Arts Workshops

Join us on UVA Arts Grounds on Saturday, November 11 for our 2017 Family Day festivities! Beyond free screenings, an interactive arts fair, and the Young Filmmakers Academy red carpet extravaganza, there will be free, interactive Arts Workshops for children of all ages!

2017 Workshops

Family Day 2017 will offer free Arts Workshops led by UVA faculty, staff, and local organizations for children of all ages.

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2017 Workshops - Registration Required

The Magical World of Ballet

Join the Charlottesville Ballet for a workshop that inspires the mind and body in a short “Intro to Ballet” class for ages 3-8, followed by a performance by the Pre-Professional students of Charlottesville Ballet Academy. This magical introduction to dance will delight and entertain young children!

Instructor: Sara Clayborne, Charlottesville Ballet
Ages: 3-8; 30 participants
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Drama 115C



Where’s the Bag?: Making Strong Choices in Acting and Directing

Come learn the art of directing and acting for film with Lysandra Petersson and Zach Laliberte, filmmakers and Mentors at Light House Studio! In this light-hearted and fast-paced workshop, participants take a short script and make several distinct choices to turn it into very different stories – including changing the genre, tone, and delivery of dialogue.

Instructors: Lysandra Petersson and Zach Laliberte, Light House Studio
Ages: 11-13; 12 participants
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM
Room: Drama B006



The Lessac Orchestra – Tuning our Vocal Instrument

A series of fun games and explorations to learn how to use our voice and body in a healthy way! Introduction to the three Body energies – Radiancy, Buoyancy and Potency, the consonant orchestra leading to our very own scat band, body warmups to Jimmy Buffet’s ‘Volcano’ song, fun Vendor calls using the Lessac “Call” technique for healthy ways to project our voices without damaging vocal cords

Instructor: Priyanka Shetty, Lessac Practitioner at The Lessac Institute
Ages: 7 and up; 15 participants
Time: 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Room: Drama 115C



Movin’ and Groovin’

Local Award-winning choreographer Ike Anderson leads a Hip Hop dance workshop for all skill levels with high energy moves over dope beats.

Instructor: Ike Anderson, Music Resource Center
Ages: 8 and up; 24 participants
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Room: Drama 115B



Five Ways to Begin a Screenplay

A creative writing workshop that uses five different prompts examining five distinct ways to begin a screenplay (from a historical event, from an image/object, from a character, from a scenario, from a line of dialogue). This workshop, while primarily a hands-on creative lab, will also provide introductory guidance into formatting and plot structure.

Instructor: Denise Stewart, UVA Department of Drama and Arvold Education
Ages: 10-17; 20 participants
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Room: Drama 206



Joey Stories

Join staff from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection on a kangaroo adventure! We’ll learn all about kangaroos and finish with an engaging craft that allows each participant to tell their own joey story.

Instructors: Meghan Smith, Lauren Maupin and Fenella Belle, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
Ages: 2-5; 25 participants
Time: 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Room: Drama Building Lobby



How Theater Works: Behind the Scenes Tour

Join Steve Warner on a tour of the Drama Building, getting a glimpse into the process of putting on a stage production, from backstage to dressing rooms and workshops.

Instructors: Steve Warner, UVA Department of Drama
Ages: All ages welcome
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM



Kids Acting Out

Join us for a fun, fast-paced workshop all about the basics of theatre and acting! Play games while learning about aspects of drama including character development, improvisation, storytelling, stage directions, and vocal projection with Kids Acting Out, a group of UVA students experienced in educating children about theatre. 

InstructorsKids Acting Out at UVA
Ages: 6-10; 15 participants
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM
Room: Drama 115B

2017 No Registration Required

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo 

Films come to life in part through music and sound effects.  Movie soundtracks introduce characters, create moods and emphasize plot lines.  Meet the instruments of a symphony orchestra one-on-one and try making sounds that remind you of your favorite movie in a hands-on Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. With help from U.Va music faculty and students from the Charlottesville Symphony, miniature Mozarts and budding Beethovens – as well as grown-ups – can hear, see, touch and play many different instruments found in the orchestra.

Host: Charlottesville Symphony at The University of Virginia
Helms Theater
Age: All ages welcome
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM