Workshops and Classes

CHAW Free Events for the Week of January 23-28, 2012

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Register for events at www.chaw.org.

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) hosts 40 free events in 40 days running January 4 through February 12, 2012 at 545 7th Street, SE. The 40 events explore how art continually engages, inspires, informs, and excites by featuring concerts, performances, workshops, and classes for various ages. Below is a list of upcoming free events for the week.

Kid-friendly events are marked with a *. Pre-registration is required for some events. Please call (202) 547-6839 or visit http://chaw.org/index.php/register/40_free_events_in_40_days/ to view the entire catalogue and to register.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Guitar Chord Melody
Teaching Artist, Ignacio Hernandez
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Learn how to adapt a song to play both chords and melody on the guitar by learning re-harmonization techniques, the use of triads against different bass notes and performance techniques. For ages 15 and up with some theory experience. (Limit 15 – Dance Studio)

Monday, January 23, 2012
Cards, Candids and Collage: Part I
Teaching Artist, Leslie Mansour
7:00 -8:30 pm
Discover the secrets embedded in a photo and celebrate memory through collage. In a world with so much is manufactured for us redefine your greetings with a personal touch while learning basic collage techniques that will transform your Hallmark into a work of art! Bring in old photos, those memorable candids and your favorite papers if you have them to create cards with your own words and images. Suitable for ages 13 & up. (Limit 8 – Photo Studio, Registration Required, Students should plan to attend parts I & II)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Cards, Candids and Collage: Part II
Teaching Artist, Leslie Mansour
7:00 -8:30 pm
A continuation of Cards, Candids and Collage: Part I. Students will complete project begun on 1/23. Please register for both nights.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Blue–Collar Artist Navigates the Industry of Art
Part II – Developing Tools of the Trade
Teaching Artist, Bruce McKaig
7:00 – 8:30 pm
This class is designed for artists with some experience and a growing stock of images, who want to organize and present a portfolio of their work. The class will discuss appropriate protocol to present a portfolio (galleries, museums, publications, festivals) and students will work on the complementary tools for a presentation (an artist statement, a resume, a proposal, jpegs). These sessions include a variety of materials on the wheres, whos, and hows of getting your art out of boxes and into the industry of art. It is never too early to start. (Limit 20 – Dance Studio, Registration Required)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The World Outside the Studio
Teaching Artist, Carolina Mayorga
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Explore contemporary art practices and discuss your art with teaching artist Carolina Mayorga. Mayorga is an active visual artist in the Washington DC area and has been a CHAW faculty member since 2004. She also has experience teaching at college level and has conducted numerous workshops in the area. Get one on one feedback and prepare to present your work to our city’s vibrant art scene. (Limit 12 – Art Studio, Registration Required)

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Midnight in Paris:  Matisse—Drawing with Scissors
Teaching Artist, Ellen Cornett
7:00 -8:30 pm
Henri Matisse began using cut paper to explore composition for stage curtains, tapestries and stained glass windows in the 1930s. When, in 1941 he was bed ridden with an infection, he returned to paper cut-outs. Matisse’s cut-outs have been described as “an amalgam of drawing, painting and sculpture, a profound and wholly modern synthesis of the arts.” Working with hand-painted papers participants will create exuberant and dynamic cut paper drawings like the master. (Limit 12 – Art Studio, Registration Required)

Friday, January 27, 2012
The Art of Snail Mail
Teaching Artist, Alayna Rasile
7:00 -8:30 pm
Artist Alayna Rasile is completely addicted to creative, tangible correspondence; her consumption of stamps is unhealthy, and her relationship with the Mail Man is a unique one! This workshop will open up the world of Art Mail. We will discuss a variety of forms that mail can take (binding, folding, puzzles, scrolls…); The myriad of materials that make interesting stationary; creative letter writing structures; and the technical aspects of what goes and what are No-No’s for the USPS. In our world of digital communication, the beauty of the good ol’ post has been abandoned.  Understanding the endless possibilities of parcels is the key to stealing hearts! Suitable for ages 13 and up. (Limit 12 – Art Studio, Registration Required)

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Space Activation Lab *
Teaching Artist, Binahkaye Joy
1:00  – 2:15 pm
The Space Activation lab is a fun dance experiment designed and conducted by everyone who is dancing in the space. Through a series of movement activities and dance games, participants will discover the connections between the choices we are making in our Suitable for ages 10 and up. (Limit 30– Dance Studio , Registration Required)

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Open Figure Drawing
1:30 – 4:00 pm
This is an opportunity for artists to work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without an instructor. Please bring your own drawing materials. Easels are available. Suitable for adults. (Limit 12 – Art Studio Registration Required)

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