Welcome- Classes

This blog is always under construction and is intended to be a journal of my work and a way of thinking about and fostering my artistic experiences. I am attempting to create and post as many days as possible throughout my busy life.  Here you will find successes, failures, works in progress, creations for fun, class information, and examples of projects my students create.


Middle School Ages Ancient Greek Art


High School Ages Ancient Greek Art

Past Class Offerings

Winter 2017

Pine Needle Basket Weaving

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

Saturdays, 2-4pm

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30-9:30pm


Summer 2017

A Crash Course in Digital Photography, Wednesday evenings, registration closedSpring 2017


Spring 2017

Elementary/ Middle School World Art History

Social Painting Event at Edgehill Church of Christ, Saturday April 29, 3-6pm

History of American Art, Friday afternoons


Winter 2017

World Art History, Wednesday mornings

History of American Art, Friday afternoons


A Series of Fish-isms, Wednesday afternoons

Still Life Study, Saturday and Sunday evenings

Nature Journaling, Monday afternoons

Architecture for the Very Young, Wednesday mornings

Beginning Printmaking

General Art (Improving fine motor skills)

History of American Art

Introduction to Digital Photography

Social Painting Event– February 20

Social Painting Event, November 12

Social Painting Event, August 7



Still Life Study, Tuesday afternoons

Abstract Watercolors, Wednesday mornings

Art History, Wednesday afternoons

Social Painting Events at Edgehill Church of Christ (October) and Western Heights Baptist Church (November)

Introduction to Digital Photography, Thursdays 1-3pm

PAINT AND POP, Social Painting Event at Rockwood Nature Center, Friday October 16, 6:30-9:30pm and Saturday December 5, 6:30-9:30pm

LEAFAPALOOZA, Rockwood Nature Center, Sunday November 15, 2-4pm

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION: HOLIDAY GREETING CARD WORKSHOP, Rockwood Nature Center, Wednesday December 3, 6-7:30pm

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION: NATURE ART, Rockwood Nature Center, Thursdays October 1- November 19, 5-6:30pm

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION: OUR NATURAL WORLD, Rockwood Nature Center, Thursdays October 1- November 19, 3-4pm

Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling gives us opportunities to deepen our relationship with the earth through writing and art. It is a means to record thoughts, feelings, and observations of the natural world around us. Join our staff art instructor and master naturalist for an introduction to this exercise in becoming more in tune with your own connection to our environment. This four week series of courses will meet at the Rockwood Nature Center. Please bring a sketch pad or blank journal to use in class. Participants must register two weeks in advance. The minimum age for this course is 18. $30/person for this series of 4 courses. Fridays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31 6pm – 8pm

Paint and Pop, Social Painting Event

This program is based on the wildly popular Wine and Canvas® series of classes, but consistent with county policy, it is a dry event. Come to the Rockwood Nature Center for a fun evening of painting with friends as a talented local artist will guide you through the step by step creation of a featured piece of artwork. All necessary materials will be provided as part of the class. Please bring your favorite non-alcoholic beverage to enjoy while you paint. The minimum age for this course is 18. $20/person, Saturday, July 25 6:30pm-9:30pm

Nature Art Camp

Join our art instructor and master naturalist to play nature games, create art inspired by plants and animals, hike out to sketch plein air, learn about and discover the plants and animals of central Virginia through hands on art projects using a variety of mediums. Ages 7-10. Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.
Aug. 3-7, Aug.10-14

Introduction to Digital Nature Photography

Do you want to learn how to get the most out of your new camera while capturing stunning images of nature? This eight-week workshop will start simply and progress through a variety of topics including, brief history of photography, parts of the camera, focal length and depth of field, aperture and f-stops, shutter speed, studio lighting, framing,  perspective, silhouettes and cropping. Students are required to bring their own cameras for the class and will be able to print copies of their own work from home.
Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. Feb. 5-March 26 Course 29702

Bird Brains

Explore the world of birds with your school-aged child. During this four week series of courses, students will learn about bird calls, life history and bird adaptations. They’ll also spend time looking for birds in the park and create their own bird-themed arts and crafts. For ages 5-9, Thursdays, Feb. 5-26, noon-2 p.m.  Course 29697

