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Buddy Art Photo albums:
April 2008 Pilot Class | Fall 2008 Photos
Fall 2008 Video | Fall 2008 Art Reception

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Spring 2010 Buddy Art Classes

Saturdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010

3:00 - 4:00 pm  /  Free

WJCC Recreation Center rooms A&B
Longhill Road, Williamsburg


James City County Parks & Recreation has developed a Buddy Handbook for volunteer Buddies in the Buddy Baseball and Buddy Art programs. While this handbook was initially designed for Buddies volunteering in Buddy Baseball, it applies equally to Buddy Art and for anyone volunteering in either of these programs or any program serving people with disabilities:  Volunteer Handbook (pdf)


What is Buddy Art?

Buddy Art is a program designed to provide art activities for children with special needs and/or physical disabilities. The program is free and is sponsored by This Century Art Gallery in cooperation with the Sharpe Community Scholars Program at the College of William & Mary and James City County Parks & Recreation.

A variety of art activities are offered based on the ages, ability levels, and interests of the participating children. Each child is assigned a volunteer "Buddy" to work with them one-on-one, helping them to explore the materials, and replenishing their supplies as needed. Each station has a volunteer Activity Supervisor who is responsible for setting up and overseeing the activity and explaining to participants what the materials were and how to use them. Participants may stay in one area or explore multiple activities during the duration of the class period.

Each week has a theme such as "Self-Portraits" or "Fall Leaves". There are generally five art stations including activities such as Finger-painting, Clay (air-drying clay), Collage (cutting or tearing & pasting colored/textured papers and other objects), Drawing (crayons; markers; pastels; colored pencils; drawing pencils), Stamping (with stamps relating to the theme), and Easel Painting (tempera). Special projects might include body-tracings for self-portraits or printmaking projects such as leaf-printing.

Parents are invited to participate with their child or to simply observe. Buddies are assigned to each child regardless of the parent’s participation so that the parent can share the activity without having to be responsible for managing the art materials and set-up.

The Buddy Art program will continues with Fall & Spring sessions of 4-6 classes scheduled during the William & Mary academic terms with students from the Wm & Mary Sharpe Program continuing to serve as "Buddies".

View the Buddy Art Photo Albums and a Video created by William & Mary Buddy, Andrew McGlennon, to see how much fun everyone has in the Buddy Art Program!!!

The Buddy Art Program is free to participants and is run by TCAG volunteers. To volunteer in the Buddy Art Program, contact the gallery at 757-229-4949 or email Karen Schwartz, Buddy Art Coordinator, at karenschwartzart@cox.net. To make a donation toward Art Supplies, please send your contribution to This Century Art Gallery, attn: Buddy Art, P.O. Box 388, Williamsburg, VA 23187-0388.