The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) invites you to join us this summer to explore and create beautiful works of art inspired by some of your favorite children’s literature, both old and new! Open weekdays from June 3 through August 2 (closed July 4), the Summer Art Studio program is bringing popular children’s books to life through art.
This program features kid-friendly art activities for children of all ages. Drop in any time between 11:00am–2:00pm at the LCVA, on the corner of 3rd Street and Main Street in historic downtown Farmville. This program is completely free! No registration is required; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer Art Studio also features little artists areas for children ages 4 and younger. This program is made possible through the generous support of Haley Auto Mall.
This year’s program dates and themes are:
It's a Jungle in Here! June 3 -14
Swing into the LCVA and join us on an Art Safari! Let's rumble in the LCVA Jungle as you create wild and tropical landscapes and animal sculptures. Featured Books: Jungle Book, The Great Kapok Tree, Mr. Lion Goes Wild, Rumble in the Jungle, Bringing the Rain to Kapati Plain, Grandma and the Great Gourd
Walk this World! June 17–June 28
Pack your imaginations as we travel through art to experience Peruvian, African, Chinese, and Mexican culture! Nos vemos en el studio de arte! Featured Books: Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky, Kringle Cat gets lost in Peru, Anasansi, Bringing in the New Year, The Princess and the Pea, My Mamma is a Llama, Waiting for Biblioburro
Making Waves! July 1–July 12 (closed July 4)
It's offishell! Tie-dye is back! It's no seacret! We dolphinately ask that you bring a washed tshirt to dye but if you forget, don't be sea-salty! We have shoe strings to dye as whale! The next two weeks we will explore ocean life and the magical creatures who call the sea their home!
Featured Books: Aqualicious, Vampirina at the Beach, If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach (Magnolia Says Don't), Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea, Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor, Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau
I've Got the Music in Me! July 15–July 26
Without music, summertime would b flat! Come spend a minuet or two and make some flutiful art. Featured Books: Acoustic Rooster and his Barnyard Band, 88 Instruments, Forever Young, Carnival of the Animals, Drum Dream Girl
The Masters July 29–August 2
Get to the point with pointillism! George Seurat was a master of the this technique! Learn to create expressive pop art figures like artist Keith Haring! Let's explore a few centuries of art styles and famous artists to discover the Master Artist in You! Featured Books: Drawing with Scissors, Viva Frida!, The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, Action Jackson, The Noisy Paintbox and Weekend with Renoir
The LCVA is a 20,000-square-foot exhibition center featuring two rotating galleries that have shown works of worldwide importance, including the award-winning Reflecting Centuries of Beauty: The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art, the nationally traveled Pre-Columbian Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art, and a steady stream of solo and group exhibitions for nationally known artists such as Faith Ringgold, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Lesley Dill, David Macaulay, and Kojo Griffin.
The LCVA also dedicates one gallery to a permanent exhibition of stunning African art, part of the Ziegler and Brumfield Collections of African Art. In 1997 Robert Ziegler, a longtime resident of Africa, established this collection with twenty-six important pieces. In 1999, Thomas and Donna Brumfield donated an additional eighty-eight works of African art. The collection includes an impressive array of statues, masks, drums, baskets, and garments, covering four geographical areas, twelve countries, and twenty-seven cultures. A catalog of this collection, Telling Objects: African Art from the Permanent Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, is available.