art classes at aac

Winter is upon us at AAC! Sessions for ages 4 - 6 and 7 - 10 meet weekly to learn about contemporary artists and techniques, and make fun, unique projects to take home. We also offer weekly art classes for ages 2 – 3 and their caregivers, for creative bonding time and learning.

Read the details below and click on the class you want to register for today.

Our annual Spring Break Escape! is also open for registration and Summer Art Camp registration for ages 4 - 18 will begin on February 10.

Looking for adult classes? Click here.

Don't forget, members receive 10-15% off of class tuition.

Severe Weather Closings
AAC follows the Arlington County Public School weather emergency guidelines when determining when classes and public activities are cancelled. If inclement weather is in the forecast, please be sure to check the APS Emergency Announcements website for updates.


Children's Winter 2016 Weekly Sessions


My First Portfolio | Ages 2 - 3 | Wednesdays, Feb 3 thru Mar 30 @ 10 - 11 am

Back by popular demand! Moms, dads, grandparents, and nannies are invited to enjoy a creative experience with their young child. This class places special emphasis on keepsake artwork, pieces that the child and the caregiver create together to hold on to for years to come.

Lessons incorporate art themes and concepts, so caregivers find intellectual and creative value in this course while children develop cognitive, sensory, and motor skills.

No art experience is necessary, just an open mind, ready to be engaged. AAC instructor Michelle Williams teaches art to preschool and elementary-aged students and holds an MA in art history.
*Classes will not meet Mar 23.


Creature Connection | Wednesdays, Feb 3 thru Mar 30 @ 4:30 - 6 pm

Ages 4 - 6 and Ages 7 - 10

Once again we're bringing our exhibitions into the classrooms, and our students into the galleries!

In connection with AAC’s winter exhibition King of the Forest: Adventures in Bioperversity, students will get to explore the elements of artmaking (line, shape, form, value, space, color, and texture), and as they visit and learn about the exhibition, and use the ideas and themes of the exhibition as they make their own artwork.

Projects are designed to strengthen observational skills and while also allowing students to use their imaginations.

In this class, we will create some of our favorite animals, invent creatures from our imaginations, design built and natural environments for them to live in, and even construct artwork using recycled objects!
*Classes will not meet Mar 23.


Ink & the Figure Workshops | Ages 14 - 18
Saturdays, Mar 5 and Mar 12 @ 12:30 - 4:30 pm

Capture the spirit and vitality of the human figure. In this two-day intensive class, students will draw from a clothed figure model. They will complete activities ranging from two-minute gesture poses to blind contour drawings.

Their contours, cross-contours, and rhythmic lines will interact with washes of diluted ink to create expressive, lively figure drawings.

These workshops are presented in partnership with Arlington Public Schools Fine Arts Apprentice Program.