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

Beverley Street Studio School
Monday Mornings on Beverley Street
Instructor: Mary Echols
BSSS Members only
Location: BSSS Gallery (22 West Beverley Street)
10 Classes: January 12-March 16; Mondays 10:30am-12pm
TUITION: NO CHARGE FOR BSSS MEMBERS! Not a member? Call the office today 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.

Art as Exploration: Critique Class
Instructor: Robert Stuart
Location: VanDerVeer Studio
5 Classes: January 19, February 2, 16, March 2, 16; Mondays 2-4pm
TUITION: Members: $160; Non-members: $190
Participants bring their work in any media for constructive criticism. The goal is growth as an artist through a deepening discernment of strengths and challenges in one’s work. Artistic development will also be supported with the study of current art exhibitions and topics in contemporary art. Exhibition catalogs, exhibition reviews, other articles on art, and pertinent visual material will be presented and discussed.

Bookbinding for Book Artists
Instructor: Josef Beery
Location: Echols Studio
4 Classes: January 20-February 10; Tuesdays 10am-1pm
TUITION: Members: $164; Non-members: $194
Explore the world of book building with innovative bookbinding techniques. We will examine the multitude of styles developed throughout history for creating the codex-format book. Studying book structures from around the world, each student will build a good foundation for further work in the book arts. Class members will leave with an assortment of blank books made by folding, stitching, and pasting. Included in the class will be a simple coptic binding which can be accomplished without special drills.

Theory and Practice of Painting
Instructor: Ron Boehmer
Intermediate/Advanced; Location: VanDerVeer Studio
9 Classes: January 14-March 11; Wednesdays Full: 9:30am-3pm; Half: 9:30am-12:30pm
TUITION: Members: Full: $455; Half: $345; Non-members: Full: $485; Half: $375
Instruction is tailored for intermediate and advanced level students. Participants may work in any painting or drawing medium. Instruction focuses on development of understanding of composition, color, drawing skills, and painting techniques related to accomplishing a greater command and expression of personal statement. Subject matter will include landscape, still life, figure, and abstract genres. Classes involve assigned work projects, independent projects, instructor demos, and individual and group critiques. Focus is on individual personal growth. New students must contact Ron in advance of enrolling to discuss the class and obtain a personal supply list. Call 434-528-4795 or email

Still Life Painting
Instructor: Jeffery Stockberger
Location: VanDerVeer Studio
8 Classes: January 22-March 12; Thursdays 10am-2pm
TUITION: Members: $298; Non-members: $328
Explore the concept of indirect painting. Working from still life, students will concentrate on developing a painting’s composition and color palette by responding to and building on marks made on the canvas. Through group and individual critiques, you will work on establishing good oil painting habits and techniques. Students may work in other painting materials with the permission of instructor.

Figure Drawing
Instructor: Jeffery Stockberger
Intermediate/Advanced; Location: Echols Studio
8 Classes: January 22-March 12; Thursdays 3-5pm
TUITION: Members: $226; Non-members: $256 (Includes model fee)
This class will focus on mastering the nuances and complexities of the body’s representation in art while working from a live model. Through individual and group instruction, you will develop and improve composition, technique, and tonal development while concentrating on the human form as a means of expression. Formal critiques will also be utilized to reinforce and establish good drawing habits.

Fundamentals of Drawing, Design and Painting
Instructor: Dymphna de Wild
Location: Echols Studio
7 Classes: January 18-March 1; Sundays 1-4pm
TUITION: Members: $220; Non-members: $250
This class introduces the essential skills of drawing, design and painting with emphasis on line, form, shape, space, texture and color as well as strengthening observational, compositional, and inventive skills. Students will draw from still life, interior space, and possibly the figure. Building a solid foundation will enhance the student’s visual expression and will be beneficial for all further artistic endeavors.

Painting with Wax: An Introduction to Encaustics
Instructor: Martha Saunders
Beginner/Intermediate; Location: VanDerVeer Studio
Saturday & Sunday January 31, February 1; 9:30am-4:30pm (1/2 hr. lunch break) (snow date March 14, 15)
TUITION: Members: $203; Non-members: $233 (includes materials fee for wax medium only)
This workshop will introduce the encaustic process. Students will learn to build translucent layers of color and use collage materials to create beeswax-based compositions on wood panels. There will be an emphasis on experimentation with this versatile medium: carving, embedding, fusing materials and applying color will all come into play. Not suitable for students with a sensitivity to melted beeswax.

