PCA supplements its online directory of arts education resources 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. In 2015, PCA revived the Community Arts Education Handbook, which you can view in pdf form at the bottom of this page.

Email us if your organization offers community arts education resources.


American Shakespeare Center
ASC Theatre Camp (Session II)
Dates: July 19th – August 9th
Location: Mary Baldwin College campus, Staunton, VA
Ages: 13 – 18 years old
Cost: Day Camper Tuition = $2150 | Residential Camper Tuition = $3475
Students with a dedicated interest in theatre and/or Shakespeare are welcome to apply. Students should be prepared for intensive performance training, which requires a rigorous and often physically demanding schedule. Students will engage in an academically challenging program designed to help them prepare for college. You do not need to have prior experience studying or performing Shakespeare to apply. Campers enjoy a private, modern dormitory and access to the campus library, classrooms, rehearsal, and dining facilities.
Apply here

Summer Seminar for Teachers
Date: August 7th, 9am to 5:30pm
All of our seminars use our Study Guides to provide you with a comprehensive approach to exploring the play in your classroom. From the basics of getting your students out of their seats and thinking like early modern actors, to exploring historical context, staging challenges, and the intricacies of Shakespeare’s wordplay, to the challenge of assessment, ASC Study Guides and Teacher Seminars give you a start-to-finish model. We also look at the connections between the plays and standard requirements for English, theatre, and history curricula.
Cost: $110
Register here

BalletSchool of Charlottesville
Ballet Camp
Dates: Swan Lake July 27th – 31th; Peter and the Wolf August 3th – 7th; Cinderella August 10th – 14th | Monday thru Friday 9am – 12pm
Location: BalletSchool of Charlottesville, 2409 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA
Ages: 3 – 9 years old
Each week we will learn a Ballet of the Week, read stories, play games, and do arts & crafts. There will also be a performance every Friday at 11:30am for family and friends at our new lab theatre! Students are grouped generally according to age.
Register here

Acting and Musical Theater Camp
Dates: Frozen July 27th – 31th; Annie Aug 10th – 14th | Monday thru Friday 9am – 4pm
Location: BalletSchool of Charlottesville, 2409 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA
Ages: 9 – 14 years old
Students will learn scenes and technique in the morning, and a musical number in the afternoon. On Fridays at 3:30 parents and friends are invited to come see a performance.
Register here

Broadway Youth Musical Theater
Dates: August 10th – 14th, 9am – 3pm
Location: BalletSchool of Charlottesville, 2409 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA
Ages: 10 – 18 years old
Seasoned performer and dance/drama professional Morgan Simone “Mona” Daleo invites young people, ages 10 through 17 to take the next step in their performance experience. This week-long summer camp will pack a punch of opportunities in singing, dancing, acting and creative improvisation. Camp days will combine classes in dance, voice and drama to create an immersive theatrical rehearsal experience culminating in an exhilarating Broadway performance project. Students will develop individual and group interaction skills to become a passionate member of our Broadway Youth team!
Register here

Bent Theatre Improv Comedy
Improv 101
Dates: Begins July 11th, runs for 8 consecutive Saturdays, 10am – 1pm
Location: TBD
Cost: $140
An in-depth, interactive course on short form improv. Learn the tricks of the trade exhibited on “Whose Line…”, “SNL” and your very own Bent Theatre. Learn exactly how we turn your suggestions into scenes and get the skills to do it yourself. The class will culminate with a 60 minute performance at a Bent Theatre show.
Register here

Beverley Street Studio School
Felting for Painters
Instructor: Lisa Jacenich
Dates: August 1st, 2pm – 5pm | August 2nd, 1pm – 4pm
Location: VanDerVeer Studio
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Cost: Members = $160 | Non-members = $190 (includes materials fee)
Painting with fibers has been going on for thousands of years. Students will learn international techniques for creating incredible works of art in wool and silk. Practically anything you can do with a brush, you can do with fibers. The flexibility of this medium is what makes it so enjoyable – and changing your mind is easier with wool than with paint. Color blending and wet and dry felting techniques will be used to turn your visual images into spectacular felted wall hangings. Instructor will provide an assortment of colors in wool and silk and pre-felt for canvas. Various grades of wool from many different breeds of sheep will allow participants to experience differing effects. Raw silk in various forms will be used to enhance and accent the designs.

