About Us


Founded in 1997, CAC – Children’s Art Classes is a leading provider of art education and enrichment programs for kids of all ages.

Our Philosophy

Providing a comprehensive art education program that enriches the lives, raises the self esteem and improves the academic performance of our students.

Our Curriculum

Developed and refined over 20 years, our students are provided with a structured program covering nearly all art mediums. Our program has proven results with  many honor students graduating from our programs, several having earned art scholarships and many participating in leading art shows.

Laima Widmer

Has 30+ years of corporate marketing and advertising industry experience which has led her to opening the doors of Children’s Art Classes. As the owner of CAC, she wants to provide a strong arts foundation to all students, regardless of ability. A foundation that can have a significant multiplier effect by raising critical thinking and competency skills, improving performance in other areas of study and offering a social community for children to explore and discover in ways that only art can facilitate.

As a parent, she has seen the desire to enroll children in STEM and sports and feels that there should also be a focus on providing a creative outlet through Art. Her passion for art education is born out of continuing the legacy of her husband, who was a teacher in Chesterfield County. He taught high school Math but saw the incredible impact on a student’s performance when they were also enrolled in art or performing arts programs.

Maya Widmer

Maya grew up in Chesterfield county and now lives in the Manchester area of Richmond. She graduated from Cosby H.S. with art honors and is currently a student at VCU. She is an avid lover of anime (a hand-drawn and computer animation originating from Japan) and also enjoys serval mediums including watercolors, chalk pastels and ink. As a Children’s Art Class instructor, Maya is able to combine her passion for art and children and she truly has a gift of connecting well with children of all ages. She enjoys helping them discover and develop their strengths while building their esteem, self-expression and pride.

Andrea Danner

Is a Richmond based artist and art teacher. She has a BFA in Art Education from VCU and has been teaching since 1995. Andrea was an Art Teacher for Hanover County Public Schools and, most recently, at All Saints School. Her own artwork is generally inspired by nature and she works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, prismacolor pencils, clay, jewelry, fiber art, and paper mache/mixed media. She is not only a teacher but a parent of two wonderful boys and greatly enjoys paddle boarding and hiking in her free time. You can see Andrea's creations at her art studio at Art Works Gallery in the Manchester District.