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Visual Arts

Adults


Ages 15 & up
(5 weeks) May 2-30
Thurs. 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 4 - May 18
Sat. 9:30am - 12:30pm

Instructor: Don Flory

Do you own a Digital SLR camera but feel you aren’t taking advantage of its capabilities? This class will help you understand what your 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. Each class will include photo walks in our neighborhood for guided practice working with your camera settings. All brands of DSLR camera are welcome.


Ages 16 & up
(2 hours) May 5
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 11 - Adult
(2.5 Hours)  May 6
Mon. 6:00-8:30pm

Instructor: Candace Penders
Don’t miss this truly unique opportunity -- all skill levels welcome, no prior art experience needed! Make an original hand-painted silk scarf in time for Mother’s Day in the beautiful studios at Windy Knoll Farm. We will provide design inspiration and material guidance. You will choose your colors and play to your heart’s content in this relaxing, enriching workshop.  Ages 11 -12 must be accompanied by an adult registrant.  Light refreshments will be served.


Ages 15 & up 
(5 Weeks)  May 14 - June 11
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 15 - June 12
Wed. 7:00pm-8:30pm

Instructor: Emily Thomson

Improve both drawing and painting skills using the striking sepia-toned medium of walnut ink. We will explore special techniques with different types of pens, nibs, and brushes and experiment with mixed media finishing touches to bring highlights to finished drawings. This class is for students who have previous drawing experience. Price includes tuition and a $12 supply fee.


Ages 15 - Adult
(5 weeks) May 17 - June 14
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.


Age 11 & up
(12 hours) May 25 - June 15
Sat. 1:30-4:30pm

Instructor: Lydia Bratton

Improve your photographs and/or drawings with technology! Learn how to artistically transform images – with the use of computers and digital drawing tablets, creative possibilities are endless. We’ll start the session in our Historic Manassas neighborhood; students may photograph or sketch as they choose. We will manipulate our digital files with Adobe Photoshop and other widely accessible software programs in the Center’s computer lab. Using images created during class or from the students’ own body of work we will make compelling new compositions. Phone & tablet cameras welcome. This introductory class is suitable for ages 11 to adults. Enrollment limited to 8 students. Tuition includes $15.00 supply fee.


Ages 15 & up
(4.5 hours) June 8
Sat. 10am-2:30pm

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 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, $8 supply fee is included.


Ages 13-Adult
July 8-12
Mon-Fri     7:00-9:00pm

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.