Painting Animals with Confidence
Instructor: Nancy Bass
Dates: August 15th – 16th, 10am – 3:30pm (1/2 hr. lunch break)
Location: VanDerVeer Studio
Level: Intermediate/Advanced (beginners with instructor’s approval)
Cost: Members = $143 | Non-members = $173
Animals have been an inspiration for artists throughout history. This workshop will concentrate on how to bring animals to life with oil paints using color, light, and composition. We will be working with photographs, so bring several good photos of your animals or wildlife. During this intensive course, students will receive one-on-one instruction and insight into the techniques needed to master the art of the animal. Returning students will continue in advanced techniques of color and form in painting animals. Register 10 days prior to workshop start date to enjoy Members’ Tuition rates!

Color for Painters: Traditions and Practice
Instructor: Al Gury
Dates: August 22nd, 9am – 4pm (1/2 hr. lunch break)
Level: All levels
Cost: Members BEFORE August 12 = $97 | Members AFTER August 12 and Non-members = $127
The goals: better awareness of the history of color and color practices in art, improved color usage in personal artwork and use of color as an expression of personal style. The morning session will include lecture and demonstrations on the color practices and materials in western painting relative to figure, landscape, portraiture and abstraction. Instructor will demonstrate glazing and three basic color approaches: tonal color, Impressionist color and Modernist color. In the afternoon students will paint in the style, subject and color approach of their choice. The class will finish with a group critique. Bring materials for note-taking plus your usual painting supplies (oils, acrylic, watercolor, pastel welcome). A suggested materials list is available, with some materials available to borrow if needed.

Community Programs
Location: BSSS Gallery (22 West Beverley Street) unless otherwise noted

Informal Monthly Critiques
1st Tuesday of the month, 12:30pm. No Charge! Participate in an informal critique of works in progress.

Spanish Group
Tuesdays, 4pm – 5pm. No Charge! Practice your Spanish conversational skills in an informal gathering. All levels are welcome – fluency is not required. Call Den Frumen for more information, 540-885-1526.

Reading About Art
3rd Thursday of the month, 12:30pm – 1:30pm. No Charge! Bring your lunch and join us for discussions on books about art and artists. Beverage and cookies supplied. Call Sondra Shaner for more information, 540-886-3928.

Year-Round Model Sessions
Figure Drawing and Painting; Location: Echols Studio; Mondays, 6pm – 8:30pm and Fridays, 10am-12:30pm. $10 per person, per session to cover modeling fee. Please join us – No registration required.

Big Blue Door
Telling True Stories
Instructor: Joel Jones
Dates: July 19th – August 25th, Sunday afternoons 3pm – 5:30pm
Location: McGuffey Art Center, Studio 20
Cost: $155
Telling True Stories is Big Blue Door’s fun and fantastic six-session course designed to help students find and tell their own stories. Early sessions focus on talking in front of others, finding a voice, and building a body of great story material. Over the last two sessions students choose one story to polish, memorize, and perform at the class show. The course also broaches privacy issues, memorization techniques, and how to use a microphone. Class showcase on Saturday, August 29th!
Register here.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School
BRIMS Summer Camp
Dates: August 3rd – 7th, 9am – 3pm
Location: Sojourners Church, 1017 Elliott Ave, Charlottesville, VA
Ages: 5 – 15 years old (all skill/experience levels welcome)
Cost: $285 (additional siblings are $255)
BRIMS Summer Camp includes: tin whistle for all (BRIMS provides the tin whistles), fiddle (student must already play some violin), singing, Irish dance, crafts, drama, and Irish language.
Register here

The Bridge PAI

Charlottesville Ballet

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation

City Clay
To register for a class at City Clay, email them at info@cityclaycville.com or call them at (434) 293-0808.

Wild Things
Instructor: Margaret Schermerhorn
Dates: August 10th – 14th, 12:30pm – 2pm
Ages: 7 – 11 years old
Cost: $180
If you could be any kind of animal, what would it be? Would he be realistic? Would she be made up of parts from different animals? Maybe your wild thing would have scales and feathers or fur and wings. Or maybe it would wear clothes-made out of clay, of course. Oink! Don’t have any ideas? Don’t worry, we will have live chickens in the studio to help inspire you. Results are food safe.

Animal House
Instructor: Margaret Schermerhorn
Dates: August 3rd – 7th, 10am – 12pm
Ages: 7 – 11 years old
Cost: $195
You will be the architect and builder of wild and wonderful houses for toads, fairies, or even birds. Why not? They like their creature comforts too. Make it a fort to protect them from predators, perhaps a teepee with a campfire, or a plush vacation home complete with a porch and palm trees. You are the designer, you decide. Includes all clay, glazes and firings. Results are food safe.

