Upcoming Programs Fall 2019

We are gearing up for Fall Programs — stay tuned for more details coming soon!

PAST Programs

Museum Career Exploratory Workshop
July 29, 2019—August 2, 2019
Ages: 8th grade - High School

During this half day week-long program, students interested in museum studies learned the ins and outs of exhibition planning, design, and curation through field trips to various exhibitions around the city. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about related museum careers directly from industry professionals in the field. In conjunction with the summer photography class at the Black History Museum, participants will use the skills they have learned during the week, to assist in planning and curating an exhibit of the students photographic works.


Digital Photography at the Black History Museum
Beyond the Lens: Jackson Ward
Session 1: July 15, 2019—July 19, 2019
Session 2: July 22, 2019—July 26, 2019

Over the course of the week, students had the opportunity to become contemporary history makers while exploring the rich history of Jackson Ward through digital photography. Students worked on their own projects using inspiration from the Black History Museum’s collection, under the guidance of program mentors, local photographers and museum professionals. Participants learned about the fundamentals of photography using DSLR cameras, basic editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop, and were introduced to several careers related to photography. Maya Jackson who has taught digital photography with us at Peter Paul Development Center last year and mentored for City Studio 2019 also led this week-long program alongside Alex Gwynn, our Community Organizer and Programs Assistant.


Story Hour
February 7, 2019—May 14, 2019

(with Peter Paul Development Center @ Bellevue Elementary + Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club)

We are holding a weekly after-school Story Hour, where a guest reader from the community is invited to share a book with elementary-aged students followed by an engaging related art activity. By inviting creative professionals and community members as readers and visiting artists, our focus is to introduce participants to a range of possibilities in creative careers, while encouraging a love for reading and learning with creative tools.

Program Visitors: Gina Adler, Drummer. SkinnyyHendrixx, Musician. Rae Cousins, OA Board Member + Lawyer. Felecia Manns, Owner of Happiness Dance Studios. Susann Whittier, OA Board Member + Sculpture Teacher. Aubrey Fountain, OA Board Member + Lawyer.


Intro to Animation
March 12, 2019—May 24, 2019

We are excited to continue our partnership with Anna Julia Cooper School this spring and begin an Intro to Animation class with students during their in-school activity block. Mitchell Craft who has been teaching our Animation Class at Salvation Army is leading the group through engaging activities with a focus on stop motion animation utilizing a variety of techniques.

Program Visitors: Mike Henry, Voice Actor from the Family Guy + Jefferson Harris, Freelance Designer/Illustrator


City Studio Spring Break Camp
April 1, 2019—April 5, 2019

We are had such an amazing second session of our City Studio spring break camp. We added 10 new students to our cohort from last year. This year’s group focused on learning about production design in film, theatre, and animation, and students met with professionals in the field and taking behind the scenes field trips. Read more about this year’s City Studio Spring Break Camp.

Animation Class @ Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
January 30, 2019—March 25, 2019

We are running an Introduction to Animation class designed to give students a hands on introduction to many animation techniques and a broader understanding of what goes into an animation. Throughout the course, students are exposed to methods of creating pixelation animations, storyboarding, claymation, set building, and creating voice overs.  Creative professionals join us as guest speakers and visiting artists for program activities.

Program Visitors: Jason Quarrels, Arts + Letters. Amanda Patterson, The Martin Agency. Anna Kolantis, The Martin Agency. Evie Metz, VCUarts MFA Student, Claymation Animator.


Visual Communications Class @ Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School
September 4—November 1, 2018 

This fall, our program mentors created and ran an exciting 9-week program with two groups of middle students at Anna Julia Cooper. We helped them lay the groundwork for digital photography processes and techniques, and introduced them to graphic design with the use of Photoshop and other web-based programs. For their final projects, our students flexed their new skills by designing their very own movie posters with the photos they had taken during our class as well as imagery found online. They created such amazing posters and we had such a blast with these students!


Costume Class @ Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
September 17—October 29, 2018

Oakwood Arts had so much fun working with both middle schoolers and elementary schoolers this semester to create their own costumes for the fall season! The class culminated with a fashion show where they got to show off their amazing creations.

