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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.
  • 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 312 East Market St, Suite D, Leesburg, VA. 703-777-8043. www.loudounartsquare.org
  • Barbara Wilson

    Private Acting Lessons

  • 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
  • Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding

    The Art of Fabric Marbling

    • Fabric marbling is a passion for guest instructors Regina and Dan St. John who will teach you to turn blank cloth into marbled magic. Put marbled patterns on hankies, neckties, scarves or your own cotton/linen/silk. The St. Johns are experts in this art form that has few practitioners.
    • Sept. 29-30 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Jill Deiss 540-662-2683 info@cattailrun.com www.cattailrun.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.
  • 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

  • Leesburg Youth Theatre

    Step into Story!

    • Ages: Grades 2-5. Students explore their favorite stories and bring them to life through drama. Includes instruction in voice, body movement, and creative instruction. Location: Destiny School for the Arts
    • September 23, Tuesdays 3:30pm
    • For more information visit: www.barbarawilsontheatre.com Email: wilson.barbara@verizon.net
  • 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
  • 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!

    Knit an Animal Hat with Kathy Reed

    • Knit a cute animal hat based on the patterns in Vanessa Mooncie’s fabulous book, Animal Hats. Kathy Reed, a Craft Yarn Council certified Knitting Teacher, will guide you through three classes to create your own fabulous frog, chicken or panda hat. There are 15 styles to choose from! You only need to know the basic knit and purl stitches. You will learn the rest!
    • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursdays, September 4 through 25
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    African Drumming with Jona Masiya

    • No drumming experience required! Students will be introduced to Zimbabwean and West African drumming styles, techniques for first-time drummers, hand-body-mind coordination, and drumming with movement. Drums will be provided for class use only. Please bring a drum if you have one. $100 for four classes; Ages 14 & up.
    • Saturdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, September 6th - 27th
    • For more information or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Beginning through Advanced Wheel-Thrown Pottery with Shawn Grove

    • Beginning pottery students will learn the basics of pottery, classroom safety, clay properties, cutting, wedging, centering on the pottery wheel, and making a basic cylinder. Intermediate students will expand their current skill set and further develop technical skills and knowledge. Exploration of the surface will include carving, slip trailing and glaze application. Access to open studio included. $200 for 8 classes plus $25 materials fee. Ages 16 and up. Maximum enrollment 8.
    • Mondays, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, starting September 8th.
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Beginning through Intermediate Wheel-Thrown Pottery with Carrie Althouse

    • Beginning pottery students will learn the basics of pottery, classroom safety, clay properties, cutting, wedging, centering on the pottery wheel, and making a basic cylinder. Intermediate students will expand their current skill set and further develop technical skills and knowledge. Exploration of the surface will include carving, slip trailing and glaze application. Access to open studio included. By registering you agree to our pottery studio rules. $200 for 8 classes plus $25 for clay. Ages 16 and up. Maximum enrollment 8.
    • Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, starting September 9th
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Handbuilt Ceramics with Amy Manson

    • 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 handbuilding techniques and learn the most current and creative ways to work with slabs, coils 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. Appropriate for all skill levels. Six classes; $180 plus $25 materials fee, Age 16 & up.
    • Tuesdays, September 9 through October 14th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery with Samantha Mathewson

    • This class is designed for true beginners and just-starting-out potters. Learn how to wedge and center clay, throw cylinders and eventually make functional and decorative pottery. The basics of glazing and slab rolling will also be covered. No prior experience needed! Eight classes; $200 plus $25 materials fee; 16 & up.
    • Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, starting September 9th
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Beginning Wheel-Thrown Pottery with Gloria Eshelman

    • 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 complex shapes and surface techniques including carving, slip trailing and more. Access to open studios included in tuition. Eight classes; $200 plus $25 materials fee; 16 & up.
    • Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, September 12th - October 31
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Drawing and Painting Studio

    • Join local artists drawing and painting from life in this monitored studio session. RHAC provides easels -- bring a drawing board and other needed supplies. $10 per person, Age 18 & up; bring your own drawing supplies.
    • Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm, beginning October 7
    • For more information or to register visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Introduction to Graphic Design with Carol Buswell

    • What's the secret to creating dynamic graphic design work? Having a sound composition before you turn on your laptop. Over the course of five classes we will explore the five fundamentals of art and design: Shape, Line, Value, Texture, and Color. Each session will begin with a brief lecture and showing of both fine art and graphic design examples illustrating the day’s concept. A handout with a list of glossary terms, visual examples, and project instructions will be given out at the beginning ofeach lecture. There will be a capstone project for the class where students can explore and incorporate the five foundations into one coherent composition. This class is a great portfolio builder! $120 plus $10 materials fee. Age 12 and up.
    • 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Tuesdays, October 7 through November 4
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.

    Sock Knitting 101 with Nancy Reaves

    • Knit a pair of socks for yourself or a loved one. In this class we will explore the ins and outs of sock knitting, while completing at least one sock. We will focus on the basic techniques used in top down sock construction, including: casting on, gauge, ribbing, reinforced heels, turning a heel, gussets, toe shaping, Kitchener stitch, slip stitch, short rows, circular knitting, double pointed needles, circular needles (magic loop) and measuring for proper fit. This class is designed for advance beginner or intermediate knitters who are new to sock knitting. Nancy will also have a pattern for knitting socks straight on single pointed needles for those who do not want to knit in the round. $65 for four classes and the sock pattern. Students provide their own supplies. (See supply list below.) Class size limited to 8 students.
    • Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, October 15th through November 5th.
    • For more information or to register, visit www.roundhillartscnter.org.

    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.

    Art for Mommy (or Daddy) and Me

    • Fun art classes designed for kids 3 & up. Each class will incorporates a book with a hands-on art project where they can explore art concepts while having fun. At each session kids will make a project they can take home. $20 per class includes all materials.
    • Fridays 3:30-4:30pm, September 5 through September 26.
    • For more information, or to register, visit www.roundhillartscenter.org.
  • Sacred Presence Studio

    Traditional Iconography Course

    • This course in traditional iconography will be given by Colette M. Kalvesmaki. The course is designed for all levels and will be done in traditional egg tempera methods of dark-to-light layers. For our icon, we will be painting St. Euphrosynos, patron saint of the kitchen, after a version made by the great sixteenth-century iconographer Theophanes the Cretan surviving in a fresco at a monastery in Meteora, Greece. The price for the course is $550. Shellac gilding and prepared board will be included. Course will be held in the Upper Room at the new Trinity House Cafe, 101 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA.
    • Tues-Sat, Sept 16-20, 10-4
    • For more information or to register: www.sacredpresence.com
  • 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

    Acting Scene Study

    • This 2 hour workshop will meet (4) times and is an advanced acting workshop option for actors who wish to develop or reinvent their skills as well as working alongside fellow acting students. The main goals will be: • Select a scene script in class and be paired with another actor • Participate in read through of all scenes assigned • Take blocking notes and discuss character development with the director • Review how to learn lines and blocking to end up without a script
    • Sundays, Oct 19, 26, Nov 2 & 4
    • For more information, visit www.StageCoachTC.com or call 571-477-9444 to register.

    Audio Workshop for Theatre

    • This 2-hour workshop is in two parts, with the first discussing the basic concepts of theatrical sound and describing how each piece of equipment functions in the overall sound system. The second part will take a detailed look at mixer set-up and operation for a performance.
    • 3:00 - 5:00 pm
    • For more information, please visit www.StageCoachTC.com or call 571-477-9444.
  • 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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