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.


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.

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
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. 5, 12, 19, 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. 5, 12, 9, 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: (December 13 & 14) or (December 20 & 21)

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

Beginner’s Swing Dance Lesson
Instructor: Kristin Wenger
Saturday, December 13th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Lesson followed by a dance from 8:00pm to 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 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)
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.

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 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 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 or call (434) 882-1589

Michelle Nevarr
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: (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 - or (434) 465-9322

Second Street Gallery
Glass Blowing Workshops
November 14, 5:00-8:00pm
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 or call (434) 977-7284.

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.

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 to be listed in the next Community Arts Education Handbook.