Some Lynchburg students have the week off from classes, but they're not letting that free time go to waste.
Second and third graders at Bass Elementary School are spending their days at the Academy of Fine Arts in downtown Lynchburg.
Bass is a year-round school, but every six-weeks students get a few days off. This week they are learning about pottery and creating artwork with a harvest theme.
By working with professional artists, students are getting a different type of lesson than what they might receive in the classroom.
"We do go out to the schools, but we especially like to bring them here and let them use our studios, and have the experience of working in a real art studio using real materials," said May Carter, pottery director for the Academy.
The classes Bass is participating in are part of an enrichment program, sponsored by the Academy of Fine Arts. It's funded by the Genworth Foundation and a 21st Century Learning Center federal grant.