Essentials Workshop: Redefining Composition and the Nature of Artistic Perception
Instructor: Ron Boehmer
Location: VanDerVeer and Echols Studio
Friday & Saturday February 6 & 7; 9:30am-4pm, Sunday February 8; 9:30am-2:30pm
Friday slide talk 6:30pm (open to the public-registration required-call BSSS) (snow date February 20-22)
TUITION: Members: $320; Non-members: $350 (includes fee for workshop manual)
An intensive exploration of the nature of composition and human perception, which together function as the most significant operative principle of artistic perception. The content of instruction is suitable for anyone with a basic understanding of the ideas of composition and a familiarity with any painting medium, and it is vitally important for experienced and advanced painters who wish to take their painting and understanding of the essence of art to another level. Artists with decades of experience who have taken this workshop have remarked “it was a true awakening” – discovering that many of the “fundamentals” they believed about visual composition are not the whole story, and in fact can hinder creativity. For anyone with serious intent and basic experience in drawing and painting from direct observation. Students must contact Ron in advance of enrolling to discuss the class and obtain a personal supply list. Call 434-528-4795 or email

City Scenes in Watercolor
Instructor: Peg Sheridan
Location: VanDerVeer Studio
Saturday & Sunday February 14 & 15; 9:30-3:30 (3/4 hr. lunch break) (snow date March 27, 28)
TUITION: Members: $150; Non-members: $180
Using your own photo or sketching references from home or travels, we will create city scenes that sparkle with flowing color and energy. Learn to take a complicated city scene and break it down into abstract shapes and a simple color palette, then finish it with figures and calligraphic touches. This method is useful for all watercolor landscapes. Participants should have some basic watercolor experience.

Colored Pencil Workshop
Instructor: Jane Skafte
Beginner-Advanced (High school youth with permission of instructor)
Location: VanDerVeer Studio
Saturday & Sunday February 28 & March 1; 9:30am-4pm (1/2 hr. lunch break) (snow date March 21-22)
TUITION: Members: $170; Non-members: $200
Colored pencils provide artists with the ability to control brilliant color and blending effects, and are inexpensive, non-toxic and clean. Waxy and water soluble colored pencils will be featured, combining them with traditional watercolor for painterly results. Instructor will give frequent demonstrations and offer step-by step techniques that will create rich blended color, and exciting compositions and designs. The results may be bold or delicately nuanced transparencies.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School

Charlottesville Ballet

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation

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

BALLET with Sharon D. Tolczyk
Please visit for schedule and more info about these classes:
Children’s Exploring Movement, Creative Movement and Ballet (new sessions begin January 12).
Teen/Adult Beginner/Advanced Beginner Ballet
Teen/Adult Intermediate Ballet
Teen/Adult Advanced Ballet

YOGA with Mary Scott Neisser
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 with Boomie Pedersen
Telling Tales
Children ages 3-4 w/ parent/caregiver
4 weeks: January 30-February 20
Fridays 11:00-11:30am

Once Upon a Time
Children ages 4-5
4 weeks: January 26-February 23 (no class February 16)
Mondays 4:30-5:10pm

Stories on Stage
Children in Grades K-5
7 weeks: February 4-March 18
Wednesdays 4:15-5:00pm

Teen-Prov Workshops
Grades 6-9
January 28-February 18
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm
See website for more info.

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.

