About Us

Overview

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 at Thomas Dale HS, the  specialty center for the arts.


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 enjoys several mediums including watercolors, chalk pastels and ink.


As a Children’s Art Classes instructor, Maya can combine her passion for art and children.  She truly has a gift of connecting  with children of all ages as well as helping them discover and develop their strengths while building their esteem, self-expression and pride.  


Maya has worked as a camp counselor for many years and is excited to work with your child to help them explore the world of art and grow as creative and critical thinkers.

Kara Harris

Is an artist and teacher. She earned her Studio Art degree from Radford University in 2013. She is a Waldorf Early Childhood Educator and currently works for Richmond City Public Schools.


She loves taking journeys with different mediums, her most current journey is with Prismacolor markers along with black ink. She tends to stick with the 2D realm in her own art but can’t wait to get messy with some clay.


Her own artwork reflects nature and the cosmos in vibrant contrasting colors. When she’s not creating, she enjoys spending time with friends outside or a relaxing afternoon with her cat, Sodapop.   

Kara is looking forward to spending time with your child in the CAC studio and is eager to work with them on their creative and growth journey