Learning Families Private Classes



Learning Families Private Classes are available for booking any time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00-4:00. 

Each class is 1.5 hours.

Classes are arranged by grade level and subject, but are available to everyone.

Cost: $45 non-member, $35 members. Call to Register and Pay. 

Each class limited to 10 individuals.

For more information and to schedule classes contact the Youth Education Department at (276) 628 5005 x114 or x112.


PreK – 1st Grade

• Science: Magnet Painting

What makes a magnet a magnet? In this lesson participants will learn what gives magnets their special properties, what materials they have an effect on, and ways that we use magnets everyday; including making art!

Math:  Basic Shape Mixed Media

Our basic shapes are something that we can easily recognize, but do you know where to actually look for them? In this lesson participants will learn how to find shapes in everything around them and use basic shapes to create detailed works of art.

Social Studies: Map Collage

Long before GPS, people used maps to find their way around. But how are maps created? In this lesson participants will learn the basic principles of cartography, learn to read maps, and learn how to create their own.


2nd – 3rd Grade

• Science: Moon Phase Dream Catcher

Have you ever looked into the night sky only to see that the moon is different than it was yesterday? In this lesson participants will learn about the phases of the moon, why they change, and the effect they have on the earth.

Math: Symmetrical Coloring Cards

Symmetry is defined as the correspondence in size, form, and arrangement of parts on opposite sides of a plane, line, or point.  In this lesson participants will learn about the different types of symmetry used in math, architecture, and visual art. 

• Social Studies: Portraits

American history as we know it begins with the European explorers who first landed here. But who were these men and how do we know what we know about them? In this lesson participants will learn about the earliest explorers and how portraits are a way of documenting not only people, but their history as well.


4th – 5th Grade

Science: Mixed Media Collage

In this lesson participants will learn to identify the planets in our solar system, what makes them unique, and how they influence our culture.

Math: Spirolaterals

Whether it is what we see in nature, our math class, or works of art in a museum, patterns exist in almost every aspect of our lives. In this lesson participants will learn about the mathematical uses of patterns and how to use them to create their own works of art.

Social Studies: Freedom Quilts

Even though the Civil War was one of the darkest periods in American history, many of the stories that came from it inspire hope and bravery. In this lesson participants will learn about Virginia’s major role in the war and will create works of art based on the bravery and ingenuity of the South’s enslaved African American population.


Middle School

• Science: Melted Crayon sun catchers

Water is the most important substance on earth and has the ability to take many forms. In this lesson participants will learn about the water cycle and will create their own water-themed work of art.

• Math: Mixed Media Graph Collage

Graphs are a common way to illustrate mathematical information. In this l lesson participants will learn different creative ways to show the information they collect.

• Social Studies: Campaign Posters

The most commonly used tool in a political campaign is the campaign poster. In this lesson participants will learn about the history of campaign slogan, imagery, and the election process and will use a variety of items to create their very own poster.


High School

• Math: Squares from Circles

Circles and squares are the most easily recognizable shapes. But did you know that there is a way to turn your square into a perfect circle? In this lesson participants will learn about the properties of geometric shapes and explore fun and creative ways to shift one shape into another.

• Science: Periodic Table Collage

The Periodic Table of Elements is the most important tool in chemistry. In this lesson participants will use recycled images to make their own creative and hopefully memorable version of the table.

• Social Studies: Camel Collage

Camels are almost always associated with the African desert, but why? In this lesson participants will learn about the camel’s purpose and influence on the history and economy of Sub-Saharan Africa into present times.


Visual Art:

•  Basic color mixing

•  Perspective drawing

•  Sculpture Basics

•  Collage Basics

•  Portrait Basics

•  Landscape Drawing and Painting

•  Printmaking Basics

Additional information

Class Cost

Member, Non-member, Optional Supply Fee