CHAMBER STRINGS with Andrew Gabbert
Teens and adults of advanced-beginner to intermediate playing level (Suzuki 3-6).
Thursdays: 7:00-8:15pm
Winter Session One: January 29, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 (5 weeks)
Tuition: $102
Winter Session Two: March 26, April 2, 16, and 23 (4 weeks-no class 4/9)
Tuition: $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 with Elizabeth Brightbill
Teens and adults of an intermediate playing level.
Mondays from 6:30 to 7:45pm: January 12th, February 9th, March 9th & April 13th
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.
Participants may attend one, two, three, or all four classes:
Drop-in/one class: $22 Two classes: $40 Three classes: $54 Four classes: $64

GROUP GUITAR with Daniel McCarthy
Various classes for ages 7-adult
Wednesdays: January 14-February 18 (6 weeks)
Beginners: Ages 7-10 5:00-5:30pm
Beginners/Advanced Beginners: Ages 11-15 5:45-6:30pm
Advanced Beginners: Ages 13-Adults 6:40-7:25pm
Intermediate: High School/Adults 7:30-8:15pm
Tuition: $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 and the music teacher at Renaissance School.

Winter Fun for Preschoolers with Laura Allen
Children ages 2.5-5
Art class for parent and child together!
Thursdays 1:00-1:30pm 4 weeks: January 8, 15, 22 and 29
Tuition: $48
Get out of the house and into some fun with wintery art projects for preschoolers. Make snowflake prints, create a winter painting and make a paper-mâché snowman. Parents must stay for these fun and messy projects.

Friday Abstract Art with Laura Allen
Grades K-5
6-weeks: Fridays January 23-March 6 (no class February 13) 3:30-4:30pm or 4:30-5:30pm
Shape, color and emotion rule in the world of abstraction. Draw the shift from real to abstract, pour and splatter action paintings, study shape and color with sculpture and lots of painting. Study Op Art (optical art), Jackson Pollock, Ellesworth Kelly, Kandinsky and Morris Louis and more.

Painting from Life for Beginners- A Series of Workshops with Noaa Spiekermann
Grades 5 – 9
Workshop 1: Shadows and Light
Friday, Jan. 9th 6:30-8:30 pm
During this class we will work from a brightly lit still-life in the studio and focus on capturing the effect of light hitting objects and surfaces, and the shadows created. We will warm up by mixing lights and darks to create a value gradient and by making sketches that focus on blocking in areas of light and dark. Then will put all these skills together to create paintings of the still-life.

Workshop 2: Focus on the Object
Friday, Jan. 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
The focus of this workshop will be to practice seeing and then conveying objects in three-dimensions. Students will work from an object chosen in the studio or from an object they bring from home. Before creating a portrait-like painting of the object, students will warm up with color mixing exercises and by creating sketches of the object from different angles.

Workshop 3: Interior Spaces
Friday, January 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
This class will teach the basics of painting interior spaces. Students will choose sections of the studio to study while they work on creating paintings that attempt to show a sense of the room. Before delving into our paintings, we will practice with sketches and discuss the importance of perspective-and some tricks to help achieve it.

$20 tuition + $10 materials fee, per student per class (materials will be provided by the instructor)
Please bring a snack, water bottle, and a smock or old t-shirt to each class!

Wednesdays 10:00am-1:00pm.
Dates TBA.
Email for more information.

Friday, January 9th 3:45 – 4:30pm
Grades K-5
Tuition: $15 (includes materials) Sibling/family rate – two from one family: $25
Rangoli is a folk art from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. Join Madhavi Reddi in a Rangoli making workshop using colored rice and make your very own Rangoli to take home!

Dances of India
Friday, January 9th 6:00-6:45pm Ages 8-Adults
Tuition: $15 Sibling/family rate – two from one family: $25
The dances of India are as diverse as the country itself. Sample some classical dance Bharatanatyam and folk dances Garba and Bhangra with Madhavi Reddi. Be sure to come in clothes that you are comfortable moving in and join the fun!

Terracotta Jewelry
Ages 10-Adults
In this two-part class, you will learn how to make your very own terracotta beads and paint them in an Indian style.
Part 1: Bead making
Friday, January 9th: 4:45 – 5:30pm
Part 2: Painting & stringing the beads
Friday, January 16th: 4:45 – 5:30pm
These two classes must be taken together. Total cost $30

Saturday, January 24th: 1:30-2:30pm
Ages 10-Adults
Tuition: $20 (includes individual henna cones to keep)
In this one hour introductory class, learn some basic Henna drawing techniques that you can draw on yourself or a friend!

Please check for updates and additions to class listings!

