Visual Art Classes

Winter Visual Art Classes on Sale Nov. 27! 

Connect more deeply to the world and open yourself to new ways of seeing. Visual art classes improve your memory, attention, and fine motor skills.

Members of BlackRock get to enjoy great benefits such as discounts on classes. By joining at the Family Fan level, you can save $15 per class per student, plus the multitude of other benefits members at this level receive. Join today!

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Winter Classes

You and Me Art
Young students will learn the building blocks of artistic expression through fun arts and crafts activities. Each week students will be introduced to new arts materials and will leave with a fun whimsical project. Students will engage and interact with others in class and bond with their caregiver. Tuition is required for the child but the adult (must be 18 or older) who takes the class with them is FREE.

Ages 3-5 | Sundays | 10:30-11:30 AM
218.7601.1 | 6 weeks | Meets 1/21-2/25
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $117 | Regular Registration: $127
Tuition includes $15 materials fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover


Mom’s Monday Off

Calling all moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians.  This multi-arts discipline class will have your child enjoying a morning of music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities while you run some errands, spend time with friends, or just relax.  This delightful class will introduce your child to the arts while promoting social interactions, motor skills, listening to directions and other valuable developmental skills.  Children must be potty trained and able to be in class without a parent present.

Ages 3-5 | Mondays | 10:30-12:00 PM
218.7101.1 | 6 Weeks | Meets 1/22-2/26
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover


Animal Kingdom Art
Does your child love animals? Maybe they like the giant elephants of Africa, or fast and ferocious jungle cats, or polar bears and penguins of the Artic, or even frisky felines and playful puppies.  Now they can explore the animal kingdom in this fantastic art class.  Each week a different media will be explored as students discover color, texture, and other fundamentals of the visual arts.  Their creativity will soar while using a variety of art media to learn drawing, painting, crafting techniques, and more!

Ages 5-8 | Thursdays | 5:00-6:00 PM
218.7901.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/11-3/1
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $152 | Regular Registration: $162
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover


Crazy Creature Crafts
In this fun, creative class, students will create drawings, paintings, clay models, and even puppets of all different kinds of wonderful magical creatures. Whether it is animals, monsters, fairies, or creatures, students will create just about anything, using their imagination as their guide, all while being introduced to new art materials and techniques.

Ages 5-8 | Sundays | 11:30 AM -12:30 AM
218.7481.1 | 6 Weeks | Meets 1/21-2/25
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $117 | Regular Registration: $127
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Dottie Hoover


Cartooning

Develop and improve drawing and cartooning skills while creating new characters and stories. This fun class introduces students to the amazing world and art of cartooning. Students are introduced to the language of cartooning including telling a story, using frames, dialogue balloons and cartoon text which produces a comic style format. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace in this class which emphasizes storytelling and trying new things.

Ages 8-12 | Fridays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
218.7121.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/12-3/16
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Brian Mason


Advanced Cartooning

This class continues developing student’s skills learned in the entry-level cartoon class, with a greater focus on drawing, character development, and story-telling. Students improve their drawing, inking and color skills as they progress toward learning the many and varied talents required of a cartoonist and produce their own cartoons and comics.

Ages 10-16 | Fridays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
218.7111.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/12-3/16
Levels: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Brian Mason


Intermediate Comics, Manga, and Sci-Fi Drawing

Take your love of comics and manga to the next level by creating your own in this very creative and fun class.  Students will learn various drawing, painting and mixed media techniques from instructor Ellen Vartanoff, who formerly worked for both Marvel and DC Comics. Create your own magical characters, superheros, and mystical universes or learn how to master drawing your current favorites.

Ages 13-18 | Wednesdays | 4:30-5:30 PM
218.7191.1 | 10 Weeks| Meets 1/10-3/14
Levels: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Ellen Vartanoff


Basics of Drawing

This is a great beginner class for students wanting to develop their visual arts skills; exploring shape, form, color and texture. Using different media, students will develop observation skills in order to draw accurate geometric volumes and proportions while exploring the expressive uses of line.

