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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.

  • ArtSquare/Loudoun Academy of the Arts

    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.

    • New Classes and Workshops are continually introduced, so please check our website for the very latest listings. Please visit www.LoudounArtSquare.com or call 703-777-5498

    Open Studio at Loudoun Academy of the Arts

    • Open Studio sessions Monday evenings for artists who want to draw from a live model. Bring materials. $75-All 6 dates per session. $15-Drop-in fee.
    • 6:30 - 9:30PM Mondays
    • The LAAF is at 12 Cardinal Park Drive SE, Leesburg, VA. 703-777-8043. www.loudounartsquare.org
  • Barbara Wilson + Private Instructor

    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.
  • Destiny School of the Arts Leesburg

    Fundamentals of art for Homeschoolers

    • Fundamentals of Art for Homeschoolers with Jeannie Baer 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.
    • Mondays: 1:30-3:00
    • Registration information: www.destinyschoolofthearts.com or email Jeannie@destinyschoolofthearts.com
  • Destiny school of the Arts Leesburg

    Tuesdays Beginners drawing and painting

    • Your student will learn that with simple shapes and lines you can draw just about anything. After drawing, students will learn simple age appropriate techniques to help them paint their drawings. With Jeannie Baer Ages 5-8 Wednesdays (3:30pm – 4:30pm)
    • Tuesdays 3:30-4:30
    • www.destinyschoolofthearts.com or jeannie@destinyschoolofthearts.com

    Adventures in Acrylics for Homeschoolers

    • Acrylic paints are so versatile. They can be thinned to resemble watercolors or applied thickly to resemble oil paints. They are a great medium for the student who is ready to take their skill to the next level. Students will learn to shade and blend for a more realistic effect. They will also be learning about different styles while perfecting their eye for detail. Ages 9-teens
    • Tuesdays 5:00-6:30
    • www.destinyschoolofthearts.com or 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
  • 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

  • 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!

    Cartooning with Daniel Nie

    • Plan characters, lay out your story, and execute your very own comics with Artist Daniel Nie. $160 plus $20 materials, Age 8 & up.
    • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, June 16 - 20.
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Giving Back Community Arts Camp

    • Five fun different community projects led by five different artists. $80*; Age 8 & up . *Camp Tuition is partially subsidized by the Community Arts Scholarship Program.
    • Monday - Friday, June 23-27, 1 pm - 4 pm
    • For more information or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org

    See, Say, Create with Lori Shue

    • Children's book author, illustrator, and instructor Lori Shue leads this monthly hands-on adventure involving literature and art. $25 includes all materials; Ages 4 to 8.
    • Fridays, 9:00 am - 11: 30; June 20, July 11, and August 1
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org

    Suburban Survival with Chip York

    • Bilbo Baggins said "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door...You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to." Chip York's Suburban Survival camp prepares you to be swept off to any number of adventures, right in your own neighborhood. Learn how to make your way across the landscape by natural means, reading the sun, wind, and hills. Explore, map, learn survival tricks, be prepared for anything - all the fun you can find! $160 plus $20 materials fee. Age 8 & up.
    • Monday - Friday June 23 - 27, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Wizardry 101 with Chip York

    • Get sorted, make wands, work on potions, practice your spells in Defense against the Dark Arts lessons, learn to play Quidditch, and enjoy refreshments at the Three Broomsticks in this fun half day camp for witches, wizards, and muggles alike. $160 + 20 materials, Age 8 & up.
    • Monday- Friday July 7 - 11, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • To register or for more information, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Kids 'n' Clay with Amy Manson

    • Young ceramic artists will learn the basics of working with clay from Potter Amy Manson. Make fun, whimsical, and colorful pottery and sculptures to take home -- different projects every day! $160 plus $25 materials, Ages 6-10.
    • Monday - Friday July 7-11, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    An Art a Day: Media Madness Camp

    • Work with a different artist and medium each day in this unique arts camp experience. Each artist is an expert in their medium and has designed a project to introduce kids to the history and practice of each art in an ideal way. Monday: Steena Fullmer -- Fused Glass Mosaics Tuesday: Samantha Mathewson -- Handbult and Wheel-thrown Ceramics - Wednesday: Trish Harris -- Fiber Arts Thursday: Sarah Huntington -- Photography Friday: Beth Fuller -- Collage and Paper Arts $200 plus $40 materials, Ages 6-11
    • Monday - Friday July 14-18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • For more information, or to register, vista www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Arts Around the World Camp

