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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REAL LAYERS:
THE MIXED MEDIA PROCESS

In Leicia Miles' class, REAL LAYERS, students tell their own stories through layering paint, collage, stamps, found objects, and natural elements. Students practice foundational sketching, drawing, and painting, and alter projects by adding everyday materials to build dimension and meaning. Learn about composition, proportion, color theory, light and shadow. How can you express your own stories and interests through color, texture, and layering? Held outside and after-school for JL Francis students.

Leicia Miles | Oct 12- Nov 23 | Tu | 3:20-5:00 pm | grades 2-5
at JL Francis Elementary

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CREATURES IN THE CLAY

Merenda Cecelia | October 9 + 16 | Sat | 2-5 pm | Ages 5-8

In Merenda Cecelia's class, CREATURES IN THE CLAY, take a closer look at how animals have served as symbols and guides throughout history. By sculpting small animals out of clay, learn the meanings and powers behind some of these historical animal figures and how they inspired people of the past, such as ancient Egyptian, South Asian, and Chinese cultures. Also learn more about your own connections to animals and what special meanings they hold for you. Work with various clay including traditional clay and kiln-fired faience, an ancient self-glazing ceramic material.  Work will be available for pick up the following week.

 
 
 
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GIVE + TAKE: NATURE-BASED ART

Dee Robertson | Spring 2022 | Binford Middle School

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. How do art and nature give and take from one another? Can we give and take at the same time? 

 

Go on urban hikes in the neighborhood surrounding Binford 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 behind the school.

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DRAWING IN NATURE

Dee Robertson | Oct. 14 - Nov. 18 | Th | 10-12pm | ages 7-12
homeschool/unschool community

Take a closer look at the natural world with teaching artist and nature enthusiast, Dee Robertson. In her class, DRAWING IN NATURE, we’ll focus on sketching, drawing, watercolor painting, as well as experimenting with a range of media. Connect to nature by learning how to draw patterns, textures, and colors that we see in the world around us. This is a drop-off class.

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FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS:
FROM PLANTING TO EATING

Shannon Leighty + Angelique Scott | 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.