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Art Adventure Weekends

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Art Adventure Weekends are designed to enhance the Summer Intensive experience.

Each Adventure brings students from different disciplines together, empowering them to further develop their creative thinking and problem solving abilities, collaborate in groups, and transform their ideas into realities.

Students do not need prior skills or knowledge to participate in any of the Adventures.

  • Schedule: 12:15–4:15P on both Saturday and Sunday (Except the Art Adventure Road Trip)
  • Fee: $50 fee per weekend
  • Registration: select your Adventures after you have been admitted into the Summer Intensive
  • Students who do not participate in an Art Adventure must go home for the weekend

The 2020 Art Adventures Are Here!

Weekend 1

Curatorial Practice @ The Anderson Student Gallery

Students will learn about creating an effective portfolio, documenting 2D and 3D objects, sequencing images, writing about their practice, and contextualizing their ideas in a fine art/design context. Students should bring finished works and sketches as source material for documentation and writing prompts. This Art Adventure takes place in the historic Anderson, located in the heart of the VCU Monroe Park Campus. Launched in 1931 in a former carriage house just behind Lewis Ginter’s mansion, the Anderson Gallery of Art — named for its chief benefactor “Colonel” A.A. Anderson — was the first modern art gallery in the city of Richmond. Its inaugural show, featuring paintings by Anderson himself, set the precedent of attracting contemporary artists from near and far.

Deconstruction/Reconstruction: Found Object Jewelry Making

A variety of found materials both natural and man-made will be repurposed and re-imagined in new and innovative ways to create embellished wearable art pieces. Day 1 will focus on in-depth material explorations. We will dive in head first as we rummage through piles of found materials selecting the most unlikely of candidates for our finished masterpieces. A variety of deconstructive and reconstructive methods will be covered and the tinkering will begin. Day 2 we will continue to assemble and refine our small wearable works and finalize our plans through embellishment and attention to fine details.

Screen Printed Textiles

Students will learn advanced screen printing techniques on fabric and explore a variety of stencil methods. We will use transparent water-based pigments to achieve multiple color overlays while experimenting with visual texture and pattern.

Sound as an Art Medium

An introduction into sound as an art medium. Students will take sound recordings from objects and from campus to manipulate them into art pieces/compositions using computer software.

White Water Rafting

Come enjoy the greatest urban whitewater in the country on the mighty James River! This excursion is for beginners as well as seasoned rafters. Rapids range from class I-IV; with some flatwater to enjoy the scenic views of downtown Richmond. Boating or swimming experience is not necessary, but comfort in moving water is highly encouraged.

Weekend 2


Students will be introduced to a wide range of contemporary and art historical examples of collage and related techniques. After looking at these examples, students will make 2 collages; one rooted in direct observation, and another based on source material (photos, drawings, etc.) brought by the student.

Cover to Cover: An Adventure in Handmade Books

Students will learn a variety of bookbinding techniques to create journals, sketchbooks, and photo albums. The instructor will give an overview of bookmaking, including the tools, materials, and a variety of processes. Day 1- The students will learn Japanese stab-binding to make a sketchbook, journal and notepad. Day 2- Students will make a pamphlet book and use a long stitch & buttonhole method to create a hard bound book. Emphasis will be placed on personalizing and embellishing all books.

GIF: Untapped Fine Art Medium

Students will gain exposure to and understanding of GIF (graphic interchange format) as a creative medium. Students will be challenged in their conventional ideas of art making, art objects, process, and animation as it applies to the world of digital photography and filmmaking. The essential history of GIFs will be explored, as well as their application throughout web history. Once a basic historical context and understanding is established, students will learn how to use Photoshop to manually create a GIF animation. Finally, the students will use their own GIF, and apply sequential web animation to a fine art context. Students will create a work of art that is to be displayed in GIF format.

Mountain Biking & Trail Hiking

Come explore Richmond’s extensive trail system on a mountain bike ride and a hike! With awesome trails just minutes from campus, it’s a great way to escape for the afternoon. Open to all abilities. We supply bikes and helmets.

Sculptural Sound

In this two day workshop, students will explore the relationship between sculpture and sound resulting in the creation of their very own clay whistle. Additive and reductive handbuilding techniques will be demonstrated for students. They will be encouraged to explore their curiosities with the material and utilize intuitive making to complete their pieces. These whistles will be once-fired and taken home with the student. No prior clay experience necessary.

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