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Youth Education


Wednesdays Monthly, 2:30-4:30pm

UVA’s popular Teen Studio program returns starting this September with monthly themed courses that meet once a week on Wednesdays, after school (2:30-4:30pm), for four weeks. In October, the Teen Studio will meet October 7, 14, 21, and 28. In November-December, the Teen Studio will meet November 7, 14, 21, and December 2. 

Teens will develop their own creative personalities and build confidence in their skills and expression. Teen Studio is open for young artists aged 13 and up.

September’s Studio: Origami and Paper Folding with Stella Moon

October’s Studio: Comics and Cartooning with Morgan Krepky 


October 10, 2-4pm (Please note the new date)

Create art in a variety of media and develop your understanding of how light, atmosphere, and motion shape your relationship to the world around you! This year, during UVA’s Umpqua Plein Air Event, we will also host Young Artists en Plein Air, an exciting opportunity for young artists of all ages to create artworks in open air while developing their skills in a wide variety of painting and drawing media, including pastel, pencil, oils, and acrylic. This is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and make art, with mentoring from local artists.  

Each young artist participant will be able to enter work created at this event in an exhibition in UVA’s Student Gallery, with a chance to win cash prizes in three categories! 

$10 Materials fee 


September Art Kits Available starting September 22 

Take home a whole box of art every month! UVA will once again be offering their signature art kit lessons, packaged monthly beginning in September. Each kit will contain the materials and instructions for four complete art lessons, with accompanying instructional videos by our popular teachers! 

Use the link below to order an Art Kit. Pickups for the kits start with our open hours on September 22, and we will be posting the instructional video links here on that date as well.

Partnerships with Douglas County Schools

Due to ongoing and generous support from the Hallie E. Ford Fund for Arts in Education located at the Oregon Community Foundation, UVA is able to provide arts education experiences to Douglas County Schools free of charge.


Bring the arts into your students’ classroom: grounded in art history and focused on exploring the social meanings of art, these lessons are fun and engaging! The one-hour lessons are led by trained Art Express volunteers. We will soon offer virtual learning Art Express opportunities!

Lesson Catalog | Lesson Schedule

Contact Raino to become an Art Express volunteer.

Field Trips | ON HOLD

Douglas County 4th grade classrooms are invited to UVA for a day full of art activities. A traditional field trip includes three different art experiences and a tour that tells the history of UVA’s building and a walk through current exhibits in the galleries. Please note that until further notice, our Field Trip programs are on hold.

Artists in Residence | ON HOLD

UVA connects Douglas County schools with professional teaching artists and helps coordinate residencies that meet each school’s needs. Residencies can be designed to focus on a curricular theme, a certain medium, or on specific art skills. Typical residencies are one to two weeks (20 hours per week).

Artist Virtual Visits

Because UVA’s Artist Residencies are currently on hold, we are pleased to facilitate virtual visits (via ZOOM) from artists in our community to your classroom! Please contact the Arts Education coordinator, Raino Isto, at or 541-672-4532, to schedule a virtual artist visit to your class.

Payment and Refund Policy: Full payment at time of registration is required. Full refunds will be made in the event that the UVA has to cancel the event (workshop, class, Clay Place term, special program). Please be aware, should you need to cancel or change your registration 75% of your registration fee will be refunded up until two weeks prior to the start of the event. Cancellations made within two weeks of an event will be given a refund of 50% of the registration of the event. We are unable to refund registration fees on the day of or any days following the start of the event.