School Briefs – Henrico High School Center for the Arts

This week, we will continue our spotlight on the Visual Art Program at Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts (CFA)! If you missed the last installment, we discovered that the CFA has been offering art classes in the Visual Art program since 1995, but what exactly is it that the art students are learning at the Center? Well, let’s take a look!

Genevieve Dowdy is the teacher for levels I and III (freshmen and juniors, respectively) and Ms. Scurlock teaches levels II and IV (sophomores and seniors, respectively). Each class level in the CFA equips students with different essential aspects of art education each year—it all starts freshman year with a firm education in the foundations of art, including a time which students affectionately call “drawing boot camp.”

Sophomores continue to build and add to their repertoire of artistic skills, exploring a broad range of media and techniques throughout the year, and juniors spend their year refining their personal style and beginning to develop as individual artists. Students’ CFA education culminates with their senior year, a year when the students engage in independent study, making art without the constraints of class assignments—this gives students time to continue their artistic development and to build a cohesive portfolio of work.

The CFA Visual Art program is also unique among other art departments in Henrico County in that it offers students access to visiting guest artists who actually come to the classes and work with the students in a variety of areas.

Thanks to an ever-increasing number of applicants, the Visual Art department of the CFA is growing in quantity as well as quantity every year! Please join us in our next installment as we take a look at the CFA Musical Theatre department in our December spotlight!

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host the Virginia Cultural Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12. Shop a variety of handcrafted and unique giftware from around the Commonwealth at one convenient location. Vendors include Carol Busto Basketry, Tailored Touches, Three Beading Hearts, Once in a Blue Moon Marbling, One Little World and more. Admission is free. For details, visit Full text

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