Nurture your teenager’s artistic interests! At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, programs and classes offer opportunities for discovery and creative expression. Registration for the winter/spring class session is still underway and open to all.
Also, check out Teen Stylin’, VMFA’s annual 12-week program for students with a passion for fashion design, developed by VMFA Education staff. Teen Stylin’ features workshops where students learn to create innovative garments inspired by VMFA’s collection under the guidance of professional fashion designers and industry specialists.
Students in grades 6-12 can apply to one of the two offerings. (Applications are due January 12.)
- Stylin’ Campus Series: On-site programming open to all Virginia students in grades 6–12; limited enrollment. Weekly workshops, Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm.
- Stylin’ Independent Study: Open to Virginia students grades 6 – 12 beyond a 30-mile radius from the museum OR students who have previously participated in the Stylin’ program at least once; unlimited enrollment.
Additionally, all Teen Stylin’ students may sign up for a series of free Saturday “Stylin’ in the Studios” courses to work with artists and fashion designers on designs and class instruction.
To culminate the program, students’ designs are showcased during a highly-popular runway exhibition where a panel of professionals from the field of art, design, and fashion select winners in the following categories: “Best Overall” “Best Use of Alternative Materials,” “Most Creative Construction,” “Best Interpretation of a Work of Art,” “Best Interpretation of the Theme,” and “Most Wearable.”
Top winners will be invited on a summer trip to New York City to visit fashion industry institutions, organizations, and academic programs. Gift packages will be awarded to runner up winners and model award winners.
Following the runway exhibition, the fashion renderings of all Teen Stylin’ participants and the winning garments are displayed in VMFA’s Art Education Center. To learn more about the application process, visit VMFA’s Teen Stylin’ application page.
Learn more about all of VMFA’s teen programming at www.VMFA.museum/teens.