Whether you are brand new to the arts or have been at it a while, CHAW has something for everyone. We meet you where you are. Sign up for a class to experience the magic of CHAW today! 

Visual Arts

*All visual arts registrations include an annual membership for the  Capitol Hill Art League.

Tradtional Inking

Teaching Artist – Blas Goncalves-Borrega

07/25/2024 – 08/15/2024

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $180.00

Want to create art the way professional comic artists and cartoonists do? Learn the traditional techniques that have been used by cartoonists for the past 100 years. Blas Goncalves-Borrega is a traditional cartoonist who will teach you how to use ink like the pros! You will learn a variety of techniques, so that you can create cartoons and drawings with your own unique look.

Advanced Acrylic Painting

Teaching Artist – Will Fleishell

06/22/2024 – 07/20/2024

Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuition – $350.00

This 5-session, 3-hour class is designed for students who wish to advance beyond copies of historical pictures and move toward creating original artwork. The morning class time offers natural light in the Art Studio and outdoors. In the Art Studio, students will paint figures and still lifes. Outdoors, students will paint landscapes. Given time and weather conditions we may also meet up outdoors at one of the monumental sculptures nearby to draw. A range of painting methods are going to be explored.

All materials are provided.

It is highly recommended that students have taken at least one prior class in basic drawing.

Acrylic Painting

Teaching Artist – Will Fleishell

06/17/2024 – 07/22/2024

Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $250.00

This class is a thorough introduction to acrylic painting. Over the course of the session, students will learn the basic techniques of acrylic painting and practice their new skills. This class is great for developing foundational painting skills like materials handling and color mixing. All materials are provided.

Contemporary Colored Pencils — Session 1

Teaching Artist – Sarah Jamison

06/05/2024 – 07/24/2024

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $250.00

Students will learn drawing techniques emphasizing the joy of creation. Everyone will create a piece (or pieces) of artwork based around Sarah’s specific artist practice and area of expertise – drawing from a collaged photo reference. All materials are provided. No class on June 12 and June 19.

Contemporary Colored Pencils — Session 2

Teaching Artist – Sarah Jamison

07/31/2024 – 09/04/2024

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $250.00

Students will learn drawing techniques emphasizing the joy of creation. Everyone will create a piece (or pieces) of artwork based around Sarah’s specific artist practice and area of expertise – drawing from a collaged photo reference. All materials are provided.

Life Drawing

Teaching Artist – Ellen Cornett

06/06/2024 – 07/18/2024

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm

Tuition – $200.00

Each class will include a nude model who will pose for warm ups, short exercises and one or more longer drawing sessions for a variety of practice. Students will need an 18″×24″ newsprint drawing pad, an 18″×24″ Strathmore 300 or 400 series drawing pad, a kneaded eraser and soft vine charcoal. CHAW can supply the easel and storage if needed. No class on July 4.

Life Drawing

Teaching Artist – Will Fleishell

06/06/2024 – 07/18/2024

Thursdays, 7:45-9:15pm

Tuition – $200.00

Each class will include a nude model who will pose for warm ups, short exercises and one or more longer drawing sessions for a variety of practice. Students will need an 18×24 newsprint drawing pad, an 18×24 Strathmore 300 or 400 series Cold Press drawing pad, a kneaded eraser and soft vine charcoal. CHAW can supply the easel and storage if needed. No class on July 4.

The Figure and its Surroundings

Teaching Artist – Carolina Mayorga

05/28/2024 – 06/11/2024

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $125.00

This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of figure drawing and the incorporation of the human figure into outdoor spaces. My favorite model/s will join us in this exploration. Materials: Sketch book/pad min size 8.5 x 11 inches. Drawing materials will be provided.

Spanish speakers welcome! 

Outdoor Masterpieces

Teaching Artist – Carolina Mayorga

07/02/2024 – 07/16/2024

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $125.00

In this workshop we will study artworks and landmarks at the National Mall to inspire exercises that introduce the fundamentals of drawing such line and shape, as well as the concepts of perspective, proportions and composition. Meeting location will be provided prior to the first class. Materials: Sketchbook/pad, size 8.5 x 11 inches. Drawing materials will be provided.

Spanish speakers welcome! 

Ceramics

Wheel and Handbuilding – Beginner/Intermediate

Teaching Artist – Nick Wittkofski

06/24/2024 – 08/12/2024

Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $360.00

This class is designed for students who know the basic techniques. We will still go over fundamentals but will focus more on how to transform your lump of clay into your next work of art. Basic materials will be provided with the class.  


Wheel and Handbuilding – Beginner

Teaching Artist – Selina Tran

07/23/2024 – 09/03/2024

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $315.00

Handbuilding and wheel throwing will be covered in this course with plenty of time and space for you to find your own niche and create something beautiful to take home. All materials are provided.