    • ravel to five different lands in five days to learn about history, arts, and culture around the world. A different artist-instructor will present the camp each day. Monday: Italy -- Artist Steena Fullmer will present a program about the Italian renaissance invention of millefiori glass. Students will make a millefiori suncatcher. Tuesday: Greece -- Artist Rosalba Negrete will discuss the history of Greek sculpture and architecture. Students will make a ceramic model of a traditional greek village. Wednesday: Scandinavia -- Students will make Swedish woven paper baskets and traditional textile weaving with Artist Beth Wilson. Thursday: China -- Artist Daniel Nie will intorduce Chinese characters and students will learn Chinese calligraphy. Friday: India -- Jen Stone will present traditional yoga movement and arts of India. $200 plus $40 supply fee; Ages 6 - 11.
    • Monday - Friday July 21-25, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org

    Mad Science Lab with Chip York

    • Explore the amazing properties of the world around us with Mr. Chip! Science projects range from a simple cup and plastic wrap barometer through sterling tea cup engines all the way to electronics and code-writing. Have fun with physics and chemistry -- it's literally a blast! $200 plus $20 materials fee, Age 11 & up.
    • Monday - Friday July 28- August 1, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Comics Camp with Nora Kavaldjian

    • Join Nora Kavaldjian in this fun-packed Comics Camp! Learn the basics of making comics, including: original character development, writing short stories that can be brought to life in a visual format, drafting and drawing comic pages, cool inking techniques, and learning options for coloring comic pages! It only takes five days to learn how to create your own comic - and to learn visual storytelling skills that can stay with you for a lifetime! 10 students maximum. $80 include all materials. Age 11 & up.
    • Monday - Friday July 28- August 1, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • For more information, or to register, vista www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Famous Artists Camp with Lori Shue

    • Learn about famous artists through viewing their artwork and then make your own! Each day this camp will focus on two different artists from history. View samples of the artwork that made them famous, learn art facts and vocabulary, and the proper use of art tools while creating unique art. At the end of each day we will discuss our art experience with each other. Artists studied will include Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, Vincent VanGogh, Hai Shuet Yeung, Paul Cezanne, Paul Klee, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Jim Dine, and Wayne Thiebaud. A fun multi-media experience!$200 includes all materials. Ages 6-10.
    • Monday - Friday August 4-8, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Sculpt, Throw, and Build Advanced Ceramics Camp

    • In this sequel to Amy's popular Kids and Clay camp, older students will learn more advanced ceramic techniques, including hand building vessels, basic wheel throwing techniques, and sculpture construction. Different projects each day! Enrollment limited to 10 students. $160 plus $25 materials, Ages 11 & up.
    • Monday - Friday August 4-8, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    The Pond & Beyond Spring Break Nature Camp

    • Instructor Cynthia McGranahan uses hands-on field research in nearby habitats together with materials from the Departments of Inland Fisheries & Agriculture to create a fun science camp experience that includes experimentation, interpretation, and journaling, as well as a variety of fun arts and games (meets many VA SOLs) . A great activity for kids on break and homeschoolers alike! Wear play clothes -- it might get messy! Two sessions for young kids and older kids --visit our website for details.
    • Monday- Friday April 14 - 18
    • For more information or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.
  • Sandra Iafrate Fine Art

    Painting in Italy

    • La Romita School of Art Presents Open Studio classes taught by Sandra Iafrate June 20 - 30, 2014 Stay in an 18th Century monastery in beautiful unspoiled Umbria. Experience real Italy and its tiny villages where you may be the only tourist. Savor authentic Italian foods by our in-house Italian cooks. Best of all, take in the breathtaking Italian countryside and recreate it on canvas! You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose a moving and meaningful composition. If your objective is realism, impressionism or abstraction, you will be taught the fundamentals that lead you to your vision. La Romita School of Art has been providing artists, professional and amateur, with the perfect working vacation for nearly 40 years. Students and instructors stay at La Romita, a renovated sixteenth century Capuchin monastery surrounded by olive groves in the foothills of the Apennine mountains in Terni, Umbria. Classes are held in La Romita’s frescoed chapel, day trips are held to the various scenic hill towns that dot the region, and all students experience the sweeping vistas, exquisite food, and warm hospitality that the region offers. For more information and for registration, please contact: iafrate.art@gmail.com or visit laromita.org
    • June 20 - 30th, 2014
    • http://www.sandraiafrate.com/#!workshops/ck0q
  • School of Bookbinding Arts

