Around Town DC Art and Other Classes

Ongoing
Around Town DC Classes
October 1, 2019-September 30, 2020
  

Download a schedule: Ward 2&3 Around Town DC Classes Fall-Winter 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Chevy Chase Com. Center Woodworking with Steve
10:00-11:30 am
Sept. 9-Nov. 18
Nov. 25-March 16
Registration opens Nov. 1
Chevy Chase Com. Center
Collage & Printmaking
Nov. 26-March 21
Registration opens Nov. 1
West End Library
Word + Image with Marie
10:00-11:30 am
Sept.25-Nov. 20(No class on Oct. 16)
Cleveland Park Library
Painting with Dominique
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Sept. 26-Nov. 14
(Class full)
Thomas Circle
Art Surprises
2:00-3:30 pm
Oct. 21-Dec. 16
(No class Nov. 11)
Foundry United Meth. Church
Improv & Positivity
2:30-4:00 pm
Sept 10-Oct. 29
Georgetown Library
Painting with Edgar
2:30-4:30 pm
Sept. 11-Oct. 30
(Class full)
Tenleytown Library
Word + Image with Marie
1:00-2:30 pm
Oct. 10-Dec. 12
 
      Middle C Music
Ukulele I
11:30am-12:30 pm
Ukulele II

10:15 -11:15 am
Oct. 24-Dec. 19
    Chevy Chase Com. Center
Improv & Positivity
1:30-3:00 pm
Sept 5-Oct. 24
 

Please note:
ALL CLASSES FREE OF CHARGE. Some materials recommended for art classes.
These classes are offered through the Around Town DC program (AroundTownDC.org) funded by the DC Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL), formerly the DC Office on Aging.
All DC Residents 60 and older are welcome to take our classes. We do ask participants to complete a registration form and waiver.
We reserve the right to discontinue classes that have low enrollment, if a site is not available, or for other reasons
Class cancellations will be announced on our website and in our weekly email.
Classes will not meet on Federal Holidays, or if DC Schools are closed due to weather.

(Thanks to Josette Wisman for letting us use her print made in an Around Town DC class taught by Trisha Gupta at the Chevy Chase Community Center.)

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS BY SITE

LIBRARIES
Cleveland Park Library 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW
Intro to Acrylic Painting with Dominique Hughes
Thursdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm Sept. 26-Nov. 14
In this eight-week introduction to Acrylic Painting, you will express your true self in color with this exciting, fun, and fulfilling acrylic painting class! In this warm and inspiring teaching environment, you will learn a wide variety of acrylic painting techniques. From color mixing, composition, and texture to still life, landscape, and more, unleash your creativity with the guidance of expert, professional art instructor while you deepen your knowledge of art and painting on canvas. We will supply paint, brushes, canvas paper, cups and paper plates. Please bring an easel and canvas if you would like to use them. Register with Pauline Sealey at Pauline.Sealey@dc.gov. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. CLASS FULL

Dominique Hughes is a mixed media art educator who also is a practicing artist.

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Georgetown Neighborhood Library 3260 R St. NW
Drawing for Life with Edgar Farr Russell III
Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 pm Sept. 11-Oct. 30
In this drawing class, students will be exposed to the importance of observation in drawing still life, landscape, and figure. Students will practice depicting the shape of objects, their proportion, perspective, the use of “light and dark” in modeling subjects, and ultimately capturing “the gesture of life” for each subject. This class will be useful for the beginner and will serve as a refresher for more advanced students to get back into the joy of drawing. Bring a 18” x 24” newspaper print pad. Some paper will be available for those who don’t bring pads. Register with Jay Sambasivan at jayanthi.sambasivan@dc.gov. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. CLASS FULL

Edgar Farr Russell, III is a fine artist who studied at Georgetown University, American University, and with RaVae Marsh in South Dakota. He is an award-winning artist and writer who has served as president of several non-profit organizations including the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters and has taught extensively.

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Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Word + Image with Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
Thursdays 1:00-2:30 pm Oct. 10-Dec. 12 (no class Oct. 17 or Nov. 29)

This session combines poetry with visual arts.  We’ll look at how different artists and poets approach the creative process in making their work.  These discoveries will serve as jumping off points for our own responses, whether it’s writing a poem, or making a collage, a drawing, or a mixed media piece.   This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Please register with Carol Auerbach carol.auerbach@dc.gov (202) 727-1488.

Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli, painter, printmaker, and poet, has been a Fellow at both the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (visual arts) and the Ragdale Foundation (poetry), as well as resident artist in painting at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grant in Poetry. Further information is available on her website: www.mariepavlicek.com.

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West End Neighborhood Library 2301 L St. NW
Word + Image with Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 am Sept. 25-Nov. 20 (no class Oct. 16 )

This session combines poetry with visual arts.  We’ll look at how different artists and poets approach the creative process in making their work.  These discoveries will serve as jumping off points for our own responses, whether it’s writing a poem, or making a collage, a drawing, or a mixed media piece.  This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Please register with Mimi Nguyen (my.nguyen@dc.gov) (202) 724-8698.

Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli, painter, printmaker, and poet, has been a Fellow at both the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (visual arts) and the Ragdale Foundation (poetry), as well as resident artist in painting at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grant in Poetry. Further information is available on her website: www.mariepavlicek.com.

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PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES
Chevy Chase Community Center 5601 Connecticut Ave, NW
Improvisation and Positivity
Thursdays 1:30-3:00 pm Sept. 5-Oct. 24
Improv gives the opportunity to share positivity and meet new and creative people. The group will practice telling stories and performing comedic characters in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Improv’s greatest lessons are in supporting agreement and building connections with others and the world around us. Register with Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Registration for this class won’t begin until August 12.

Topher Bellavia has trained hundreds of groups to work and play together better. He believes that the secret to good teamwork is positivity with an emphasis on listening, openness, and trust. He can’t teach people to be smart, creative or funny, but he can help people understand that they already are. Topher graduated from Wesleyan University with an Honors Degree in Directing for the Theatre and American Government. In 1998, he moved to DC, where he co-founded Washington Improv Theater’s improv training program. He writes courses, mentors new instructors, and has coached more than a 1,000 improvisers. Some of his graduates have gone on to perform on the TBS shows Ground Floor and Fox’s Mulaney, as well as write for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

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Chevy Chase Community Center 5601 Connecticut Ave, NW
Introduction to Painting with Trisha Gupta

Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 pm Sept. 3- Nov. 19
In this beginner painting class students will learn to paint with acrylics. The group will explore color theory, composition, and create a project of your own independently. This painting class will give you the tools to continue painting independently. Register with Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201.This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

Collage and Printmaking class
Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 pm Nov. 26-March 19 Registration opens Nov. 1
This class will focus on experimental printmaking. Printmaking is a process of creating multiple images from one block. Using collage, mixed media, and other techniques we will create woodblock and  monotype prints.  This class will work have a collaborative aspect. We will work in abstract collages as well a prints.  Students will develop new printmaking and carving skills. Multiple colors in printing will be introduced. Make your account and register through DPR. If you are not able to do that, contact Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201.This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

Trisha Gupta is an interdisciplinary artist and educator.

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Chevy Chase Community Center 5601 Connecticut Ave, NW
Woodworking with Steve Ortado

Mondays 10:00-11:30 am Sept. 9-Nov. 18
Mondays 10:00-11:30 am Nov. 25-March 16 Registration opens Nov. 1
“Apprentice” with experienced woodworker and craftsman, Steve Ortado, as he teaches you some techniques and helps you with small projects you have always wanted to tackle. Your fix-it skills will improve as you learn from a master preservationist and contractor. Steve can also help you identify out a small project you can make during the class, such as a container, musical instrument, or table. Please register by making an account through the Department of Parks and Recreation. If you are not able to do that contact Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

Stephen Ortado has worked in the DC area specializing in historic preservation for the last 30 years. He has participated in the restoration of some of the best known historic residences in the US, including the White House, the Lincoln Cottage, and the Blair house. To learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.historicstructuresdc.com/

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OTHER SITES
Foundry United Methodist Church 1500 16th St NW
Improvisation and Positivity
Tuesdays 2:30-4:00 pm Sept. 10-Oct. 29
Improv gives the opportunity to share positivity and meet new and creative people. We will practice telling stories and performing comedic characters in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Improv’s greatest lessons are in supporting agreement and building connections with others and the world around us.

