In 2013, PCA transitioned the Community Arts Education Handbook to an online directory of arts education resources. In 2014, PCA supplemented this directory with the online Community Arts Education resource, available below. This new format offers several advantages, including improved searchability, links to resource websites, and bi-monthly updates.

Email us if your organization offers community arts education resources.

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER:

BalletSchool of Charlottesville
Daily Ballet/dance classes from 12-8pm (Saturdays 9:15-12)
November 1-December 15
For more information and the full schedule, visit the website.

Nutcracker Workshop
Saturday December 20, 12:30pm-4:30pm.
There will be crafts, movies, and of course dancing!
Bring a towel, a snack, and a child (age 3 & up) ready to dance.
Cost: $45 for first child; $35 for each child after first.

Beverley Street Studio School
Monday Mornings on Beverley Street
Instructor: Mary Echols
BSSS Members only
Location: BSSS Gallery (22 West Beverley Street)
13 Classes: September 15-December 8; Mondays 10:30am-12pm
TUITION: NO CHARGE FOR BSSS MEMBERS! Not a member? Call the office today at 540-886-8636 to learn about this and other membership benefits!
Join a great group of fellow BSSS members in looking at and discussing art and how it works. Enjoy sharing ideas and information, while learning about the many forms of art – both past and present. Participants will cultivate an enhanced appreciation for art and an improved ability to express artistic opinions. For all levels of education and experience. For more information visit the website.

Layers of Surprise: Multi-Color Linocut Printing
Instructor: Josef Beery
Beginner-Advanced
Location: Echols Studio
4 Classes: November 11-December 2; Tuesdays 10am-1pm
TUITION: Members: $164; Non-members: $194
Explore the process of making multi-color linoleum cut prints and basic linoleum block cutting techniques using new “Easy-to-cut Linoleum.” Using transparent oil-based inks we will print with multiple blocks building up fascinating images from several colors. This process is delightful, because each new overlay of color adds additional surprise colors as it combines with the already printed layers of color.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School
Intermediate/Advanced Tin whistle/Irish flute
Instructor: Fiona Balestrieri
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m.
(Class runs Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9)
$133 ($123 for BRIMS members)
All classes take place at the Charlottesville Waldorf School.
To register or for more information call 434-409-9631.

Irish Guitar in DADGAD Tuning
Instructor: John Blandin
Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m.
(Class runs Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16)
$133 ($123 for BRIMS members)
All classes take place at the Charlottesville Waldorf School.
To register or for more information call 434-409-9631.

Charlottesville Ballet
Class with Clara
December 13 at 1:30pm and December 14 at 2:30pm – Culpeper State Theatre
December 20 at 9:30am and December 21 at 12:30pm – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Description: Your child can experience the magic of The Nutcracker by taking a ballet class on stage with Clara and her friends! Perfect for ages 3-8, participants will learn introductory ballet steps and have photo opportunities with the Charlottesville Ballet dancers. “Class with Clara” is held 90 minutes before select performances of The Nutcracker Suite. Class size is limited, so reserve your tickets now!
Registration information: CulpeperTheatre.org/Nutcracker-Suite (December 13 & 14) or CharlottesvilleBallet.org/Nutcracker (December 20 & 21)

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation
Critter Creations
November 7th – December 19th
5:15pm to 6:00pm
Instructed by Kelly Carpenter
Animal themed crafts from creepy crawlers to cute cuddlers, students will create a new critter each week. Parents are welcome to participate, but it is not required.
Ages 3-7
Carver Recreation Center
Cost: $61
Register here

Creating with Clay
Tuesdays, November 4th – December 9th, 6:00pm to 6:45pm
OR Saturdays, November 1st – December 13th, 11:00am to 11:45am
Instructed by Michael Donegan
Students will have fun learning new techniques for working with clay and create functional and sculptural pieces. Low fire and polymer media will be used.
Ages 7-13
Carver Recreation Center
Cost: $61
Register here

Messes and Masterpieces
Saturdays, November 1st – December 13th, 10:00am to 10:45am
Instructed by Michael Donegan
Come and play with art materials to see the budding artist within your child. Students will finger paint, sculpt with clay, and do other projects involving painting, gluing, etc. Dress for a mess and bring a smock. Parents are welcome to participate, but it is not required. Parental supervision is required for children 3 and under.
Ages 2-5
Carver Recreation Center
Cost: $61
Register here

Crozet Arts
Please register online at CrozetArts.org for all of the following classes:

