About Us

meet APRIL 

Hi, I’m April! I am a native of the New River Valley and currently live in Giles County with my husband, Jarrett, and our two kiddos, Sydney (seven years) and Owen (four years). I have a Masters in Early Childhood Education and Curriculum/Instruction. Prior to opening The Art Factory I was an educator for 20+ years in the area. My teaching and parenting philosophy are very much inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. I am passionate about providing our community's youngest children an opportunity to engage in meaningful and developmentally appropriate exploration and play. Opening a process based art and play studio that focuses on imagination, nature, and following the child is truly a dream come true!  I hope you will join us! 



The Art Factory was created in 2021 and runs its studio out of the Newport Community Center in Newport, Virginia. Within this historical building we have access to multiple classrooms, a full theater stage, kitchen, gym area, and playground.   Our art studio is bright, inviting, open, and uniquely organized; but most importantly it is an environment that is welcoming, fun, inspiring, safe, and imaginative… a studio that is truly a magically place to play