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Children’s art programs at Deltaville, Glenns

Many students can attend at no cost

Most of the year, Elizabeth Blackwell is the popular art teacher for St. Clare Walker Middle School. But this summer, she takes on a new role: creator and teacher for summer art programs at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, as well as at the Glenns Campus of Rappahannock Community College.

And Middlesex families in financial need can attend these programs for free. Numerous grants that pay 100% of all tuition costs are available from the Rappahannock Art League, due to the generosity of a major Kellogg Foundation grant. Those interested should call 436-9309 and ask to speak to Charlotte Budding.

After touring the Deltaville location, Blackwell tailor-made a special program, scheduled for August 10-14, to take advantage of all the best features of the nature park and museum grounds. In the morning, children ages 6-11 will experience “The World of Holly Point Nature Park.” Students will draw from nature, and later create a miniature three-dimensional book. For part of the week, the children will make a frog, fish or turtle dish from clay.

In the afternoon, ages 12-17 will participate in “The Garden, Meadow & Shoreline: Do You See What I See?” Students will have the opportunity to observe and draw what interests them most in these scenic spots. The textures that are discovered will be used to create the cover for a diamond-fold book. Favorite drawings will be enhanced with colored pencils or markers; and a three-dimensional project from Fimo-type clay product will be created. 

And to make sure that children and young people from the western end of Middlesex County get the opportunity to participate, a summer art program will be held at the Glenns Campus of RCC August 3-7.

In the morning session, “Color, Color Everywhere,” students experience painting, drawing, collage, composition and design while creating colorful, individual works—a still life and a mobile featuring fruits and veggies. 

“Inside and Outside the Box” is the title of the afternoon session, where young people between ages 12-17 will explore realistic, abstract and non-objective approaches to expression with the use of collage and drawing. A two-dimensional work and a three-dimensional box will be created. 

Each weekly summer program is divided up into two sessions: children ages 6-11 will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday; ages 12-17 will meet from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Very motivated students may sign up for both sessions per day, but must bring their own bag lunch.  Times between sessions will be supervised. Each session costs only $45—plus a $10 supply fee, due the first day of class, paid to the instructor. 

To register, call 804-333-6828 or 758-6750, at RCC. Those who want to obtain a 100% tuition-paid grant, call 804-436-9309 and ask to speak to Charlotte Budding. Or leave your name, phone number, and email address at

posted 07.08.2009

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