Topher Bellavia has trained hundreds of groups to work and play together better. He believes that the secret to good teamwork is positivity with an emphasis on listening, openness, and trust. He can’t teach people to be smart, creative or funny, but he can help people understand that they already are. Topher graduated from Wesleyan University with an Honors Degree in Directing for the Theatre and American Government. In 1998, he moved to DC, where he co-founded Washington Improv Theater’s improv training program. He writes courses, mentors new instructors, and has coached more than a 1,000 improvisers. Some of his graduates have gone on to perform on the TBS shows Ground Floor and Fox’s Mulaney, as well as write for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

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Foundry United Methodist Church 1500 16th St NW
Feldenkrais Method Awareness Through Movement

Thursdays 10:00-11:00 am Sept. 12-Oct. 31

Feldenkrais Method Awareness Through Movement classes are explorations using movement and awareness to bring about change in how we hold ourselves and our gait, posture, activities and attitude.  The classes are guided by verbal instruction in gentle variations of movements that become increasingly complex. This system to takes advantage of what is now known as “neuro-plasticity”,  developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais from the 1940s through the early 1980s.  He was convinced that the human brain was capable of learning and changing even into adulthood and old age. It was only proven in the 1990’s by neuroscientists that, in fact, the adult brain can lay down new neural pathways (known as neuroplasticity).  The classes are about improving function and well-being in our day-to-day activities, which is why they are good for improving walking, running, sitting, standing, gardening, relieving pain, breathing, working, and playing. The classes are usually done on mats on the floor, sometimes lying, sometimes sitting, or even standing.  Please wear comfortable loose or flexible clothing.  This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Bring your own yoga mat.

Susanne Christov, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She lives in Dupont Circle and teaches private and group Feldenkrais classes in Dupont Circle and in the Washington metropolitan area.


Middle C Music 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW
You Can Learn the Ukulele I
Thursdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm Oct. 24-Dec. 19
In this weekly 8-week introductory class, we will learn to play this fun and user-friendly instrument! The class will focus on learning basic chords, strumming patterns and simple melodies, through playing popular songs. The class will culminate in a recital performance, sharing our new skills with friends and family. No musical experience required. Please show your interest in taking this class by completing the form on line.  This will also let us know if you would want to supply your own instrument, buy one, or borrow one. https://www.aroundtowndc.org or email Community@iona.org or call (202) 459-9634.

You Can Learn the Ukulele II
Thursdays 10:15-11:15 am Oct. 24-Dec. 19
In this weekly 8-week slightly more advanced class, we will continue to build on the skills learned in the You Can Learn the Ukulele I class. The class will focus on learning basic chords, strumming patterns and simple melodies, through playing popular songs. The class will culminate in a recital performance, sharing our new skills with friends and family.

John Linn is an award-winning songwriter who teaches guitar and coaches creativity in the nation’s capital, where he also fronts the popular Americana band, After the Flood. www.johnlinnmusic.com

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The Residences at Thomas Circle 1330 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Art Surprises
Mondays 2:00-3:30 pm Oct. 21- Dec. 16 (No class Nov. 11)

Our lives are full of surprises — some transformative and life affirming, maybe even miraculous.  Some might have been less welcomed, challenging and even life altering.  In this class, we will work with surprises in our past in our art-making.  As the class progresses we will work with self-portraiture and a sharing of our wisdom with future generations using these events.  The class will investigate and find inspiration in the work of Joseph Cornell, artists that have chosen to use self-portraiture to capture the present moment, and pop-up book technologies as we prepare a gift of legacy for future generations.  For the first class, please bring an photo of you in your youth and an empty box that measures larger 5 x 7.

Register through Natalie Neviasky at NNeviasky@seniorlifestyle.com .

While she worked at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Meg Artley, an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, studied drawing and painting as an adult student. Meg takes and shares joy in the process of making and enjoying visual art — from the technique and mindful focus required, to the universal language spoken, shared and heard.

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ALL CLASSES FREE OF CHARGE. Some materials recommended for art classes.

 

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