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.

Projects include offering free exhibit space and marketing for under served artists, community meet-ups, free exchange workshops that focus on the business of being an artists and techniques to improve and expand one’s craft, open figure drawing sessions and stipends for community projects.

Programs

Summer Art Camps

Print Making

Your 6-12 year old student will enjoy discovering print making at Summer Art Camp!

There are endless possibilities in the world of printmaking! Printmaking supports fine motor skills and allows children to explore their creativity! Your child will learn basic printmaking skills starting with using natural materials to make color-rubbing collages.Then throughout the week they will move on to monoprinting and basic relief print skills using handmade collagraphs.

Small class – 10 students
4 day camp Monday through Thursday
June 17 – June 20
8:00 am – 12 noon
Supplies included in cost of camp
All materials are nontoxic
Please provide a snack for your student
Wear comfortable clothes that are okay to get dirty
Teacher and assistant experienced working with children and art instruction
Location: Art Works 320 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224
$255

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Just Desserts, Sculpture Treats

Your 6-12 year old student will enjoy discovering sculpture at Summer Art Camp!

No this isn’t a baking class! We are exploring the possibilities of sculpture through one of the best treats of the day, DESSERT! Students will learn the basics of design and sculpture by making some yummy treats that you will almost want to eat except they last forever!

Small class – 10 students
4 day camp Monday through Thursday
June 24 – June 27
8:00 am – 12 noon
Supplies included in cost of camp
All materials are nontoxic
Teacher and assistant experienced working with children and art instruction and are vetted
Location: Art Works 320 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224
Please provide a snack for your student
Wear comfortable clothes that are okay to get dirty
Cost $265

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Wonderful World of Art
Your 6-12 year old student will be introduced to many art styles and choices for creating art at Summer Art Camp!

Sometimes the possibilities for creative expression can be OVERWHELMING. In this camp we are going to provide a little taste of everything, from tie dye to weaving, to painting with color bubbles! Many of these techniques are sure to capture the interest of your student and give them a great start down the path of creativity! This class is all about the experience!

July 22 – July 25
Small class – 10 students
4 day camp Monday through Thursday
8:00 am – 12 noon
Supplies included in cost of camp
All materials are nontoxic
Teachers are professional artists and experienced instructors.
Location: Art Works 320 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224
Please provide a snack for your student
Wear comfortable clothes that are okay to get dirty
Cost $250

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Jewelry Making

Your 6-12 year old student will be introduced to many art styles and choices for creating art at Summer Art Camp!

Tiffany’s there is a new jeweler in town! Your child can begin to learn how to express themselves by making their very own custom jewelry! Clay beads, alphabet beads, paper beads oh my! Throughout the camp your student will be given many opportunities to explore color, shape, and jewelry design.

  • August 5 - August 8
  • Summer Camps run Monday-Thursday
  • Class size limited to 10 students
  • Time is 8:00am-12noon
  • Supplies included in cost of Camp
  • Materials are nontoxic
  • Please provide a snack for your student
  • Wear comfortable clothes that are okay to get dirty
  • Teachers are professional artists and experienced instructors
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Experimental Art

Your 6-12 year old student will be introduced to many art styles and choices for creating art at Summer Art Camp!

Experimentation is an incredibly important part of the artistic process! In this camp we are starting the creative process with making the paper that students will use to create their projects. Then we will explore different techniques of experimental art-- spatter painting, dots and spots, spiral art, and abstract painting like Jackson Pollock. At the end of the camp your student will have their very own book they can bring home to mark this step in their artistic journey!

  • August 12 - August 15
  • Summer Camps run Monday-Thursday
  • Class size limited to 10 students
  • Time is 8:00am-12noon
  • Supplies included in cost of Camp
  • Materials are nontoxic
  • Please provide a snack for your student
  • Wear comfortable clothes that are okay to get dirty
  • Teachers are professional artists and experienced instructors
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The Exchange

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).

From Artist to Market

It's all about popups and markets! You have worked so incredibly hard at creating your pieces and now it is time to get those pieces out into the world. However, the world of markets and art shows can be OVERWHELMING! Which ones are the best for my type of art? How do I set up my booth/table in a way to optimize sales? What should I bring with me?

All these questions and more will be explored in our panel discussion with Richmond Makers Market! We have celebrated local maker Llorel along side Richmond Makers Market organizers Marie D'angelo and Amber Adaire.

It's free. Please click here to register.

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. Time is from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m..  Click on the date(s) below to register.

Queer Life Drawing

Queer Life Drawing sessions are held at Gold Lion Community Cafe. Bring your art supplies and sketch our model.  Your donation pays the model 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.

Location:  1014 Hull Street Richmond, VA 23224

Date: April 4th

Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

Happy Hour Meet-ups

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

April 18

May 16,

June 20

July18

Aug 15

Sept 19

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.