Instructor: Margaret Schermerhorn
Dates: August 10th – 14th, 10am – 12pm
Ages: 8 – 12 years old
Cost: $195
Learn how to make pots the way they have been made for the last 10,000 years completely by hand. You can make bowls and cups, plates, vases, even dishes for your pets all designed and made by you. Includes all clay, glazes and firings. Results are food safe.

Dog Days
Instructor: Margaret Schermerhorn
Dates: July 27th – 31st, 10am – 12pm
Ages: 8 – 13 years old
Cost: $195
Be inspired by these dog days of summer and let your imagination run wild. From sculpting a chocolate lab and making bowls for your best pal, to making a wall plaque with a clay head of your favorite canine, the possibilities are endless. Come in out of the heat and see what wonderful characters you can make. Includes all clay, glazes and firings. Results are food safe.

Surface Design for Teens
Instructor: Randy Bill
Dates: August 3rd – 7th, 10am – 12pm
Ages: 12 – 15 years old
Level: Previous experience required
Cost: $195
Finish your pots with great decorations. Nothing ruins a pot like a bad glaze or poorly designed surface. Bring your unfinished pots to this class or make new ones and then explore a wide variety of surface techniques. Building layers with decals, stamping, underglazes, stenciling, painting, mark making, and carving – the possibilities are endless and so much fun! Includes all clay, glazes and firings. Results are food safe.

Crozet Arts
Please register online at CrozetArts.org for all of the following CLASSES:
Free Improv for Adults
Instructor: Boomie Pedersen
Dates: On-going (drop-in!), Mondays 6pm – 8 pm
Call 434-960-5936 for further information and to confirm meeting dates.

Group Guitar
Instructor: Daniel McCarthy
Beginners: Ages 7 – 10 5pm – 5:30 pm
Beginners/Advanced Beginners: Ages 11 – 15 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Advanced Beginners: Ages 13 – Adults 6:40pm – 7:25pm
Intermediate: High School/Adults 7:30pm – 8:15pm
Levels: Various classes for ages 7 – adult.
Cost: $106
Instructor Daniel McCarthy will show you correct playing technique, how to read music, and basic guitar maintenance to equip you with basic knowledge and skills to play your favorite songs, learning in an enjoyable and supportive group setting. Instruction materials will be provided; all you need to bring is your guitar and a desire to learn and have fun! Daniel has a Masters degree in music, has over 10+ years of teaching experience, and is currently the guitar teacher at The Covenant School.

Please register online at CrozetArts.org for all of the following WORKSHOPS:

Crozet Community Orchestra
Junk Orchestra
Instructor: Philip Clark
Dates: June 18th – Aug 6th, Thursdays 6:45pm – 8:15pm (no meeting June 25th or July 16th)
Location: Tabor Presbyterian Church, Crozet, VA
Ages: For all ages 10 and up (seniors welcome)
Cost: $10 per session
A limited number of scholarships are available to participants of all CCO sponsored programs for financial need.
Got Rhythm? Who Doesn’t? Got Junk? Who Doesn’t? Want to put your rhythm and junk together and make music? Let’s do it this summer in Crozet. Bring something to bang on, blow into or with an interesting sound. Or make your own! Get Creative!
Questions: pclarkmusic@gmail.com
To register: murrden@gmail.com

CCO Summer Chamber Music Workshop
Instructor: Philip Clark
Dates: July 31st 7pm – 9pm, August 1st 9:30am – 4:30pm (lunch on your own), August 2nd 1pm – 5pm
Location: Crozet Baptist Church
Ages: 14 and up.
Cost: $55 per person
Strings and winds only, groups preferred. A limited number of scholarships are available to participants of all CCO sponsored programs for financial need.

Charlottesville Swing Dance Society

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Creative Writing Critique
Dates: August 12th & 26th at 6pm
Location: Central Library, 201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Improve your writing by getting feedback from your peers. Participants will bring copies of work previously written to share with peers, and will help constructively critique others work as well.
No registration necessary. For more inquiries, contact ht@jmrl.org or call 434.979.7151 ext 4.

Creative Writing Group
Dates: August 19th, 6pm
Location: Central Library, 201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non-judgmental environment.
Registration requested. Please email ht@jmrl.org or call 434.979.7151 ext 4.

Creative Writing Group
Dates: August 4th, 6:30pm
Location: Northside Library, 705 W. Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non-judgmental environment.
Call the library or email acox@jmrl.org to register.

