpful.
Go beyond the Advanced DSLR workshop and challenge and expand your creative and technical knowledge and skills in this collaborative, participant driven Master Class. Each class meeting will include location/studio photography and in-class discussion. Weekly assignments will be shared with the class and critiqued. You will experience night and low-light photography, studio set-up, on-and-off camera flash, advanced composition, high ISO and large aperture, shooting in manual mode, macro photography, creating and maximizing light, manual white balance, action and motion, black and white, portrait photography, light painting, and more! Each participant will create a portfolio of his/her photographs taken during the workshop. Bring your camera and lenses to the first meeting. Required equipment: DSLR camera capable of at least ISO 3200 (6400 is ideal), at least one lens with 2.8 or larger constant aperture, sturdy tripod, working knowledge of all of your camera settings. Suggested equipment: speed-light, macro lens, or macro extension tubes.
It's all about light! Whether you are new to digital photography, or an experienced photographer ready to explore all the features of your DSLR camera, this course is just right for you. This participant-driven, collaborative workshop features hands-on instruction, weekly assignments, and photography on or near campus, along with classroom time for discussion, introduction of new topics, and the review and critique of participants' photographs each week. Weekly photography opportunities may include: sunset on the James River, light-painting, a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, indoor and flash photography, studio photography, sports and action, performance, landscape, and architecture. Hands-on instruction will include: shooting in Aperature, Shutter (Tv) and Manual modes, the exposure triangle, the creative triangle, white balance, metering, depth of field, exposure compensation, composition, focus modes, and more! The emphasis of this workshop is all about the photograph, the photographer, your camera, and light (rather than editing and digital imaging). Course designed for ages 18 and older.
In this class students learn how to master sketching rooms and scale drawings for designing and decorating interior spaces.
Explore how to start your small business for selling antiques.
In this course, you will develop skills to identify and accentuate a home's most positive features and downplay the negative aspects of a home to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.
In this course, you will learn what every decorator needs to know in order to save yourself, and your client, time and money.
Journey into the possibilities of vibrant watercolor! Students will have the opportunity of completing two paintings, and a number of exercises while learning about color, style, value, detail, and overall composition. Drawing skills are not required. Through a series of warm-up exercises, students will gain confidence, develop observational skills, and a variety of techniques which will include layering, saving whites, controlling edges, and adding depth for successful painting. Appropriate for all levels. For materials list visit donnacampbellallen.com.
NEW! New to watercolor and find color selection and color mixing a challenge? This class is designed to bring clarity for building successful color combinations for using color correctly. Students will develop a personal palette, create a color wheel, record recipes, and develop paint charts to support one's unique preference. Through a series of exercises involving color families, color temperature, and color recipes, the personal basic palette will emerge. With a better understanding of color theory and the power of using a basic palette, a new confidence will support a happy painting experience. This is an excellent class for both the beginner and seasoned watercolorist.