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Calendar of Classes & Lessons by Location


Quick Arts Instruction links from the Loudoun Arts Directory:

There is great instruction to be had in the region, including music, dance, theater, pottery and painting, just to scratch the surface. From classes at local centers to private lessons, there is sure to be something that suits for kids, teens, or adults seeking lessons at the introductory to the master-class level.

To include your next Loudoun County art class, workshop, private instruction or seminar on this page and our Happenings! email distribution, please complete our online form.

  • Agile Arts Atelier

    Interested in singing contemporary pop/rock music, but only finding classical vocal teachers? Acoustic Rock Workshop NEW private Classes offers a unique and effective vocal method for all styles of contemporary music not found anywhere else. We offer voice lessons to students seeking training in proper technique and vocal performance focusing on contemporary pop/rock/blues/folk genres. We accept students ages 10 and over (younger students may be considered with audition/interview).

    Power of Painting With a Limited Palette

    • Workshop: The Power of Painting With a Limited Palette Saturday January 24th through Sunday January 25th 2015 9:30am – 5:30pm in Herndon, VA with teaching artist Tricia Cherrington Ratliff $300 Learn to create powerful compositions using a limited palette to explore subtlety and drama in your paintings. This workshop prepares artists to make stronger paintings using a limited palette of colors. Tricia will teach options that simplify the work of color so that the mind is able to focus on one idea at a time and make more powerful compositions. Using classical techniques we will do a series of activities that strengthen a painters approach by learning to mass values, build realistic 3D volume, use grisaille and improve decision making in order to create color illusion with very few pigments. Students will also learn to leverage the important skill of deciding what to leave OUT of a painting. Through these interesting and fun exercises you'll create multiple, small limited palette paintings in a row. In doing so, you'll learn to make active decisions about the use of direction/movement, weight, light, strong rendering (including the simplified modeling of forms) and temperature to make even a small paintings feel more powerful to the viewer. The workshop will also introduce the pros and cons of various "limited palette" options (or recipes) to help make good decisions about which colors to lay out before beginning any painting. Through increased confidence and focus, you can put restrained power and pop into your paintings. There are only 2 spots left in this small workshop of 6 students plus the organizer. Trish's strength as an instructor is identifying the skills each painter needs to work on. In this way, beginner through advanced level artists benefit from her very personalized instruction in a small group setting.
    • 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Sat. Jan 24 and Sun Jan 25
    • Debra Keirce, workshop organizer DebraKeirceArt@yahoo.com 571-236-0047 Contact Debra Keirce to pay the $300 fee and reserve your spot in this workshop. Once it fills, you may ask to be placed on the waiting list.
  • Barbara Wilson + Private Instructor

    ArtSquare offers professionally taught classes in many fine art media to adults and children of all ages. From the beginning basics to more advances classes, ArtSquare provides an unparalleled level of education expertise to our students. Many weekend workshops and other concentrated course are also available in a variety of media and subject matter, many of then taught by renowned visiting instructors.

    Acting/Musical Theatre/Speech

    • Instruction in acting technique, voice and body movement and/or theory and character development. Musical Theatre and Staging. Speech, Oral Interpretation and Diction for Children. Public Speaking for Adults.
    • Flexible as needed by student
    • www.wilsonbarbara.wix.com/actorsstudio
  • Chalvy Art

    History Through Clay

    • This class is designed for home school kids. Travel through history, starting in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and China creating clay sculptures, bowls and tools as they would have been created in ancient times with ceramic artist Rosalba Negrete.
    • 11AM - 12:30PM Wednesdays or Thursdays in Leesburg or at the Round Hill Art Center
    • Please visit www.chalvy.com or call 703-777-1858 for more information.
  • Herndon - ArtSpace

    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.

    Arts Instruction in Herndon

    • Variety of classes offered in watercolor, oil painting, photography and children's classes
    • For more information, please visit http://www.artspaceherndon.com
  • Herndon Artspace

    Portrait and Figure Painting

    • Have you always been amazed by a beautiful portrait painting? Come and learn how to paint portraits and figures in oil, acrylic or pastel from a live model. In this class you will gain the knowledge of basic painting concepts and techniques such as value, color temperature, composition and transition. You will be exposed to the different approaches to start 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.
    • 7-10 PM Wednesdays
    • For details please visit http://www.artspaceherndon.com/portrait-and-figure-painting-with-jordan-xu/
  • KidzArt

    KidzArt is a fun, unique and confidence-building creative art experience. We offer: Art Classes for kids, teens and adults, camps, workshops, birthday parties for children, creative parties for adults, school and organizational fundraisers, and creative workshops for adults and teens. Kids have a great need to express themselves in many ways -- artistically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. KidzArt impacts each and every area of expression. The KidzArt classroom is a non-competitive environment enhanced by soft music that allows children to focus and enjoy what they are doing. Parents see the difference in the quality of art their children bring home.

