Winter 2013 Children's Courses

January 26 – March 19, 2013

Registration begins Monday, January 7, 2013. Please register early. Our class sizes are small and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuition assistance is available for children of qualifying families; please inquire about tuition assistance forms and requirements by calling 703.248.6800. Para ayuda en español llame al 703.248.6800 x.12. To be added to our monthly e-newsletter, please email us at

Discounts and payment: AAC Family- level Members receive 10% off classes. If you are a current member registering online, please make note of it in the "order comments" box on the final page of the online registration process. If you would like to become a member and save 10% on your class purchases for the next year (and support the arts at the same time!), please click "continue shopping" and add a Family-level Membership to your cart. If you are paying by cash or check, please mail in your registration form, visit us in person at our office, or call 703.248.6800 to enroll over the phone. Please remember that registration is on a first come, first served basis; we cannot reserve space in a class until we have received payment.

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Art supplies are provided and material fees are included in the cost of classes. Our faculty members carefully design each class to be appropriate for the grades designated below; please be sure to register your child for their grade level.

Art Detectives - Registration is closed.
Grades K – 2
Instructor: Jeanne Turner
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
8 weeks: 1/29-3/19
The metropolitan DC area offers an extensive array of art viewing opportunities. In the classroom you will view images of art currently on view in local galleries and museums in the area. Your mission: to learn about the technique in producing these masterpieces through enjoyable investigation. Create your own art work using these techniques. Images viewed include Girl with Plant by Richard Diebenkorn at the Phillips and Ai WeiWei’s Zodiac Heads at the Hirshhorn. Then actually visit a gallery here at Arlington Arts Center (AAC) for your next inspiration. Once you have completed this class at AAC, go see the art works you studied in person. Take your family to an area art location with the work of one of the featured artists you have learned about. You will have a worksheet in hand to help you remember the names of the artists you were inspired by. Parents, you will be invited to a student led tour at AAC as part of this course.

Masterworks from Europe - Drawing and Painting - Registration is closed.
Grades 3 – 5
Instructor: Melanie Kehoss
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
NEW DATES 8 weeks: 2/5-4/2 (class will not meet on March 26)
Learn the tricks of the trade to draw and paint what you see around you and in photographs. Observational and rendering exercises include drawing negative space, using value and light, and understanding scale. Form a beautiful realistic painting from a typical still life. For your next project, arrange the same still life objects in an unusual way while inventing a new setting for them for a surrealistic project. Throughout this class you will practice making object look real. Then find ways to make the real surreal by drawing inspiration from fun art games surrealist artists used to do. You will work from still life's and make portraits as well. Project related photography will be taken in this class. Students may share an onsite camera, or bring in their own for personal use during class time.

Draw It! Built It! - Registration is closed.
Grades Pre K - 2
Instructor: AAC faculty
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
8 weeks: 1/30-3/20
Architects today make a variety of imaginative structures. Find out how they come up with their ideas. See images of their drawings, 3D models, and final constructions of structures including tree houses, architecture inspired by nature, and buildings made out of recycled materials. Then make your own series of drawings, paintings, and models of buildings from your own imagination. Students will look at AAC’s blueprints, and then make a site visit Arlington Art Center (AAC) to then make their own blueprints and model of an art center they create to display miniature art. All parents and guardians will be invited on a student led tour as part of this course.

Visual Storytelling with Modern and Contemporary Masters - Registration is closed.
Grades 3 – 5
Instructor: Hedieh Ilchi
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
8 weeks: 1/30-3/20
Inspired by 20th and 21st Century artists like Trenton Doyle Hancock, Dianne Longley, and Frida Kahlo learn to express the art of visual storytelling in your compositions using a variety of color media. Use words and pattern to create dynamic and energetic line, images of fantasy, to tell a fiction story, and symbolism to create narrative in a portrait. During this class you will draw, paint and create 3 dimensional works.

Portfolio Development - Registration is closed.
Ages 13 and up
Instructor: AAC faculty
Saturdays, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
8 weeks: 1/26-3/16
This class is designed for teens or adults thinking about applying to art colleges, and for those with a passion for creating art and developing art skills. Students will be encouraged to use their foundations to expand their skill set and develop a rounded body of work. Review basic and advanced drawing and rendering skills and learn how to put together an artistic portfolio of strong compositions. During a series of exercises you will form your personal style of expressive mark-making in your artwork. While visually addressing themes, questions, and concepts, work with a variety of art materials to showcase versatility and meaning in your work. Students will work from a clothed model during one session, as well as from spaces on site.

FREE WORKSHOP Watercolor Illustration - no registration necessary
at Central Library | 1015 N Quincy Street
Grades K-5
Wednesday, February 20 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: AAC faculty member and exhibiting artist Melanie Kehoss
The inspiration for this workshop will be illustrations from the Caldecott Medalist from 2007, Flotsam by David Wiesner. Make small things large and large small in a world from your imagination. Tell a story, like the starfish playing in the waves, or the mermaids waving to each other on the “street” at dusk. Learn about atmospheric perspective as you create a world of fantasy.

Earth Day Free Family Event
Sunday, April 21 - Save the date!