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Academy students benefit from art league collaboration

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Chesapeake Academy and the Rappahannock Art League (RAL) are collaborating once again to offer their highly successful, creative series of Saturday art classes for young artists ages five 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.

CA and RAL Art Workshop prospective students Hunter Purcell and Talia Pena display works-in-progress created for the “Paper Adventures” workshop.

Instructor Marilyn Sprouse, art teacher for Lancaster Middle School, will teach a four-week workshop entitled “Super Draw” to students in grades one to eight on consecutive Saturday afternoons starting on January 19, 2013, and ending on February 9, from noon until 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 entitled “Paper Adventures” for students in grades one to eight on the same consecutive Saturday mornings starting on January 19, 2013, and ending on February 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 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 upcycled paper.

The RAL and Chesapeake Academy Art Workshops are designed to bring together students from different schools with diverse artbackgrounds 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 in our rural community. The Rappahannock ArtLeague’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 request from students with recommendations from their art teachers. For more information on tuition scholarships, please contact the RAL at 804 436-9309 or send an email to For general information about the Art Workshops and to request a registration form, please contact Sonja Smith at 804 438-5575