Beach Glass Pendant Workshop
Date: August 5th, 6:30pm
Location: Central Library, 201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ages: 14+
Create a gorgeous pendant with beach glass and wire wrapping. Use on a necklace for a summer look, or create a set of wine charms – it’s up to you. All materials will be provided. Required registration begins July 22.

Bath Bombs
Date: August 5th, 6:30pm
Location: Central Library, 201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ages: 14+
Learn how to make fun and fizzy homemade bath bombs from just a few ingredients. Required registration begins July 15.

Light House Studio
Exploring Filmmaking
Dates: August 10th – 14th, 9am to 1pm
Ages: 8 – 11 years old
Description: A fun hands-on introduction to the exciting world of filmmaking and animation, this workshop is geared towards younger students with an interest in making movies. We will use high-definition video cameras and non-linear editing software – the same professional equipment they use in Hollywood. At the end of the week you and your new friends will have a short film of your creation!
Register here

Live Arts
Summer Adult Acting Class
Instructor: Carol Pedersen
Dates: June 28th – August 16th, Sundays 1pm – 3pm
Location: Rehearsal A
Cost: $130, friends of Live Arts save 10%
Whether you are discovering acting for the first time or want to brush up on your skills, the Basics class is the perfect forum for exploring the fundamentals of the actor’s craft. Classwork includes exercises, improvisation, and guided in-class monologue and scene work. No previous training/experience required.
Register here

Playmakers’ Intensive
Dates: July 27th – August 7th, 9:30am – 3:30pm (extended day option available from 9am – 5pm)
Ages: 8 – 17 years old (in two levels)
Cost: $490 (or become a Friend of Live Arts for a 10% discount)
For serious (and aspiring) theater artists, directors, producers, actors, technicians, designers, and creative writers only! Some people say each one of us has a novel, or a poem, or a song inside that’s just waiting to come out. For you – it could be a play! This “concept to page to stage” workshop includes sessions in script development & playwriting, text analysis, production design, stage management, acting, and blocking & stage composition. The session culminates in a showcase of student produced work on the Gibson Theater Stage.
Register here

From Page to Stage: A One-Act Workshop
Dates: August 10th – 14th, 9:30am – 3:30pm (performance 3pm Friday afternoon and 7pm Friday evening)
Ages: 8 – 17 years old (in two levels)
Cost: $255 (or become a Friend of Live Arts for a 10% discount)
Four plays in five days?? YES! This is rapid-fire theater making, Live Arts style. You and your classmates will move quickly to fully realize four one-act plays for a public performance on the Gibson Theater Stage. If you’ve got an itch to roll up your sleeves, sharpen your pencil, and get in rehearsal then this is the workshop for you. You’ll cover the bases in script analysis, building stage presence, creating a character, understanding motivation, and making bold choices with your faculty of seasoned theater artists.
Register here

Mini Camps for Wee Ones
Cost: $140
Explore the magic of the theater with the most fun session of the summer. Imagination and creativity rule the day at Live Arts, and whatever you dream up can be acted out right in front of you! Our energetic teachers will lead wee-theater artists through wacky theater games that foster creativity, self-expression, and teamwork, and nurture a respect and affinity for the theater and performing arts. Each five-day session culminates in a public performance for family and friends on a Live Arts stage. (15 kids maximum per session)

Session 3: Magic Tree House Adventures
Dates: August 10th – 14th, 8:30am – 12pm
Ages: Rising Kindergarteners – 2nd graders
Register here

Louisa Arts Center
Visit their website for more information on how to register for camps.

Camp Spotlight
Dates: July 20th – 31st
Ages: Youth
How to become a better actor, with final performance.

McGuffey Art Center
Summer Art Camp with Lee Alter
Dates: July 27th – 31st & August 3rd – 7th, 10am – 12:30pm
Ages: 3 – 10 years old
Cost: $250 per session
Students gain experience in watercolor, drawing, and working in sand trays. Each group makes a large canvas that is hung at the Main Street ice skating arena.
Call (434) 963-0540 to register.

Watercolor, Basics & Beyond
Instructor: John A. Hancock
Dates: June 30th – August 11th, Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9pm
Location: Starnes Classroom, McGuffey Art Center
Cost: $275 ($50 discount for senior citizens)
Discover many of the simple and easy techniques of traditional and contemporary watercolor painting. Beginners will get lots of time to explore the basics and use them to create their own paintings; painters with more experience will have the chance to enrich their work with more challenging projects or even experimental approaches to transparent watercolor, such as ink, gouache, acrylic, collage or alternative surfaces.
Call 434-939-7445 or email johnahancock@ntelos.net to register.

