CARLSBAD — Home to a number of art galleries, the Carlsbad Village has diligently worked to foster an art-centric environment where artists of all mediums can display their wares.
This summer, several local artists have launched a new venture that offers residents a chance to hone their own artistic skills — the Carlsbad Village Art Academy, or CVAA.
“It’s about the community and offering a place for people where they can learn about art,” said Scott Prior, who co-founded the project with fellow artist Raziah Roushan.
Although formed just weeks ago, the CVAA is already gearing up to launch a curriculum that focuses on traditional techniques. The idea is to make a classical art education affordable and accessible to North County’s residents, Roushan said.
“Essentially, there are no art schools here in North San Diego County,” Roushan said. “There are a number of artists here so offering classes to them at this location is ideal.”
The nonprofit organization is set to offer three basic drawing classes for children and adults starting this month. Classes will be held at the New Village Arts Foundry, 2787 State Street, where Prior and Roushan have studio space.
“By using an intimate location like the Foundry, we can give students that one-on-one attention that they need,” Roushan said.
As the semesters and artists progress from the basics, future classes are slated to include clothed and nude figure drawing, as well as painting and abstract instruction. Professional artists from around the country have offered to teach workshops in future semesters.
“As we continue to add programming for adults, then we’re going to start requesting portfolio reviews,” said Roushan, noting the importance of maintaining academic standards at the CVAA.
July’s drawing classes are just the beginning for what Prior and Roushan hope will become a nationally recognized and accredited art school in the future.
In addition to offering more classes, other long-term goals for the CVAA include growing into several spaces within the Village, offering on-site lockers for storage and private studios available for rent.
“We’ll also have studio memberships, where people can pay a monthly fee and have access to the facilities when we’re not teaching classes,” Prior said.
The CVAA hopes to partner with a variety of national programs that promote youth outreach. They have already attracted the attention of the California Art Club, which wants to use the CVAA as the testing grounds for a children’s art program.
“Eventually they want to open up a facility in L.A. and the Bay Area, but we’re basically going to be starting it,” Prior said.
The CVAA has also joined forces with the proposed Carlsbad Village Museum of Skateboarding, Skate Park and Action Arts Center to start offering arts programming included in the project this summer.
“We really want to get the kids involved because there’s really no other place to go,” Prior said. “I’ve seen them cut more and more funding from my own kid’s school.”
Classes are still open for registration and will start July 10. For class inquiries, stop by the New Village Arts Foundry or e-mail the artists at [email protected]