Programs

Classes include all materials and snacks

We follow all CDC and local guidelines

No experience necessary!

Self-assessed tuition levels available ($250, $150, or $75 per program)

We accept payment via PayPal (bking.openspace@gmail.com), or cash/check on first day

Please contact us with any questions at bking.openspace@gmail.com

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FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS:
FROM PLANTING TO EATING

Shannon Leighty + Angelique Scott
M Apr 25 - May 30 2022 | 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 25-May 30, 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. 

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INTRO TO HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY

Angelique Scott | Mon - Fri | June 6-10 | 10-12pm | Ages 7-12 | Homeschool Families
 

How will creating art in the great outdoors inspire your clay creations? Working with air-dry clay, learn a variety of hand-building techniques to create functional and creative sculptural objects, like bowls and planters. All work will be ready to take home by the end of the week.

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PAPER MAKING + COLLAGE

Dee Robertson | TU + TH | July 26-Aug 4 | 10-1pm | Ages 5-12

How does making art help us understand our relationship to nature? This inquiry will guide us through the process of collage as we layer paper, paint, and elements from nature. We'll also make our own paper from nature, incorporating it into our collages.

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PAINTING WITH NATURE

Ariel Maloof | M-F | July 18-22 | 10-12pm | Ages 5-8

What does it look like to paint with things we find in nature? By taking a closer look at the world around us, we'll focus on texture. Students will experiment creating a series of samples by mixing elements from nature with acrylic and watercolor paint, then combine their samples into composite artworks, like a quilt, mosaic, or collage. 

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LARGE-SCALE PUPPETS OF THE SEA

Lil Lamberta | Tu, W, Th | Aug 9-11 | 9-1pm | Ages 9-14

Have you ever seen a larger than life boat made out of painted fabric, sail across the land? The sight bends our minds to view our natural landscape as an ocean in which we sail across. Participants will collaborate with one another to design the boat and sail, and work individually to create and paint giant flatso masks and puppets of sea creatures.

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