Charlottesville Swing Dance Society

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

Light House Studio
Special Skills: The Origin of Story
Saturday, January 10th, 1-5pm
Ages: 13-18 year olds
Level: All Levels
Students participating in this workshop will learn the basics of storytelling for the screen. The process will begin with the viewing of an Oscar nominated short, followed by exercises that will invite the students to create their own characters and basic story structure. Once everyone has had the chance to develop a basic story, each student will then be asked to pitch these ideas to the whole workshop. In addition to learning the basic philosophy behind storytelling, students will also learn how to effectively communicate their ideas to their peers.
Visit the website to learn more and register.

Special Skills: Screenwriting
Saturdays: January 17th – February 21st (5 Sessions) 11am-1pm
No workshop on January 31st!
Ages: High School
Level: All Levels
Understanding story structure is an essential tool for every filmmaker. This 5-week course will give you the foundational knowledge you need to write a screenplay, whether it be for a five-minute short or a feature-length film. Learn the basics of pitching your idea, outlining in three acts, understanding your characters, dialogue work, the revision process, and more. This course will require writing outside of class hours, but as a great screenwriter once said: “Being a writer is like having homework for the rest of your life.” – Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back)
Visit the website to learn more and register.

Homeschool Workshop: Introduction to Video Production
Fridays: January 9th – February 27th, 12-1:30pm
Ages: 12-18 year olds
Level: All Levels
Do you ever watch a film and wonder how they do it? If you’re curious about the ins and outs of filmmaking, this Light House Studio course is for you! We’ll be looking into the art of production, including: Lighting, Cinematography, and Sound Recording. Learn how to use professional equipment, work with other likeminded students, and gain valuable experience in the art of filmmaking! An introduction course; no previous knowledge of filmmaking necessary!
Visit the website to learn more and register.

Special Skills: Light and Color
Sundays: January 18th – February 1st (3 sessions), 1-5pm
Ages: 14-18 year olds
Level: All Levels
Cinematographers make beautiful images by sculpting light, and colorists enhance their imagery by bringing out details and colors, refining the picture in a way that couldn’t have been done in-camera. In this workshop we will experiment with lighting, and find how we can completely change the mood of a scene with that light, bringing a cinematic quality to our footage. We will then take the images we shoot into DaVinci Resolve, and discover how far the images can be pushed, relit, and enhanced with color grading.
Visit the website to learn more and register.

Commercial Production
Saturdays: January 31st – February 21st
Thursdays: February 26th – March 5th
Ages: High School only (or by instructor approval)
Make a public service announcement commercial from scratch! This is Light House’s sixth year teaming up with a nonprofit to create a PSA. Light House students will read through applications and choose which nonprofit they would like to feature before pitching and storyboarding their concepts.
Visit the website to learn more and register.

Intro to Film for Wannabe Experts
Saturdays: February 14th – March 7th (4 sessions), 11am-3pm
Ages: 10-13 year olds
Level: Intro
Filmmaking, especially in the beginning, is all about taking chances, making mistakes, and getting messy. This five week course allows young filmmakers to take a deep dive into all the areas of filmmaking in a safe and creative environment. Students learn through hands-on experiences with the equipment, while discussions and exercises help them to independently create a group short film. There will be an emphasis on the major roles of a film crew: writer, director, cinematographer, sound, production designer, and editor. The ultimate goal of this weekly course is to build a foundation for those who want to be the future of visual storytelling.
Visit the website to learn more and register.

Special Skills: The Power of Cinematography
Saturday, February 28th, 12-5pm
Ages: 13-18 year olds
Level: All Levels
Students participating in this workshop will learn the basic philosophy behind shot composition and the ability to convey story through the lens of the camera. Students will be provided with a quick overview of camera shots. Then the students will observe scenes from Hollywood films that employ the various camera techniques where they will note the differences across a variety of genres. The following portion of the workshop will involve the students filming a single prewritten scene multiple times where they will be challenged to compose different shots based on an assigned genre. Students will be placed into small groups where they will each plan and storyboard their shots.
Visit the website to learn more and register.

