Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.

Summer ARTventures




In-Person Classes


Ages 4-5, 9am-12pm

Ages 6-8, 9:30am-12:30pm

Ages 9-12, 9:30am-12:30pm

Ages 12-18, 10am-1pm


Register online with payment via PayPal, and in person or by phone during regular business hours, with cash, check, credit card.

Select classes in the appropriate age group for your child.  Please note that children participating in each age group must reach the appropriate age for that class by June 1. (NO exceptions)

The Emergency Contact Form is available to download from our website or can be picked up during regular business hours.  All students MUST return a completed Emergency Contact Form BEFORE the first day of class.

Wait List

Students can be put on a waiting list for filled classes. If an opening becomes available, students on the waiting list will be contacted by phone and/or email with the spaces being filled on a first-come/first-served basis. ALL TUITION PAYMENT GUIDELINES WILL APPLY.

Class Tuition

All studio classes ages 6-18:

$120 members/$135 nonmembers

Messy Art ages 4-5:

$85 members/$100 nonmembers

If class tuition fees are not paid-in-full upon registration, a NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE deposit of $25 per class, per student is required.  This fee will hold the student’s spot in the class and the fee will be applied  toward the full class tuition.

ALL TUITION FEES MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY June 1, 2021. If tuition is not paid in full by that time, the registration process IS NOT considered complete and the student may lose his/her spot in the requested class(es).


A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  For Summer ARTventures. The application deadline is May 1. For additional information and an application, please contact WVAC  Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, 704.636.1882.  

Please note:  Scholarships are limited to one per family/household, per calendar year.

Member Rewards

Become a Family Member and take advantage of early registration and savings for Summer ARTventures.

  • Early registration March 1-15 (members only)
  • a discount on class tuition
  • If you register for three or more classes at the same time, you will receive an additional $5 off the class tuition fee of the third and subsequent classes, per student.
  • First-time members receive $20 off family-level or higher membership for the first year

**Annual Family-level membership or above must be valid at time of registration to receive the member rates and discounts.


Withdrawals/Cancellations/ Refunds

WVAC reserves the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment and will refund 100% of your class fee, including the $25 registration fee, if applicable.  Notification of class cancellations will be made at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the first day of class.

Any request  for withdrawal or cancellation must be made in person or over the phone ten (10) business days before the start of the class(es) to be eligible for a WVAC voucher. Email and voicemail withdrawal or cancellation WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and any voucher due will be forfeited.

NO MONETARY REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR A STUDENT’S VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL OR CANCELLATION.  Instead, WVAC Vouchers, less credit card processing fees, will be issued for future use.  Member discounts and registration fees are forfeited.

**If a class is cancelled due to COVID-19 related reasons, Waterworks will offer pro-rated refunds/vouchers to enrolled students.

Mark Your Calendar

A confirmation letter will be sent via email for each child that is registered. All students must provide a valid email address in order to receive important class information and confirmations.

What to Wear and Bring

Students must wear a face mask at all times while at Waterworks and come dressed for mess (closed-toed shoes with a secure heel-strap or back, (NO FLIP FLOPS) and old clothes appropriate for a fun-filled day in the art studio). Jewelry, such as bracelets and rings, should be left at home. 

Aprons are provided in each studio.

Students ages 4-5 should bring a mid-morning snack and drink daily in a lunchbox or bag clearly labeled with child’s first and last name on the outside.

Please do not bring video games, iPods, MP3 players, iPads, other electronics, or other valuables to class. Cell phones should be put away and silenced at all times.

Drop Off / Pick-up

To maximize social distancing and minimize contact, Waterworks will implement a 30-minute, staggered drop off and pick up system: 

Ages 4-5, 9am-12pm

Ages 6-8, 9:30am-12:30pm

Ages 9-12, 9:30am-12:30pm

Ages 12-18, 10am-1pm

Please follow the Car Circle Guidelines on arrival and departure.

Parents please be on time to drop off or pick up your student. If pick up is late, the child will wait in the main lobby.  Please park and enter through the main entrance.

Waterworks will provide each child with a car sign.  Please place this sign on your car’s rearview mirror.  Parents/Guardians must send a written note if the student is being picked up by someone other than the parent. 

The instructor will dismiss the students as a class, and will walk the children to and from the drop off area.


If you are parking for class or dropping off students for classes, we ask that you DO NOT park in the F&M parking lot or spaces designated for bank or Waterworks’ employees during week-day business hours.  Please allow adequate time to locate free on-street or public parking within a two-block radius (see carpool map).


Behavior Policy

To ensure a quality experience for all involved, WVAC reserves the right to refuse/remove a student due to behavioral problems.  If a situation  arises and a student is asked to leave, class fees will be forfeited with no refund/voucher.

Photography Policy

Photographs of Summer ARTventure classes will be taken by a member of Waterworks’ staff. Images will be used for marketing purposes including printed and social media.  No identifying information will be used in conjunction with or as part of the photograph. All parents are asked to sign a photo release form as part of class registration.

Youth Art Exhibitions

Each class concludes with Student  Demonstrations/Exhibitions for their families on Fridays.  Exhibitions are held the last 30 minutes of each Friday’s class.  Family and friends should park on the street or in public lots and enter Waterworks through the front lobby.  All attendees will be released to go upstairs at the same time.

COVID-19 Safety

The health and safety of our community is our main priority.  In order to keep everyone safe and well, all staff, teachers, volunteers, students, and/or visitors, upon entering the Waterworks’ facility, will be required to wear a face mask and undergo daily personal health screening. Heath screenings include a non-contact infrared forehead temperature scan and health questionnaire.

All staff, instructors, interns, volunteers, and students will participate in increased handwashing and use hand sanitizer. Each classroom is equipped with hand sanitizer and a sink for handwashing.

Class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 10 students in order to accommodate health and safety measures, and social distancing.

Waterworks adheres to all local and state mandates, follows CDC and NCHHS guidelines, and will adapt as necessary.

Waterworks requires that staff and program participants meet the following health screening criteria within the last 72 hours:

  • A temperature of 98.6 or less
  • No symptoms of COVID-19
  • No contact with someone experiencing symptoms  of COVID-19
  • No contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

If staff, instructors, interns, volunteers, or students begin to experience illness or symptoms of COVID-19, they will be kindly asked to leave the facility or be picked up along with any siblings who are attending the program. Waterworks will communicate with families if a staff member, instructor, intern, volunteer or student within their child’s group is diagnosed with COVID-19.