Art Adventure Weekends


Art Adventure Weekends are designed to enhance the Summer Intensive experience.

Each Adventure brings students from different disciplines together, empowering them to further develop their creative thinking and problem solving abilities, collaborate in groups, and transform their ideas into realities.

Students do not need prior skills or knowledge to participate in any of the Adventures.

  • Schedule: 12:15–4:15P on both Saturday and Sunday (Except the Art Adventure Road Trip)
  • Fee: $50 fee per weekend
  • Registration: select your Adventures when you complete your online application
  • Students who do not wish to participate in an Art Adventure must go home for the weekend

Weekend 1: July 14–15, 2018

Art Adventure Road Trip
Instructors: Summer Intensive Faculty and Staff
Join us for a road trip to Washington, DC on Saturday, where we will visit several Smithsonian art galleries and museums throughout the day! On Sunday we will visit Richmond art galleries and museums, including Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the soon to open Institute for Contemporary Art.


Deconstruction/Reconstruction: Found Object Jewelry Making
Instructor: Meg Murtagh

A variety of found materials both natural and man-made will be repurposed and re-imagined in new and innovative ways to create embellished wearable art pieces. Day 1 will focus on in-depth material explorations. We will dive in head first as we rummage through piles of found materials selecting the most unlikely of candidates for our finished masterpieces. A variety of deconstructive and reconstructive methods will be covered and the tinkering will begin. Day 2 we will continue to assemble and refine our small wearable works and finalize our plans through embellishment and attention to fine details.

Materials to bring: 

  • Small pliers/Wire Cutters
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Junk jewelry, cheap costume jewelry, broken jewelry, etc. (Any kind of jewelry you do not mind taking apart to create new jewelry pieces.)
  • Any materials you would like to incorporate in your designs. Consider natural materials like shells, feathers, sticks, or rocks. Man-made materials that can be bought cheaply and come in multiples work too.


Drawing and Design
Instructor: Charlotte Rodenberg
This workshop is intended to teach students to observe local tone and light-based value. Students will learn ink wash, hatching and cross hatching techniques. The works of historical and contemporary artist will be introduced. Technical application will be demonstrated. Anatomy, Line weight, Figure Ground Reversal and Composition Design will also be addressed. Students will utilize still life objects and mirrors to experiment in class.

Materials to bring: 

  • Higgins waterproof black ink
  • Strathmore 400 series Mixed Media Paper 18″ x 24” (2 sheets minimum)
  • Micron pens size 01,02,03 or similar felt tip pens
  • Ballpoint Pens Set Black (additional colors welcome) fine point 0.5 or 0.7mm
  • pencil and eraser
  • 12” mirrors (provided)

*Please bring or wear objects or clothing with texture, pattern or bold colors.


Sound as An Art Medium
Instructor: Josh Rodenberg
An introduction into sound as an art medium. Students will take sound recordings from objects and from campus to manipulate them into art pieces/compositions using computer software.

Materials to bring: 

  • Headphones
  • USB drive
  • Audio recording device (mobile phone will work)
  • A small object that makes an interesting sound



Weekend 2: July 21–22, 2018

Instructor: Ryan Syrell
Students will be introduced to a wide range of contemporary and art historical examples of collage and related techniques. After looking at these examples, students will make 2 collages; one rooted in direct observation, and another based on source material (photos, drawings, etc.) brought by the student.

Materials to bring:

  • Two sheets of 22″ x 30″ Stonehenge paper
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife with #11 blades
  • Small cutting mat 
  • Tape: any variety of colors and sizes
  • Paper: any variety of colors, patterns, textures, etc.
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencils
  • Markers


  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fabrics 
  • Cardboard 
  • Any other material that can be adhered to a cardboard substrate 


Cover to Cover: An Adventure in Handmade Books
Instructor: Meg Murtagh
Students will learn a variety of bookbinding techniques to create journals, sketchbooks, and photo albums. The instructor will give an overview of bookmaking, including the tools, materials, and a variety of processes. Day 1- The students will learn Japanese stab-binding to make a sketchbook, journal and notepad. Day 2- Students will make a pamphlet book and use a long stitch & buttonhole method to create a hard bound book. Emphasis will be placed on personalizing and embellishing all books.

Materials to bring:

  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil/Pen
  • 2 sheets of handmade paper that are about 18″x 24″. These may be purchased from an art supply store. (Recommended store in Richmond is Plaza Art.) Tell art supply store personnel you will be using the paper to cover books and they can help you find the appropriate paper. Make sure the paper isn’t too thin or thick. (Nothing as thin as tissue paper or as thick as card stock.)


Experimental Hand-cut Aluminum Flashing Dry-point Plates
Instructor:  Brooke Inman
As an adaptation to traditional intaglio printmaking, that can be very labor intensive and expensive, this weekend workshop will introduce the creation and printing of hand-cut Aluminum Flashing Dry-Point Plates. The image to be printed is scratched into the surface of a thin aluminum flashing plate and is cut out and shaped by hand, and then is inked up to be printed under great pressure on an existing etching plate or a blank matrix using an intaglio press.

Materials to bring:

  • Imagery or photographs from which to draw
  • Printing paper: 4 sheets of Arches Lightweight or Rives Lightweight (19 x 26″ each)
  • Extra fine pointsharpie – black or blue
  • Sketchbook (one in use is OK)


GIF: Untapped Fine Art Medium
Instructor: Josh Rodenberg
Students will gain exposure to and understanding of GIF (graphic interchange format) as a creative medium. Students will be challenged in their conventional ideas of art making, art objects, process, and animation as it applies to the world of digital photography and filmmaking. The essential history of GIFs will be explored, as well as their application throughout web history. Once a basic historical context and understanding is established, students will learn how to use Photoshop to manually create a GIF animation. Finally, the students will use their own GIF, and apply sequential web animation to a fine art context. Students will create a work of art that is to be displayed in GIF format.

Materials to bring:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Flash drive memory stick


Introduction to Color Theory with Paint
Instructor: Charlotte Rodenberg
This entry level color theory course will teach students to mix values and hues to create still life, landscape and figurative paintings. The instructor Charlotte Rodenberg will discuss how color can be used to enhance concept and emotion. Composition, design, acrylic paint mixing and application techniques will be demonstrated in class. Students will explore graphic styles, expressive washes and wet brush techniques. Art Historical and Contemporary artists references will be provided.

Materials to bring:

  • Acrylic Paint Basic Set of Colors (Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue)
  • Acrylic Brushes (including Sizes: 1 Round, 2 Round, 3 Flat and a Fan Brush
  • Palette and palette knife
  • Pencil
  • Paper will be provided.