Programs

Classes include all materials and snacks

We follow all CDC and local guidelines, class sizes are kept small

No experience necessary!

Sliding scale available - just ask bking.openspace@gmail.com

 
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IN TOUCH WITH NATURE

Dee Robertson | Jan. 11 - Feb. 15 | Tu | 10-12pm | ages 6-12
homeschool/unschool community

Are we a part of nature or separate from nature?

As we think about this question, we'll focus on observing how the representational world around us can shift into the abstract. How does learning to see in new ways affect our art?

IN TOUCH WITH NATURE introduces students to the mixed media art process with attention to the natural materials around us. By taking a closer look at our environment, we'll explore, identify, and engage through our art, including painting, collage, and sculpture.

 
 
 
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GIVE + TAKE: NATURE-BASED ART

Dee Robertson | TU Feb 22- March 29 | JL Francis Elementary

In Dee Robertson’s GIVE + TAKE: NATURE-BASED ART, we’ll take resources from nature to create art, while thinking of ways to give back to nature through collaboration and art.

Go on hikes in the neighborhood and woods surrounding JL Francis to explore and collect materials. Projects include making your own art supplies, like paint, paintbrushes, and paper from natural materials, as well as reimagining the green space around the school.

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FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS:
FROM PLANTING TO EATING

Shannon Leighty + Angelique Scott | M Apr 18 - May 23 2022 | M 4-6 PM ages 12-15

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Open Space Education is collaborating with Girls For a Change! In our 6-week pilot program, FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS: FROM PLANTING TO EATING, 12 young women of color (ages 12-15) from Girls For A Change, will make connections between ceramic arts, plant cultivation, and food justice led by Open Space teaching artists Angelique Scott and Shannon Leighty. The program is scheduled for April 18-May 23, 2022.

 

Participants will plant seedlings, nurture them, and create ceramic planters for themselves and community members while becoming versed in resourcefulness, food justice, cultivation of plants, and an appreciation for nature from diverse perspectives, including members of Happily Natural and the Earth Folk Collective, the organization that serves as caretakers of the Fonticello Food Forest located in Richmond’s Southside.

 

The program will culminate with a community event where students will be able to give away their plants and planters to friends and family, share what they learned about food justice, and exhibit their planter creations.