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: 2–5 p.m. at the Blacksburg Farmers Market, weather permitting, we provide watercolor supplies so you can stretch out and paint under the maple tree. No experience required and free to all.
- Art in Nature Thursdays: 3–5 p.m. at the SEEDS Blacksburg Nature Center, 107 Wharton Street Blacksburg, VA. Take a walk off campus and join our artists in residents at this sweet location for an impromptu art project. $1 cash donation suggested.
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.
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!!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
This video will show you how to make quilt squares out of old clothes and fabric scraps!
Make your own inspirational marker monoprints using markers, cling wrap, and other household items.
This fun art reach video will have you making projects that are always unique!
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.