Ages 7-11 | Saturdays | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
218.7131.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/13-3/17
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $270 | Regular Registration: $280
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz


Intermediate Drawing

Students will compose drawings through the analysis and exploration of relationships such as objects to each other in pictorial space and value relationships – concepts to convey light, volume and space. Students learn to generate original ideas while developing their own portfolio.

Ages 8-15 | Saturdays | 9:30 AM-11:00 AM
218.7201.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/13-3/17
Level: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $270 | Regular Registration: $280
Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Marta Lautz


The Art of Drawing

In this course students will learn the techniques of drawing using charcoal, sanguine, color pencils, and oil and soft pastels, to capture a variety of interesting subjects including still life scenes, models, and more. Students will explore the elements of art including line, shape, form, value and texture, as well as the principals of composition and perspective and be introduced to the grid system and other methods of drawing.

This class does not include a materials fee. Students will be required to purchase supplies for class including a drawing pad, charcoal sticks, pencils, etc. Full supply list will be provided at the first class.

Ages 14 and up | Tuesdays | 6:00-7:30 PM
218.7161.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/9-3/13
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Early Registration: $204 | Regular Registration: $214
Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba

“Meet the People” by Eduardo Paolozzi

Exploring International Pop Art
Pop Goes the World in this fun and fascinating class. Learn about the international Pop Art movement and its artists as you tour the world.  Be inspired by works from Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi, who is considered one the pioneers of pop art, English painter and collage artist Richard Hamilton, and American artist Larry Rivers.  You will then draw, paint, collage, and use mixed media techniques to create your own pieces inspired by these artists.

Ages 14 and up | Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00 PM
218.7632.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Early Registration: $219 | Regular Registration: $229 Includes $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Natalya Borisovna Parris

 

 

“Still Life with Lemons and Pears” by Matthew Bird

 Watercolor Still Life
Built around the classical Dutch still life, this in-depth and exciting class will move students from small studies to a larger finished work by the end of the season.  Students will practice washing, glazing and pouring techniques, as well as values, composition and color theory.  Participate in demonstrations, lessons, and critiques while receiving lots of individual help. Students can bring in their own still life objects, or work from my set up.  Come experience this dramatic and intense style from the old masters, while learning from a new one.

Students will be required to purchase their own materials for this class. Materials lists are available online.  Materials must be purchased and brought to the first class.

Ages 18 and up | Thursdays | 7:00-9:00 PM
218.7341.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/11-3/1
Level: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $272 | Regular Registration: $282
Instructor: Matthew Bird
*For more information about instructor Matthew Bird, please see below.


Visual Art Workshops for Adults

Visual art workshops at BlackRock provides students with an opportunity to create amazing works of art while learning from some of the most talented and accomplished artists in their field. Whether you register with a group of friends, or make news ones while you are here, these fun and engaging workshops are guaranteed bring your creativity to life!

 

By: David Daniels

Exploring Watercolor with David Daniels
This four part workshop is designed to help students learn the basics of watercolor while encouraging experimentation and self-expression. Students will explore paint application, color theory, composition, and most importantly setting personal goals. Individualized critiques and customized assignments will help you define and become the artist you want to be. This workshop is open for all skill levels and will help you create vibrant, personality filled works of art.

Students will be required to purchase their own materials for this class. Materials lists are available online.  Materials must be purchased and brought to the first class.

Sundays | 1:00-3:30 PM | 4 Weeks | Meets 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, and 2/4.
218.7413.1 | $170
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Instructor: David Daniels


Affectionately known as Mr. Watercolor, David Daniels is an instructor for the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, DC. For the past two years he has been the Visual Arts Director of the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy. He has also taught painting and design at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, as well as workshops around the world. David’s interactive approach and humor are often recognized as his strongest teaching tools.

 

“Puddle Jumping” by Matthew Bird

Once the Painting is Finished
You have now completed your masterpiece, what’s next? This one day workshop will teach you how to photograph your painting for exhibition entry, properly mat and frame or varnish a watercolor for display, how to properly display, package, or ship your artwork and more.  This is the perfect workshop for any artist who is looking to start displaying their work, entering pieces for exhibitions or juried shows, or just interested in preserving their works of art.

