City Studio Club

City Studio doesn’t end after spring break! We have started an ongoing after-school club that focuses on design and three-dimensional environments through workshops, field trips, and discussions with design professionals. Through our meetings, students dive further into understanding the role of design in everyday life.

April 6, 2019 - Field trip to Animation Studio at VSU & studio visit with Amiee Joyaux:

Following our 2019 City Studio camp focused on Production Design City Studio Club took a trip out to Petersburg and hung out on campus at Virginia State University while being introduced to careers in animation. Thank you to Anh Do, Animation Instructor at VSU for showing our students around VSU’s art department and talking with us about animation as a career. Later in the afternoon, we headed over to Amiee Joyaux’s studio where we wandered around her amazing factory converted home/studio and came back to Amiee with many questions about her life as an artist. Not only did we learn about the art of screen printing but we also learned a thing or two about making your dreams a reality!


December 20, 2018 - City Studio Club, Holiday Party:

Our City Studio group celebrated the holiday season and tested out their design skills with a gingerbread house building challenge! Huge thanks to Ashleigh from @johannasdesign and Aubrey Fountain, OA Board President, for sharing their skills!


November 17, 2018 - Field trip to 1708 Gallery’s InLight Exhibit at the VMFA:

Thanks to a sponsorship from 1708 Gallery, our City Studio club was able to take a field trip to this year’s InLight exhibit to view and document the exhibit using photography! Students also joined in the festivities by participating in a lantern making workshop, and visited with artists as they installed their final pieces.


Check out some of our student's photographs from the night, as they captured the installations and learned to draw with light!

Work by: Jeremiah, Anthony, Lamya, Danae’, Pierre, Aasia, and Albert.


November 13, 2018 - Field trip to the ICA, and Studio 23 with artist Steven Casanova:

Leading up to our field trip to 1708’s InLight Exhibit, our City Studio group took a trip to the Institute for Contemporary Art, to gain inspiration from Rashid Johnson’s Provocations installation and to view their Hedges, Edges, Dirt exhibit. We then headed to Studio Two Three to visit with artist Steven Casanova, to learn about his artistic process, as he created his piece for the Inlight exhibit.


June 9, 2018 - Festival of the River

Thanks to @bridgeparkrva for such a collaborative and creative day at the Festival of the River! Students in our City Studio Design Club put their best engineering skills to the test and came up with some amazing ideas, while helping other kids add to their design!


May 2, 2018 - Field Trip to Bridge Park and the ICA

We got the whole City Studio crew back together yesterday for a quick field trip to see the @bridgeparkrva model in progress Spatial Affairs Bureau in Scott’s Addition. Then stopped by the ICA to check out their building.


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Help fund City Studio, an design program we piloted during Richmond Public Schools’ 2018 spring break. Over the course of the week, middle schoolers from the East End are introduced to different creative careers related to design and three-dimensional environments through field trips, conversations with a range of professionals, and various hands-on activities.