Program Visitors: Gina Adler, Set Costumer. Cath Daly, Costumes Production Assistant for the film Harriet.


Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School: Documentary Photography with Brian Palmer
July 9–13, 2018

Students from Anna Julia Cooper learned basic digital photography, with a focus on documentary photography, from photojournalist Brian Palmer. He introduced them to the history of East End Cemetery and talked to them about the work he has been doing there, documenting the cemetery's years-long restoration. Students practiced what they'd learned at East End and elsewhere over the course of a week. You can find out more about the East End Quilt Collective here. 


Blue Sky Fund: Landscape and Nature Photography
July 3–24, 2018

Teen participants from Blue Sky Fund focused on photography while being introduced to the history of East End Cemetery. They learned about landscape and documentary photography, and used these skills to document the effects of overgrowth and invasive plant species on the cemetery. Students also created cyanotypes on fabric using flora found on-site, some of which will be stitched together as part of a quilt representing the cemetery's rich history. You can learn more about the East End Quilt Collective here. 


Digital Storytelling Class
June 18–22, 2018 — sponsored by the VMFA

High school students worked with resident VMFA videographer Briget Ganske to learn the art of digital storytelling. During the weeklong intensive, participants learned about different ways to share personal narratives and make self portraits, as well as how to use DSLR cameras to make videos. By the end of the week, they used their newfound production talents to make some amazing self-portraits, which were screened the next day at the Oakwood Arts fundraising auction. Check out their work below! 


Peter Paul Digital Collage Class
February–March 2018

We're having a blast in our digital collage class at the Peter Paul Development Center! Students are working with their VCU photography mentors to learn to use professional lighting equipment — and they're having fun getting creative and photographing each other in front of our green screen. For their final project, they'll use their new Photoshop skills to create a large collage riffing on the theme "what you would take with you on a deserted island." These works of art will soon be displayed in the windows of Oakwood Arts for the community to view. Keep an eye out!


Oakwood Arts Story Hour
February 22, 2018

We were thrilled to host our first Story Hour this February. It started with a book (well, with snacks, actually) and ended with collages inspired by the paintings of Jacob Lawrence. Thanks to Brian Palmer for being our debut reader, to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club for sending so many wonderful students our way, and to Susann Whittier and all our volunteers for guiding our young artists with paper, scissors, and enthusiasm. Special thanks to the Herndon Foundation for making this event possible. 


Camera Obscura / Pinhole Workshop
September 30, 2017 — sponsored by Candela Gallery

In this two-hour community workshop kids and their parents learned how a camera works. They got to walk into a giant camera (camera obscura), which we'd constructed on-site. They also learned how to make their own pinhole cameras, then played outside taking photos with premade versions. We processed their images right then and there so participants could take them home that day. 


Cyanotype Workshop
August 26, 2017 — sponsored by Candela Gallery

Kids ages 6 to 11 learned how to make cyanotypes (sun prints) using flowers and found objects. After practicing on small pieces of fabric, they joined forces to create a cyanotype mural, lying in the sun for five long minutes on the Oakwood Arts lawn. Check out the results! 


Digital Photographic Collage Workshop at the Robinson Theater
July 10, 13, 17, 20, & 24, 2017

Participants worked one on one with VCU photography students and recent graduates. They learned how to use DSLR cameras, how to import their images and manipulate them on the computer using Photoshop. To cap off the workshop, each student created a large digital photo collage that we are printing on transparent material; we will be illuminating the collages by hanging them in the windows of the Oakwood Arts space on 35th and P Streets. All equipment was provided.


Film Production Career Presentation
May 5, 2017

We hosted our very first event at Armstrong High School. A stellar group of film industry professionals—from the rigging grip on Turn, Mercy Street, and Loving to the director of the new movie Juanita—talked to art students at Armstrong High School about their positions and how they got where they are today. Part of our mission is to help make careers in creative fields accessible to all, and this was a first successful step in that direction.