VilDon Edutainment

Finding YOUth through the ArtsTM

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Essex Public Schools will Drop Off Students Riding Bus #39; Contact The School For More Information

2019: The year of See it and Say it
Format: 5-week schedule
Frequency: Two classes a week (10 classes)
Level: ages  7 - 17
Class Size: Minimum 5 | Maximum of 12
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $120 if you purchase your own supplies
The $160 includes supplies-Painting class only
Literary Class: $120 includes supplies

Method: The purpose of the program is to expand the imagination and arouse students' curiosity about the world around them using the arts as the transporter.  Additionally, for students to infuse the arts into everyday life and use the arts as a tool for building cultural understanding and community. The goals of the program are to identify youth who want to expand their personal visions to create a meaningful and sustainable life and career in the arts or stimulate the right hemisphere of their brain to enhance their academic and/or career pursuits.

The lecture format, interactive learning and actual practice combined with mentorship from local artists and guidance from working professionals in the field, are hallmarks of the after-school program’s unique design.

Class Subjects
Starting January 2019 the week of 28th
Visual Art-Draw, Paint, Build and Exhibit
Literary Art-Read, Write, Recite and Perform 

Drawing 101, 5 weeks
Start: January 29
Meets: Tuesday & Thursday
Ends: February 28
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Drawing is the foundation of all visual art forms. Students learn the basics of drawing and how to apply the elements of design using charcoal and pencils.  Working from a setting and imaginations, students fine-tune their skills as they apply the elements of design toward a balanced composition. Students should bring charcoal drawing pencils, charcoal pencils and one 18' x 24" drawing pad or 18" x 24" newsprint pad.

Painting 101, 5 weeks

Starts: January 30
Meets: Wednesday and Friday
Ends: March 1
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn the artistic techniques of painting and self-expression using acrylic paint. 
Students learn techniques such as color mixing, tone, value, brushwork, texture, composition, palette knife use, emotional/personal expression, and more!  Students learn and get to explore different themes. still life, landscape, portraiture, colorful abstraction, and other artistic ideas that excite.

Supplies: Acrylic paint-red, yellow, blue, white, black, 16 x 20 canvas (2), set of brushes of various sizes

Literary Art  and Cultural Appreciation– 5 weeks
Starts: January 28
Meets: Mondays
Ends: February 25
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fee: $120

Poets: Class subjects: Students study different styles of writing and create their own personal stories, poems or scripts. Students will explore literature, storytelling, poetry, and the role of the literary arts in music and film.

Cultural I.Q.: Students in this track engage in activities, which provide them with a cross-section of cultural understanding and appreciation from a local, national and worldview. Projects include poetry and prose, and self-identity activities designed to broaden perspectives. Students study the similarities and differences of different cultures as well as customs and traditions. This class raises the awareness of the extraordinary artistic contributions of cultures from around the world, as well as the value and role of the arts in American culture.  

Drawing 102, 5 weeks

Starts: March 5
Meets: Tuesday and Wednesday

Ends: April 4
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Students explore the world of art and its influence on society. Students dive into the history of art from images on cave walls to graffiti on city buildings. Students create works of art representative of the period discussed and noted artists of the same period. Students learn of the different careers in the arts and the skills necessary to be successful in the respective fields.
Students should bring charcoal drawing pencils, charcoal pencils and one 18' x 24" drawing pad or 18" x 24" newsprint pad.

Painting 102, 5 weeks
Starts: March 6
Meets: Wednesday and Friday
Ends: April 5
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This class continues instruction in color mixing, color harmonies, paint application, as well as different but important aspects of acrylic. Students benefit from these lessons and activities but are also welcome to work on personal projects and seek guidance from the instructor as they work. Some projects we do are copying master painters, working from photographs, landscapes, people and animals.  All are designed to improve an aspect of painting such as correct color mixing, texture mastery, various brush uses, composing on the canvas, etc. 

Studio Drop-in, on-going
Starts January 28
Meets: Monday
Ends: Ongoing
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Age: 7 - adult
Fee: $8 per class or buy an 8-week studio  pass for $56 (does not expire)
Bring snacks and drinks if you prefer.

Details:  Do what you want. Do what you want. This is the perfect class for anyone interested in exploring their creative side. It is also a great starter class for anyone considering taking Painting 101 or Drawing 101. Pair up with a friend, daughter son, spouse and wake up the right side of your brain. Open studio time is for individuals interested in painting, drawing, building, etc. For the individual that is in need of a bright and motivating space to work in as they create their works of art. Students must bring their  own materials; guidance is offered (no oil paint).
Download registration  form below


CALL 804-925-6150 to register for classes or to book your private creative event 

501(c)(3) Non-profits get 2 hours of free meeting space per year

(includes civic organizations, churches).
L.I.F.E. School of Art Pledge

All students, seven to seventeen, enrolled in L.I.F.E. School of Art, will:
  • Be provided quality instruction with regard to age and abilities,
  • Learn and master the elements of art and the principles of design and apply the concepts to all artistic creations,
  • Learn how to study, analyze, and critique works of art, and;
  • Be respected for the talents, efforts, and levels of experience they bring. 

422 South  Church Lane
Tappahannock, VA  22560