Each year, Louisville Visual Art hosts a gallery exhibit of the work from the Middle School student artists in our Children’s Fine Art Classes program. Every student from that year has work on display, providing them a chance to see their work in exhibition and to share that experience with their families.
The Children’s Fine Art Classes program engages and inspires the next generation of creative leaders by providing intensive, in-depth art experiences to visually talented and motivated elementary and middle school students.
Since 1925, the program has offered concentrated studies in two-dimensional art that include studio practices in drawing, painting, and mixed media; art history; critiquing skills; and aesthetics.
The exhibition will be on display from May 20 through May 30.
Gallery hours are Mon - Thu 12-4 p.m.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to make an appointment to see the exhibition.
Each year, Louisville Visual Art hosts a gallery exhibit of the work from The Academy of LVA in the late spring/early summer. Each student has work on display, providing them a chance to see their work in an exhibition and to share that experience with their families. Students have the option to sell their own artwork, with 80% of all sales going directly back to the student artist and 20% going back to LVA to help provide scholarships for future students. Students can also list their work as NFS (not for sale).
LVA's CFAC & Academy Director Annette Cable, Wilma Bethel, LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier, Andrew Preston, and William Duffy presented awards to Academy graduates.
Claire Mundy received the Community Award, sponsored by Preston Arts Center and presented by their store manager, Andrew Preston.
Payton Sprau received the Portfolio Award, sponsored by Artist & Craftsman Supply and presented by teacher Wilma Bethel.
River Skipworth received the Vision Award, sponsored by LVA and presented by teacher William Duffy.
LVA Board Chair Marti Kuehn enjoyed the perfect weather with Board Members Wilma Bethel, Lisa Huber, and Executive Director Lindy Casebier.
Another productive semester of LVA's Academy!
Art brings everyone closer!
Another productive semester of LVA's Academy!
A great crowd gathered to celebrate the 2017-18 Academy of LVA success stories. Join us again for more:
Upcoming Events May 20 from 2-4 PM: CFAC Middle School reception June 3 from 2-4 PM: CFAC Elementary School reception
May 9-16: The Academy of LVA (High School) exhibition May 20-30: CFAC Middle School exhibition June 3-13: CFAC Elementary School exhibition Gallery hours: Mondays - Thursdays from 12-4 PM or by appointment.
These photos were taken recently in teacher Jean Smith's last CFAC class at North Oldham Middle School. It was an emotional day - some of the students were in this class for several years with a teacher who gave so much to them.
We look forward to seeing them develop into wonderful artists and thank Jean for all she's done and her years of fantastic service.
Here are more personal photos of when CFAC instructor Julia had King Elementary 4th & 5th-grade students look at Romare Bearden's collage paintings, then discussed how to make a landscape of their home.
They talked about historical figures and heroes, and what those heroes would be wearing and doing if they lived in their neighborhood. This is mainly a collage project but students were allowed to expand into other materials once they covered the whole page.
CFAC instructor Julia had King Elementary 4th & 5th-grade students look at Romare Bearden's collage paintings, then discussed how to make a landscape of their home. They talked about historical figures and heroes, and what those heroes would be wearing and doing if they lived in their neighborhood. This is mainly a collage project but students were allowed to expand into other materials once they covered the whole page.
CFAC instructor Jean shared these photos from class at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. "For the last two weeks, our subject has been fish. Our first project was drawing the fish with accuracy. Last week was having fun with negative space, using the outline of the fish and filling in around it with colorful shapes and patterns."
Instructor Jean sent these photos of her CFAC class at North Oldham Middle School and said, "All semester, we've been focusing on drawing hands. They are the most difficult part of the human body to draw accurately, so we started from the skeletal level and built on that. We will eventually create hands using different art movements. For example, next week we are starting a segment on Pop Art incorporating hands. For the last two weeks, we have been working on drawing, shading, and highlighting hands using toned paper, white charcoal, black charcoal, and different grades of graphite pencils."
Learning to see is an essential part of every artist's development. Elementary students in instructor Rick's CFAC class hone their observational skills creating contour line drawings from life with impressive results!
After doing small projects about line, shape, color, and shading, our Clifton middle school CFAC students are creating self-portraits with instructor Liz. Square by square, they are blending colors and seeing their likenesses appear!
3rd & 4th grade CFAC students at Fairmont Elementary in New Albany, In., loved their foray into the world of fiber art where teaching artist Trish Korte taught them how to use wool fibers to make felted creatures!
Thanks to Fund for the Arts and their Teacher Arts Grant (TAG) program for their invaluable support!
Thanks to CFAC instructor Angela for sharing this. She wrote, "Took a moment to chase the sunset tonight with my Louisville Visual Art CFAC class. This group is a welcomed reminder of the joy of seeing the world through a lens."
4th & 5th-grade CFAC students at King Elementary studied balance with instructor Julia. Students were allowed to use whatever medium they wanted but had to make a design that had a radial or symmetrical balance.
Children's Fine Art Classes (CFAC), founded in 1925, has remained the cornerstone of Louisville Visual Art's program. Jackie Pallesen came onboard as CFAC director in 2011, and it wasn't long before she charted a path of innovation that brought that program, and all of LVA's education department, online and into the 21st century.
She did it by building a management team, one that recognized that the long-term future of non-profit arts centered on the expansion of education programming, and brought innovation to the table. Her first step in that process was hiring Sarah Davis to be CFAC director.
"It's easy to understand what an amazing impact Jackie has made on LVA when you see the numbers rapidly growing under her leadership," Sarah observes, "but I think the most significant thing she contributed to LVA is harder to quantify. Jackie made sure programming was meaningful and thoughtfully executed."
"Both LVA, as well as the entire Louisville community, have been fortunate to have her for the past six-and-a-half years, and I can't wait to see how she brings this same energy and passion to her new students," says Sarah.
Once the CFAC selection and registration process was a mountain of paperwork that descended upon the LVA office twice a year. Now it functions in a streamlined manner through an almost entirely online registration.
Recognizing that the CFAC high school curriculum demanded an upgrade, and needing to address the needs of students preparing for college, Jackie led her team in researching what other visual art programs for ages 14-18 were doing around the country. In 2015, they launched The Academy at LVA, an ambitious advance for the Louisville community.
When Kroger prepared to launch a mural initiative for their Louisville market, it was Jackie that took charge of the project, acclimating Kroger executives to a process of issuing the Call to Artists, reviewing portfolios and original proposals, and the final selection of artists for each location over the last 2 1/2 years.
One reason for Jackie's enthusiasm for the Kroger Mural Project was that it provided a first step in realizing a long-developing desire for LVA to initiate a larger mural initiative - one that would encourage community leaders and local businesses to invest in local artists and the expansion of public art.
Lindy Casebier, Executive Director of LVA, expressed appreciation for her leadership and laying a solid foundation for the next successful chapter in the life of the organization.
There have been a long line of innovative leaders in the education department; Peg Smith and Linda Sanders come immediately to mind. Talented people move in and out of non-profits all the time, but if the hope and ambition is that you leave the place better than you found it, then Jackie Pallesen's time at LVA was certainly well-spent. The organization, the programs and the people involved can only be grateful for that legacy.