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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.

  • Barbara Wilson + Private Instructor

    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).

    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
  • Bella Vista Photography

    Photographing Tuscany in the Spring

    • Join professional nature and travel photographer Mary Louise Ravese in a 10-night small group workshop (limited to 6 participants) photographing some of the most picturesque areas of Tuscany, Italy. This workshop itinerary offers the quintessential Tuscan country experience. We will explore the hillside vineyards and castles of the Chianti wine district and the village of San Gimignano. Then it's on to the rural countryside of the Val d'Orcia area which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It offers lush green rolling hillsides, frequently dotted with fields of red poppies at this time of year. Picturesque winding country roads lined with cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves with views of medieval hilltop villages in the background and quaint street scenes in historic villages await. Abbeys and monasteries offer unique architecture shooting options as well. We wrap up our trip with two nights in world-renowned Florence. Fine tune your current skills and expand your techniques by learning how to create striking painterly & realistic high dynamic range (HDR) images.
    • May 14 - 24, 2015
    • Location: Tuscany, Italy Register by March 14 to receive early bird discount For more information and online registration visit: http://www.bellavistaphotography.com/classes-lessons#PTS or call instructor Mary Louise Ravese at 571-594-2390 www.bellavistaphotography.com

    Introduction to Digital Photography

    • In this weekend immersion class participants will learn how to take greater control of their photography and expand their skills beyond the use of their camera's automatic / program modes to realize their creative vision. Key topics address photography core concepts as well as knowledge of the digital camera and related equipment.
    • Saturday April 11 - Sunday April 12, from 10 am to 5 pm each day
    • Class location: Bella Vista Photography Home Studio, Waterford, VA For more information and online registration visit: http://www.bellavistaphotography.com/classes-lessons#IDP or call instructor Mary Louise at 571-594-2390

    Travel Photography on the French Riviera

    • Come explore the French Riviera with acclaimed photographer Mary Louise Ravese. Learn how to shoot like a travel photographer capturing the grand vistas, quiet back streets, glamor of the nightlife and sweet moments of life that convey a sense of this part of the world.
    • September 13 - 20, 2015
    • Location: Cote d'Azur (French Riviera), France. Register by July 13 to receive early bird discount For more information and online registration visit: http://www.bellavistaphotography.com/classes-lessons#TPFR or call instructor Mary Louise Ravese at 571-594-2390 www.bellavistaphotography.com
  • 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.
  • Destiny School of the Arts

    Fundamentals of art for homeschoolers

    • Fundamentals of Art for Homeschoolers Your student will get the chance to experiment with a wide variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, oil pastels and sculpture. These art lessons teach the elements and principles of art in a fun and engaging way. Your child will learn so much about what goes into making a great work of art, all while gaining hands on experience. They will learn all about color theory, value, texture, form, movement, balance and harmony. These classes teach concepts as well as technique. Ages 7 and up $155 (discount available for siblings) 6 weeks Fridays 12:30 - 2:00 Beginning in March Instructor: (Muralist) Jeannie Baer For more information, email us at: Jeannie@destinyschoolofthearts.com Destiny School of the Arts 1241 South King Street Leesburg, VA 20175
    • Fridays 12:30-2:00
    • jeannie@destinyschoolofthearts.com
  • 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.
  • LisArts.com

    Fine Arts fpor Adults, Teens & Children

    • Art Lessons with award-winning artist, Lis Zadravec, for Adults, Teens & Children; home-schooled or after-school. Full curriculum of Drawing, Painting and more. Weekly & One-time classes.
    • Wednesdays-Saturdays
    • www.LisArts.com (703)404-2977 or email Lisarts.com@gmail.com
  • 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
  • Round Hill Arts Center

    Drawing and Painting Studio

    • Join local artists drawing and painting from life! RHAC provides a model, a monitor, and easels -- bring a drawing board and other needed supplies. Pease indicate the session you will be attending when registering. $10 per session; Ages 18 & up.
    • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesdays
    • Register at www.roundhillartscenter.org; for more information email the Manager at info@roundhillartscenter.org.

    Flute & recorder Lessons with Suzanne Grovel

    • Become a more versatile musician, or learn to play for the first time! Play by ear and from written music, develop ensemble skills — kids (10 and up) and adults welcome, beginner to experienced. Suzanne has a B.A. in music from the College of William & Mary, and is co-director of the duo Theory & Practice. She studied flute with Charlotte Day, Meta Orear, Burt Kester, and Debbie Cross, and recorder with Scott Reiss.
    • Tuesdays, 3 pm - 6 pm by appointment
    • Contact the Center manager at info@roundhillartscenter.org.

    Strings Lessons with Chris Griffin

    • Chris Griffin has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Carolina, and performs regularly for bands in several genres, including jazz, folk, and bluegrass projects. Chris offers half-hour lessons in acoustic bass, violin, mandolin, and guitar.
    • Wednesdays 2 pm - 7 pm
    • *Online registration is not available for music lessons. Please contact the Arts Center Manager at info@roundhillartscenter to check the current schedule and register for lessons with Chris.

