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Welcome to our Spring Semester Course Schedule.  Please scroll down for our registration policies and payment information. 


Tuesdays  //  3:30-6:00 pm FLEX (read below)  //  February 7- May 23  (No class March 28)

Students may be dropped off and picked up anytime between 3:30-6. 

Ages 9-15

$225, full semester, 15 sessions                

$75, 4 sessions 

$25, Single trial session


This club is for self-motivated art lovers who need a space to spread out and work among their peers as they explore new media and techniques. This class is geared toward middle school students, but we will accept younger students who are able to work independently, as well as high school students who need space to complete portfolio assignments for college admissions. Weekly emphasis on different media, themes or materials will inspire new understandings and provide opportunities for students to explore.


The studio is open and the teacher is available from 3:30-6. Unlike other classes that have a firm start and end, this class is designed for students to be able to drop in whenever they get out of school and get picked up whenever convenient for the parent. An instructor is in the studio each day and available to assist as needed. They will demonstrate new techniques and model safe handling of materials, but there will be no formal lesson that all students must complete. Instead, each student is able to explore as desired and continue to develop skills in their area of interest, while being encouraged to explore new media and techniques and relate them to their field.



Tuesdays  //  1-3pm  //  February 21-May 16  (No class March 28)

Ages 5-14


In this 12 session semester course, students will build and advance fundamental skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture and more. More advanced students will be challenged to continue to develop and refine their work. Students will engage in art making while learning about art history, the elements of art and the principles of design. This class is for a wide age range and the instructor will differentiate developmentally for the proper age and stage of the student. 


Project based, 3-hour workshops will explore various subjects, media and techniques.

Go home with a new creation each week!


Saturdays  //  10am - 1pm  //  February 4 - April 29  (No class April 1)

Ages 5-14 

$215, Full semester, 12 sessions

$80, One month, 4 sessions (Sign up for Feb, Mar, or Apr)

$25, Single Saturday


February 2023From Kool to Kehinde – Explore 20th Century & contemporary African American artists as we draw with color, paint with gouache and acrylics, learn techniques in illustration and create a graffiti style personal tag, torn paper collage and more!

March 2023 - Women’s History MonthCelebrate the women artists who challenged the limitations of societal perceptions and set the stage for their contemporaries. From George O’Keeffe to Louise Bourgeois, we will create everything from modern art to mixed media sculptures. 


April 2023Mysterious ArtsDe-code the glyphs of the ancient Maya, create misty Chinese landscapes, learn about the hidden meanings in flowery still lifes, and the secret of illusions in Renaissance art. We will create clay tile reliefs, inky watercolor paintings, drawings with conte crayon and paintings on canvas!






$175  //  Monday-Thursday  //  9am - 3pm  //  March 27-30

$45  //  Friday  //  9am-3pm  //  March 31

Students enrolled in K-8th grades


Join us for Spring Break Camp as we discover amazing sights around downtown Staunton and use the buildings and views as inspiration for all sorts of artwork. Each student will receive a sketchbook to use as we roam around Queen City each morning, documenting what we see and then head back to the studio for paintings, watercolor and design projects. We will learn about plein air in terms of technique, taking a sketch from concept to finished work and then about other artists like Monet and Hopper who also captured a place and a moment in their artwork. Join the fun!



  • Deadline for registration is 1-week prior to the class. We are delighted to accommodate later sign-ups if possible, but some classes may need specific supplies or teacher prep that necessitates this cut-off, so we'll need you to check in. Please contact Valerie at the address below if the deadline has passed to check availability BEFORE making payment. Thank you so much!

  • Register in person (20 S New St), by calling 540.885.2028 or online above

  • Payment can be made via:

    • Cash or check // Please print and fill out THIS FORM and then deliver or mail, with payment, to: SAAC, 20 S. New Street, Staunton, VA 24401

    • Credit card // Click on the button for the class and you will be redirected to our payment processor (PayPal). There is an added processing fee for credit card payments. After payment is complete, you will be redirected to our registration form for you to fill out online.

  • The registration process must be completed fully (payment and registration form) in order to secure your child's space in their chosen class. If you were not redirected from PayPal, please click here to fill out your registration form

  • SAAC family level members receive a 10% discount, currently registration and credit card payment for discounted courses must be made in person or by calling us during business hours

  • For questions or concerns, please contact Valerie Smith: director(AT)saartcenter(DOT)org 


  • If we cancel a class due to weather or illness, we will provide a make-up date.

  • We are not able to transfer classes or provide make-up dates for classes missed by individual students.

  • We are able to fully refund a class if it is canceled more than 2 weeks in advance.

  • We are able to partially refund a class (40% of class fees) if canceled more than 1 week in advance.

  • Cancelations made after this time forfeit all fees.

  • Please note, payments made online incur a credit card processing fee which is non-refundable.

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