Virtual Classroom

Step-by-Step with Local Artists

Welcome to the Virtual Classroom! We are excited to offer these free learning opportunities to families.

Fun new videos will be added to the Virtual Classroom, so please check back often. We know that art-making is a process that soothes the soul, and boy do we need that right now!

  • To filter the list of classes, select Topics and Grade Level in combination.
  • Some classes are a series, and some are one-and-done. When there is a series it is best to "take" these classes in order.
  • Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. You can choose to be alerted when new classes are posted so you don't miss out! 

We hope you will share your projects with us so we can keep our connections strong! Share the classes with your friends, too! 

Strumming Pattern G, D, Em, and C
Cedar Rapids Musician, Brook Hoover, teaches you a basic strumming pattern using a chord pattern used in countless songs. Once you've mastered these few chords, you'll be able to play along with a lot of your favorite tunes! GRADE LEVEL 5-ADULT
Anatomy of a Shadow
Join Lauren Manninen and learn how to shade, art basics 101! Use a gray scale to create a shadowed sphere using only black and white paint.
The Chord Wheel
Join Brook Hoover for a spin around the chord wheel! Brook manages to make music theory both colorful and accessible. The demos in the video are for guitar, but you can apply this to any instrument. If you know some basic chords and want to start tinkering to grow your knowledge then Brook is the guy to guide you! Guitar rental available locally, call to inquire. GRADE LEVEL 5-ADULT
Fish Drawing
Learn to draw fish using simple shapes with local artist Russ Fagle. GRADES K-5
Coffee Moon Paintings
This project shows you how to create a moon painting using coffee instead of paints. Follow along with Lauren Manninen to make Coffee Moons! CLASS 1 - GRADES 3-12
Clay Rainbow Fish
This project shows you how to create homemade clay or play dough using some pantry staples. Follow along with Lauren Manninen to make some Rainbow Fish! CLASS 1 - K-2
Styrofoam Printmaking
Learn this fun and simple printmaking technique with local artist Lauren Manninen. GRADES 6-12
Storytime - Savvy and Maddy’s Amazing Art Project
Join children’s book author, Kendra Preston, for a reading of her book, Savvy and Maddy’s Amazing Art Project. See how they cooperate to make a painting of their favorite place. CLASS 1 - GRADE LEVELS K - 3
Art with Nature: Sunprints
Join Lauren on a sunny day with this project that uses leaves, flowers, and other things found in nature.
Binding a Simple Sketchbook
Learn this simple book binding technique to create your own multipurpose sketchbooks using traditional bookbinder’s tools or simple tools you find in your home. CLASS 1 - GRADE LEVEL 3 - 12