Art Classes

We are offering in-person classes as of September 2021. Due to COVID-19, class sizes have been reduced.  Any questions regarding classes, please call 703-228- 5922 or email

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Arlington County supports the creative process as a vital tool to maintaining a healthy and balanced life.

We encourage people of all ages and abilities to participate in a wide variety of art classes, workshops, and studio programs.

Art develops creative thinking, improves problem solving skills, builds self-confidence, reduces stress, and encourages social interaction.

Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to play, learn, create, and have fun! For more information, please refer to the Enjoy Arlington brochure.

Kids creating art

Children and Youth Classes  

There are a variety of classes available to children of all ages.

  • Art 101 for Kids allows children to work with a variety of materials and techniques: printmaking, charcoal drawing, painting, design, collage, watercolors, sculpture and more.
  • Drawn Simply and Art Adventures offer children age 5-7 the opportunity to learn and practice with multiple art techniques and materials.
  • Get Messy classes are great for kids age 7-12 who want to learn the basics of clay sculpting.

Parent and Child Classes 

Create memories while making art during one of our parent and child art classes.

  • Hand in Hand introduces toddlers age 2-4 to their sense of touch through artistic experiences.
  • Parent / Child Bird Feeder class encourages families to work as a team and learn basic woodworking skills to build a simple bird feeder.

Bird feeder hanging in a tree

Teen Classes 

Engage your teenager’s creativity by enrolling them in one of our teen art classes.

  • Young Potters introduces students to the basics of creating pottery on the wheel.


Drawing and Painting 

  • Drawing and Painting classes are great for students who want to learn basic drawing skills.
  • Mixed Media classes explore several collage and texturing techniques and results in artwork that can be whimsical, playful or serious.


  • Jewelry Fabrication is an introduction to the fine craft of jewelry making.
  • Alternative Stone Setting is a project specific workshop taught by goldsmith Nick Barnes.



 Did you know that Thomas Jefferson Community Center has a fully outfitted woodshop and offers many basic wood working classes?

  • Intro to Woodshop is a 3-day class that outlines safety guidelines and fundamental shop skills.

Person doing woodworking


We have several introductory wheel classes at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. 

  • Beginning Pottery is perfect for people who have always wanted to try making ceramics using a potter's wheel.
  • Continuing  Wheel is for those with experience, but would like to continue developing their skill set under the guidance of an instructor.
  • Intermediate Wheel, Handbuilding with the Use of the Wheel and Ceramic Decorating Techniques are classes for potters who want to expand their skill set, learn new things and refine their technique.

Person creating ceramic pottery


  • Pinterest-Inspired classes are great for beginners who may have never sewn before.
  • Upcycle a Men’s Shirt into a Cute Apron in this two-day workshop.
  • Sew-Social is the perfect sewing class for busy young professionals, men and women alike.

Upcycling shorts into an apron


Our introductory level bookmaking class will introduce traditional stitching and binding techniques.

  • Bookmaking 101 Learn basic traditional bookbinding techniques to make a simple journal that reflects your personal style and passions. No experience required.
  • Bookmaking 102 Create a more complex notebook with multiple stitch variations, book cloths and interfaced spine.

A book on a table


  • Digital Photography for Beginners teaches students the fundamental skills needed to use a digital SLR camera.
  • Next Step in Digital Photo expands students’ techniques to improve their photography skills.