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Youth Programs

We have a variety of programs for all ages. We've broken it down by age using the tabs below.
If you have questions about what class would be best for your child, please reach out to us.

ART ACADEMY - ART ADVENTURES
Homeschool: Tuesdays at 10:30am & 12:30pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 5pm

Art Adventures is a part of our Art Academy, for our friends 4-7 years old. Students will
LEARN about the concept or technique
PLAY a game, do a fun activity or read a book that reinforces
the concept

LOOK at and discuss artwork that is inspired by the concept or
displays the technique

CREATE two works of art that incorporates what was learned


CREATIVE CANVAS FOR KIDS
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm

Whether your child is a beginner or an advanced painter, Creative Canvas provides a fun, friendly, laid back environment where kids can explore their creative side.

Similar to the adult class, our instructor will walk students step by step through the featured painting offering guidance along the way. Your child will have a great time while also learning different paint styles and techniques. Join us for a fun experience and go home with an amazing piece of art painted by YOU!

In addition to our midweek canvas class, we also offer Family Fun Creative Canvas on Sundays at 1pm to paint together!


EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA
Tuesday, March 26th at 10:30am

Join us for a special Easter Egg Hunt and more at the Art Factory! We will be transforming the field in front of the Art Factory into an Easter Egg-stravanganza for ages 5 and under!

Event Activities:
Music & Storytime with Ms. Kathy
Easter Bunny Photo Station - please bring your own camera.
Easter Craft Station
Face Painting
and an Easter Egg Hunt


GLOW DANCE PARTY
Wednesday, February 21st at 10:30am

Get ready for an enchanting glow experience designed exclusively for our youngest partygoers ages 5 and under. This magical event promises an unforgettable morning of neon fun, blacklight dancing, UV face painting, glitter tattoos, and a whole lot of energetic activities for the little ones!

Our Glow Dance Party is not just a party—it's an immersive experience that combines the joy of dancing, the magic of glow, and the creativity of UV art. Bring your little ones dressed in their brightest colors and let them shine in this enchanting glow dance party designed just for them!


LITTLE EXPLORERS
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am & 1:30pm

Join us for our most popular program geared towards preschoolers ages 2-5 years old. Explore a different theme each class with storytime, sensory-oriented pretend play, music, movement and visual art projects. We’ll keep the mess - you take the memories!

2024 UPDATE PLEASE READ: *This ticket no longer includes playtime in the Play Space.  We have updated the ticket pricing to reflect this change. If you would still like to play before or after class, please purchase a play pass at the front counter. We have also extended this class to be a full hour of fun this year!*

MINI ART LABS
Fridays at 10:30am

Sign-up for The Art Factory’s newest class, Mini Art Labs, and leave the messy art to us!  

Mini-Labs is for kids old enough to stand and hold a paintbrush through age five. It is a self-directed, age appropriate art space full of activities designed to promote creativity, risk-taking and fine motor skill development. Parents and kids may enter the art lab at any time within the posted lab hours and move freely to any art station.  

Mini Art Labs is all “process art” meaning it is a time of exploration using traditional and non-traditional methods to paint, draw, cut, attach, sculpt, etc. There are no mistakes in process art because there are no expected outcomes.  


Musical Storytime with Mr. Beatman

Mondays at 10:30am

Join us for a fun morning of songs and stories with Mr. Beatman live at the Art Factory!

 
Mr. Beatman will be here to perform from 10:30-11am in our Glow Room. Be sure to stick around after as we transform the Glow Room into an epic glow-in-the-dark dance party!

Please note, that this ticket no longer includes playtime in the Play Space. Instead, we invite you to party in the glow room with bouncy balls and riding toys until noon.
This is a parent-inclusive event. Ages 5 and under only.

