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In this class, those with some prior experience with drawing will learn how to put their new techniques to work, improve and refresh existing skills and develop a personal direction in their work. Demonstrations and practical exercises focus on fundamental drawing properties, shadows, composition, color and texture. Review methods of paint application, color formation and visual representation. In this workshop you’ll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, perspective and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily habit. Each step-by-step lesson is built on the simple principles of shape, simplicity and structure, combining drawing theory and practical examples with worksheets and drawing practice.You will also discover how to represent what you see through studies in contour drawing, positive/negative space, and creating depth. Drawing from life. Bring your own pad, pencils, erasers, sharpeners or supplies will be available for use in the class.

Nov.-Dec.: Color Theory and pastels

Jan- Feb: Watercolor

March -April:  Sculpture

Dominique Hughes of Zola Monroe Art Group, LLC, will be offering this class. Dominique is a Mixed Media Art Educator who has been devoted to the arts and painting since she was six years old. She began her artistic training at an early age under the close tutelage of her mother, and avid painter, seamstress, and dance instructor. “Choreography was my first form of artistic expression and it is a joy to merge my movement of thought with the movement of my paintbrush, paper and found objects to build texture to create something completely new.”

With this background, Dominique‘s work is inspired by the relationship between art, fabric, and dance. Dominique’s artwork is bursting with different creations from paintings to pieces by means of spoken word. She also involves the combination of different art genre to create something not only fresh, but unconventional. She currently teaches Mixed Media Art courses at a Number of schools and centers in and around the DMV. In her life away from teaching, Dominique is a practicing Mixed Media Artist and the Owner of Zola Monroe Art Group, LLC. ZMAG,LLC Provides a service to the community where their intuitive group approach is grounded in the direct experience of engaging many types of people in the art-making process. Dominique has developed art programs for incarcerated youth, adults with acquired brain injuries, people with developmental disabilities, seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as children and the general public.

Masks are required indoors. We are delighted to be collaborating with the DC Public Libraries. Since these are indoor spaces, masks will be mandatory and the capacities are lower. Please try to attend classes if you sign up for them. If more folks sign up than space will allow, we will start issuing “tickets” to participants on a first-come first-serve basis to those who have registered through our system.  Participate in exercise programs at your own risk.


Our funders, the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, and the District of Columbia, are not requiring participants to be vaccinated to join our programs. Please be aware of proximity to others and do not join our in-person events if you are ill.

By registering for any in-person and on-line activities you waive any liability as follows–

In consideration of my voluntary participation in this Fitness/Wellness Class (“The Program”), I hereby agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify Iona Senior Services, and its employees, agents, and representatives (collectively “Iona”) from any and all actions, claims, and demands, for myself, my heirs, and/or my personal representatives, now and forever, as a result of injury, damage, or loss of property arising out of my participation in the Program. This release shall include any claims, demands, injuries, damages, or actions arising out of or connected with my use of Iona’s services and facilities, both on and off Iona’s premises, and from all acts of ordinary negligence on the part of Iona.

I recognize that the Program may include travel by public or private transit, private touring companies, walking, and other moderate physical activity. By agreeing to participate in the Program, I assert that I have willingly and knowingly accepted the risks inherent in such travel and activities, including bodily injury and property damage. I also assert that I have no physical condition, ailment, or limitation that would prevent me from participating in the Program in a safe manner. Finally, I assert that I have accident/health insurance coverage that will apply in the event of injury as a result of my participation in the Program.
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