Really Big Drawing
Dates: July 27th to 31st (2nd session; 2pm – 5pm)
Location: Starnes Classroom, McGuffey Art Center
Ages: High-school aged teens
Cost: $175 per week, $250 for both
Let’s experiment with some new drawing materials as well as some of your favorites…but on a really larger scale that you might get to work on at home or school. For this session, the concentration will be exploring ways to excite the viewer’s interest by creating a VERY strong viewpoint/narrative in the drawing. Bring your own sketchbook, other materials will be provided.

Ninni Baeckstrom
Pathfinder’s Summer Art Camp
Dates: July 27th – 31th (9 – 15 years old); 9am – 3pm
Location: McGuffey Art Center
Cost: One week is $295
This is a small camp with room for 8 children. The focus of the camp is art and nature with lots of individual attention and time for explorative work. There will be daily lessons and art activities in Ninni’s studio, at the McGuffey Art Center, where the children will sculpt with wax and clay, paint, learn mosaics and create mixed media projects. Every day there will be a field trip to a natural area in or close to Charlottesville, for hiking, swimming, collecting materials and or building nature sculptures. Some of the field trips will be to: Sugar Hollow, the Rivanna River at Darden Towe Park, and Mint Springs Park. All materials and a daily snack are included.
To register for camp please print a registration form off the bottom of this webpage and mail it with a deposit of $100/child/week to: Ninni Baeckstrom, 1909 East Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Rebekah Wostrel

Nevarr, Michelle

The Paramount Theater
Teacher Reception, Paramount Arts Education
Date: August 12th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Preview the 2015 – 2016 Arts Education Programs, learn about ways to use The Paramount as a classroom resource, mingle with fellow educators and enjoy complimentary refreshments, and enter a raffle to win tickets.
RSVP to Cathy von Storch, Education Coordinator: (434) 293-1000

Second Street Gallery

Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center

Virginia Arts of the Book Center

Wilson School of Dance
For information on how to register for these classes, click here

Princess: Frozen and More
Dates: Week 3 = August 5th – 6th, 9:20am – 11:40am
Location: Class #201
Ages: 3 – 6 years old
Cost: Week 3 = $74
Musical theater style-Disney Jazz! Wear a beautiful tiara and tutu! Ballet, Creative Dance, Stories, Arts & Crafts, Imagination! FUN! Frozen! Dance with Olaf, Anna, and Elsa. Great for both boys & girls!

Broadway Jazz/Ballet/Tap
Dates: Week 3 = August 5th – 6th, 9:30am – 11:50am
Location: Class #202
Ages: 7 – 10 years old
Cost: Week 3 = $74
Learn Broadway style dances plus Camp Rock, Taylor Swift and the latest pop tunes, ballet steps, tap rhythms, then put it all into fun dances. Performance on the last day!

To register for a seminar or workshop, click here

Micro Memoir
Instructor: Jay Kauffmann
Date: August 2nd, 9am – 1pm
Cost: Members = $60 | Non-members = $65
LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS. Write a micro-memoir under 1000 words – the nonfiction equivalent of flash fiction – which might hold the seed of a full-length work. There will be in-class readings and exercises that address pertinent craft issues, and we will explore the essential elements of memoir writing, such as sensory imagery, metaphoric language, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, and focused theme.

Agent 101
Instructor: Jeff Kleinman
Date: August 9th, 1pm – 5pm
Cost: Members = $60 | Non-members = $65
LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS. Everything a writer needs to know about finding and working with an agent, including how to research, locate, and approach the agent best for you and your project; what material you need to submit to an agent; standard author/agent agreement terms; what to expect your agent to do and not to do for you; what you should do and not do for your agent, and more.

6-week Classes
Poetry Chapbooks (Advanced Poetry Workshop)
Instructor: Kristen Staby Rembold
Date: July 1st – August 5th, Wednesdays 9am – 11:30am
Cost: Members = $142 | Non-members = $158
LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS. If you’ve written a number of poems and are ready to try assembling a chapbook, this class is for you. How do your poems talk to each other? What strategies have other poets used? We’ll consider many different ways to pattern and contrast your poems. Students will work on compiling, editing, and ordering their chapbook manuscripts, and will receive feedback from the instructor and their peers.

Community Arts Education Handbook

For more great arts opportunities, read our free 2015-2016 Arts Education 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.