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Visual Arts

Visual Arts


Ages 10-14
July 29-August 2
Mon-Fri     10am-2pm

Instructor: Lydia Bratton

Take a trip around the world with your sketchbook in hand.  Visit a faraway continent, city, landmark, or beautiful rural view with no waiting in lines, lost luggage, or travel fees! Improvement of fundamental drawing skills will be the focus the class, with virtually unlimited visual reference possibilities courtesy of Google Street View.  Through a wide array of lessons, students will learn to recognize and proportionally represent edges, shapes, negative space, line, and shadow, while finding inspiration via technological exploration. Register by July 21 to avoid $20 late fee.

Camp fee includes $20.00 Supply fee.


Ages 7-14
July 29-August 2
Mon-Fri     6:30-8:30pm

Instructor: Lydia Bratton

Do you have very busy days, and find yourself daydreaming about what you might create in an art studio in the evenings? Take a full week to explore mixed media and dabble a lot as you go. We’ll work a bit at sculpture, printmaking, drawing and painting. Sounds like a daydream realized? Don’t forget to bring an old shirt because we’re going to get messy. Register by July 21 to avoid $15 late fee.

Course fee includes $20 Supply fee.


Ages 13-Adult
August 2
Fri  3:15pm—8:30pm
August 5-9
Mon-Fri    10am-3pm

Instructor:  Nicole Osborne

Are you interested in creating better event documentation videos for social media and personal use? This course will introduce best practices for filming in public and techniques for video capture and editing. Part one will take place Friday August 2, beginning with a discussion of the ethics and responsibilities of filming in public settings, followed by video capture of the community event the “Dog Days of Summer” 1st Friday , a very popular dog-friendly and dog-centric celebration all around our Old Town Manassas neighborhood. Part two will take place the following week in the Center’s Computer Lab where students will share their footage and each create their own “Dogumentary” of the event. Widely available video and sound editing software will be utilized on PCs in the Computer Lab. We will introduce location scouting, image stabilization, interviewing, filming collaboration, voice over and more. Students must bring their own cell phone for video capture with minimum 20 GB free memory space available to hold video footage, and an empty 8gb flashdrive. Class limited to 8 students. Register by July 28 to avoid $25 late fee.

Course fee includes tuition and $10 supply fee.


Ages 15 to Adult
Aug. 3 - Aug. 17
Sat. 1:30am - 4:30pm

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 5-10
August 5-9
Mon-Fri     10am-1pm

Instructor: Heather Rankin

Think outside the box, inside the box, on top of the box, and through the box! Come design your own personal art fort. We will look at simple homes through time, and construct individual creative habitats big enough to get inside and take cover! Our process will include window affects, doors, roof structures and other embellishments.  Decorate the interior and exterior of your art fort with your personal theme. Let’s make an artists’ community of our very own! Register by July 28 to avoid $20 late fee.

Camp fee includes $30.00 Supply fee.


August 5-9
Mon-Fri     6:30-8:30pm

Instructor: Lydia Bratton

Using image manipulation software and a mouse or tablet, students can digitize their personal drawings, landscapes, or abstract artwork in the Center’s Computer Lab.  Multiple software platforms are available, including Adobe Photoshop as well as widely available freeware. Print final artwork in class. All art experience levels will find this instruction and practice to be beneficial. Register by July 28 to avoid $15 late fee.

Course fee includes $20 Supply fee.


August 12-16
Mon-Fri     10am-2pm

Instructor: Lydia Bratton

Explore the powers of the third dimension in this diverse approach to sculpture. You will have creative freedom regarding the source of your inspiration. Build anything from whimsical characters to abstract constructs—the sky is the limit! Using wire, wood, clay & more, we will develop and improve modeling skills and the ability to “see” the three dimensional art in the making. Register by August 4 to avoid $25 late fee.

Camp fee includes $20.00 Supply fee.