BALLET
Please visit CrozetArts.org for schedule and more info about these classes:
Children’s Exploring Movement, Creative Movement and Ballet
Teen/Adult Beginner/Advanced Beginner Ballet
Teen/Adult Intermediate Ballet
Teen/Adult Advanced Ballet

YOGA
By drop-in or class card
GENTLE YOGA: Thursdays 10:15-11:15am
LEVEL I YOGA: Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm / Thursdays 9:00-10:00am
LEVEL II YOGA: Tuesdays 7:15-8:30pm

THEATER
Once Upon a Time
Pre-School children ages 4-5
Wednesdays 4:00-4:40pm
4 weeks: November 12-December 10 (no class November 26)
Tuition: $56 + $3 registration = $59

Stories on Stage
Children in Grades K-2
Mondays 4:30-5:30pm
5 weeks: November 10-December 15 (no class November 24)
Tuition: $81 + $4 registration = $85

Names, Games and Plays
Children in Grades 3-6
Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm
5 weeks: November 12-December 17 (no class November 26)
Tuition: $97 + $5 registration = $102

Teen-Prov Workshops
Saturday, November 15th
1:30 – 3:00pm for Grades 6-9
3:15 – 4:45pm for Grades 9-12
$18/workshop

Free Improv for Adults
Led by Boomie Pedersen
On-going (drop-in!)
Mondays 6:00-8:00pm
Call (434) 960-5936 for further information and to confirm meeting dates.

MUSIC
Chamber Strings
For Teens & Adults of advanced-beginner to intermediate playing level (Suzuki 3-6)
Thursdays: 7:00-8:15pm
Session Two: November 13-December 11 (4 weeks – no class November 27)
Tuition: $78 + $3 Registration Fee = $81
This class offers string players an opportunity to explore advanced-beginner to intermediate level chamber music (quartets and trios) in a relaxed and friendly group setting. Classes will also include tips on developing better technique, ensemble playing, and group tone quality.

Flute Ensemble
For Teens & Adults of an intermediate playing level.
Mondays from 6:30-7:45pm
November 10th and/or December 8th
This class offers adult and teen flutists an opportunity to play easy- to intermediate-level flute choir music in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes include tips on developing technique, tone quality, and ensemble playing. An informal performance may be arranged, depending on the interest of the participants.
Attend one or both classes: Drop-in/one class: $22; Two classes: $40

Group Guitar
Various classes for ages 7-adult. Visit CrozetArts.org for schedule and info.
Beginning Group Flute
For Grades 5-8. Visit CrozetArts.org for schedule & info.

ART
Open Painting Studio
John A. Hancock
Wednesdays 10:00am-1:00pm
Through November 12. Tuition may be prorated for remaining meetings.
Email info@CrozetArts.org for more information.

Indian Dance & Art Workshop
Madhavi Reddi
Saturday, November 22
1:30-2:45pm
Ages 10-Adults
$20
Make your very own rangoli (colored rice art) and learn some traditional Indian folk dances (Garba and Bhangra).

Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
Country 2 Step Dance Lesson
Instructors: Jeff Freeman and Mary Rose
Saturday, November 15th from 7:00-8:00pm
Lesson followed by a dance from 8:00-11:00pm.
Municipal Arts Center, 1119 5th Street SW

Beginner’s Swing Dance Lesson
Instructor: Kristin Wenger
Saturday, December 13th from 7:00-8:00pm
Lesson followed by a dance from 8:00-11:00pm.
Unity Church, 2825 Hydraulic Road

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Recycled Book Crafts: Decorative Wreaths
Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30pm
Central Library
Learn how to make a decorative wreath from recycled books. All supplies provided.
Registration required. Call 434.979.7151×4 to sign up.

Cartooning in the Digital Age With “Unshelved” Cartoonist Bill Barnes
Thursday, November 13 at 6pm
Central Library
Making comic strips… thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to put your work in front of potential readers. Veteran cartoonist Bill Barnes (“Unshelved,” “Not Invented Here”) will show you how to make comic strips, publish them on the web, and maybe make some money too!
1st hour – The Basics of Cartooning: Covers the steps in creating a comic strip – creating memorable characters, writing dialog, lettering, penciling, inking, and coloring.
2nd hour – Technology and Business of Cartooning: Bill describes how he uses computers to create and publish comic strips to the Internet, and describes how he makes money doing it.
No registration required. You may show up for one or both hours.

Creative Writing
Wednesday, November 19 at 6pm
Central Library
Come explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creative juices flowing.
Registration required. Please email ht@jmrl.org or call 434-979-7151 ×4.