    Flute and Recorder Lessons with Suzanne Groebbel

    • Become a more versatile musician, or learn to play for the first time! Play by ear and from written music, develop ensemble skills — kids (10 and up) and adults welcome, beginner to experienced. Suzanne has a B.A. in music from the College of William & Mary, and is co-director of the duo Theory & Practice. She studied flute with Charlotte Day, Meta Orear, Burt Kester, and Debbie Cross, and recorder with Scott Reiss.
    • Tuesdays 2 pm to 7 pm
    • $45 per half-hour lesson. Online registration is not available for music lessons. Please contact the Arts Center Manager at info@roundhillartscenter.org for information on scheduling.

    Beginning to Advanced Wheel-Thrown Pottery with Shawn Grove

    • Learn the basics of pottery and clay properties, cutting, wedging, centering on the pottery wheel, and making basic forms, or expand your skills and explore more compex shapes and surface techniques including carving, slip trailing and more. Access to open studio included.
    • Mondays, 7pm to 10 pm, starting March 2
    • $200 plus $25 materials fee for eight classes and eight weekly open studio sessions, Age 15 and up. Register online at www.roundhillartscenter.org

    Kniiting in the Round with Kathy Reed: Boot Toppers

    • Join Kathy Reed for the third workshop in the series and learn about: - casting on two boot toppers onto two circular needles - keeping track of stitches ...and never suffer single topper/sock/mitten syndrome again!
    • Sunday, March 22, 1 pm to 3 pm
    • $25 , Ages 12 & up, materials list will be provided upon registration. Register online at www.roundhillartscenter.org

    Learn to Knit with Kathy Reed

    • This is a fun beginner series for Tweens, Teens & Adults alike. Start at the very beginning and end up with the knitting skills you need to take on more advanced projects.
    • Sundays, April 12 , 19 & 26, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • $70 plus $15 materials, Age 10 & up. Register online at www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Exploring Ceramics with Hannah Janney

    • Join instructor Hannah Janney for a fun weekly adventure in clay. Learn hand-building, wheel, sculpture, and glazing techniques.
    • Saturdays, 10:00 am - 12 pm
    • $100 plus $10 materials for a session of four weekly classes, ages 7 & up. Register online at www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Youth Ceramics Workshop with Amy Marple

    • A workshop designed for older kids, tweens, and teens. Make decorative and functional pottery using handbuilding, wheel and sculptural techniques with instructor Amy Marple.
    • Saturdays, 1 pm - 3 pm
    • $100 plus $10 materials for four classes; Ages 8 and up. Register online at www.rounshillartscenter.org

    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!

    Get Me Started Oil Painting with Dana Thompson

    • It's easier to paint with oils than you think! Accomplished painter Dana Thompson will introduce the basics of oil painting, from compostion to color theory. You'll be amazed at what you can do in three hours!
    • Saturday, April 18, 1 pm - 4 pm
    • $50 includes materials, Ages 16 & up. Register online at www.roundhillartscenter.org or email us for more information at info@roundhillartscenter.org.

    Beginning Drawing with Holly Talada

    • Explore basic drawing techniques with an experienced instructor in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Improve your drawing through traditional and experimental exercises. Subject matter includes drawing from surroundings and from your imagination. Several types of drawing materials will be introduced. No experience is necessary! This is a great beginners class.
    • Mondays, April 6 through 27 (4 classes), 6:30-8:00 pm
    • All materials provided, $135, Ages 15 & up, register online at www.roundillartscenter.org. For more information, email us at www.roundhillartscenter.org.
  • 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
  • Trinity House Café

    Illuminated Manuscript Course

    • Illuminated Manuscript Course Taught by Ioana Belcea April 20th-24th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Cost $440 @Trinity House Café In this five-day course, students will receive full instruction on how to paint a Byzantine image of the Gospel from Constantinople 10th c. The mediums will be: traditional egg tempera and gold. All levels are welcome. Class closes April 6. Sign up with a $75 non-refundable deposit while seats are open. See byzarts.com for more details.
    • April 20th - 24th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Cost $440, which includes non-refundable deposit of $75. For payment see byzarts.com under "Courses". Contact Colette at paraskeve@gmail.com or 301 977 7297 for questions or sign up at byzarts.com under Events/Courses!
  • VSAarts of Loudoun County in partnership with Round Hill Arts Center

    Intro to Cartoons and Comics with Nora Kavaldjin

    • Learn the basics of drawing from the toony side of life, from ways to draw fun cartoon characters to how to draft a comic page. Leave with all the supplies and tools you'll need to keep drawing. Ages 10 and up. Cost is $20.
    • Feb 28 from 10-11:30am
    • To register contact www.roundhillartscenter.org
  • VSAarts of Loudoun in partnership with the Round Hill Arts Center

    Clay Exploration with Carmen Howell

    • Touch, feel and Explore Clay. Make animals, flowers, trees - whatever your imagination chooses! This class is focused on developing your creativity and discovering something new. Ages 8 and up. Cost is $20.
    • March 21 10-11:30am
    • To register visit www.roundhillartscenter.org

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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