Workshops and Classes

April Classes at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Photo courtesy of Leslie Mansour.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Mansour.


Fridays, April 1 & 15 – Friday ARTnights: Drop-In Figure Drawing
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) hosts a drop-in “Working from the Figure” session on Fridays, April 1, 2016 and April 15, 2016 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at CHAW, 545 7th Street, SE. Work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without formal instruction, facilitated by artist Will Fleishell. Please bring your own drawing materials. Easels are available. The session is $15 for drop-in students. For more information, visit or call (202) 547-6839.

Fridays, April 1 & 15 – Friday ARTnights: Knit & Sip
After the hustle and bustle of a long week relax, reconnect with your friends and like-minded knitters, in a fun, neighborly environment. Enjoy light refreshments, coffee, tea and wine. Bring your own project or purchase a kit from the instructor to learn the basics. All experience levels welcome. The workshop takes place 7:00pm-9:00pm on Fridays, April 1 and April 15 at CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. $30 per session + optional $10 for starter ball of yarn and knitting needles. For more information and to register, visit or call 202-547-6839.

Friday, April 8 – Friday ARTnights: Paint & Sip
Join the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) for Paint and Sip, part of CHAW’s popular Friday ARTnights program, for an evening of painting and wine on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CHAW, 545 7th Street, SE. Receive step-by-step instruction from CHAW teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear as you create your own masterpiece, all while enjoying snacks and wine. $30 includes all materials and refreshments. Please call CHAW at (202) 547-6839 to register. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 12 & Saturday, April 16 – Arts Educators’ Professional Development Workshop Series
All arts educators are invited to participate in this two-part workshop led by Kate DeCiccio, CHAW teaching artist, who brings a wealth of experience in curriculum development and creative strategies in a variety of environments for teaching artists. These workshops are hands-on with art-making activities and discussions that will reveal new perspectives in how we approach teaching and art as a way of life. This is a really exciting opportunity to engage more deeply with our roles as teachers, artists, and how they can be brought together to make us even more effective in the classroom. The workshops will be held in two parts, both at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE.

  • Why Do We Teach? (part I) – Saturday, March 12, 10am – 2pm: How we can successfully streamline the passion for our own art-making into our teaching practice & vice versa.
  • Strategies for Creative Problem Solving & Critical Thinking (part II) – Saturday, April 16, 10am – 2pm: Focus on ways to apply Creative Strategies to lesson plans and hook young learners into art and artful thinking. This training will help you develop engaging  “problems” and scaffolding to aid students in discovering individual creative solutions.
  • Cost to attend is $25 for one day or $45 for both. To confirm your attendance: please call CHAW at 202-547-6839.  You do not need to attend the first session to attend Part II.

Saturday, April 23 – Gallery Show Opening: CHAL Presents Vertical
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is proud to present Capitol Hill Art League’s spring juried exhibit for member artists, Vertical. The opening will take place 5:00pm-7:00pm on Saturday, April 23rd at CHAW, 545 7th St. SE, and is free and open to the public. Juror Marsha Steiger will speak at 5:30pm and present awards to the prize-winning artists. General gallery hours are: 9:30 am–9:00 pm (M-Th), 9:30 am–6:00 pm (F), and 9:00 am–2:00 pm (Sat). Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run April 23-May 28 in the Gallery. For more information, visit, or call (202) 547-6839.