Building on the success of its spring-break online art classes, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is launching a twice-weekly series of classes for children from 5- to 10-years-old, beginning May 5 and running into June.
Taught by visual arts manager Anne Giancola, the classes are designed to use common materials found in most homes. Giancola said each lesson would encourage each child’s personal style and creativity while teaching basic art techniques. The “Spring into Summer” online classes will be offered from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays and cost $15 per week.
Giancola said she had already planned spring-break art camps for April when shelter-in-place orders closed the Bothwell Arts Center in early March.
“With everyone staying inside, it seemed more important than ever to find ways to make art and creativity a part of their daily lives,” Giancola said.
She developed five virtual classes for spring break, including “Spring Blossoms,” Llama Fun,” and “Self Portrait Half & Half,” using materials that children should have access to at home. The classes were offered online for free, using the videoconferencing service Zoom. Participation ranged from 50-85 per session, according to Giancola.
The “Spring into Summer” series will use similar materials and techniques, Giancola said, but will be more expansive since each lesson will span two days. The first week will involve an accordion art project with an Earth Day theme.
Parents can register their children for all or any one of the six sessions offered through June 11. Parents will receive a Zoom link each week via email. To register, or for more information, call (925) 373-6800, or go to livermorearts.org/event/online-art-classes.