Play Day

We’ll share four at-home project tutorials on social media and our website throughout the morning, then we’ll go live on Facebook at 1 p.m. for a community project.

Play Day Schedule

Throughout the Day (Social media + At-Home Art Projects

Throughout Play Day, we’ll share four, fun art projects that you can do on your own time! These tutorial videos will be posted on VisArts’ IGTV channel, Facebook page and website. Projects include:


1 p.m. (Facebook Live) It’s Good to See Your Face: A Live Community Art Project!

Celebrate art with friends from all over the Richmond community! Head to the Play Day Facebook event right at 1 p.m. for a group art class which will become a community exhibition at VisArts. VisArts Education Manager, Tesni Stephen, will guide the group through the process of mono-chromatic, blind contour drawing. Participants will create colorful drawings of themselves or their friends and family, and spend some time thinking about why we appreciate ourselves or the people in our lives. Expect some groovy dance breaks, pet introductions and lots of camaraderie with your friends from Richmond’s art community. This event is open to people of all ages…adults and kids alike! The live-streamed project is beginner-friendly and requires simple art supplies which you likely already have at home. All you need to participate is a piece of printer paper and a pen, but see below for a full materials list.


PLAY DAY Materials

Need supplies? A limited amount of free materials will be available for pick-up in VisArts’ courtyard on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursday, May 14 from 2-5 p.m. Our building is located at 1812 West Main Street. The bolded materials below will be available for pick-up at VisArts on Thursday.

live project materials:

  • Watercolor paper or another type of large paper
  • A Sharpie or any kind of drawing utensil
  • Watercolors, markers, Crayons, etc. to add more colors to your drawing
  • If you’re by yourself, you could bring a mirror, a picture of yourself or a picture of a friend you care about
  • A scrap piece of paper and a pencil or pen

At-Home project Materials:

Zines with Dashiell Kirk

  • Pencil
  • 8 ½ x 11” paper  
  • A pen + other drawing materials
  • Scissors

Scrunchies with Lauri Jenkins

  • Elastic Hair tie
  • Fabric scraps
  • Needle
  • Thread   
  • Pencil 
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins

Cardboard puppets with Kathleen O’Connor

  • Cardboard scraps 
  • Brass brad fasteners 
  • Construction paper  
  • White paper 
  • Glue sticks  
  • Markers  
  • Pencil  
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Freezer Paper Stencils Flags with Sam Page

  • Freezer paper- Reynolds plastic coated 
  • Fabric (T-shirt, Canvas, or plain fabric) 
  • Acrylic paint  
  • Sponge brush 
  • Iron
  • Scissors or X-acto knife


There are a few ways to share your finished drawings after the event: You can hang the work in your own window, share it on social media and tag @visartsrva or drop it off at VisArts, where we’ll create a giant, rainbow display in our street-facing windows. The window display of community drawings will be installed on Monday, May 18 and you can walk by to see it through June 12. Please drop off your artwork by 9 a.m. on Monday, May 18 to make sure it’s included in the display.

Can’t make it to the live Facebook event?

We’ll post the video on our Facebook page shortly after it airs so that you can complete the project any time throughout the weekend.

About Play Day: Each year, VisArts opens its doors for Play Day, our spring open house. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will take place online and we’re excited to host a live event that brings our city together to make art and celebrate one another!

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