Virginia Tech®home

Art Reach

Art Reach is Perspective Gallery’s community outreach program which provides visual arts experiences to students and experiential learning opportunities to our gallery assistants and interns. 

Summer Art Reach Events

Watercolor Wednesday at the Blacksburg Farmers Market

Wednesdays 2 – 6pm next to the Little Library
Free watercolor painting to market visitors.  Perspective Gallery student staff provides encouragement and  supplies for a relaxing painting opportunity, weather permitting.

Art in Nature at the SEEDS Blacksburg Nature Center

Thursdays 2-5pm - 107 Wharton Street, Blacksburg, VA 
Perspective Gallery partners with the Town of Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech Biological Science Outreach program to provide art-making activities centered on nature studies.  

Easy Art Videos

These projects will encourage personal creativity, no matter what your skill level, and will show you how to make something lovely using supplies you have at home. Everyone welcome!

Featured Project: Pour Art

In this project you will use one of your own photos to create a coloring page that you can color in using any media (art supply) that you have.

*
Create Your Own Coloring Page.pdf

This project demonstrates the process of creating a painting using coffee as paint. Have fun and relax with the process of painting.  If you would prefer to doodle with the colors and just play around with them instead of creating a recognizable object, do that!!

*
Coffee Painting Directions.pdf

In this project you will learn several easy to copy techniques for making a drawing using colored pencils. Follow the directions outline the video below and learn to do more than just “color in.”

*
Easy Colored Pencil Techniques.pdf

In this project you will learn several beginner techniques for dying fiber with natural dyes.

This easy art video will teach you how to make a Sikuli, a traditional votive craft developed by the native Huichol culture of western Mexico. Also known as Ojo de Dios the technique employs a simple weaving method which will be explored using natural objects easily found within the environment.

*
Sikuli_Directions.pdf

This technique uses natural foilage to create beautiful color prints.

This Art Reach Easy Art video will show you how to make clay at home with materials available at home and outdoors.

*
Clay at Home .pdf

This Art Reach Easy Art video will show you how to create weaved art at home with materials available at home and outdoors.

This video short gives you a few tips on making a no knead sourdough bread using a combination of your choice of wheat flours.

*
No Knead Sourdough Bread.pdf

This video will show you how to make quilt squares out of old clothes and fabric scraps!

Marker Monoprints Video

Make your  own inspirational marker monoprints using markers, cling wrap, and other household items.

*
Marker Monoprints Instructions.pdf
Pour Art Video

This fun art reach video will have you making projects that are always unique!

*
Pour Art Instructions.pdf

SEEDS Art Mural Project

In 2020, gallery assistant Penina Harte created a mural for the SEEDS-Blacksburg Nature Center play area that is being refurbished.  Just after she graduated and during the pandemic, Penina completed this 4 foot x 24 foot mural for the nature center where it was installed in October.  Rustic play logs will be available for children to sit on and enjoy this beautiful artwork, made just for them.  Perspective Gallery’s Art Reach program provides experiential learning opportunities for student in community arts.