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(2 weeks) July 8-19
M - F 1:30-5pm
Musical theatre hits the stage in this premiere program at the Kellar Theater. Drama, music and dance come together as students work on an entertaining new musical production. Participating young actors will showcase their talents with final performances on Friday, July 19 at 5:30pm. All students must be available for the final performance.
Age Teen - Adult
(3 weeks) July 8-26
Actors – bring your inner Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes sleuthing skills to this three-week interactive production where mystery, mayhem, and intrigue all add up to a prescription for murder. With nerve rattling suspense, chills, thrills, alibis and spine tingling plot twists, don’t tell anyone “whodunit”…and keep the audience guessing! Dessert’s on us during the culminating public *performance on Friday, July 26 at 7:30pm at the Kellar Family Theater.
Ages 13- Adult
July 8 - 12
Mon - Fri 6pm-9pm
Instructor: Mike Flynn
Join artist Mike Flynn & learn to paint outdoors at beautiful Windy Knoll Farm in Nokesville. Working both in the field and within an onsite studio, students will take inspiration from nature, regardless of weather. Set-up, tools & techniques of plein air painting will be introduced. Learn from Mike as he demonstrates and paints throughout the experience. All materials/gear will be provided via supply fee. Register by June 30 to avoid $20 late fee.
Course fee includes $25 Supply fee.
Instructor: Emily Thomson
Over 5 evenings, we will compare the properties of three distinctly different media with guidance and practical application. You will select a reference photo and create three separate works of art based upon that photo; one in soft pastels, one in oil paints, another in acrylics. Through the process, students will learn the basic techniques and supplies needed to get started in these media, and gain a better understanding of their variations in color blending. This class is the perfect overview for the beginner who wants to compare options, and would make a wonderful foundation for portfolio studies for experienced students. Bring some reference photos you find appealing. The instructor will supply choices, too, and advice in your final selection. Materials will be provided via supply fee. Register by June 30 to avoid $20 late fee.
Course fee includes $30 Supply fee.
Instructor: Suhail Mir
Do you know the basic functions of your camera, but want to bring the “wow” factor to your photos? Improve your skills through 5 consecutive nights with an expert. We will focus on using composition and lighting to capture more compelling images, and help you transition away from using automatic camera settings and move into the creative use of manual mode. We will gain practice with guided photo walks around town, then learn to take better photos through hands-on tutorials in the Center's computer lab. Please bring your DSLR camera to class. Class limited to 8 students. Register by June 30 to avoid $15 late fee.
Instructor: Amanda Shaw
Explore the visual splendor of summer in full bloom! We will create 2-D and 3-D art inspired by nature’s lush diversity. Projects may include symmetrical insects, multi-media butterfly mobiles, big, beautiful flower sculptures and fabric art. Much more awaits you so come join us for a week of creativity! Register by July 7 to avoid $20 late fee.
Camp fee includes $30.00 Supply fee.
Ages 10 -14
Instructor: Lydia Bratton
Let’s reveal your artistic capabilities by refining your photography and graphic design skills. Using your digital camera or other camera-equipped media device, we will explore and photograph the real historical backdrop of Old Town Manassas. The Center’s Computer Lab will be pressed into service to manipulate favorite photos into vivid personal compositions using a variety of software platforms. Learn mixed media techniques to apply images to alternative surfaces for a fabulous photo finish. Class limited to 8 students. Register by July 7 to avoid $25 late fee.
Camp fee includes tuition and $10 supply fee.
Ages 13- Adult
June 24 - 28
Mon - Fri 10am-2pm
Instructor: Martin Cervantez
Martin shares his passion for engaging and surprising the viewer through the manipulation of acrylic paint. Learn textural tools and tricks, the peaceful practice of meditative dot painting, and experience the endless possibilities of this versatile medium. All materials will be provided via supply fee. Register by June 30 to avoid $20 late fee.
Camp fee includes $25.00 Supply fee.
Artist Martin Cervantez is a former Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History where he was responsible for capturing the Army's story on paper and canvas. Current artwork transitions to dynamic abstract creations in two and three dimensions. This summer Martin shares his passion for visual expression in two sessions at Windy Knoll, providing a vivid introduction to the elements of design through abstraction. These programs are excellent for portfolio development, or just for the joy of creating art with the instructor’s guidance.
See also Martin's abstract art class Assemblage Art.
Ages 18 & up
Instructor: Emily Thomson
This class will provide opportunity to draw the unclothed figure with guidance from the instructor. Live models will pose for both quick sketches and more detailed studies. We will explore gesture drawing, and the movement of line, physical proportion, and the interplay of light and shadow on the human form. Please bring your artist sketching pencils and charcoals, and an 18" x 24" drawing pad. Program is geared toward students with previous drawing experience: advanced beginners and intermediate students welcome. High school students may enroll with parental consent letter, contact the Center for details. Register by July 7 to avoid $20 late fee.
Course fee includes $45.00 Model fee.
Teens & Adults
July 17 - Aug. 21
Instructor: Alan Golombek
Summer is the perfect season for sultry beats, Latin music & movement! Award-winning ballroom dancers Alan Golombek and wife Thuy will guide students through 6 lessons starting with basics and ending with more advanced steps. Come practice the timing and footwork of this very festive and popular Latin Dance.