Wednesday, December 21, 2011

CVA School of Art Newsletter

Click on the above link to see current news from the CVA School of Art.

Happy Holidays!  Hope to see you in class in the New Year!

Friday, September 23, 2011

CVA Kids Wish List

CVA Gallery of Giving
The CVA School of Art welcomes donations.  If you would like to help out with art supplies for kids' classes, please consider a donation.  Calls prior to donation drop off are requested and appreciated.

Especially needed for KIDS: 
The easiest way to donate is to shop on line at
Blick Art Materials CVA Wish List click here
Canvas panels (any size)
Quality Student paint brushes
Glue sticks
Crayola Washable Markers
Crayola Model Magic
Children's new or used picture books
Styrofoam Plates

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CVA's NEW website is "live" !

The CVA's NEW website is up and running!  Check out
Center for the Visual Arts
Many new classes for Fall, starting right after Labor Day.  If you and your children enjoy creating art, the CVA is your center for arts learning. Call 715-842-4545 or stop in the CVA to register.

"Back to School Apple" oil painting by student Rosemary T.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fall Classes are coming up!

Fall classes at the CVA School of Art are coming up soon!  Watch our new website for full details.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Don't Miss Out on Egypt!

 The CVA School of Art is holding Art Camp: Egypt Past & Present during the first two weeks of August.
Can't make it for the whole week?
Special Wednesday August 3 OR Wednesday August 10....walk-in registration 1-4:30pm.  Students grades K-3 and grades 4-8.   Bring a snack.  Enjoy all the art projects for only $25.  Kids will make scarabs and jewelry, sarcophagus and hieroglyphic designs, tablas and tambourines, and more.  Don't miss out on Egypt!  Contact the CVA 715-842-4545 or

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Calling all CVA Students!

Open invitation to CVA Students past and present, young and old!: Bring up to three artworks for display in the CVA Student Exhibit. Deliver art to the CVA Giftshop Tues July 26 through Friday July 29. New this year: your art can be for sale! Contact 715-842-4545 or for more info.


ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT of Kids' Open Studios at the CVA Summer School of Art. Oodles of art projects! Tues, Wed, Thur from 1-4pm. Pay as you go in the CVA Giftshop. Hint hint Wed is Art Play Date so bring a friend for free! Contact the CVA 715-842-4545 or

Walk Like an Egyptian!

Walk Like an Egyptian! The CVA School of Art has Art Camp: Egypt Past & Present coming up! Week One is August 1-5; Week Two is August 8-12. Space is limited! Scholarships are available but you need to apply. Contact 715-842-4545 or to register.

Monday, June 13, 2011

CVA School of Art starts up Kids' Open Studios June 14th thru July 28th.  Tues-Wed-Thur from 1-4pm.  Walk-in registration, pay as you go!  Only $20 per session, all supplies included.  Age-appropriate art lessons led by talented local artists based on National Standards of Visual Arts Education.  Join in the fun!  Hint: Wed is Art Play Date, bring a friend for free! Contact or 715-842-4545.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Here's the flyer for Pushin' Paint ala Plein Air

Register now -- call the CVA 715-842-4545

Upcoming Plein Air Painting Workshop

The CVA School of Art presents:

Pushin' Paint ala Plein Air with David "Kaps"
Sat. and/or Sun., June 25-26
9am-4pm (bring a lunch!)

Two workshops in one - sign up for either day or both.  $90 for one day or $130 for both days.  CVA members receive an additional discount!

Contact the CVA 715-842-4545 for full details.  Register now -- class size is limited!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Creating Visual Separation of Foreground and Background

Recently I was painting pleine air near my home in Tomahawk, Wisconsin and had to deal with a common painting challenge--separating foreground from background. The values were very similar and the background was quite busy, but the temperatures varied. This temperature difference was the key to the solution. I "pushed" that difference (cooled down) while simplifying the background and VOILA, the foreground popped! A simple solution to a common problem.

Good luck with your painting experiences.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

We Need Children's Picture Books!

Looking for books!  The CVA "library" is in need of children's picture books for use in a variety of kid's art classes.  We love to involve story time to round-out lesson plans.  We also love literature connecting with art.  Even older kids use book art for inspiration.  If you'd like to donate your gently used picture books, contact the CVA 715-842-4545 or

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pre-K Butterfly Fun

Today a Pre-K class from John Marshall Elementary (along with their teacher and aides) fluttered on in to the CVA School of Art to enjoy a colorful collage project tailored just right.  Led by CVA instructor Nancy Laliberte, 18 pairs of little hands busily tore, snipped and glued their own designs onto prepared paper stock.  An introductory book reading and tour of the Loft Gallery added to the inspiration.  Skills learned involved color, balance, contrast and much more.  No two butterflies were alike!  Contact to book your own art experience.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kids Kids Kids in the Gallery!

Today, the CVA had the pleasure of hosting a wonderful group of third graders (and their teacher with attendant Moms!) from Statford WI.  With only one hour to spare in their busy day, they toured the CVA's main gallery to review the current exhibit Lost & Found.  Led by Valerie Berkely, CVA Curriculum Director, the kids were put to task!  Already well-versed in the ideas of using materials both recycled and repurposed, the kids used their powers of close observation to "find" specific items that were "lost" within the artwork on view.  Competition aside, the kids vied for the highest counts.  How many keys did they see?  How many dogs?  How many books?  How many blocks?  You get the picture!  Notebooks in hand, the kids tallied their results while discussing the various symbols and meanings presented in the artworks displayed.  Everyone enjoyed finding a new outlook on art.  Stop by this exhibit for might be surprised at what you find!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Upcoming Pastel Workshops

Do you love pastel art as much as we do? Have you ever wanted to create your very own pastel painting? Are you a beginner? Well then, we have the workshops for you! Kay Brathol-Hostvet is scheduled to teach two separate all day workshops here at the CVA on May 21 and 22. Call 715-842-4545 to register. And know that ALL SUPPLIES are provided, courtesy of the CVA.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Currently at the CVA School of Art


Tuesdays or Wednesdays, thru May 31
3 - 6pm or 6-9pm
class fee: $30 / each session

No need to pre-register.  Pay at the CVA Gift Shop cashier.  Bring work in progress for gentle critique and guidance.  All experience levels welcome.  Professional instructor well versed in acrylic, oil and watercolor.  Work on value studies, color harmonies, transparent layers.  Wet paintings may be conveniently stored in classroom between sessions.  Instructor Valerie Berkely