art classes at aac



JUN 27 - SEPT 2, 2016 | Registration for Summer Camps at AAC Now Open! Click here for full schedule!


Sessions for ages 2 - 14 meet weekly to learn about contemporary artists and techniques, and make fun, unique projects to take home!

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Kids & Teens Spring 2016 Weekly Sessions


My First Portfolio | Ages 2 - 3 | Wednesdays, Apr 6 thru May 25 @ 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 to treasure 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 experience is necessary, just an open mind, ready to engage in creative bonding.


Mix it Up! | Ages 4 - 6 | Wednesdays, Apr 6 thru May 25 @ 4:30 - 6 pm

This course is about exploring collage, mixed media, and their distinguishing wide-ranging materials, in the most fun way. Using the Spring Solos 2016 exhibition as a stimulus for our creativity, we will visit AAC’s galleries to see works of art made with unusual materials like auto-parts, VHS and cassette tape ribbon, yarn, drywall, cardboard, and more. Then, we’ll do our own experimenting in the classroom using found images and objects, natural and recyclable materials, and traditional art supplies.

Just like AAC’s Spring Solos 2016 artists, we will draw, paint, cut, glue, and construct, making some of the coolest 2D and 3D works of art.


The Local Scene | Ages 7 - 10 | Wednesdays, Apr 6 thru May 25 @ 4:30 - 6 pm

In this course, students will learn about exhibiting artists at AAC and contemporary artists from the greater Mid-Atlantic region. Using her signature class format, each week instructor Jennifer Wilkin Penick will introduce students to the work of an artist before leading them in creating artwork inspired by the artist's style.

Students will visit AAC’s galleries, meet an AAC resident artist for a studio visit, learn new skills, and produce wonderfully original art. Featured projects in this class will use drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture techniques.


Fund. of Drawing | Ages 11 - 14 | Wednesdays, Apr 6 - May 25 @ 4:30 - 6 pm

Drawing what you see is a valuable skill and crucial for all artists to master. This course provides students with a solid foundation in essential drawing skills that can then be translated to all of the visual arts. Students will learn to use line, value, perspective, gesture, and mark making to create works that are representational.

Some projects will start with observation and evolve to abstraction. Experimentation will help students discover their artistic voices. Students will work through a variety of techniques and class projects include still-life, portraiture, landscape, and more!


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