    Serving Loudoun County, Western Prince William County, VA

  • Leesburg, VA

    Sewing and Fashion Design Classes

    • CraftyStitches Sewing Studio is Fashion Sewing Studio located in heart of the Village of Leesburg. We offer kids, teens and adult sewing, quilting, and fashion design classes. Visit our 1500 sq ft of sewing space where you can design to your hearts content.
    • http://www.craftystitches.com or call 571 291 5070.
  • Montrose Art School

    Open doors at Montrose Art School

    • Montrose Art School offers individual & group lessons in watercolor, acrylic & oil painting. We will help you to create an art portfolio to get accepted into a college or art school! Come to try watercolor and ask questions, the doors are open every Saturday from 11am to 1pm.
    • Every Saturday from 11am - 1pm
    • free, www.MontroseArtSchool.com
  • Mosaique Center for Cultural Arts

    Persian Dance Choreography Workshop

    • Learn how to use classical Persian dance movements to tell a story in this modern interpretation of a traditional dance. Katayoun will share an original choreography, inspired by the teachings of Dr. Robyn Friend, to a traditional dance. Elegant Persian dance steps, poses and turns add dynamic characterization to this stage-worthy dance that will help dancers of all styles improve their posture and stage presence. This workshop is suitable for all levels.
    • December 7th, Sunday,12:00pm-2:00pm
    • Fee: $35. Register at www.mosaique-center.org

    Rhythm & Raqs Dance Workshop

    • Take the mystery out of Arabic music. Learn styling, steps and combinations for popular Arabic dance rhythms in belly dance music that is the foundation of our regular weekly class program, Rhythm & Raqs. We will explore Saidi, Masmoudi, Oriental Waltz, Balady, Khaleejy and Wahda as time and students' ability and interests allow. Students have the option to explore rhythms with percussion instruments, such as drums and finger cymbals.
    • December 14th, Sunday, 12:00pm-2:00pm
    • Fee: $35. Register at www.mosaique-center.org
  • Private Art Instructor

    Private art lessons

    • Private instruction for one on one, or small groups of 2 or 3 students (located in Ashburn). Please contact me directly for more information. Visit my website for detailed info on my credentials and background, including samples of my work.
    • Saturday & Sunday through school year, M-S during summer hours
    • http://jterhaar.com/
  • Private Art Lessons

    Private Art Lessons with Julie TerHaar

    • Julie TerHaar received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in Illustration and Painting, and a minor in Art History. She is an accomplished artist with over twenty years experience and has completed numerous commissioned paintings and portraits in both the private and corporate sector, for clients all over the United States. She is a former art teacher with over seven years teaching experience from elementary to high school. Julie enjoys working in all mediums including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, pen & ink, pencil and charcoal. Julie also teaches group lessons at Loudoun Academy of the Arts in Leesburg. She enjoys living her passion of creating art and the rewards of teaching creative art to others.
    • Evenings and weekend hours
    • Private lessons are for 1 hour and are taught out of my home studio located in Ashburn near the Sport's Pavilion. Please contact me at 304-820-8857 or by email; julieterhaar@yahoo.com for times and availability.
  • Round Hill Arts Center

    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!

    Knitting and the Art of Complexity with Nancy Reaves

    • The Science of Complexity can be applied to knitting in fun and interesting ways. In this class we will explore one area of complexity science to create intricate, multi colored knitting patterns using simple rules. There will be no charts to read or difficult instructions to get lost in. Students will receive a handout with instructions and patterns for the techniques covered in class. We will be practicing these techniques knitting several small bags. $50 for the 3 week session. Students provide their own supplies. Class size limited to 8 students.
    • Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, December 3rd through 17th.
    • For more information or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.
  • Sew Magarbo

    Sewing Classes for Kids and Adults

    • A Sewing Fashion Studio that teaches sewing to kids and adults with an award winning curriculum.
    • 5-7pm Tuesdays-Fridays and 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month
    • For more information visit: www.ashburnsewing.com or call 7033759739
  • TREEHOUSE for creative kids

    TREEHOUSE for creative kids (TCK) is a fine arts and performing arts center offering structured and enrichment lessons in art, theatre and acting to students who are interested in developing skills and techniques in expressing their creativity through arts. With arts, the students will enhance their cognitive thinking, creative abilities, and social skills and will build on their craft.

    • Visit our website for full list of classes: http://www.tckme.com LOCATION: 20608 Gordon Park Square #170, Ashburn, VA Phone: 571-239-5579, Visiting hours: 3-6pm (Mon-Wed); 10am-4pm (Sat); or call for an appointment.
  • The Old Furniture Factory

    The Old Furniture Factory Ceramic program is designed for both the novice and experienced potter and provides an overview for anyone interested in ceramics. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace. Tuition includes open studio time, glaze materials, firing fees, instruction, 25 pounds of clay and parking. We provide Adult and Children's classes in Wheel, Handbuilding, and Sculpting. Instructors: David Norton, Bruce Bucklin, Pat Miller, Amy Manson, and Rosalba Negrete

    Pottery Classes, Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner

    • 6:30-9:00PM Mondays, 6:30-9:00PM Tuesdays, 9-11:30 AM Wednesday, 6:30-9:00PM Thursdays
    • For more information please contact: www.theoldfurniturefactory.com or call 540-338-5050

If you would like your Loudoun County art class, workshop, private instruction or seminar included in the next Happenings! email, please please complete our online form at http://www.loudounarts.org/happenings/post-an-event.html. We will send an updated email mid-month, each month.

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