ArtSpace — Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon is a community art gallery created and supported by art lovers in the greater Herndon area. ArtSpace Herndon is a gathering place to celebrate the arts, showcasing artwork and events by local, regionally, and nationally known artists and performers. ArtSpace Herndon features a 1,700 sq foot art gallery and two classrooms for all types of art classes and small group sessions with artists.


Atelier Garage — Marcia Klioze — Leesburg

Private and Semi-Private Classes

Beginning and Intermediate figurative and portrait painting classes in home studio. Hours are flexible and coordinated with students needs and instructor.

Painting Portraits from Photos with Jordan Xu

While painting portraits from live models is great, we would all like to create portrait paintings from photographs as well. Maybe you are commissioned to paint a portrait from only photos. Maybe you want to paint a loved one that lives far away. Or it could be one of the precious spontaneous moments captured just at the right time. In this two day workshop, we will work on portrait painting from your own photographic references. You will be starting a portrait painting from the beginning. Before day one of class, you will be instructed on what to look for when selecting photos to paint from, guidance on how to modify a photo to make it better suited for painting. Photos to be used during class will be reviewed by Jordan.

Painting in Oil — Portraits and Still Life

Interested in painting or drawing portraits or still life? This session is designed for the beginner and the advanced artist. We will be painting the portrait or still life. It’s your choice! To keep cost down we will be painting from a photo of the instructor’s choice for the portrait. By keeping the image “impersonal” it helps the student learn about values, temperature, and color. It also helps by learning from a photo that you can “see” from, with contrast, for the beginning artist tend to choose weak photo reference. In this class I will also have a still life set up if the student prefers not to paint the portrait. Beginners learn the fundamentals, including color, composition, value, and materials. In this class you will gain the knowledge of basic painting concepts and techniques such as value, color temperature, composition and transition through one on one instruction. You will be exposed to the different approaches to start a portrait or still life painting and the theories behind them. The advanced artist will hone existing skills and explore new challenges. Short demos in oil through the entire process. Fee of $175 includes two live model sessions.

Oil Painting Classes — Still Life and Portraits

Interested in painting or drawing portraits or still life? This session is designed for the beginner and the advanced artist. We will be painting the portrait or still life. It’s your choice! To keep cost down we will be painting from a photo of the instructor’s choice for the portrait. By keeping the image “impersonal” it helps the student learn about values, temperature and color. It also helps by learning from a photo that you can “see” from, with contrast, for the beginning artist tend to choose weak photo reference. In this class I will also have a still life set up if the student prefers not to paint the portrait. Beginners learn the fundamentals, including; color, composition, value, and materials. In this class you will gain the knowledge of basic painting concepts and techniques such as value, color temperature, composition and transition through one on one instruction. You will be exposed to the different approaches to start a portrait or still life painting and the theories behind them. The advanced artist will hone existing skills and explore new challenges. Short demos in oil through the entire process.

Open Studio with Models — Painting Party!

Four week open studio session. Figure and costumed models. No instruction. Looking for a place to paint and exchange ideas with like-minded artists? Haven't signed up? Start your four week session at any time and we'll keep track of your weeks! Can't make it every week? No problem! You can always make it up later! Fee of $90 includes model fees.


DebKArt Home Studios — Ashburn

David Shevlino Paints the Nude or Clothed Figure from Photos

David Shevlino Paints the Nude or Clothed FigureThis class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) from photos. We’ll explore the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. We’ll also discuss what makes a good photo to use as reference, as well as creating a sense of movement and avoiding the inherent problems of photos. On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint. Students will learn to look at the figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone. After that we begin adding mid tones. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.