Saturday, 3/3 | 2:30-5:30 PM | 1 Day Workshop
218.7803.1 | $52
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Instructor: Matthew Bird

Matthew Bird is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and the Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS). His award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited in juried shows across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, and seen on the pages of The Artist Magazine,” “Watercolor Magazine,” and “Fine Art Connoisseur.” Matthew’s work has also appeared here in BlackRock’s Kay Gallery several times, and is a two time winner of the People’s Choice Award at BWS Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibitions.

 

Glass Workshops

By: Laurie Hartman

Fused Glass Plate
In this one day workshop, explore the basics of fusing glass, including how to cut glass, the effect of temperature on glass, and how to layer the glass to make your own beautiful fused glass 6” x 6” plate. Bring some friends or make new ones in this fun and exciting class where your imagination and creativity can run wild.

You will create your plate in the workshop. Pieces will then be fired and ready for you to pick it up within 2 weeks.

$50 – Includes $20 materials and firing fee
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Instructor: Laurie Hartman

Select from one of the following workshops dates:
218.7063.1 | Sunday, 1/14 | 1:00-3:30 PM | 1 Day Workshop

218.7063.2 | Saturday, 1/20 | 2:30-5:00 PM | 1 Day Workshop

218.7063.3 | Friday, 2/2 | 7:30-9:30 PM | 1 Day Workshop

Award winning glass artist Laurie Hartman is known for abstract, geometric, and whimsical designs in her beautiful jewelry, fused plates, window panels, boxes, and more. She is the owner of her own studio, “That’s Glassic,” and loves helping students see their artistic visions come to life and sharing her passion for all-things glass.

 

 

By: Laurie Hartman

Stained Glass Box
Come create a 3-D stained glass box with a beautiful fused glass lid. Whether you are a beginner and have never cut glass before, or are looking to move your glass skills up to the next level, this class is sure to delight.  We are offering an opportunity to learn all about fused glass, including cutting glass, understanding the effect of temperature on glass, and layering glass to be fused into one piece.  The first week of the class you will create a fused glass lid, and subsequently you will learn stained glass box construction, including copper foil and 3-D soldering.  At the end of the class you will have your very own unique hinged glass box with a fused glass lid.

Saturdays | 2:30-5:30 PM | 4 Weeks | Meets 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
218.7073.1 | $245 Includes $45 materials and firing fee
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Instructors: Fran Asbeck and Laurie Hartman

Fran Asbeck has spent the past 27 years working full time in the study and practice of the craft of glass, following a long career as an engineer. Besides working in his studio, The Lead and Light Studio in Boyds, MD, Fran’s work can be found in private collections locally, nationally, and in Europe and Australia.  His major work to date is a 35 square foot window in the entry courtyard and lobby of N Street Village, Washington, DC.  He has executed commercial commissions for Global Database Systems, Inc. in Rockville, MD, Barry’s Magic Shop in Wheaton, MD, and for the Montgomery County Historical Society’s Waters House located in Germantown, MD.

Award winning glass artist Laurie Hartman is known for abstract, geometric, and whimsical designs in her beautiful jewelry, fused plates, window panels, boxes, and more. She is the owner of her own studio, “That’s Glassic,” and loves helping students see their artistic visions come to life and sharing her passion for all-things glass.

 


Conservatory Visual Arts Classes

Studio Art Conservatory – This class is currently full and not accepting new students.
This year-long conservatory program is for students interested in developing an art portfolio and participating in art exhibits. It is designed to introduce students to traditional and contemporary drawing techniques and materials. A variety of media will be used including pencil, graphite, conte, charcoal, pastel and ink and brush. Emphasis will be placed on composition and developing freehand drawing skills. This class will culminate in a end-of-year art show in June of 2018.

Ages 10-16 | Saturdays | 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
618.7154.1 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/9
Level: Beginner-Advanced 618.7154.1
Early Registration: $975 | Regular Registration: $985
Instructor: Marta Lautz