At Atlas, we provide a safe space for high school students to gain a better understanding of themselves through art. Our free programs meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during the school year, for eight weekly sessions. Give your high schooler the opportunity to let their creavity soar at Atlas!
Learn about our current teen program offerings. You can sign up for as many programs as you'd like, but we are looking for teens who can make a commitment to all nine weeks.
Winter 2019 Programs (January 28-March 25)
What Had Happened: The Art of Storytelling
Mondays | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Program Description: A writing and storytelling performance program that uses paper, pen, our voices to tell stories like none other.
Tuesdays | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Program Descriptions: Comedy gets you out of your head and is an invaluable skill in any writing or performance art form. Most importantly, it's super fun!
Wednesdays | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Program Descriptions: Using digital media and photography, students will create life size stencil portraits depicting their true selves.
Fall 2018 Programs
September 24th to December 3rd
Mondays 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Leader: Lemuel David | Assistant: Rashana Miller
Program Description: Teens will explore their identity, by analyzing their dreams and exploring how our subconscious reflects the conscious. Using found and recycled objects teens will craft a mixed media sculptures that reflects who they are in their dreams and reality.
Poetry: Portraits of Me
September 25th to December 4th
Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Leader: Michelle Dodd | Assistant: B Lovee
Program Description: Through poetry teens will explore finding themselves as well as what it means to be yourself. Using prompts such as: What do I admire about personality? Who do I want to be in 10 years? How do I want to see/ see myself? Who are my role models, and how can my actions mirror theirs? And what is my power/ where is my power rooted?
Watercolor and Mindfulness
September 26th to December 5th
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Leader: Emily Crews | Assistant: Haleigh Fitzpatrick-Owen
Program Description: Using watercolors as a way of explore mindfulness and how it can support teens in their everyday lives and in art. Teens will explore how the practice of mindfulness can help be more in control of their thoughts and feelings and how to be proud of their creations no matter what the journey was to get there.
Teen Leadership Council
Our teen leaders are a special group of teens who are working on projects that develop their voice and leadership. For example, in 2016 the Teen Leadership Council participated in the 2016 RVA Street Art Festival working with Heide Trepanier on a mural arts program.