Buddy Art Group Photo


 What is Buddy Art?

What is Buddy Art?

The Fall 2021 Session of Buddy Art is cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We will monitor how Covid-19 cycles through the end of the year, paying close attention to how local schools and William & Mary handle social distancing and closures. We hope to be able to resume in the Spring, but we won’t try to hold classes unless we are confident that we can provide a safe and sanitary environment for the kids and volunteers. We hope to resume for the Winter/Spring 2022 session.

In the meantime, wear masks, maintain social distancing, stay safe, take care!!!

Buddy Art is a program designed to provide art activities for children with special needs and/or physical disabilities. The program is free and is sponsored by the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center (formerly This Century Art Gallery) in cooperation with Campus Buddies, student volunteers from the College of William & Mary and the James City County Parks & Recreation department.

  • A variety of art activities is offered based on the ages, ability levels, and interests of the participating children. Each child is assigned a volunteer “Buddy” to work with one-on-one, helping the child to explore the materials, and replenishing supplies as needed. Participants may stay in one area or engage in multiple activities during the duration of the class period.
  • Five or six art stations are typically set up, which include activities like finger-painting, clay work (air-dried clay), collage (cutting or tearing and pasting colored papers and other objects), drawing (crayons; markers; pastels; colored pencils; drawing pencils), stamping (with stamps relating to the theme), and easel painting (with tempera). Special projects might include body-tracings for self-portraits or printmaking projects such as leaf-printing. When weather permits, we play with bubbles and sidewalk chalk on the patio right outside the classroom.
  • Parents are invited to participate with their child or to simply observe. Buddies are assigned to each child regardless of the parent’s participation so that the parent can share the activity without having to be responsible for managing the art materials and set-up.


The Buddy Art program includes Fall & Spring sessions of 4-6 classes each, scheduled during the William & Mary academic terms with students from the College of William & Mary serving as “Buddies”.

View the Buddy Art Photo Albums to see how much fun everyone has in the Buddy Art Program!!!

The Buddy Art Program is free to participants and is run by WCAC volunteers. We welcome volunteers for the program! If you’re interested, contact the gallery at 757-229-4949 or email Karen Schwartz, Buddy Art Coordinator, at buddy.art.kids@gmail.com. To make a donation toward art supplies, please send your contribution to the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, attn: Buddy Art, at the mailing address located on the bottom of all of our web pages. Please be sure to note “Buddy Art” on your check.

Participants are also required to register with JCC Parks & Recreation. You can register at the Rec Center on the first day of class, or ahead of time you can visit JCC Recreation Center online to get registration information.



Buddy Art appreciates the generous support of donations and grants. Our supporters have included Margaret Pritchard, St. Olaf’s Catholic Church, Hudgins-Holiday Chevrolet & Cadillac, Williamsburg Ford, Chesapeake Bank, the Williamsburg Rotary Club, Hip-Hop Legacy (SoHHL) at the College of William & Mary, and Ron & Patricia Rapoport.

Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center is an educational, non-profit organization incorporated under Laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. All support is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.