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Visual Arts

Visual Arts


Ages 15 & up
(5 weeks) May 3 - June 7 (No class May 24)
Thu. 10:15am - 12:45pm

Instructor: Mike Flynn
This class is designed for students (beginner to intermediate) who want to explore the unique principles of watercolor: transparency, speed, spontaneity.   Classes will emphasize and demonstrate brush work, color mixing, wash techniques, value patterns, design layout and composition. We will discover “technical tricks” with different tools: palette knives, butter knife, razor blade, plastic credit cards, and learn to make corrections by lifting out, washing out and sponging out already painted surfaces. Class may be taken multiple times; subject matter will vary among a variety of landscapes, seascapes, florals and still-life. Watercolor paper will be provided by the instructor. Supply list will be provided upon registration. Course Fee includes $12.00 paper supply fee.


Ages 15 to Adult
May 5 & 19
Sat. 9:30am - 12:30pm

Instructor: Don Flory

Do you own Digital SLR camera but feel you aren’t taking advantage of its capabilities? This class will help you understand what this camera has to offer. We’ll cover issues that are not unique to digital cameras, such as basic camera operations, exposure, light metering, depth of field, ISO settings, as well as issues that are unique to digital cameras such as navigating, jpeg versus raw, setting white balance, color correction, understanding the histogram and more. All brands of DSLR camera are welcome.


Age 10 & up
(12 hours) May 5 - May 26
Sat. 1:30-4:30pm

Instructor: Lydia Bratton

Improve your photography skills, and learn how to artistically transform your images - in “digitography”, creative possibilities are endless! We’ll start the session using Historic Manassas as a photo-shoot location, then we will manipulate our digital files with Adobe Photoshop in the Center’s computer lab. Using pictures taken during class or from home we will translate raw photos into compelling works of art. Phone & tablet cameras welcome. This introductory class is suitable for ages 10 to adults. Enrollment limited to 8 students.  Tuition includes $15.00 supply fee.


Ages 16 & up
(2 hours) May 6
Sun. 2:00-4:00pm

Instructor: Kimberly Faulkner, ATR-BC*

Do you need to find more time for self-care in your day? Are you looking to incorporate more creativity in the way you approach caring for others? Join Kimberly Faulkner, a practitioner of art and healing, for this one-time, stress reduction workshop designed for mothers and/or women who identify as caregivers. Through guided meditation and personal reflection, you will tap into creative expression through an art project inspired by nature. Kimberly will review self-care techniques and their uses, the importance of self-care and stress reduction, and share new activities you can practice at home with your family. You are sure to leave rejuvenated and return to care giving with a greater sense of balance. Ideal for all levels; no artistic background required.  Course fee includes tuition and $12 supply fee.

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*Kimberly Faulkner is a board-certified Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (ATR-BC.)   Learn more about Kimberly and her practice at www.bluemonarchcreative.com


Ages 15 & up 
(5 Weeks)  May 15 - June 12
Tue. 10:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Michele Frantz
Versatile and forgiving, water-based acrylics may be manipulated with a wide array of methods, applied to many different surfaces, and modified with various additives. We will explore application techniques, surface variations, and the effect of medium additives to stretch the reach of our creativity. Small class size allows for individual instruction: students new to acrylics will learn introductory basics; more advanced students will further develop skills and explore new directions. The class may be taken multiple times; new subject matter is presented in each session. Canvases and boards will be provided by the instructor; registrants will receive a list of materials to bring to class via email after registration.  Course fee includes tuition and $12 canvas fee.


Age 15 & up
(5 weeks) May 16 - June 13
Wed. 7:00pm-8:30pm

Instructor: Emily Thomson
Develop your observational and rendering skills. Learn to understand and draw in terms of line, value, shape, texture, light, space, composition, and perspective using a variety of media and techniques. Please bring your artist sketching pencils or charcoals, an 18" x 24" drawing pad - recycled or newsprint. This class may be taken multiple times; the lessons presented will vary from session to session. Students new to drawing instruction will learn basic techniques; more advanced students will further develop skills & explore new directions.


Ages Teens & up
(5 weeks) May 18 – June 15
Fri. 10:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Michele Frantz
Jump into an adventure and into the world of watercolor. Beginners will learn the basic tools and techniques of the medium; more advanced students are encouraged to explore new methods, materials and styles. You can grow as an artist with the class since it is offered throughout the year. A different approach or subject matter is presented each session. Watercolor paper will be provided by the instructor, along with individual instruction geared for your comfort level. Supply list will be provided. Course fee includes tuition and paper supply fee.


Ages 15 & up
(4 hours) June 9
Sat. 10am-2pm

Instructor: Michele Frantz

If you love pure color, you will love pastels! Learn about different pastel supports (types of papers and boards) while exploring a variety of techniques in this 4 hour workshop. Dive right in without needing paintbrushes, solvents or a palette - no other medium allows you to apply rich color to the support as quickly as you can with pastels. Students new to the medium will learn basic tools & techniques, more experienced students will further develop skills and explore new directions. Supplies will be provided.


Ages 5-8
June 11-15
Mon. - Fri. 10am-1pm

Instructor: Lydia Bratton

Calling all future comic books artists and animators – Improve your ability to design characters and bring them to colorful life in hand-drawn comic format, using high quality cartooning art media! Let’s have fun and work step-by-step to tell a story in pictures.

Camp fee includes $25.00 Supply fee.


Ages 12-Adult
June 11-15
Mon. - Fri.  7-9pm

Instructor: Lydia Bratton
It is time to widen your drawing prospects to an advanced level. Utilizing all that has been learned in previous drawing classes, we will achieve a scope of sophistication in real-life & abstract drawing. Multiple drawing mediums will be integrated for expanding infinite learning potentials. This class is for students who have taken Drawing Skills or equivalent introductory instruction.

Course Fee includes $20.00 supply fee.