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SVHEC offers summer workshops for students

Flex those creative muscles this summer with Create & Design workshops hosted by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Middle and high school aged students will have an opportunity to explore writing, photography, sculpting and cartooning through five workshops being offered June 23-27 at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center-Innovation Center in South Boston.  

Away (A Way?) With Words will be taught by noted local journalist Mary Eva Cassada. Students will explore several genres of writing, analyze what makes great writing so compelling and write stories of their own. The class will meet from 1-3 p.m.

Photographer and graphic designer Sam Knapp will teach two digital photography workshops: Telling a Story with One Image and Digital Collage with Photoshop. In Telling a Story, students will explore how composing an image affects the viewer, while Digital Collage will teach students the basics of putting two images together in a believable manner. Telling a Story with One Image will meet from 10 a.m.-noon, and Digital Collage with Photoshop will meet from 1-3 p.m. 

Local sculptor Elyse Ward will teach a hand sculpting workshop. During this class, students will use Crayola Model Magic to build small ornaments by hand and to create original decorations and gifts for this Christmas. Class will meet from 10 a.m.-noon.

Finally, Christina Knapp, creative director with the Roanoke-based design firm Hellow Yellow, will teach the Create Your Own Comic Strip workshop. During the class, students will learn storytelling techniques, editing and the art of creating interesting characters. By the end of the week, students will be able to successfully create a three to five panel comic strip. The class will meet from 10 a.m. - noon. 

Online class registration is available at All classes meet June 23-27, and the fee is $75 per class.  

For more information, contact Patricia Ward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-572-5475 and toll free 1-800-283-0098 ext. 5475.