A free, comprehensive visual arts introductory training course

Our Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program provides a comprehensive hands-on arts education for youth ages 12-21.
Because of JXTA, my first W9 at the age of 12 was in the arts.

Namir Fearce



A free, comprehensive visual arts introductory training course

VALT is a free introductory and comprehensive drawing course for 12-21 year olds taught by working artists that focus on developing skills in young artists. To adhere to COVID guidelines and still provide our free program, we are shifting to Virtual VALT via Zoom. Drawing materials will be provided free to students before the start of class. Youth between the ages of 12-21 with all levels of drawing abilities are encouraged to fill out the Virtual VALT application below if they are interested.

In Virtual VALT students learn variety of drawing skills through 3 projects; contour drawings, portraits and comic characters.

Spring Virtual VALT (6 weeks)
March  6th – April 24th (No class/Spring Break on Sat. April 3rd, Tu April 6th, or Th April 8th)
Project 1: Contour Drawing (March 6th – March 18th)
Project 2: Portraits
(March 20th – April 1st)
Project 3: Comic Character
(April 10th – April 24th)

Class Days:
Saturdays – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays – 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Zoom Info Sessions (must attend to participate):
Saturday, February 27th 11:00 am
(Zoom links will be sent prior to Info Session)

**We will not be holding interviews following Virtual VALT **

JXTA is committed to ensuring the health and well being of our community; we are monitoring the situation around COVID-19 closely.


Hawwa Youngmark headshot
Hawwa Youngmark
VALT Instructor & Tactical Lab Lead
Comic Arts Student, MCAD // Class of 2023
Started at JXTA in 2014
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Maria Robinson
Visual Art Literacy Training Instructor
MCAD // Class of 2018
Started at JXTA in 2018

Apply for VALT

Apply for Virtual VALT by filling out an application form:

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Virtual VALT Application Form

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Interested in registering for Virutal VALT? Enter your information below. (Please note there are multiple pages.)
VIrtual VALT spring 2021runs in 3 sessions: 
Session 1: March 6th – March 18th (2 weeks)
Session 2: March 20th  
– April 1st (2 weeks)
Session 3: April 10th – April 24th (2 weeks)

Classes are Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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*Please note: JXTA is committed to ensuring the health and well being of our community; we are monitoring the situation around COVID-19 closely. Due to this, we are conducting the Info Sessions via Zoom. We will update the students/families who register for VALT with Zoom links
Please choose which Info Session you would like to attend.

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Participant Demographic Information

Participant demographic data help Juxtaposition Arts develop programs, secure funding, and improve our work serving the community. This information is optional and is NOT used to determine acceptance to JXTA programming, for identification, nor is it shared with external parties. We appreciate your support in providing us with this optional information. While all questions are required you can choose the option "I don't want to answer."

If not currently enrolled in school, please enter "N/A"

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