Instructor: Valerie Smith
$175 // Wednesdays // FEBRUARY 7 - MAY 2 (No Class March 28)
Choice of Class Time: 10:30am-Noon  //  1-2:30PM
Youth – Ages 6-14
This course is taught by veteran art teacher Valerie Smith. Using over 17 years experience in the public schools as well as private enrichment programs, Valerie creates a vibrant classroom that explores various media and themes. Each semester students will have the opportunity to work with techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and beyond. Each lesson is created to meet the specific needs of both younger and older students and differentiated for the classroom's various developmental and experiential levels. Most semesters, the students will have at least one opportunity to connect with some element of downtown Harrisonburg. Past examples of this include working on an observational painting outside in one of the pocket parks, drawing kittens in action at Cat's Cradle, or designing a logo and menu for their own business after exploring a nearby restaurant's branding and design. Choose from one of the 2 class time options and sign up today for 12 sessions of art exploration, technical education, critical thinking, and FUN!


Instructor: Valerie Smith
$85 // Wednesdays // March 7-28 // 4-6pm
Youth - Ages 6-14
Design, lay out, and paint a GIANT canvas with your new art friends! In this class, all students will make two paintings. The first will be a 5'x8' canvas that all students in the class will design and complete together. This will hang on a wall at Larkin Arts. The second painting will be on a smaller personal canvas and they will be able to take that one home. We'll use acrylic paint and become masters of the mural!


Instructor: Valerie Smith
$85 // Thursdays // March 1-22 // 5-7pm
Youth - Ages 12-16
Discover how to make your drawings come to life in this class that will explore drawing techniques such as contour, shading and proportion. This class is primarily for the student who has some drawing experience but wants more instruction in realistic drawing techniques. We will have some in-class exercises, homework each week, and also students will receive individual guidance on their own works-in-progress.

Required materials: (10% discount on these supplies at Larkin Arts for students in this class)
Sketchbook, 9x12 or larger
Drawing pencils: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and either 8or9B
Ruler, 12" or 18" (corked or no-slip back is ideal)
Charcoal, 3+ pieces, vine or willow, soft or extra soft
Kneaded eraser
Art gum eraser
White eraser (mars staedtler or eraser pen are good choices)


Instructor: Valerie Smith +
$165 // March 26-29 // 9am-3pm
Youth - Ages 6-14 (Kindergarten-8th grade)
Join us for a fun week of art enrichment activity. Each day we will focus on a different theme and we'll also travel to nearby downtown locations for inspiration. We will work in drawing, painting, sculpture and more! 



We can design the perfect party package for your child! Email us for details.