art classes at aac

Kids & Teens Winter 2017 Weekly Sessions

Sessions for ages 2 - 14 meet weekly to learn about contemporary artists and techniques, and make fun, unique projects to take home! Class is in session for eight weeks, 4 - 14 year olds meet after school, while students 2 - 3 years meet mid-mornings.

Our Spring Break Escape! Camp is the same week as Arlington County Schools' spring break, what a coincidence! If you're looking for something enriching and fun for your child to do while on break from school, sign them up for this five-day camp!

Register early, because our classes and workshops fill up fast!

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Become a member and receive 10-15% off class tuition all year!


My First Portfolio | Ages 2 - 3

Wednesdays, Feb 8 thru Mar 29 @ 10 - 11 am

Saturdays, Feb 11 thru Mar 4 @ 10 - 11 am

Saturdays, Mar 11 thru Apr 1 @ 10 - 11 am

Specially designed for toddlers and their caregivers, this class invites moms, dads, grandparents, and nannies to a uniquely creative experience with their young child!

Children strengthen cognitive, sensory, and motor skills while you both benefit from an artistic bonding experience.

AAC instructor Michelle Williams has a wealth of experience teaching art to preschool and elementary-aged students that you can see in her ease, confidence, and patience with young children. With an MA in art history she's able to offer caregivers an equally educational experience.


Around the World Art
Wednesdays, Feb 8 thru Mar 29 @ 4:30 - 6 pm

Ages 4 - 6

Ages 7 - 10

There's so much to create in this great big world!

Our students will go on an around-the-world trip where they'll explore the fundamentals of art-making (line, shape, form, value, space, color, and texture), while learning about both traditional and contemporary art.

Using a variety of materials students will create drawings, paintings, and sculptures to illustrate their artistic journey across the continents.

Our final project will be collaborative, where students celebrate diversity and the things that matter most to them.


Light & Shadow | Ages 11 - 14
Wednesdays, Feb 8 thru Mar 29 @ 4:30 - 6 pm

This new multimedia course focuses on value, arguably one of the most important elements of art.

By concentrating on light and dark, rather than outlines, students will change the way they see and represent the world through both drawing and painting.

Exercises in charcoal, acrylic, chalk, and collage will lead to dramatic, high-contrast images. Subjects include the classic still life, animals, portraiture, and more!


Intro to Oil Painting | Ages 14 - 18
Saturdays, Feb 18 & 25 @ 12 - 4 pm

Learn about the materials and techniques of oil painting, including layering and alla prima paint application, color mixing, and studio safety.

Students will complete 1-2 paintings, working from a still life and/or a photograph of their choice.

Oil paintings by classical, modern, and contemporary artists will also be reviewed. Recommended for students with previous painting experience.

Experience with oil paint is not required.


Ink & the Figure | Ages 14-18
Saturdays, Mar 11 & 18 @ 12 - 4 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.


Spring Break Escape!

Working with tons of different art materials, our intrepid explorers will build on their skills in drawing, painting, construction, and more!

Ages 4 - 6 | 10 am - 12:30 pm
Ages 4 - 6 | 1:30 pm - 4 pm

Ages 7 - 10 | 10 am - 12:30 pm
Ages 7 - 10 | 1:30 pm - 4 pm

Ages 11 - 14 | 10 am - 12:30 pm
Ages 11 - 14 | 1:30 pm - 4 pm