    New Cloth Binding Construction

    • Learn a number of cover styles and practice typesetting with moveable brass type to title your new bindings. [Instructors: Jill Deiss, Dee Evetts & Anna Barnes]
    • May 15-16 from 9am-5pm
    • For more information or to register, please visit http://cattailrun.com/workshops.html

    Introduction to Book Restoration

    • Refurbish damaged corners, endcaps, and splitting joints; leather polishing, surface treatments. [Instructors: Jill Deiss, Susan McCabe & Amy Jackson]
    • June 19-20 from 9am-5pm
    • For more information or to register, please visit http://cattailrun.com/workshops.html

    New Cloth Book Binding Construction

    • Learn a number of cover styles and practice typesetting with movable brass type to title your new bindings. Instructors: Jill Deiss, Dee Evetts, & Anna Barnes
    • Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16 9am-5pm
    • For more information or to register, visit www.cattailrun.com/workshops.html or call 540-662-2683

    Introduction to Book Restoration

    • Refurbish damaged corners, endcaps, and splitting joints; leather polishing, surface treatments. Instructors: Jill Deiss, Susan McCabe, & Amy Jackson
    • Thursday June 19 and Friday June 20 9am-5pm
    • For more information or to register, please visit www.cattailrun.com/workshops.html or call 540-662-2683

    Introduction to Book Restoration

    • Refurbish damaged corners, endcaps, and splitting joints; leather polishing, surface treatments. Instructions: Jill Deiss, Susan McCabe, & Amy Jackson
    • Thursday July 24 and Friday July 25 9am-5pm
    • For more information or to register, visit info@cattailrun.com or call 540-662-2683
  • 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
  • StageCoach Theatre Company

    Audition Workshop

    • The audition workshops are designed to introduce new actors to the audition process as well as give helpful hints to those more experienced performers too. In addition to an audition overview lecture with an experienced director, students will participate in hands-on presentation of prepared monologues and cold readings. The instructor will provide hands-on feedback and constructive critiques to each student. Auditionees will be better prepared and more confident for their next audition. Class size is limited, with the one on one focused feedback concept, so sign up today!
    • April 27 1:00-3:00 pm
    • $20/person Reserve by emailing info@stagecoachtc.com. Contact us at info@stagecoachtc.com, (571) 477-9444 or visit our website www.stagecoachtc.com

    Broadway Cabaret Musical Theatre Summer Camp

    • Campers will hone their vocal skills, refine their acting technique and learn basic dance combinations while enjoying a fun-filled week at camp. They’ll also learn different vocal exercises to warm-up their voices as they explore different theatre games and learn choreography. Brambleton Community Association, 42255 Palladian Blue Terrace, Brambleton, VA
    • July 28 - August 1 9:00am - 12:30pm
    • For more information and to register, please visit http://stagecoachtc.com/summer-camp.

    New York" Audition Camp

    • Campers will work on audition techniques and monologues with an experienced actor and director in order to nail their next audition! They will learn and improve their cold reading skills and run practice auditions with individual feedback and attention from industry professionals. Camp will be held at Oatlands in Leesburg.
    • August 4 - 8 9:30am - 1:00pm
    • For more information and to register, please visit http://stagecoachtc.com/summer-camp.

    Hollywood" Drama Camp

    • Campers will learn and improve their acting skills through improvisation and scene study. They will perform short scenes while learning proper rehearsal techniques all while having fun along the way. On the last day of camp, campers will perform a Scene Performance Showcase. Camp will be held at Oatlands in Leesburg.
    • August 11 - 15 from 9:30am - 1:00pm
    • For more information and to register, please visit http://stagecoachtc.com/summer-camp.
  • 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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