Nature Printmaking

This four week long course will use a variety of print-making processes to create nature-themed art prints. Students will have access to the nature center’s animals for use as models as well as explore the forests of Rockwood Park. For ages 5-9. Saturdays, Feb. 7-28, 2-4 p.m.  Course 29699

Botany for the Very Young

Is your child interested in plants and flowers? Join one of our certified master naturalists to learn about the world of plants through fun, hands on activities. This eight-week series of classes will explore a variety of botany topics. Examples of the types of activities the children may take part in include painting with pine needles, printmaking, leaf
rubbings, leaf pressing, and planting seeds. For ages 5-8. Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 16, 23, 30; noon-2 p.m. Course 29696

Wild Watercolors

This four-week course will use a variety of watercolor mediums to paint wild animals and nature related scenes. Students will have access to the nature center’s animals for use as models as well as explore the forests of Rockwood Park. Ages 5-9, 3-5pm. Thursdays, April 2, 16, 23, 30; 3-5 p.m. $28 Course 29698

2014 The Athenian Academy

Photography: Introduction to Digital12 weeks, middle school ages

2014 Rockwood Nature Center

Basic Pine Needle Basket Weaving
Interested in learning a new skill? Let our art instructor teach you
the basics of making this Native American craft. Our instructor will
provide guidance on how to get started on your own creation. All
materials are included in the program cost. At the conclusion of this
two-class program participants will have their own small basket to
take home. For ages 14 and older.
Thursdays, Nov. 13 and 20, 6-8 p.m.  Course 28875

Leaping Letters Letterboxing!
Enjoy a mix of art, hiking and treasure hunting in this popular
outdoor activity. The class will spend the first half of the session
making their own handmade stamps. The remainder of the class
will be spent outdoors hunting for letter boxes. Please dress
appropriately for the forecasted conditions and be prepared to
spend a period of time outdoors. For ages 7 and older.
Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m.
Dec. 3 Course 28877
Dec. 17 Course 28879


Social Painting Event

Nature Art Camp at Rockwood Nature Center, 2 sessions

Private Class:  Watercolor/Drawing Combination, Middle School, 6 weeks



Private Class: Art History, middle and high school, year long

Rockwood Nature Center: Nature Art, ages 6-8, 5 weeks

The Athenian Academy: Beginning Digital Photography, middle school ages, 12 weeks


Elements and Principles of Art, ages 9-13, year long

Adult Figure Drawing, 8 weeks

Basic Drawing, ages 7-11, 8 weeks


Basic Drawing, high school age, 8 weeks

2010-2006 CLAFH Homeschooling Cooperative and Richmond Enrichment Studio

Animal Art Through the Ages

The Life and Art of Pablo Picasso

Mobile Making: The Solar System

Pre-school Art

High School Art

A Series of Fish-isms

Medieval Art History

Story Time and Art

Finger Painting


Abstract Watercolors


Public Exhibits:

2012- 2015

12 black and white gelatin silverprints at Rockwood Nature Center



Chesterfield County Public Library- My Students’ Art from the CLAFH Homeschooling Cooperative

Richmond Enrichment Studio Children’s Art Exhibits



Richmond Public Library Downtown Branch- “In My Own Voice”

6 black and white gelatin silverprints, J. Sargeant Reynolds group exhibit



John Tyler Community College campus libraries- “Grounded Through Portals”

16 black and white gelatin silverprints, One Woman Show





My working space, which is in my home……. I swear I organize it…really I do.

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The rabbit is Prince Momiji. He lives in my space along with 4 gerbils and a  forest of tropical plants. Of course my working space always spills over into other rooms- spare bedroom has a sewing machine and a ton of cloth and the dining room table is always full up with my materials.

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3 Responses to “Welcome- Classes”

  1. Canvas & Thread May 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    aww cute bunny 🙂

    • takingitpersonally July 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

      Well thank you! I need to update because he has had to move out to make way for tables for my students!

  2. craftbend March 19, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my at rowenamyerallen.com. I also run a creative reuse materials exchange called C.R.A.F.T. Bend. It’s so nice to connect with other creatives!

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