Getting Started

Before You Arrive

To access a studio, you must be a member of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and have 1) taken a qualifying class at VisArts or 2) applied for a waiver and taken an accompanying skills test. Once you’ve satisfied one or both of these requirements, you’ll receive a studio access card and your studio-specific certification will be noted in your account. You are only allowed to work in studios for which you have earned a certification (each studio certification is sold separately).

Check your studio’s webpage for the most up-to-date open studio hours. We try to keep open studio hours super consistent, but sometimes classes have to be rescheduled or studio monitors get sick. Open studio hours are always subject to change. 

Familiarize yourself with the tools and materials we provide and the tools and materials you’re expected to bring from home. Each studio’s different.  

Wear closed-toe shoes, tie long hair back, and avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing. 

Leave your firearms at home. We’re a weapons-free facility. 

Once You Arrive

Sign-in sheets are posted in every studio. Sign in each and every time you come to work in the studio. Hourly users who fail to sign in and out will be charged for a full day of studio access.  

Keep your studio access card handy. You’ll show it to a studio monitor when you sign in and may be asked to show it to other monitors, periodically, throughout your visit.  

Some materials, such as clay and glass, are sold on site. All materials sold on site must be paid for before use. 

You are responsible for ensuring your VisArts membership remains current. You must have a valid membership (VACA, individual or family) to use our open studio program. 

Be sure your billing information is up-to-date. All users must keep a valid credit card on file.