Creative Filmmaking: Open Studio
Thursdays: January 29th – April 23rd (12 sessions), 4-7pm
No session April 9th
Ages: All Ages
Level: Intermediate and Advanced only
An exciting opportunity for young filmmakers and their friends to learn filmmaking tools in a casual, creative environment. In this flexible workshop, students explore storytelling, develop and refine camera skills, learn editing, and develop a personal project while meeting and working with other student filmmakers. It is a great place to work on independent study projects and college portfolios. Students work at their own speed with the support of Light House mentors and other students; attendance is optional and on an as-needed or as-wanted basis. Equipment provided. Drop in any time!
Visit the website to learn more and register.

Live Arts
Registration for Winter 2015 classes is now live on the website!
Whether you’re interested in tap dancing, Chekhov, or even the Alexander Technique, we have a class for you. And we have an acting class appropriate for almost every age group of child. Check out our offerings and sign up here.

McGuffey Art Center
Lee Alter
Watercolor Classes for Adults
McGuffey Art Center Studio 6
Mondays 6:00-9:00pm January 5-March 9
Wednesdays 10:00am-1:00pm January 7-March 11
Sign up for the semester or 4 weeks at a time
To register, call (434) 963-0540. For more information visit the website.

Art Classes for Children
McGuffey Art Center Studio 6
Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm January 8-March 12
Saturdays 2:00-4:00pm January 10-March 14
Sand tray work, watercolor, clay, drawing
Sign up for the semester or 4 weeks at a time
To register, call (434) 963-0540. For more information visit the website.

Ninni Baeckstrom
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, contact: Ninni Baeckstrom at or call (434) 882-1589

Rebekah Wostrel
Fundamentals of Design 2D/3D
Adults and mature teens
Wednesdays 9:30-12 (1/28 – 3/18)
Cost: $295, materials included
Students will explore the concepts of two and three-dimensional design through hands-on projects (such as drawing, collage, mixed media sculpture, clay) and discussions of the elements and principles of design. No experience necessary.

Handbuilding: Pottery, Sculpture, Mosaics
Adults and mature teens
Thursdays, 6-9 Session 1: 1/15-2/19, Session 2: 2/26-4/2
Cost: $225, materials included
Students will learn to create with clay using a variety of building techniques. All projects will be glazed and fired to take home and use. Materials are non-toxic and food-safe.

Clay for Kids: Mud Masterpieces
Ages 5-11
Thursdays, 3:30-5pm, Saturdays 10:30am-12pm. $160 (6 wk sessions 1 and 2). $110 (4 wk sessions 3).
Thursdays, 3:30-5pm Session 1: 1/15 – 2/19, Session 2: 2/26 – 4/2
Saturdays, 10:30am-12pm: Session 1: 1/17 – 2/21, Session 2: 2/28 – 4/4
Kids will have fun learning how to make colorful pottery and sculptures. Students will decorate and glaze their own pieces and all projects will be fired to take home and use! All materials non-toxic and food-safe.

Private lessons and custom classes (pottery, sculpture and wheel-throwing) for all ages available on request. Put your own class together with friends! BIRTHDAY PARTIES TOO!!
For more information, contact: Rebekah Wostrel at or call (434) 971-1033.

Nevarr, Michelle

Winter Painting Classes
Six Monday classes: January 12-February 23, 4:30-6:00pm (No class on Monday, January 19)
Location: Field School Art Room (1408 Crozet Avenue, Crozet)
Cost: $200 for 6 classes, ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED
For more information, contact Michelle Nevarr at or by calling (434) 465-9322.

Second Street Gallery

Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center
For teen writers in high school, The Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center offers free weekly writing workshops at the Writerhouse Tuesday nights from 6:30pm – 8pm, publication experience and opportunities, mentorships with published authors, and a diverse program that can culminate in a senior writing portfolio. To find out more about our programs, register for workshops, or attend a youth reading, visit our website here.

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.

