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Coordinator 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 June 15th, 2022.  .

👉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.

Upcoming Classes 


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.  

Previous Lesson Plans:

A Study of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse Lesson Plan


Messages From the Past

Creating Journals Lesson Plan

A Trip to Africa

Endangered Animals Lesson Plan


Patterns in Art and Life

Patterns in Art and Life Lesson Plan


Frida and Her Art

Frida and Her Art Lesson Plan

Southwest Experiences

Southwest Experiences Lesson Plan

These Boots are Made for Walking

These Boots Are Made For Walking Lesson Plan


Tools and Transportation

Tools & Transportation Lesson Plan


Holiday Celebrations

Holiday Celebrations Lesson Plan

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.