Spots still open for Visual Arts Center art education program

ANewBeginningThe Visual Arts Center will open its doors to middle schoolers for four Saturdays beginning Oct. 18 during The Collaborative, a hands-on, student-centered workshop that allows youth to explore a range of art materials within the dynamic artistic space.

Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon for four consecutive Saturdays beginning Oct. 18 on the 5th floor of the recently opened Visual Arts Center at 927 3rd Ave. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to join the 9:30 a.m. student-led tour of the building on Oct.18.

Dr. Maribea Barnes, an Art and Design faculty member and the lead educator for this year’s program, said the Saturday art workshop will allow sixth-eighth graders to paint, draw and think outside the box.

“These students won’t be confined by desks,” Barnes said. “They will be fully engaged with a variety of art materials, conduct interviews and examine artists who tell stories through their work.”

Students will tell their stories through their own art, which will be on display during the final workshop session on Nov. 8. Parents, guardians and friends are encouraged to attend this session.

Barnes, a licensed Pre K-12 visual arts teacher, will be joined by Shelby Spence and Kayla Varndell, two art education students and president and vice president of the MU’s National Art Education Association Student Chapter, respectively.

The cost for each child is $40. Financial assistance is available. Support for the development of this youth program comes from a Hedrick Grant for Teaching Innovation. Each class is limited to 20 students in order to provide high quality, individualized instruction and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact Barnes at or ext. 6-2895.


Photo: Dr. Maribea Barnes conducts an art education class in the new Visual Arts Center. Photo by Rick Lee.