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The Art of Marbling

Marbling is the process of floating paint on the surface of treated (or sized) water. Very popular in Europe in the nineteenth century, marbled fabric and paper were commonly used as a decorative materials for book covers, and for lining…

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Art of Paper-Making

Hone your skills in paper-making and create a unique holiday accent. The ancient egyptians pounded and flattened papyrus to make paper for scrolls. Now you can produce one-of-a-kind tags and cards using a similar technique. What you need: • Scrap…

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Arts and Eats

Join the art movement characterized by spontaneity and the expression of emotion in painting. Be inspired by abstract expressionist and native Virginian Judith Godwin and bring this dramatic art form to your family table. What You Need: Any color poster…

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Chihuly with Me!

The works of internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly will move you to creative innovation in your next project! Chihuly's Macchia blown glass forms originate from organic shapes like the flower and the seashell alongside his desire to use all 300…

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Mosaic Art: Colorful, Seasonal Coasters

Use color and design to hallmark the seasons when you create a set of mosaic-style coasters. At vMFA, look for timeless inspiration in late-second or early-third-century fl ooring that once was part of a hallway in a Roman home. What…

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Summer Seascape

What you need: Pencil Watercolor paper or drawing paper Large watercolor paintbrush A set of watercolor paints and water bowl Salt (table, epsom, or kosher) Plastic wrap Cotton balls, colored paper, glue, markers, stamps (optional) What you do: 1. Lightly…

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Every Day is Splendid

  Inspired by a collection that explores the amazingly rich visual culture of India’s last royal families, transform an everyday item into a splendid object, symbolic of power and untold wealth.   What you need: Serving-size forks and spoons (buy…

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Good Clean Fun

What you need: Bar of soap Plastic knife, craft sticks, 
toothpicks, paper clips Paper and pencil What you do:   1. Brainstorm sculpture ideas. 2. Then sketch your design on paper, including different angles. 3. When you have settled on…

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Elvis Forever


In 1956, Elvis performed two concerts at the Mosque (now the Landmark Theater) in Richmond. He was just twenty-one. Alfred Wertheimer’s photos documenting the performance, and the young musician’s travels, are on display at VMFA through March 18.Even though this…

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Storied Art

Jacob Lawrence depicted the history of African Americans in his artwork. His series, The Legend of John Brown, is on display at VMFA through mid-June. Use these easy steps to depict your own history in a unique book all about…

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