Claude Thompson Elementary School

Visiting Artists 

We are working with Claude Thompson Elementary School and local artists to bring unique art styles and perspectives to to the schools.  Students have been learning a wide variety of cultural art techniques, from the Alaskan Arctic to the deserts of New Mexico. We also had a visiting scientist who uses chemistry and pH to create his own pigments for watercolor art. 

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Visiting scientist Nicholas Anderson Taught students how to use chemistry to create watercolor pigments out of cabbage juice.


Students learned about pH and added lemon juice and baking soda to cabbage juice to create pink, purple, and blue pigments to paint with.

Visiting artist and researcher Christina Nelson her research time in New Mexico and discussed art and geology in Southwest. Students created Navajo inspired sand art.

Students learned about desert geology and the colors in minerals across the landscape. 

Students learned about Inuit art, including soapstone, antler and mammoth ivory carving. Students were able to touch and see real moose antler, woolly mammoth tusk and Inuit carvings!

Each student created an arctic animal carving out of soap


Artists in Middleburg (AiM), a 501c3 nonprofit organization

102 W. Washington Street

Mail: PO Box 426

Middleburg, Va 20118


Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday. 12-5

By appointment

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