Exchange Figure-Drawing Meet-ups Classes

RVA Thriving Artists is a non-profit that sponsors programs to educate and inform artists, sponsors open figure drawing sessions, summer camps, and exhibit opportunities for Virginia visual artists. We meet up each month at a brewery in Manchester to hang out and meet fellow artists.

The Exchange Meetings:

Join us for The Exchange meetings. In these programs, you will learn about the business side of being an artists (creating a website, marketing your art, copyright laws, and techniques around making art (welding, painting, illustrating, clay work and more).

Figure Drawing Sessions:

We sponsor open Figure Drawing Sessions on the first and third Sundays of each month.  Join us. The fee is $10 and used to pay the model.

Queer Life Drawing:

Also Gold Lion life drawing sessions are new to the program.  (1012 Hull Street). February 28 join us  for Queer Life Drawing at Gold Lion in Manchester, RVA. Bring your art supplies and sketch our models Jo’rie Tigerily and Qing Blaze who will be decked out in style. Your donation pays the models and goes towards fundraising for the Color Theory: The Richmond Queer Art Experience , an exhibit at Art Works in August and September celebrating Pride Month in Richmond. Register to attend, learn more: Click here.

Happy Hour Meet-ups

Join us for monthly Happy Hour Meet-ups at Benchtop Brewing (434 Hull Street).  Time: 6 pm – 7 pm.

Feb 13, Mar 21, April18, May 16,  June 20, July18,  Aug 15,  Sept19,  Oct 17,  Nov 14,  Dec 19

The Community Bridge Project

Learn about our latest opportunity: The Community Bridge Project–free exhibit space at Art Works for Virginia visual artists.  Click here to apply. 

Summer Art Camps

Art Camps will be offered this summer. We are currently accepting applications for teachers.  Click here to apply. 

The Exchange


Learn Felting

You’ll love this workshop to be taught by Bebhinn Thomas. Date: March 4, 2024 6pm – 8 pm @ Art Works. Click here to register.

Markets and Pop-ups

A panelist explained the ins and outs of markets and pop-ups–springs 2024.

Palette Painting

Learn palette painting at this hands-on workshop planned for the summer.

Finance and Taxes

Before you know it, it will be tax season. Learn about taxes for your business from a CPA planned for Fall 2024.

Figure Drawing Sessions

These sessions, sponsored by RVA Thriving Artists are held at Art Works each month on Sundays, sometimes twice a month. Check the schedule by clicking on link below. Time is from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Learn more and sign-up for figure drawing, click here. 

Contact Us

Send a message:  Click here

Call us: 804 728-0681


Mar 30 2021 - Oct 26 2026


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Art Works
320 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224

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