Visual Arts Workshops for Adults

Adult Visual Art Workshops

Join us for an exciting workshop here at BlackRock Center for the Arts!  We strive to present the most talented, current and sought-after artists and instructors.  Whether the workshop is a one-time event or a multiple weekend mini course, we look forward to seeing you creating some vibrant art.


Upcoming Workshops:

By: David Daniels

Exploring Watercolor with David Daniels (“Mr. Watercolor”)
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.


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.

Select from one of the following workshops dates:
218.7063.2 | Saturday, 1/20 | 2:30-5:00 PM | 1 Day Workshop
218.7063.3 | Friday, 2/2 | 7:00-9:30 PM | 1 Day Workshop
218.7063.1 | Sunday, 3/4 | 1:00-3:30 PM | 1 Day Workshop
$50 – Includes $20 materials and firing fee | Level: Beginner-Advanced
Instructor: Laurie Hartman

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.


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.