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 1700 square foot art gallery and two classrooms for all types of art classes and small group sessions with artists.

Atelier Garage — Marcia Klioze — Leesburg

Painting the Portrait and Still-Life in Oil

Painting the Portrait and Still-Life in OilThe class is designed for students with a basic knowledge of oil painting and drawing. If you are more comfortable with pastel or acrylic, please bring them. It’s still a “dark to light” process. I will be doing demos in oil, as we proceed. Beginners learn the fundamentals; including color, composition, form, and materials. Intermediate students hone existing skills and explore new challenges. Advanced students work with painting theory and focus on completing professional-quality work. Portrait, figure, and still-life painters are welcome. Students need their own supplies for this class. I encourage you to bring your own projects, but my focus is on portraiture and still-life in a representational style. Portraiture will be done from photos with an emphasis on choosing a good photo! I will set up a still life for those who prefer to paint still-life. I will paint demos in both. For artists that want to work on portraits or the figure, I plan on offering a model for 2 of the sessions with a concentration on painting from “life” and photos.

  • Wednesdays, April 4 - May 2, 6:30 - 9:30pm, and Thursdays, April 5 - May 3, 12:30 - 3pm
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It's a Painting Party!

It's a Painting Party!These sessions are designed for artists to paint and meet with “like-minded” artists interested in painting or drawing from a model. These are NOT instructed. The sessions are for 3 hours on a monthly basis. Basically, I’m hosting a “painting party”! As an artist, I'm energized by fellow artists’ creativity, enthusiasm, and talent. I believe creativity is contagious; we learn so much just by painting with fellow artists! Price: $25. Includes: Heavy snacks, libations, music, easels, great lighting, model fee and great ambiance!

Painting the Portrait with Jordan Xu

Painting the Portrait with Jordan XuWith Jordan's guidance and demos you will study and apply the various stages of painting a portrait, including; blocking in, composition, and color theory. You will be given group and individual help on various aspects of portrait painting such as likeness, color, complexion, hair, clothing, background and everything else in your composition. This an opportunity for you to get guidance on issues you've always had when painting from from life, or photos. In this workshop, you will be exposed to the different approaches to starting a portrait or figure painting and the theories behind them. Step-by-step instructions will take you through the entire process of a painting. Short demos will be given by the instructor to show how to apply these concepts and techniques. In this fundamentals of portraiture class, you will learn skills such as structural drawing, value, blocking, edges, and transition.

Breaux Vineyards — Purcellville

Paint & Sip — Cherry Blossom Edition

Spend a fun afternoon laughing, listening to music and creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece at Breaux Vineyards!

The Clay and Metal Loft — Leesburg

Summer Arts Programming — Summer Kids Camps

Imagine combining your wildly imaginative children with impressive art supplies, phenomenal art teachers, and a ton of fun! All you need to worry about is deciding where you're going to display your new art collection! We strive to create a welcoming environment that fosters your child's creativity and individuality, where new friendships blossom and kids get time to collaborate with other camp-mates as well. Each day, we plan a well-paced line up of projects, involving a wide variety of materials, subjects, and art principles. We might start the day with a watercolor painting project, and then finish a papier mache project from the day before. Throughout the week, students could have the chance to explore pottery, painting, drawing, chalk pastel, oil pastel, sculpture, jewelry making, collage, and printmaking. As necessary, students are split into age groups to work on age and developmentally appropriate projects. Join us for a morning, an afternoon or BOTH! A short break half way through each day allows for a healthy snack & giggle break. Your budding super stars are washed up and ready to go right at pick-up. Be prepared, as they will have (slightly drippy) projects in hand that they are beaming to tell you about!

The Cooley Gallery — Leesburg

Clay Handbuilding Class

Beautiful and functional ceramics can be made without using the pottery wheel and are very simply created. This ancient art form allows for your creative possibilities to be endless. You will discover that you can create with a few simple hand building techniques and learn the most current and creative ways to work with slabs, coils and molds to create plates, vases, tiles, butter dishes and so much more. The session will allow you to experiment with a range of colors and textures by using slips, stains and glazes to decorate your ceramic creations. Individual and group discussions, and a specific project for each session is designed to help guide you with your ideas and develop a greater creativity. Cost is for 8 sessions and includes a 25 pound bag of clay, glazes and kiln use. Students will be send a basic supply list of tools. After the items are made, they are fired by the instructor. The gallery will schedule pick up with student. No refunds or credits will be given for missed classes or class withdrawals after the session has begun. Missed classes and studio time are not transferable to another session. Transfers to a class of equal value with the same instructor will be honored if requested 2 weeks prior to class.

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!

Kurt Schwarz & Lavender and Vine

Painting in Provence France with Kurt Schwarz

Painting workshop in Provence with local artist/instructor, Kurt Schwarz, will combine plein air and studio painting. This small group stays in a villa near Orange, France. Full days of painting and alternate days of sightseeing offered (although you can work on art every day if you choose). Fall is a great time of the year to visit Provence, with sunny days and fewer tourists. Sightseeing includes: Roman ruins, Van Gogh asylum, and colorful markets. An ochre mine painting workshop, multimedia art show featuring Picasso/Spanish Masters and a painting day at a friend’s vineyard during the harvest and more. — 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.

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!