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Youth Education


Young Writers Club Virtual Workshop

Are your kids losing interest in their favorite series after re-reading it one too many times? Do your young writers need a boost of creativity to get them through these uncertain times?

Sign them up for the Weekend Writers Club ONLINE! Local author Taylor Bennett will take book lovers of all ages on an exciting journey into the wonderful world of writing, where they can get
an up-close look at the the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating some of their favorite stories. By taking an in-depth look at characterization, plot-mapping, storyworld-building, and even the art of illustrating, club members will discover the tools they need to write their new
favorite book. This four-session literary experience will take place in a special Zoom classroom from 10am—12pm (PST) every other Saturday, starting on May 30th. Young writers of all ages are welcome, and they should be prepared with a pencil and plenty of paper for writing their hearts out!


Youth Art Studio: Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm

UVA’s Youth Art Studio is a two-hour weekly session for middle school and high school students an open, supportive environment. Students explore creativity and develop their artistic techniques. Each class is led by a professional artist from the community and held in UVA’s Imagination Station studio. 

$20.00 per month | $55.00 for three months

Summer Kids Camps

UVA offers a summer full of art for young artists throughout July and August. From drawing to painting to sculpture and more, students learn art skills and develop their creativity with classes taught by local practicing artists. Classes are offered Tuesdays through Fridays. Summer Kids Camp registration begins in May of each year.

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.

Arts Express

Bring the arts into your students’ classroom. This art-history based program is designed to meet the Oregon’s Content Standards. The one-hour lessons are led by trained Art Express volunteers. 

Lesson Catalog | Lesson Schedule

Contact Renee to become an Art Express volunteer.

Field Trips

Douglas County 4th grade classrooms are invited to UVA for a Day of Art. Students spend their visit engaging in art experiences that they do not normally have access to in the classroom. 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.

Artists in Residence

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).

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.