First Friday Richmond . . .
Friends. Fun. Art for Everyone.

Come see for yourself why we topped’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!

  • Sampler registration begins at 5PM.
  • All samplers are drop-in first come, first served.
  • There are 2 sessions for each sampler, (Session 1) 6-7:15PM + (Session 2) 7:30-8:45PM.
  • PLEASE NOTE: There is only 1 SESSION of both the Raku and Handbuilding samplers. Raku starts at 6PM with firing at 6:30PM and Handbuilding runs from 6:30PM-8PM.  

If you have any questions about First Friday Samplers, please feel free to contact our front desk at (804) 353-0094 ext. 210.

Confirmed Workshops for 6/3/16:



Monotype: Found Object Printmaking (NEW!)Of all the different types of printmaking, monotype is the most spontaneous and perfect for beginners. Through processes such as painting or rolling on inks, cutting paper stencils, and arranging plants and found objects, you can create surprising imagery and color combinations. Come to this workshop with an attitude of playfulness and experimentation and see what you can make! VisArts will be offering an extended workshop in monotype printmaking on 7/2. Click here for more information. $15. Ages 6 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Fused Glass: Dive into the world of fusing and slumping glass.  In this workshop you will explore cutting colored sheets of glass, grinding glass to form specific patterns, layering patterns, using frits and stringers to create a unique, one of a kind piece of art.  Open to all levels. $20. Ages 10 and up.

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Clay Hand Building: Love to learn more about the ancient art of hand building 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 be fired, then return to VisArts during the next First Friday to retrieve your completed work of art! $10 to have your piece bisque fired $15 to have your piece dip-glazed by a VisArts staff member. All ages. Please note there is only ONE SESSION of Handbuilding that runs from 6:30PM-8PM.  

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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 for $10, or choose one of our hand-crafted bowls for $15! Prices are per piece. (2 piece maximum per person unless kiln space permits more). All ages. Please note there is only ONE SESSION of Raku that runs from 6PM-8PM.  

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Wheel Throwing: Get 75 minutes of hands-on training from one of VisArts’ talented clay instructors,  select one of your clay creations to fire, then return to VisArts during the next First Friday to retrieve your completed work of art! $10 to have your piece bisque fired or $15 to have your piece dip-glazed by a VisArts staff member.  Ages 12 and up.

Past First Friday Workshops have included:


  • Book Making
  • Metal Stamping
  • Maharaja Lantern-Making 
  • Handmade Ceramic Lanterns
  • Shibori Fabric Dyeing
  • Glass Bead Making  
  • Screen Printing
  • Ceramic Garden Tiles
  • Handmade Paper
  • Art Lab (Just for Kids!)
  • Up-Cycled Fabric Flower Pins
  • Glamorous Glazes
  • Powder Coating Metal
  • Silver Metal Clay Charms
  • Crazy Knitted Coasters
  • Handmade Prints
 Samplers are subject to change. Please call 804.353.0094
for up-to-date details. Thank you!