Wheel and Handbuilding – Intermediate

Teaching Artist – Sarah Winston

06/26/2024 – 08/14/2024

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $360.00

Students will gain practice and time on the wheels creating functional pieces that will be finished and ready to use by the end of this session. Ability to center clay on your own and experience in wheel throwing is recommended. All materials are provided During this class, we will be throwing with 1 pound of clay and focusing on the basic techniques. The course includes wedging, centering clay, throwing basic bowl and cylinder forms, finishing & glazing. All materials are provided.

Wheel and Handbuilding — Beginner

Teaching Artist – Rebecca Bock

07/11/2024 – 08/29/2024

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuition – $360.00

Handbuilding and wheel throwing will be covered in this course with plenty of time and space for you to find your own niche and create something beautiful to take home. All materials are provided.

Photography

In the Darkroom: Black and White Printing

Teaching Artist – Russell Barajas

07/20/2024 – 08/31/2024

Saturday, 9:00am-1:00pm

Tuition – $550.00

If new to printing, students will learn the basic functioning of the enlargers by making simple photograms, and then learn the process of printing from negatives. More experienced students will further their knowledge and practice of printing, with individualized instruction and projects. The class will have ongoing critiques to examine and share what students have accomplished. 

*No class August 3

NOTE: For anyone 18 yrs+. Contact photography@chaw.org if you have any specific questions regarding this class. 

July Intro to Darkroom: Seminar on Printing Black & White Film

Teaching Artist – Carol Antezana

07/06/2024 – 07/06/2024

Saturday, 9:00-2:00pm

Tuition – $135.00

The seminar is designed for folks who shoot film but have no prior darkroom experience. In the seminar, you will learn the basics of film development and print making. At the end of the seminar you will have one roll of developed film, one contact sheet, and one print. Please bring one full (undeveloped) roll of 35mm or 120mm black and white film to the seminar. If you need help unloading the film from your camera, Carol can help you.

NOTE: For anyone 18 yrs+. Contact photography@chaw.org if you have any specific questions regarding the seminar.

August Intro to Darkroom:
Seminar on Printing Black & White Film

Teaching Artist – Carol Antezana

08/03/2024 – 08/03/2024

Saturday, 9:00-2:00pm

Tuition – $135.00

The seminar is designed for folks who shoot film but have no prior darkroom experience. In the seminar, you will learn the basics of film development and print making. At the end of the seminar you will have one roll of developed film, one contact sheet, and one print. Please bring one full (undeveloped) roll of 35mm or 120mm black and white film to the seminar. If you need help unloading the film from your camera, Carol can help you.

NOTE: For anyone 18 yrs+. Contact photography@chaw.org if you have any specific questions regarding the seminar.

Dance and Theater

Tap

Teaching Artist – Heather Whyte

06/03/2024 – 07/08/2024

Mondays, 6:00-6:55pm

Tuition – $150.00

Learn to shuffle, flap, and all the basics to get you moving. Students should have tap shoes and wear comfortable clothes. No prior dance experience required. Returning students will build on prior knowledge.

Jazz

Teaching Artist – Heather Whyte

06/03/2024 – 07/08/2024

Mondays, 7:00-7:55pm

Tuition – $150.00

Come stretch, move, and dance! This Luigi inspired jazz class will include floor exercises based on centering, isolation, strength building, and balance. A new combination of steps will be introduced each class to work on coordination. No formal training or experience is needed. Please come to class in ballet shoes or bare feet. 

Ballet

Teaching Artist – Heather Whyte

06/03/2024 – 07/08/2024

Mondays, 8:00-8:55pm

Tuition – $150.00

This class emphasizes the fundamentals of ballet and encourages ballet as a means of improved body awareness, poise, grace, musicality, flexibility, and self-expression. Classes are structured to include warm-up exercises, barre technique and center floor work. Ballet shoes and comfortable clothes are recommended. No prior dance experience required. Returning students will build on prior knowledge. 

Adult Heels

Teaching Artist – Brynn Bodair

06/11/2024 – 07/16/2024

Tuesdays, 7:00-7:50pm

Tuition – $150.00

Explore the technicality and fluidity of jazz-based movement, hard-hitting hip hop influence, as well as sensual floorwork and movement as you experience heels dancing. All experience levels and bodies are welcome as modifications and adjustments will be offered as necessary. A pair of heels that you feel comfortable moving in or sneakers are recommended.

Register for all 6 weeks, or for one week at a time.

Dance Conditioning

Teaching Artist – Brynn Bodair

06/12/2024 – 07/24/2024

Wednesdays, 7:00-7:50pm

Tuition – $150.00

Focus on mobility, strength, and flexibility as you explore a blend of dance, yoga, and pilates training styles. All experience levels and bodies are welcome as modifications and adjustments will be offered as necessary. Non-restrictive clothing suitable for movement and socks or bare feet are recommended.

Register for all 6 weeks, or for one week at a time.

*No class June 19