Forms in Clay

Forms In Clay class is designed for beginner to advance students. The Swanson Studio is equipped for hand building and wheel throwing, and utilizes an electric kiln for firing. The beginner student will learn the 3 basic hand building techniques, and if interested, an introduction to wheel throwing. Intermediate students and advance students have the flexibility to follow their own artistic direction. Forms created in class range from functional vases, bowls etc. to non functional sculptural art pieces.

For more information or to sign up: email or call 434-792-5355  •  9:00am - 5:30pm 

Cost: Member / $95.00  •  Non Members / $105.00
Materials: Includes 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing
Location: Swanson Studio - across from the Museum


Life Drawing

Life Drawing Session

On the last Thursday of every month, the Swanson studio lights are switched on by a collective group of avid drawers. This is a Life Drawing session and community group drawing session with a life model/sitter. All five easels for this session are spaced six to eight feet apart and the model is placed in the center. We have been very lucky to contract with Firefly Yoga to help us out with the Life drawing models. Limit of 5 attendees per class. A mask must be worn. Please contact us at for more information.

Donation: Members / $20  •  Non Members / $25

Date: Last Thursday of the Month

Time: 6:30 - 9PM

Location: Swanson Studio - across from the Museum

Monoprint Workshop

Print Making Workshops

Executive Director Elsabé Dixon will offer DMFAH members the first in a series of Print Making Workshops. Learn about Monoprinting, Silkscreening, Block Printing. Limit of 5 attendees per class. A mask must be worn. Please contact us at for more information.

Donation: Members / $20  •  Non Members / $25

Date: Third Thursday of the Month

Time: 6:30 - 9PM

Location: Swanson Studio - across from the Museum

Print-making workshop will focus on Monoprints and all materials needed for printing will be made available for free. Monoprinting is a type of printmaking whose true origins are unknown. Its unique process incorporates elements of painting and drawing, ensuring that no two prints are exactly alike and making editioning impossible. Hercules Seghers was a Dutch painter who lived from about 1589 to 1638. Seghers is one of the first-known artists to use a process similar to monoprinting, incorporating line work with different-colored inks and dyed papers to create landscapes.

Collograph WorkshopWe will be heading back into the Swanson studio for a distanced and masked studio experience, while making collograph plates for printing. These plates need to dry before being printed so this will be a two-part workshop. One workshop will be building the printing plate/plates and the next workshop will be printing the plates. Collography (sometimes spelled collagraphy) was introduced in 1955 by Glen Alps, who was a University of Washington professor teaching a printmaking process in which materials are applied to a rigid substrate (such as paperboard or wood). The word is derived from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue, and graph, meaning the activity of drawing.

October: Silkscreen Printing - Screen Printing is a printing technique where a mesh is used to transfer ink onto paper fabric or any other surface you would like to print on. Traditionally, the process was called silkscreen printing because silk was used in the process. If you have ever wanted to know more about the silkscreening process but thought it would be too difficult, think again. The "Silkscreening is for Everyone" Workshop offered at the museum is for beginners through advanced. Come give it a try!


Due to COVID-19, in-class instruction for ArtSmart has been postponed until further notice, but some classes are available online.

ART SMART is a program that helps students understand the basic forms, shape, and color to art and how to produce their own art. They learn by experimenting with colors, shapes, and ideas to form their own unique perspective on their piece of art. Teachers follow the SOL's for Virginia schools and Common Core for North Carolina schools. The students learn from actually experimenting with the forms and colors. 

Please call (434) 793-5644 or email to reserve a spot for your students and school. Grant funding is available. Also ask about our funding for transportation.