ART ACADEMY - ART ADVENTURES
Homeschool: Tuesdays at 10:30am & 12:30pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 5pm

Art Adventures is a part of our Art Academy, for our friends 4-7 years old. Students will
LEARN about the concept or technique
PLAY a game, do a fun activity or read a book that reinforces the concept
LOOK at and discuss artwork that is inspired by the concept or displays the technique
CREATE two works of art that incorporates what was learned

 


ART FOUNDATIONS
Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 5pm
Homeschoolers Wednesdays at 10:30am

Art Foundations is a part of our Art Academy, for our friends 8-12 years old. Students will
LEARN about the concept
PRACTICE the concept through sketches or visual activities in a provided art journal
LOOK at and discuss an inspiring source (artwork, artist, illustrator, designer, etc)
CREATE two works of art, in two different mediums, that incorporate what was learned
TALK about each other’s art. Participate in a class critique of final projects

 


ART METHODS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
Wednesdays at 12pm
Fridays at 12:30pm

A weekly art class with a rotating medium offered in the afternoon for homeschooled kids. These classes are designed to improve upon, or add a new fine art skill to your artistic toolkit. We hope you join us for one, or sign up for them all.

This class is for ages 6+.


CARTOONING FOR KIDS
Fridays at 6pm

Cartooning for Kids! Explore how to draw cartoons in various styles and poses. From Pokémon to Lego, learn how to draw, shade or color your favorite characters. We will also explore comic book layouts and story development in some classes. Look for themes for each week of class.

Upcoming Class Topics:
February 23rd - Sonic the Hedgehog
March 8th - Transformers

March 22nd - Hello Kitty & Friends (Sanrio)

 


COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Monday, March 11th at 6pm

Join us for an evening of St. Patrick's Day cookie decorating! Each ticket includes 6 cookies to decorate and all decorating supplies. Learn basic flooding and decorating techniques to design one-of-a-kind cookies.

Cookies and icing made by That Much Sweeter, so you know they'll taste amazing! *Allergen Notice: cookies are made with almond flour.*

*All ages are welcome to participate, but children (ages 12 and under) must be accompanied by an adult for this workshop.
*Reservations required.*


CREATIVE CANVAS FOR KIDS
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm

Whether your child is a beginner or an advanced painter, Creative Canvas provides a fun, friendly, laid back environment where kids can explore their creative side.

Similar to the adult class, our instructor will walk students step by step through the featured painting offering guidance along the way. Your child will have a great time while also learning different paint styles and techniques. Join us for a fun experience and go home with an amazing piece of art painted by YOU!

In addition to our midweek canvas class, we also offer Family Fun Creative Canvas on Sundays at 1pm to paint together!


DRAWING FOUNDATIONS
Thursdays at 1:30pm

This class will focus on the foundations of constructing a drawing. Develop basic drawing skills and understanding of visual language through studio instruction. Introduces concepts such as line, proportion, space, perspective and value as applied to still life landscape and figure.

In this five week class, students will learn four methods for constructing a drawing, using graphite, charcoal and pastel. This class is for ages 8-12.


ART CLUB
Wednesdays at 10:30am (Home Schoolers)
Thursdays at 4:30pm

Art Club is the oldest age group of our Art Academy program. It is the next step up from Art Foundations and is for kids in 6th grade and up.
Each five class session will have a theme that guides the ideas and instruction. Students will have an opportunity to create work in a medium of their choice that fits with the theme. Each session will also focus on a particular medium so students are always being introduced to new techniques.


ART FOUNDATIONS
Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 5pm
Homeschoolers Wednesdays at 10:30am

Art Adventures is a part of our Art Academy, for our friends 8-12 years old. Students will
LEARN about the concept
PRACTICE the concept through sketches or visual activities in a provided art journal
LOOK at and discuss an inspiring source (artwork, artist, illustrator, designer, etc)
CREATE two works of art, in two different mediums, that incorporate what was learned
TALK about each other’s art. Participate in a class critique of final projects


ART METHODS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
Wednesdays at 12pm
Fridays at 12:30pm

A weekly art class with a rotating medium offered in the afternoon for homeschooled kids. These classes are designed to improve upon, or add a new fine art skill to your artistic toolkit. We hope you join us for one, or sign up for them all.

This class is for ages 6+.


ANIME DRAWING
Wednesdays at 6pm

A series of classes breaking down the art of anime by analyzing various elements from different shows, movies, and clips in order to apply them to the pieces we create. Each class will focus on different topics from character design to backgrounds featured in different anime. Through analyzing the anime we love, different drawing and art techniques and elements of design can be learned and further improved upon.

Upcoming Class Topics:
February 28th - Cohesive Character Duos in Anime
March 6th - What is Manpu in Anime?
March 13th - Anime influences in Western Cartoons
March 20th - Lineart in Princess Kaguya
March 27th - Drawing Anime Clothing Folds


ART HANGOUT
Thursdays 6-8pm

Our teen program provides a safe space to hang out, create art and have fun!