Juan Jr. Ramirez Paints Realistic Portraits from Photos

Juan Jr. Ramirez Paints Realistic Portraits from PhotosKeeping it real... "Ever since I was a child, I was struck by realistic illustrations. The older I got, and the more I learned about art history and painting techniques, the more my understanding and awareness about realism developed. Da Vinci's Mona Lisa was more realistic than other portraiture of his time. Rubens was more realistic than the renaissance artists. Sargent was more realistic than romantic artists. Even in movies, the T-Rex in Jurassic Park was more realistic than the Claymation T-Rex from King Kong. Today, we see realistic contemporary artworks made out of all kinds of materials. Realistic heads are made out of gum balls, yarn, nails, strings, wires, finger prints, jello, and countless ordinary objects. Regardless of the medium, what is Realism? How could any found object, or painting techniques produce realism? In this workshop, we'll delve into the details that make painted portraits look realistic. From drawing methods, to color mixing and paint application, we will focus on producing realistic paintings. We will use a photo to make it easier, but paint it as if it were from life. I hope to pass on to you knowledge and techniques that will make your work appear more real." —Juan Jr. Ramirez

Carlo Russo Paints the Still Life

Carlo Russo Paints the Still LifeIn this four day class we will explore some of the key elements in creating a successful still life painting. The instructor will cover subjects such as composition, object selection, color harmony, painting technique, materials and more. Often the success of a painting is determined before a mark is ever made on the canvas. In this class, the instructor will share his insights, experience, and expertise on how to create a harmonious, well designed and successful picture. Each day the instructor will demonstrate for the class to give a deeper understanding of the techniques involved.

TJ Cunningham Paints the Landscape Outdoors Plein Air

TJ Cunningham Paints the Landscape Outdoors Plein AirThe focus of this workshop is learning to see reflected light and color in landscape painting. Working from life, TJ Cunningham will demonstrate his process during daily demonstrations and then assist attendees as they complete their own paintings. This focused, four day workshop will be conducted outdoors at various wooded sites in the Broadlands neighborhood of Ashburn, Virginia. We will locate close to amenities and parking. All levels of experience are welcome. Composition, drawing, and basic value and color distribution will all be discussed. As an optional activity, you are invited to join TJ Cunningham at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, September 25th. You can meet him there, or travel on the metro bus and rail system from Ashburn with TJ. It is about a one hour commute, and exact change or a metro card are required for the bus rides. TJ has researched select paintings in the gallery's collection. He will seek them out and lead a discussion on each one. Lunch is available for purchase in the museum's cafeteria. This will be a fun and educational experience.

Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait

Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and PortraitAlla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials, ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in, and with which she gained her skill with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction. Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher with 9 years of teaching experience under her belt. She will interact with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome!


LisArts.com — Sterling

Art Classes for Children & Teens, After-School & Home-Schooled

Art Classes for children aged 5yrs through teens, after school Wednesdays and on Saturday mornings. Homeschool classes on Wednesdays and Fridays. Visit www.LisArts.com for complete class descriptions, times, and fees.


Round Hill Arts Center — Round Hill

Round Hill Arts Center is community-based, encouraging participation in the arts for the benefit of the entire community of western Loudoun. We also seek to foster an understanding of the many ways in which art is present in our lives — from paintings and drawings to furniture and textiles. In short, we are about getting people into art!


The Cooley Gallery — Leesburg

Clay Handbuilding Class

Instructor: Amy Manson. Tuesdays, September 19 - November 7. Thursdays, September 21 - November 9. Did you know that beautiful and functional ceramics can be made simply without using the pottery wheel? With this ancient art form, the possibilities are endless. Discover what you can create with a few simple hand building techniques and learn the most current and creative ways to work with slabs, coil, and molds to create plates, vases, tiles, butter dishes and more. Experiment with a wide range of color and texture using slips, stains and glazes to decorate your ceramic creations. Individual and group discussions will help guide you as your ideas and creativity develop. All reservations are made online and are non-refundable. We will, however, apply a credit to the next scheduled class with the same instructor, if you cancel at least 48 hours prior to class. Materials will be provided. Fee: $225.

Beginning/Intermediate Watercolor Class

Instructor: Elaine Nunnally. This class is for those that have some experience with painting, or if you are a beginner, you're in for a treat. In this series of classes you will be taught how to design and set up watercolor painting and how to use the paints. We hope to produce 2 or more paintings by the end of the session. Fee: $150. Single class drop-in fee: $35.