Investigation NOW

Investigation Now 2024

Investigation NOW is a 4-week program encompassing a wide range of contemporary art concepts as well as a variety of artmaking techniques for 8th-10th grade students. Throughout these sessions, students are encouraged to consider how and why artists make work and to relate those ideas to their personal artistic processes.

Our theme for the Spring 2024 session is Portfolio Prep. Through this semester’s theme, students will gain skills, practices, and knowledge in the portfolio development process. This will include learning how to document your work, writing an artist statement, publishing a portfolio website, and developing themes within your artistic practice. Students can expect to create work with traditional media, with the goal of developing creative skills and new ways of interacting with media. Over the course of this workshop, students will gain a broader understanding of their own creative practice with insight to college-level portfolio building. Classes are taught by two VCU Art Education students, with additional VCUarts students who will provide invaluable mentorship to students as they create work in this collaborative environment.   

For the Spring 2024 session, Investigation NOW will take place weekly on Fridays from 5-8pm at the Murry DePillars Building located at 1000 W Broad Street on the VCU Campus.

The 2024 registration fee is $90*. We do offer need-based scholarships which can be applied for using this form.

Registration for the fall session (April 12th – May 3rd) is now OPEN and can be completed below.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until the session is full. The session size is 20 students. *Food and materials will be provided

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