About Us

Our mission at Children’s Art Network is to deliver engaging art experiences to children in the Shenandoah Valley Region of Virginia.


“Art will make your students think. Virtually every event in history or great work of literature can be beautifully paired with a work of art that will bring your idea home.”

~Brenda Papke, founder of the Children’s Art Network”


Who are we?

The Children’s Art Network is a non-profit organization.

We are a team of experienced artists and educators that have come together to make learning fun! Our programs build creative skills and knowledge in children.


Where are we?

These programs are offered to our local surrounding area schools — Waynesboro and Augusta County elementary schools in Virginia. All programs have been designed to provide a rewarding, creative component to your existing classroom curricula and support the Virginia Standards of Learning.

What do we DO?

We offer an engaging art and education focused program to our surrounding schools. It is called the Traveling Studio Program. Local teachers can sign up for the programs by calling our office or submitting this web form.


What are our goals and objectives?

♦ Expose local area students to a variety of art mediums and explore them to create a work of art.
♦ Create hands on learning experiences for children thorough art.
♦ Provide a rewarding, creative component to schools’ existing classroom curricula.
♦ Support the Virginia Standards of Learning in Art, History, Science and Language Arts.
♦ Expose students to different cultures and civilizations of the world to help them understand how they affect our world today. 

So, what do they say about this Traveling Studio Program?

“This program continues to be a wonderful reinforcement for our students and the curriculum they’re learning. Sadly, arts in the classroom have been sacrificed due to time. C.A. N. allows the students a have a hands-on, creative art experience that stays with them for a long time. We are so thankful for this opportunity to participate in this program.”

Ms. Hicklin, Stump Elementary


“This is one of the best programs I have seen. It’s like a mini field trip without leaving the building. It gives the children information and allows them to express themselves through art.”

–Mrs. Connelley, McSwain Elementary


“The program covered all topics in our curriculum that relate to China. The students were very engaged in/with discussion and presentation. Children’s Art Network creates a memorable experience that helps students retain knowledge about the topics being presented”.

–Mrs. McAllister, Clymore Elementary


“This program is a wonderful opportunity to extend the curriculum in a way that all students can be successful and to reinforce concepts in a creative, hands-on way to engage every learner.”

-Mrs. Reynolds,

Hugh K. Cassell Elementary


“I think these projects help students to retain information into their testing years. The students have been looking forward to the program. When our grant (that we had used for many years) was no longer offered we stopped Children’s Art Network and tried some different ideas. We missed the information presented by the Children’s Art Network, and have decided it is a great alternative to a field trip.”

-Mrs. Ford, Stuarts Draft Elementary


How we got started

Children’s Art Network was formed in 1993 by Brenda Papke to serve the children and educators in Virginia. Through the design and implementation of innovative, quality art programming, Children’s Art Network (C.A.N.) makes significant contributions to the educational lives of our children.