Recycled Book Crafts: Card-Making
Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30pm
Central Library
Make a variety of easy holiday cards using recycled book pages.
Registration required. Call 434.979.7151×4 to sign up.

Holiday Craft Open House
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm
Central Library
Stop by anytime from 2-4 pm to make a variety of holiday crafts including ornaments, greeting cards, and more.
No registration required, and open to ages 14+.

If I Had a Hammer: Metal Stamping Craft Program
Wednesday, December 10 at 7pm
Crozet Library
Create personalized art with metal stamps. All supplies provided. Space is limited. Ages 17+.
Registration required. Call 434.823.4050 to register starting Monday, November 24.

Gifts From the Kitchen
Saturday, December 6 at 2pm
Gordon Avenue Library
Make a gift of soup, cookie, or tea mix in mason jars. All supplies provided. Space is limited.
Registration required. Call 434.296.5544 to register starting November 15.

Arm Knitting
Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30pm
Northside Library
Come try your hand …err, um… arm at arm knitting and create a beautiful scarf to take home! All supplies will be provided. No previous knowledge of knitting necessary.
Registration required and begins October 15. Class size is limited. Call 434.973.7893.

Make a Star
Monday, November 17 at 6:30pm
Northside Library
Local artist Virginia Thompson will teach you to weave the elegant Moravian-style star. These make beautiful tree ornaments, window hangings, and table decorations. Supplies provided to create stars in your choice of several sizes, colors, and finishes, as well as materials for hanging.
Registration required and begins October 27. This is a joint adult/teen program, and class size is limited. Call 434.973.7893.

Lee Alter
Watercolor Classes for Children with Lee Alter
McGuffey Art Center Studio 6
Ages 3-12
Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm
November 6-December 25 (week off for Thanksgiving)
OR
Saturdays 2:00-4:00pm
November 8-December 27
An introduction class using watercolor, clay, sand tray work, graphite and mixed media. Focused on positive
reinforcement and self esteem issues in the creative process.
To register, call (434) 963-0540. For more information visit the website.

Light House Studio
Make-up Effects Workshop at VFF Family Day
Saturday, November 8
10:00am-noon
Ages 11-13; 12 participants
Location: UVa Arts Grounds
Come out to the Arts Workshops @ Family Day 2014 and learn how to apply the makeup that they use in films! Make yourself or a friend look like a zombie, a werewolf, or something new! We’ll be applying latex (let us know if students are allergic!) and makeup to have students looking like their favorite scary movie character. Students will pair up to paint each other’s faces, and at the end we’ll have prizes to hand out to the scariest, the grossest, and the funniest faces!
For more information, visit the website.
To register, click here.

Winter Wonder Swede
Saturdays, Nov 15th-Dec 13th* (4 sessions)
*No workshop November 29th!
11am-2pm
9-12 year olds
The holidays are approaching and what better way to prepare for them then by making your own favorite holiday Sweded film! What is Sweding, you ask? A highly creative form of filmmaking inspired by the film Be Kind Rewind. We will work collaboratively to choose a favorite Holiday film and recreate it from memory all while learning the fundamentals of storyboarding, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, sound, production design, and editing. Take home your Sweded film at the end of the workshop to share with your friends and family!
Fore more information, visit the website.
To register, click here.

Winter Wonder Swede 2
Wednesdays, Nov 12th-Dec 10th* (4 sessions)
*No workshop November 26th!
5:30pm-7:30pm
13-18 year olds
The holidays are approaching and what better way to prepare for them then by making your own favorite holiday Sweded film! What is Sweding, you ask? A highly creative form of filmmaking inspired by the film Be Kind Rewind. We will work collaboratively to choose a favorite Holiday film and recreate it from memory all while learning the fundamentals of storyboarding, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, sound, production design, and editing. Take home your Sweded film at the end of the workshop to share with your friends and family!
For more information, visit the website.
To register, click here.

Live Arts
Writing Sketch Comedy Workshop
2 Sundays. Maximum 8 students.
Instructor: Joel Jones
Dates: 11/9 & 11/16, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Rehearsal B (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $65, $58.50 for Friends of Live Arts
Whether you’re a writer wanting to explore a new medium or a fan of comedy wanting to know how sketch shows operate, this two-session workshop uses guided examples from classic routines and quick-fire exercises to teach you to recognize the funny stuff, whether it’s in the characters, relationships or entire worlds. You’ll learn how to develop your peeves into characters, and how to turn characters into hilarious situations, plus you’ll get a taste of a ‘writer’s room’ atmosphere!
Register here or email miller@livearts.org for more information.