Each week we will explore a new medium, creating projects that give you creative freedom to make it your own. Two slices of pizza and a pre-packaged drink from the cafe are also included.

*Ages 12+.


CARTOONING FOR KIDS
Fridays at 6pm

Cartooning for Kids! Explore how to draw cartoons in various styles and poses. From Pokémon to Lego, learn how to draw, shade or color your favorite characters. We will also explore comic book layouts and story development in some classes. Look for themes for each week of class.

Upcoming Class Topics:
February 23rd - Sonic the Hedgehog
March 8th - Transformers
March 22nd - Hello Kitty & Friends (Sanrio)


COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Monday, March 11th at 6pm

Join us for an evening of St. Patrick's Day cookie decorating! Each ticket includes 6 cookies to decorate and all decorating supplies. Learn basic flooding and decorating techniques to design one-of-a-kind cookies.

Cookies and icing made by That Much Sweeter, so you know they'll taste amazing! *Allergen Notice: cookies are made with almond flour.*

*All ages are welcome to participate, but children (ages 12 and under) must be accompanied by an adult for this workshop.
*Reservations required.*


CREATIVE CANVAS FOR KIDS
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm

Whether your child is a beginner or an advanced painter, Creative Canvas provides a fun, friendly, laid back environment where kids can explore their creative side.

Similar to the adult class, our instructor will walk students step by step through the featured painting offering guidance along the way. Your child will have a great time while also learning different paint styles and techniques. Join us for a fun experience and go home with an amazing piece of art painted by YOU!

In addition to our midweek canvas class, we also offer Family Fun Creative Canvas on Sundays at 1pm to paint together!


DRAWING FOUNDATIONS
Thursdays at 3pm

This class will focus on the foundations of constructing a drawing. Develop basic drawing skills and understanding of visual language through studio instruction. Introduces concepts such as line, proportion, space, perspective and value as applied to still life landscape and figure.

In this five week class, students will learn four methods for constructing a drawing, using graphite, charcoal and pastel. This class is for ages 13+


 INTRO TO FACEPAINTING
Thursday, March 21st at 6:30pm
 

Want to learn how to face paint? This class will be instructed by Ashley Pickin, who has been a professional face painter for over 18 years. She knows all the tips and tricks to creating fabulous designs.

Learn all the basics to get you started including the different types of face paint, one strokes/rainbow cakes, stencils, sponges, daubers and how to use all of these items. You will learn how to paint a cat, dog, butterfly, tiger, hearts and rainbows.

This class is for ages 13+

 


HAND SEWING
Tuesdays at 6pm

This engaging session is tailor-made for those new to sewing, providing a perfect introduction to the craft.

Join us for an enriching experience that combines creativity, skill-building, and the joy of crafting something beautiful with your own hands. Unleash your inner sewing enthusiast and take home a unique mug rug that reflects your newfound skills and creative flair. No prior sewing experience is required – this class is designed just for you!

Use the links below to register online:

Feb. 27th - Plush Owls
March 12th - Button Tree
March 26th - Sweater Bunny


 HENNA WORKSHOP FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Friday, March 8th at 6pm
 

Discover world of henna body art in this class designed for ages 12 and above!

In this hands-on workshop, participants will:
Discover Henna Basics: Get acquainted with the art of henna, exploring the use of cones and understanding the medium's unique properties.
Create Basic Henna Designs: Learn the art of drawing basic henna designs, from elegant swirls to intricate patterns. Unleash your creativity and personalize your designs!
Henna Tattoo Care Tips: Understand the essential steps for caring for your henna tattoo, ensuring longevity and vibrancy.

No prior experience is required – just bring your enthusiasm and a passion for creative expression!


VDSA CREATIVE CANVAS FOR TEENS & ADULTS
*SPECIAL NEEDS FRIENDLY*
Second Friday of every month at 12:30pm

Creative Canvas at the Art Factory exclusive adaptive painting class for individuals with disabilities and Virginia Down Syndrome Association. This class is opening to individuals with Down syndrome or other disabilities.

For homeschoolers ages 13 and all adults with Down syndrome or other disabilities welcome. Seasonal canvas painting for each class.