Art isn’t just for kids. Individuals 16 years+ can connect with fellow creatives, learn a new skill, or expand on their artistic practice in Adult Art Education classes offered by Stafford County Parks, Recreation, Facilities and Tourism (PRFT). Each class, led by instructor Cecelia Alvarado, is taught in a studio art environment in the Rowser Building. Open Studio time is also available for anyone bringing their own supplies and projects. Cecelia provides assistance with all mediums and crafts; no experience necessary.
Cecelia’s 50+ years in early childhood education translates well to providing art instruction to adults and is a huge asset in relaying ideas, troubleshooting, and communication. After retiring from full-time college teaching, the opportunity to teach art was hugely appealing. According to Cecelia, being an art teacher is her favorite job- and she loved her previous career.
“What makes working as an art teacher different is that this is the first job I can focus entirely on art,” says Cecelia. She loves to research, plan and implement new art classes for the community. To Cecelia, it’s a great opportunity to explore all kinds of art. She most enjoys helping students understand art, reach their project goals, and enhance their artistic skills.
Creative expression comes in countless forms and classes available with Stafford County have many art forms covered: acrylic and watercolor painting; gelli plate printing; mosaics; polymer clay; fiber art (crochet, knitting, macramé, doll making and slow stitch); mixed media, and creating hand-bound books. Several writing classes are also available: memoir writing and writing and illustrating children’s picture books. Participants also love the baking classes offered, such as Sourdough Bread and Elegant Rose Fruit Pie baking.
Students are supported in their endeavors and encouraged to try new things in a positive environment. Sessions last 2-2.5 hours and all materials and equipment are provided. Classes are also a good opportunity for socialization; many students comment these classes are beneficial to their mental health. PRFT's Adult Art Education classes are a great way to engage within the community.
Ultimately, Cecelia wants students to learn everyone has a creative side and she strives to support individual creativity. Stafford PRFT offers a variety of art classes to the community in a creative and engaging atmosphere with a knowledgeable instructor to guide students.
To learn more about available Adult Art Education Classes and to register go to bit.ly/StaffordArtClasses or call 540-658-5116.