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Student art classes offered on Saturdays

Chesapeake Academy and the Rappahannock Art League (RAL) are collaborating once again to offer their creative series of Saturday art classes for young artists ages 5 to 14. Now firmly a Saturday tradition during the winter month of January, this year’s Saturday workshops for students in Lancaster, Northumberland, Middlesex and Richmond counties will highlight techniques of drawing and paper collage.

Instructor Marilyn Sprouse, art teacher for Lancaster Middle School, will teach a four-week workshop titled “Super Draw” to students in grades 1-8 on consecutive Saturdays starting on January 19 and ending on February 9, from noon to 2 p.m. This is just the class for students who love to draw and are interested in adding special techniques to their artist “toolbox.” Practicing drawing and inking, students will experiment with perspective, movement, and illusion in different mediums such as Japanese-style cartoon characters while being encouraged to question the creative process and different mediums.

Instructor Sonja Smith, art teacher for Chesapeake Academy, will teach a four-week workshop titled “Paper Adventures” for students in grades 1-8 on the same consecutive Saturday mornings starting on January 19 and ending on February 9 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Smith’s workshop will challenge artists who love to work with their hands, and particularly those who love to manipulate paper in many forms. Students will create cut and torn paper collage, 3-D collage, decoupage, and make paper masks and sculpture using different types of paper including tissue, vellum, type, watercolor, stock, and up-cycled paper.

The RAL and Chesapeake Academy Art Workshops are designed to bring together students from different schools with diverse art backgrounds and perspectives. “It should be highly rewarding to see kids express themselves both visually and verbally, and use design principals to help understand and create art,” noted Chesapeake Academy art teacher Sonja Smith, who sees the program as a creative alternative to playing indoor sports or watching TV on cold winter mornings. “The Rappahannock Art League’s purpose to sponsor and encourage educational and cultural activities in the visual arts in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula meshes wonderfully with Chesapeake Academy’s goal to provide enrichment activities to students that promote creativity, confidence, excellence, and love of learning. “

Workshops are $50 per student, which includes supplies. Class size is limited and space is available on a first come-first served basis. The RAL has generously offered tuition subsidies on requests from students with recommendations from their art teachers. For more information on tuition scholarships, contact the RAL at 436-9309 or send an email to .

For general information about the art workshops and to request a registration form, contact Sonja Smith at 438-5575 or .

posted 01.18.2013

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