First Friday Richmond . . . Friends. Fun. Art for Everyone.
Come see for yourself why we topped Richmond.com’s list of fun budget date spots in the RVA! Come on inside for a creative family outing, date, or Girls’ Night Out that’s sure to make an impression!
5:30 PM – Sampler registration begins (first come/first served)
6:00 – 7:15 PM – Sampler Session One
6:30 – 6:45 PM – Load Kiln for Raku
6:45 – 8:00 PM – Handbuilding Session (one session only)
7:30 – 8:45 PM – Sampler Session Two
8:15 – 8:30 PM – Begin Unloading Kiln for Raku (Spectators welcome–free to watch the process!)
Confirmed Workshops for First Friday, December 6th include:
Letterpress: Letterpress makes an impression! Come make personalized art that is timeless! Note cards, posters and stationery are all fun options to try your hand at this classic medium. $5. Ages 15 and up.
Screen Printing: Try your hand at screen printing! There will be a number of inspiring screens to choose from or combine them to create your own design: Birds, bikes, mustaches, aquatic creatures, the Visual Arts Center 50th Anniversary and more! You are welcome to bring your own shirt, tote, or apron to print on. Paper and all other materials will be provided. $10
Raku: Feel the heat with this traditional method of Japanese pottery firing! We’ll fire a piece you glaze and then smoke it in a fire-filled can while you enjoy the campfire like atmosphere on our patio! Bring your own piece to be fired ($5), choose one of our hand-crafted bowls ($15), or a worry stone ($10)! Prices are per piece. (2 piece maximum per person unless kiln space permits more)
Wheel Throwing: Get 75 minutes of hands-on training from one of VisArts’ talented clay instructors, select one of your clay creations to glaze and fire, then return to VisArts during the next First Friday to retrieve your completed work of art! $10. Ages 12 and up.
Clay Handbuilding: Love to learn more about the ancient art of handbuilding with clay? In this brief class, students will learn the three basic hand building techniques; pinch, coil, and slab – all of which can be used to create functional work. Select one of your clay creations to glaze and fire, then return to VisArts during the next First Friday to retrieve your completed work of art! $10.
Potential Workshops for First Friday, December 6th include:
Glass Bead Making: Learn and practice the basics of bead making! Using a propane torch and glass rods, you will learn to wind hot glass onto a mandrel to create simple, yet fun glass beads. All materials and safety glasses are included, just bring yourself, and wear some comfortable, natural fiber clothes. $20. All supplies included.
Handsome Hand Embroideries: Embroidery is the hand craft of decorating fabric with needle and thread. Learn and practice the basics of hand embroidery! Using your choice of fabric, embroidery floss, needles and a hoop you will learn several types of stitches. All materials will be provided. You can bring a small drawing of your own or different design options will be available as well. $10 All supplies included.
Powder Coating Metal: Come learn the art of Powder Coating! Similar to enameling but 10x stronger, this process is a quick and easy way to add a bright pop of color to any metals project. We will be making “Gem Stones” that can be added to bails, pendants, or key rings. $10. All supplies included.
Crazy Knitted Coasters: Make and take an attractive knit coaster. Its a fun, easy, and quick way to learn the basics of knitting: casting on, the knit stitch, & binding off. Make a coaster and take away the skills you need to knit the projects you’ve always wanted. $10. All supplies included.
Handmade Prints: Create artful images using collagraph printmaking! Learn to make your own cardstock plates and print with them, or use plates supplied by the instructor and combine your imagery in an endless array of colorful possibilities. $10. Ages 12+
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