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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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June 11-13
T, W, Th 10am - 1pm

Instructor: Cheryl Miehl

Visual art journaling is an exciting frontier for self-expression. The art form combines art and words, providing a place to access creative energy, stretch image-making capabilities and explore techniques, tools and processes to create very personalized artwork. Artists will experiment with graphite, colored pencil, caran d’ache crayons, paint, collage and printmaking techniques to learn the basic skills of art journaling. Visual Art Journals emphasize the use of color, texture, shape, line and image. No previous artistic experience required as there are no rules, just self-expression! Register by June 2 to avoid $15 late fee.

Course fee includes $25.00 Supply fee.

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Ages 15-Adult
June 17-21
Mon-Fri     6:30-9pm

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, 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. Register by June 9 to avoid $20 late fee.

Course fee includes $12.00 Paper Supply fee.

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July 1-3, 5
Mon-Wed, Fri     10am-2pm ; No class 7/4

Instructor: Michelle Ciancarelli

Combine composition with color theory to learn how the two work together for successful artwork. Learn painting techniques for texture and depth. This course will provide an in-depth introduction to color theory and invite students to think about composition not just in terms of form and value but also regarding color. As there is no one ‘right way’ to paint, we will actively explore a variety of ways to begin and develop a painting, through hands-on investigation of concepts and techniques that these processes entail: tonal (under)painting, block-out (under)painting, wash, direct painting, layering, dry-brushing, blending, texturing, etc. Class is suitable for beginners to experienced painters as challenges will be individualized. No previous experience is required! Pack a lunch or snack each day. Register by June 23 to avoid $20 late fee.

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Course fee includes $25.00 Supply fee.

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Ages 12-16
July 1-3, 5
Mon-Wed, Fri     10am-12pm ; No class 7/4

Instructor: Suhail Mir

Middle school & teen photography lovers - Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from expert photographer Suhail Mir. He has designed a course to teach you how to capture that “great shot”, tell a story through images, and express yourself through photographs. Class topics will include common mistakes, rules of composition, storytelling, leading lines, repeating patterns, creative angles, shapes and lighting. Students must bring their own digital cameras to every class. (Phone and tablet cameras are acceptable, too.) Register by June 23 to avoid $10 late fee.

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Ages 13-Adult
July 1-3, 5
Mon-Wed, Fri     6:30pm-9pm ; No class 7/4

Instructor: Lydia Bratton

What’s behind Manga & Anime? Why are these art forms so popular? We will look at Japanese cartooning, learn a bit about the history and techniques, and apply our skills in making creative and original Japanese frame-boards. Register by June 23 to avoid $15 late fee.

Course fee includes $15 Supply fee.

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Ages 13-Adult
July 8-12
Mon-Fri     6:30-9pm

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.

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