Art Classes

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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 open 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.

Make & Take

In these workshops, create simple and fun accessories in one evening. No experience required. All tools and materials are provided.

  • Fringe Bar Necklace The free-spirited design of this piece is perfect to showcase your personal style.
  • Multi-strand Leather and Beaded Bracelet Make a simple and fabulous layered bracelet using leather strips and colorful beads.

Craft night collage

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 

  • 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.

Jewelry

Woodworking 

 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

Ceramics

We have several introductory wheel classes at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Five open studio sessions are included in the price of the ceramic classes.

  • Throwing on the Wheel is one of three intro wheel classes we offer each quarter.
  • Intermediate Wheel classes are for potters who want to expand their skill set and refine their technique.

Person creating ceramic pottery

Sewing 

  • 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

Bookmaking

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

Photography

  • 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.