Decorative Arts

Hand Workshop Art Center
1812 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Decorative Arts Classes

  • Decorative Floor Cloth Painting
  • Introduction to Faux Finishes
  • Decorative Furniture Painting
  • Mosaics
  • Fun with Polymer Clay

Decorative Floor Cloth Painting
All Levels
Come paint your own floor cloth! This class introduces students to basic faux finishing techniques that are then transferred to a floor cloth. Students can create their own design or copy one they are fond of, or use stencils. No prior painting experience necessary.

  • Staff
    Tuition: $90 (members $80)
    Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday, May 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Introduction to Faux Finishes
All levels
This two-day workshop provides an overview of the step-by-step methods involved in the faux-finishing techniques of glazing, stippling, and marbleizing, using alkyd paints. Students can apply these techniques to walls or furniture, or used as decorative accents. Instruction will cover surface and color preparation, as well as painting and finishing techniques. Students will work with sample boards to practice techniques taught in class. View a materials list.

Tuition: $185 (members $170)

  • Section A – John Balasa
    2 Saturdays, March 12 and March 19
    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Section B – John Balasa
    2 Saturdays, May 14 and May 21
    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Decorative Furniture Painting
All Levels
Transform your flea market and garage sale finds into works of art! The students learn simple techniques of furniture painting using acrylic paint. Student will provide a small piece of furniture that they will alter to their own design preference. View a materials list.

  • Nicole Brinser
    Tuition: $125 (members $110)
    Friday, February 4, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, February 5, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday, February 6, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

All Levels
Learn basic tile setting and grouting techniques. Get familiar with different types of tile, glazes, adhesives, grouts and additives. You will leave with your very own finished mosaic masterpiece. No art or mosaic experience necessary. The instructor collects a $45 materials fee the first day of class which covers most supplies.

Tuition: $115 (members $100)

  • Section A – Jennifer Kirby
    6 Tuesdays, February 22 – March 29
    6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Section B – Clydie Einstein-Walsh
    6 Mondays, April 4 – May 9
    6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Fun with Polymer Clay
In this class students explore the fun and colorful world of polymer clay. Students learn how to create decorative silverware and boxes, beads, earrings, and pins with this versatile and easy to use medium.

  • Maripat Hyatt
    Tuition: $95 (members $85)
    4 Wednesdays, May 4 – May 26
    6:30 – 9:00 p.m.