McGuffey Art Center
Mosaic Art
Instructor: Ninni Baeckstrom
Tuesdays 6:00-8:30, January 20 to February 23
Cost: $250 (plus $50 materials fee)
Studio 22 at the McGuffey Art Center
The goal of my classes is to share my love for mosaics and its infinite, creative possibilities. Students will develop their own artistic process and learn the appropriate tools, materials and techniques. They will design their own mosaic project and bring it to completion.
For more information, please contact: Ninni Baeckstrom at kreativskulptur@hotmail.com or call (434) 882-1589

Sculpture and Beyond
Ages 7-12
Instructor: Ninni Baeckstrom
6 Saturdays 1:00 to 2:30, January 10 to January to February 14
Cost: $250 (plus $50 materials fee)
Studio 22 at the McGuffey Art Center
The class will focus on modeling and how to build a three-dimensional form. Students will work with a variety of clays and waxes, work in different sizes and explore figurative art as well as abstract and architectural structure.
For more information, please contact: Ninni Baeckstrom at kreativskulptur@hotmail.com or call (434) 882-1589

Michelle Nevarr
AUTUMN PAINTING CLASSES
For Children and Teens
With Local Artist and Instructor Michelle Nevarr
Six Classes, Monday November 10 through Monday December 15, 4:30-6:00pm
Class will be held at the Field School, Art Room (1408 Crozet Avenue, Crozet)
&200 for 6 classes, ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED
Contact: mna30@msn.com (434) 465-9322

Painting and Pinot Party
Join Artist and Art Instructor Michelle Nevarr for a fun night of sipping wine, gathering with friends and creating a beautiful work of art!
Friday, November 14, 6:30-9:00pm
The Field School Art Room (1408 Crozet Avenue, Crozet)
Cost: $50 includes all art supplies and wine
Adults only please
RSVP - mna30@msn.com or (434) 465-9322

Second Street Gallery
Glass Blowing Workshops
November 14, 5:00-8:00pm
OR
November 15, 10:00-6:00pm
McGuffey Art Center
Second Street Gallery will be hosting two days of glass blowing workshops with Chip Hall from McGuffey Art Center. It will cost $30 to blow a glass ornament.
To register, email members@secondstreetgallery.org or call (434) 977-7284.

Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center
Wood Type Broadside Workshop
Instructed by Kirsten Miles
Sundays, December 7th and 14th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $25
Limited to 5 students
Location: Virginia Arts of the Book Center

USA Dance Charlottesville
Beginner’s American Rumba
Instructor: Cathleen Rhodes
November 22nd at 7:15pm to 8:00pm
Unity Church, 2825 Hydraulic Road

Beginner’s Swing
Instructor: Kristin Wenger
Saturday, December 13th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Unity Church, 2825 Hydraulic Road

Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Devils Night Out
Every Monday Night, 5:00-8:00pm
A new endeavor to get members and friends “up and running” on the VABC’s presses.
Devils Night Out will be a weekly gathering of those wishing to develop and improve their skills in the craft of Letterpress pre-press and printing. Organized along the lines of an apprenticed print shop, rather than structured classes, it will explore all aspects of the “Black Arts,” with the participating devils creating works under the eye of a licensed printer.
While not adhering to a formal structure, sessions will include workshops, demonstrations and specific projects all chosen to challenge our collective print making expertise.
To register, and for additional information, click here.

Medieval Beasties
Linoleum Printing for Young People
October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22
Five two-hour sessions, Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
Instructor: Josef Beery
Join artist Josef Beery to explore the wonderful world of imaginary beasts as portrayed in early manuscripts and printed books. The class will teach relief printmaking from new easy to cut linoleum. Each student will explore their imagination and invent a creature.
To register, and for additional information, click here.

Introduction to Letterpress: Holiday Card Class
Saturday, November 22, 12:00-4:00pm (a second class will be added on Sunday November 23 if Saturday class fills)
Join us for an introduction to letterpress as you make 15 simple holiday greeting cards from our lead type. Come with an idea for no more than 20 words and look through our dingbats and images to create your design. You’ll experience the basics of moveable type composition, get help printing on the press, and leave with cards you can put to immediate use.
To register, and for additional information, click here.

Paper Marbling: Acrylic Marbling & Japanese Suminagashi
Saturday, Dec. 6 and/or Sunday, Dec. 7 – 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Instructor: Lindsey Meats
Participants in this 1-day workshop will learn two methods of paper marbling, one with acrylic and watercolor pigment manipulated on a thick size, the other a Japanese technique of floating inks on water. Both yield a multitude of undulating patterns and decoration, often seen in historic endpapers.
Students will learn the basics of materials and techniques, so that they can recreate the set-up at home, and spend the majority of the day making their own marbled papers. Paper preparation and finishing will also be covered. All materials provided.
To register, and for additional information, click here.

