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Registration is open for fall classes at Valley Art Center

Aug 30, 2021 03:54PM ● By Today's Family

Fall art classes for children and adults
For hundreds of students, back to school means back to art at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls.  Kids of all ages have a full range of class options to choose from including pottery, drawing, painting, mixed media and jewelry.  Over two dozen different art courses are available for the adult in the family, too.  Regular classes meet one day a week for up to six weeks.  Choose from morning, afternoon, and evening classes, Monday through Saturday.  Fall classes begin September 13 (session 1) and November 1 (session 2).

New courses
New this fall, VAC is offering Wildlife Drawing for adults.  This course by wildlife artist Linda Merchant Pearce will teach the techniques of understanding eyes, feathers and fur, posture, and backgrounds to make your animal art come to life.  Adventures in Art is a 1.5 hour class specially made for the preschooler, half-day kindergartner, or homeschooled K–2nd grader.  Older children can enjoy classes focused on clay, drawing and painting, and jewelry design.

Art therapy for all ages
Valley Art Center is excited to now offer Art Therapy Class Sessions for children and adults. From understanding emotions to building relationships and calming the mind, art therapy is using art in a therapeutic way to support overall well-being and building an understanding of yourself.  Using a wide range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, papermaking, weaving, sculpture and more, all classes are taught by art therapist, Yesamine De leon-Mettee, MA, LPC, who holds a Master of Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College and is a licensed professional counselor.

An art education hub in the valley
For over 50 years, VAC has been at the forefront of arts education in the Chagrin Valley.  Just minutes from downtown Chagrin Falls, Valley Art Center offers over 400 visual arts classes each year for students of all ages from beginner to advanced professional.  Chagrin Falls boasts an arts-rich district where Valley Art Center is one of six arts nonprofits and one of several galleries, the only nonprofit gallery in the Village.  Every year, 30 locally and nationally renowned instructors offer guidance and inspiration to more than 1,400 students at the center.  Valley Art Center's large, updated facilities include five classrooms fully equipped for studying studio arts and crafts as well as a professional art gallery where students can display their work and learn from other artists, from beginners to professionals.

How to register
Call now, stop in, or log on to register today. Students may register online (, in person, or by phone at 440-247-7507. Payment must be made at the time of registration (cash, check or credit card accepted).  Registration is open now for all fall classes.  To see the most current list of available classes and workshops, visit  Explore the visual arts and more in Chagrin Falls, and experience all that Valley Art Center has to offer!

More information
For more information, contact Valley Art Center at 440-247-7507 or visit  VAC is located at 155 Bell Street in Chagrin Falls.  While you are visiting, be sure to check out the Margaret "Peg" Bowen Gallery and the Hallway Gallery.  Or visit the center’s juried gift shop where you will find unique art created by VAC’s own artist members.