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New Member Wendy Douglas assists Tyler Roylance with "Endangered Animals" lesson.

Get Smart With Art

Get Smart With Art youth classes are free for children ages 8-14.  Classes take place on Saturdays during the school year from 10 am to 12 pm.  Currently the program is funded in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Listed below are the sessions for this year's program and also lesson plans for students who were not able to attend the classes but want to do the lessons at home. 

New Program:  Students who complete an on-line lesson and submit a picture of their art for the lesson will be included in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate from Walmart.  Students may complete and submit one photo for each lesson, allowing for a possible 9 chances for the drawing which will be held on December 15, 2021.  Click the link here to submit your photos.  Submit Photo Here  Please include the lesson plan title in the subject line and you MUST include the child's first name, age, and contact information for the parents.

👉Slide show from the October program, "Holiday Celebrations".

GSWA Holiday Celebrations

The Virgin Valley Artists Association has teamed up with the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum to offer opportunities for students to reflect on how artists are influenced by history, the landscape, and their personal experiences.

Written lesson plans for all classes will also be accessible to parents on-line. The “at home” lessons give students opportunities to practice their skills in reading, following directions, problem solving and creative thinking.  In addition, the “at home” lessons encourage students to learn about the history of the Virgin Valley and famous artists who have overcome diversity.  As those lesson plans become available, a link to them will be posted here.  

A schedule of the classes is listed below.  Students/Parents can pick up registration forms in the gallery or click on the link here. 

Printable GSWA Registration Form 2021-2022

For more information, call coordinator, Wendy Douglas at 435-230-4748 or click here to send email to Wendy Douglas.


Nov 14:  "A Study of Henri Matisse":  Physical therapist/artist Lynn Maguire discusses the life of disabled artist Matisse. (printmaking)

Henri Matisse Lesson Plan

Dec 12:  The December class has been canceled and will be scheduled later in the year.  Kinetic art- Influenced by her background in kinesiology and biomechanics, Maguire talks to students about how she sees shapes, values and movement.  (pastels)


Jan 9"Messages From the Past":  Retired librarian/artist Char Lang and Elspeth Kuta, Curator of the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, discuss journals of the past.  (journal making- mixed media)

Creating Journals Lesson Plan


Feb 13:  "A Trip to Africa":  Certified Life Coach/Artist, Diane Alexanian shares how her trip to Kenya changed her life and her art.  (polymer clay animals)

Endangered Animals Lesson Plan


Mar 13"Patterns in Art and Life"Shanan Anderson of the Paiute tribe explains the patterns found in native American art.  Char Lang assists students with 3-D art.

Patterns in Art and Life Lesson Plan


April 10"Frida and Her Art":  Lynn Maguire returns to talk about Frida’s disability and art. (Mixed media/ self -portraits)

Frida and Her Art Lesson Plan


May 8:  "Southwest Experiences":  Southwest Artists Kent and Char Lang discuss their archeology work at the Lost City Museum and at excavation sites in the Southwest.  (3-D art from found regional items- recycle art)

Southwest Experiences Lesson Plan

August 14:  "These Boots are Made for Walking":  Students will learn about Cowboy Poetry and the history surrounding it.  Harlo Birkholz will recite some of his Cowboy Poetry.  Students will create collage art inspired by the traditions of the West, led by Vanessa Temple.

These Boots Are Made For Walking Lesson Plan


Sept 18"Tools and Transportation":  Elspeth Kuta talks about early tools and transportation used in the Valley.  Students make adobe bricks and create Plein Air paintings on the museum grounds. (acrylic)

Tools & Transportation Lesson Plan


Oct 16:  "Holiday Celebrations":  Elspeth Kuta discusses holiday celebrations in the Valley.  Students create their own toys and gifts.  (recycle art)

Holiday Celebrations Lesson Plan

November 13, 2021:  "Sketching Outdoors and Creating an Art Journal":  Southwest artist Char Lang assists students in creating their own art journal for outside sketches.


December 11, 2021:  "Tagging":  Virgin Valley High School Art Teacher, Tyler Roylance, introduces students to the art of Tagging (Artistic Lettering)


January 8, 2022:  "Mosaics from Recycled Items":  Char Lang returns to assist students while they create art from recycled/ found items.  


February 12, 2022:  "Graphic Arts/ Creating a Comic Book":  Tyler Roylance introduces students to graphic arts.


March 12, 2022:  "Recycle Art from Natural Items":  Artist Rita Fulmer teaches students the techniques of painting on natural items such as leaves and shells.  


April 9, 2022:  "Magazine Collages":  Artist Vanessa Temple assists students as they create meaningful collages from magazines.


May 14, 2022:  "Roadrunners, Quail and Other Native Birds":  Char Lang leads the students in capturing their impressions of native birds.  


August 13, 2022:  "Desert Animals":  Tyler Roylance returns to talk about making artistic impressions of desert animals.


September 10, 2022:  "Hummingbirds Seen in Nevada" Char Lang assists students with painting various hummingbirds seen in Virgin Valley neighborhoods.


October 8, 2022:  "Buildings and Ghost Towns":  Artist Vanessa Temple talks about her trips to Nevada’s ghost towns and leads students in creating ghostly images.  

National Endowment for the Arts logo      National Endowment for the Humanities logoCity of Mesquite logo 2020

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.