Virginia Discovery Museum
Preregistration is not necessary, but classes fill up early so be sure to arrive early!
Young Readers
Mondays, 10:30am
All ages, with adult
Listen to a story, do an activity, and get excited about books! This program is often led by special guest instructors from the community.

Poetry Club
Tuesdays, 4:00pm
Ages 5 & up
Let your creativity flow as you develop your own unique voice. Poems are regularly featured in our lobby as the “Poem of the Week.” Both early and experienced writers welcome!

Toddler Time
Wednesdays, 10:30
Ages 6 & under, with adult
Watch your little one’s imagination develop as they create a new masterpiece each week while learning simple art techniques.

WriterHouse
Getting Started with Freelance Writing
Saturday, November 8th from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Instructed by Deborah Prum
Do you have ideas you’d love to see in print? Perhaps you’d like to write humorous essays, political commentaries, articles on health, human interest stories, or something else that makes your heart beat a little faster. Participants in this seminar will identify their personal goals for freelance writing and come up with a plan for how to implement these goals. We’ll discuss generating ideas, creating a good query letter, using social media efficiently, networking, and self-publishing.
Cost: $60 members; $65 non-members
Limited to 12 students
WriterHouse is located at 508 Dale Avenue
Register online.

Small Group Sessions with Writing Coach Don Fry
Wednesday, November 12th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Work with writing coach Don Fry in a three-on-one coaching session. Each writer gets 20 minutes while the other two listen. (The secret is that you learn most by listening to the other two writers’ sessions.) We will explore your writing process to help solve your biggest problem. Don does not work with text; writers’ problems occur not in the text, but in the process that produced the text.
Cost: $10 members; $25 non-members
Limited to 3 students
WriterHouse is located at 508 Dale Avenue
Register online.

Writing True Crime Fiction: Narrative, History, and the Elements of Fiction
Saturday, November 15th from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Instructed by Ed Falco
Writing fiction based on historical events has its own set of rewards, headaches, and responsibilities. We’ll discuss creating characters and developing plots based on historical figures and events. We’ll also talk about the writer’s responsibility to a constructed character and narrative versus the accurate representation of events and people. We won’t be able to solve every problem that arises in our discussions, but with luck we’ll learn a thing or two about writing historical fiction.
Cost: $60 members; $65 non-members
Limited to 12 students
WriterHouse is located at 508 Dale Avenue
Register online.

Writing Your Family Story
Saturday, December 6th, from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Instructed by Jay Varner
Nonfiction author Philip Gerard says, “We write out of mystery, looking for an answer we don’t have, trying to resolve what troubles us, to understand what seems beyond comprehension.” Has any quote better encapsulated why we write about our family? Over a few hours, through writing exercises and group discussions about selected reading, we’ll come to understand how to approach what can be one of the trickiest but also one of the most rewarding things in a writer’s life: putting your family on the page.
Cost: $60 members; $65 non-members
Limited to 18 students
WriterHouse is located at 508 Dale Avenue
Register online.

Writing About Virginia History
Saturday, December 13th, from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Instructed by Christine Stoddard
The magic of Virginia lies in its stories, from textbook legends taught across America to neighborhood tales passed down for generations. Do you love Appalachian yarns or have an ancestor worthy of a biography? Bring your nonfiction Virginia story, including any research or drafts you may have. You will have the chance to share your ideas, try out several writing exercises, learn about Virginia history and folklore resources, and receive feedback on any work you’ve completed thus far.
Cost: $60 members; $65 non-members
Limited to 12 students
WriterHouse is located at 508 Dale Avenue
Register online.


Community Arts Education Handbook

Community Arts Education HandbookDownload the PDF of the 2012-2013 Community Arts Education Handbook for Charlottesville-Albemarle educators.

This FREE directory lists arts programs offered for K-12 school groups by artists and arts groups in the community. The handbook serves as a resource for teachers and administrators in area schools by providing information about arts opportunities for school groups to take advantage of during the academic year. Some listings offer specific dates of arts performances, while others describe free school tours that can be scheduled, and still others explain learning experiences that artists can provide in schools.

Please share this information with any other teachers, principals, parents, or community members who might benefit from the resources listed in the handbook!

Artists or arts organizations providing programming for school groups can contact info@charlottesvillearts.org to be listed in the next Community Arts Education Handbook.