Printmaking With Purpose (*UVa Education Benefit eligible)
Sundays from 1-3pm on January 4, 11, 18, and 25th (Four 2-hour sessions)
Instructor: Josef Beery
Class size: 6-8 students
Location: Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Fee: $250 VABC Member / $275 Non-members and UVa Certification
*UVa Education Benefit eligible, non-degree certification class #010415 (Please apply for non-member price to receive benefit reimbursement)
Location: Virginia Arts of the Book Center, 2125 Ivy Road, Charlottesville VA
Join book artist and printmaker Josef Beery in the studio to learn the art of relief printmaking in linoleum and print a limited edition broadside. This class will study the history of the broadside and then learn how to make small editions of their own broadsides based on a text, poem, or quote of each student’s choice. Students will become acquainted with the intricacies of typesetting and layout using the desktop publishing equipment each has available.
To register: Send your payment (by check made out to VFH) to: Kevin McFadden Virginia Foundation for the Humanities 145 Ednam Drive / Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629
Please note “VABC Print w/Purpose” in the remarks line, note your email information if this is your first class at VABC.
For additional course information contact Josef Beery at

The Printed Word Endures (*UVa Education Benefit eligible)
Saturdays from 10am-noon starting January 31st (Eight 2-hour sessions)
Instructor: Josef Beery
Class Time: Saturdays 10-12
Dates: Eight sessions January 31, February 07, 14, 21, 28, March 21, April 04, 11
Location: Virginia Art of the Book Center
Fee: $925 VABC Member / $1000 Non-members and UVa Benefit eligible* / $500 Students (HS or College/University Enrolled)
*UVa Education Benefit eligible, non-degree certification class #013115 (Please apply for non-member price to receive benefit reimbursement)
Materials: Included in course fee
Join publication designer and printmaker Josef Beery for an eight-week seminar investigating the nature of the book. We will study the history of writing, the book, typography, and printing. Students will visit Special Collections at the University of Virginia Library to view books and manuscripts revealing the evolution of today’s book. We will visit Rare Book School at the University of Virginia for a hands-on demonstration of the common press, the essential tool for the printing of books for over four centuries. Students will use the printing workshop of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center to learn how to set metal type by hand and will print a specimen sheet of one of the many historic fonts owned by the VABC. All students will leave the class with a folio of the class’s type specimen sheets as well as a letterpress certificate of class completion featuring an original woodcut.
To register: Send your payment (by check made out to VFH) to: Kevin McFadden Virginia Foundation for the Humanities 145 Ednam Drive / Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629
Please note “VABC Printed Word Endures” in the remarks line, note your email information if this is your first class at VABC.
For additional course information contact Josef Beery at

Paper Making Workshop: Certification Course (*UVA Education Benefit Eligible)
Instructors: Dean Dass & Josef Beery
Four Sundays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 (Noon-4:30 pm)
Location: UVa’s Ruffin Hall Paper Making Studio
Course Fee: $500 member price/$550 nonmember price (includes fee for materials)
*UVa Education Benefit eligible, non-degree certification class #020115 (must use nonmember price). A scholarship will be available to a qualifying participant.
This four-week course (total of 18 hours; once each week) focuses on recreating European style rag paper from old linen rags. The classes will also cover the historical context of papermaking in Europe. Taught by Dean Dass from the UVA Art Department and Josef Beery, the course will be held in the papermaking studio at UVA. This course is eligible for the educational benefit for UVa staff.
To register: Send your payment (by check made out to VFH) to: Kevin McFadden Virginia Foundation for the Humanities 145 Ednam Drive / Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629
For additional course information contact Josef Berry at

Book Box Without a Hinge
Instructor: Janet Eden
January 13, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Virginia Arts of the Book Center
This class is an introduction to making made-to-measure boxes to fit specific books or other objects. It will cover calculating measurements, cutting book board, and covering. The class will prepare students for classes in the more difficult box with hinge (clamshell box). Maximum of five students.
Class Fee: $30. VABC Members/$35. Non-Members (includes a $5 materials fee)
For more information contact Janet Eden at

Saturday Bookbinding Series
Location: Virginia Arts of the Book Center
January 10-Portfolio, taught by Rachel Singel
February 14-Slipcase, taught by Addeane Caelleigh
March 14-Tunnel Book, taught by Barbara Payne
April 11-Blizzard Book, taught by Jennifer Billingsley
May 9-Buttonhole book with open-spine binding, taught by Janet Eden
This series of classes-offered 10 times per year, usually on the 2nd Saturday of the month-focuses on mastering specific bookbinding skills and learning new binding structures. Each class is four hours long, usually noon-4:00pm. Some classes are suitable for novices, others require mastery of basic bookbinding skills.

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.


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.