Music & Arts

Get Creative With Clay Class

Class Description

Get creative with clay! Students will make pinch pots and turn them into bowls or mugs. They can play around with designs and turn their forms into animals and add handles, for example. Students will be able to paint their pots with underglazes to make them colorful. All work will be fired and glazed and returned in approximately 2-3 weeks after class.

Instructor Bio

Joanna Gragnani is from Richmond, VA and discovered clay her freshman year of high school and became immediately hooked. Throughout college at the University of Virginia she studied art history, but came back to clay when she moved to Seattle, WA and began taking classes again. After returning to Richmond, Joanna rediscovered the Visual Arts Center and started taking clay classes there, as well as interning in the clay studio. This led to becoming a member of the Old Tavern Kiln Collective and building a wood kiln in New Kent, VA. She loves the community aspect of ceramics and finds inspiration in fellow clay artists and her students. Joanna currently works out of her space at Blue Dot Studios, and she focuses on hand-building and creates organic forms that emphasize the process. She teaches hand-building at the Visual Arts Center and Hand/Thrown Studio, and she also leads mobile clay classes around Richmond in customers’ homes and businesses. 

Session 1

Date: Monday July 11, 2022 

Time: 1pm-4pm

Where: Westover Hills United Methodist Church – Johnson Hall

Age: rising 1st grade- Rising 3rd Grade

Fee: $50.00 / student

Session 2

Date: Wednesday July 13, 2022 

Time: 1pm-4pm

Where: Westover Hills United Methodist Church – Johnson Hall

Age: rising 4th grade- Rising 6th Grade

Fee: $50.00 / student
 
 
 

Handchime Choir

Handchime choir is open to children who are 2nd grade and up.  This choir is appropriate for children who have not yet learned to read music or play an instrument. Handchime choir helps children develop the skill of bell ringing and music reading.  The Hand Chime Choir performs several times throughout the year.  Rehearsal is held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday immediately following the 10 am worship service.

 
Hand Bell Choir
Hand Bell choir participation is knowledge and ability based. Participants will be invited by the Director of Music. This choir helps children, youth and adults to develop the skill of bell ringing and music reading. Participants will also learn how to lead worship musically. The Hand Bell Choir performs several times throughout the year. Rehearsal is held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday immediately following the 10 am worship service. Both Hand Chime and Hand Bell Choirs are led by Matt Spangler, Director of Music. For more information contact Matt here.

Children’s Dance

Dress your little one in tutus as they learn the very basic steps to ballet! Students will be introduced to some simple stretches and ballet terminology through imagination and play. Creative games and props are incorporated as each child explores the movement in their own way. Class will emphasize on learning spatial awareness, music appreciation and becoming independent. Be on the lookout for fall semester dates.