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Introduction to Machine Sewing

Beginning November 2

Select Saturdays · 10:30am - 12:30pm · Ages 13+ · $15 per class or $40 for 3-class package · Space is limited. Registration is required!

Led by Amanda Campbell, this easy 2-hr class will guide you through the basics of machine sewing and have you creating pieces in no time! Class 1: The Basics of Machine Sewing will be held on November 2. Class 2: Finishing Edges will be held on November 16. Class 3: Gathers, Pleats, Darts and Sewing a Zipper will be held on November 23. Each class is $15 individually or purchase all three classes for only $40.

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Family Creations

Continuing through December 11, 2019

Wednesdays · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM · Ages 1+ · Free · Space is limited and registration is required!

Enjoy quality time with your preschooler while learning the fundamentals of art through various techniques including painting and drawing. This class is also great for seniors who would like to participate in fun and simple arts and crafts. Registration is required and is available below.

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Yoga With Whitney Harris

Next Session beginning November 6

Wednesdays (through December 18) · 6:30pm - 7:30pm · Ages 18+ · $30 for entire workshop

Relax, unwind and find the balance between body, soul and mind with Whitney Harris. This experienced instructor is well-versed and provides instruction on Vinyasa, Hatha, Zen flow, Asana, and the breathing techniques of Prana. This class is great for new mothers and all ability levels are welcome. Equipment will be provided but patrons may bring their own. Registration is required and available below.

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Art Entrepreneurship 101

Beginning November 16

Select Saturdays · 10:00am - 1:00pm · Ages 18+ · $25 (includes both classes) · Space is limited and registration is required!

Do you aspire to be your own boss, while sharing your art with the world? This course, led by Ateba Gaines, is designed to introduce artists and creators to the fundamentals of art entrepreneurship. You’ll gain the knowledge of fundamental business concepts and tools to build a small business focused on art.


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The Goode Dance Project

Beginning September 14 · Registration has closed

Saturdays · Ages 3-5 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM · Ages 6-10 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Ballet/Jazz Combo) · Ages 11-17 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Ballet/Jazz Combo) · $90 for the entire 11-week workshop.

This season, join choreographer Iris Goode in her 11-week dance workshop for youth. Iris Goode has been a performing artist and instructor for over twenty years. She is the co-founder of Its Dance Performing Arts School in Queens, New York, founder of Iris’ Academy of Musicals & Movement (I AM Movement) in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Goode Dance Project in Hampton, Virginia. This talented and experienced instructor will be bringing dance classes to the Thaddeus Hayes Dance Studio this season. Registration is required.


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Dramatically Able II

Beginning September 21 · Registration has closed

Saturdays · 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM · Free · Visually Impaired Students Grades 5-12

Enroll in Dramatically Able II, a ten-week series of theater sensory workshops for students 5th-12th grade who are blind or visually impaired. Come and learn about theater, engage in dramatic activities, attend a live theatrical performance and be a part of a cast in a showcase of performance where you get to show your talents! For more details about the program and to register, please contact Lois Boyle: accessvirginia@gmail.com or 757-276-1761.



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Beginning/Intermediate Acrylic Painting

Beginning October 2 · Registration has closed

Wednesdays · 2:00pm-4:00pm · Ages 21+ · Free (Must Purchase Supplies Separately)

Students with beginning to intermediate skills in acrylic painting will learn how to create a variety of brush strokes; learn the elements of art and principles of design to create exceptional art compositions; explore how to use color to express a feeling or mood in their art; and the use of art vocabulary to discuss their art and that of well-known artists. In order to continue their painting skills at home, participants will be required to purchase their own supplies. Student supply list will be provided on day one of the class and will cost approximately $25. This class is led by Abralene White. Mrs. White has 38 years of experience as a public school art teacher, teaching levels from high school to elementary school. Thirty-seven of those years were as a Newport News Public Schools Art Teacher. Mrs. White earned a Master of Art degree and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and Hampton University, respectively.


Yoga with Whitney Harris

Beginning October 2 · Registration has closed

Wednesdays (through October 30th) · 6:30pm - 7:30pm · Ages 18+ · $25 for entire workshop

Relax, unwind and find the balance between body, soul and mind with Whitney Harris. This experienced instructor is well-versed and provides instruction on Vinyasa, Hatha, Zen flow, Asana, and the breathing techniques of Prana. This class is great for new mothers and all ability levels are welcome. Equipment will be provided but patrons may bring their own. Registration is required and available below.


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Kids Do SmART Things

Continuing Through October 26 · Program has been cancelled

Saturdays · 10:30am - 11:30am · Ages 3-5 · Free · Space is limited and regisration is required!

This pre-school focused class features activities designed to increase students’ understanding of color, texture, shapes and the ways in which manmade and natural materials can be used to create original works of art. This workshop series is presented by Barbara Wright. Barbara Wright has five years of experience as a Newport News Public Schools Art Teacher and is a 10-year Museum Educator at The Mariner’s Museum. She is also a Founding Member of the Peninsula Glass Guild.


Want to Instruct?

We are always looking for new and exciting classes to bring to Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center! If you are interested in teaching a class, please fill out our program proposal form available through the button below!