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! 

Graffiti Art - Drawing Names
Mrs. Aly teaches us how to turn our name into graffiti art with just a few simple steps! GRADE LEVEL 3-12
Pastel Pets
Join Megan in drawing your favorite furry friend using pastels. GRADE LEVEL 6-12
Character Design - Cake Burglar
Artist, Russ Fagle, walks you through building character designs, like this cake burglar! Grab a pencil and follow along. GRADE LEVEL 4-12
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. GRADE LEVEL 6-12
Intro to Art Journaling
Grab a used book as your canvas and spark your creative fire with this mixed media class series with Shawnacy Kiker Perez. This class can be repeated for the lessons to come. CLASS 1 of 6 - GRADE LEVEL 6-12
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
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
Styrofoam Printmaking
Learn this fun and simple printmaking technique with local artist Lauren Manninen. GRADES 6-12
Art with Nature: Sunprints
Join Lauren on a sunny day with this project that uses leaves, flowers, and other things found in nature.