Summer Arts classes in Takoma, Rockville, and Online with Community Arts at Montgomery College

By Editorial Team on March 29, 2024

Image credit: “Self-portrait” by Community Arts student Minna Li

Register today for summer arts classes for adults and teens. Sign up now, seats are filling fast! Check out a sampling below, or see the full list of offerings at montgomerycollege.edu/communityarts.

Community Arts classes are for artists and hobbyists 16 and up. Discounts are available on most classes for Maryland seniors 60 and up.

Join Community Arts this summer for classes in Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Video, Crafts, Art History, and more! Professional artists teach all classes. Take a class in Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Rockville, or online.
Community Arts classes are for artists and hobbyists 16 and up (exceptions sometimes made for 14- and 15-year-olds). Discounts are available for Maryland seniors 60 and up.
Image credit: “Self-portrait” by Community Arts student Minna Li

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR OFFERINGS BELOW, OR VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE

BATIK FABRIC DYEING

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Thursdays 5/30-8/8 | 7-9:30pm

with Wanjin Kim
$344 | $145 seniors
Create your own batik fabric prints! Batik is the ancient art of creating designs on fabric using dyes with a “resist”, such as melted beeswax. These fabrics are known for the crackle or veining that appears in the design. Learn to use traditional batik dying methods to create contemporary, personalized works of art on napkins, placemats, garments, fine art pieces, and more.

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR: DIGITAL GRAPHICS

Online via Zoom w/ self-paced content
Wednesdays 5/29-8/14 | 7-8pm

with Alzira Lena Ruano
$344 | $145 seniors
Adobe Illustrator CC is a vector graphics program that artists and designers use to create sophisticated illustrations and type effects. Start by drawing and manipulating simple shapes, and move on to layered compositions that can be used to create logos, illustrations, and web graphics.

PEWTERSMITHING BASICS

Rockville Campus
Tuesdays 5/28-6/25 | 10am-5pm

with Lucy Derickson
$399 | $175 seniors
Create jewelry and metalwork with an unusual and accessible metal, pewter! Pewter is a surprisingly soft metal, and liquefies at so low a temperature that it can be melted in an oven. Create final works in pewter, using hollow forms and cast embellishments. All levels.

MACHINE QUILTING: INTRODUCTION

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Saturdays 7/13-8/10 | 10am-12:30pm

with Karen Middleton
$194 | $75 seniors
Use your sewing skills to design and create an original quilt! Quilting is not only a creative artform, but a practical craft with rich traditions from around the world. Utilize the tools and techniques specific to quilting, from specialized uses of a sewing machine to quilt math. Learn to plan a quilt, create a patchwork, and connect layers with quilt stitches.

DRAWING WORKSHOP SERIES

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Saturdays 6/1-7/27 | 1-4pm

with Wanjin Kim, Holly Trout, and Racquel Keller
Single session: $49
Full series of 8 workshops: $294 | $149 seniors
Discover new and exciting drawing techniques that enable you to tap into your creativity. Each week presents a new topic, covering a variety of media and subject matter. Topics: Topics: Drawing Basics, Watercolor Pencil Still Life, Exploring Charcoal & Drawing the Hand, Portraiture in Conté, Drawing Texture, Expressive Line & Nature, Building Complex Structure with Basic Shapes, and Pastel Still Life.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS

Rockville Campus
Wednesdays 7/17-8/14 | 1:30-4:30pm
with
Donovan Marks
$219 | $95 seniors
Discover how to control your camera and compose a shot for high quality, consistent results. Learn the basics of camera operation, photo composition, and color and value to capture the best photos you can. Explore the fundamentals of photo editing and digital image management to add interest to your photos and safely handle your files.

WATERCOLOR: INTRODUCTION

Rockville Campus
Wednesdays 5/29-8/14 | 1-3:30pm
with
Wanjin Kim
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Tuesdays 5/28-8/6 | 7-9:30pm
with
Wanjin Kim
Online via Zoom w/ self-paced content
Mondays 6/3-8/5 | 9:30-11:30am

with Wendelin Daniels
$344 | $145 seniors
Discover the rich and delicate medium of watercolor painting! Continue in the tradition of artists like Georgia O’Keefe, Andrew Wyeth, Paul Klee, and William Blake. Learn the balance of control and freedom in creating watercolor paintings. Explore color mixing and application, layering, washes, and textures, and their part in creating an effective composition.

WOODCUT: GLOBAL PRINTMAKING

Rockville Campus
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays | 9am-12:45pm

with Amanda Miller
$539.40 | $137.40 seniors
Learn woodcut and relief printing techniques, including Western and Japanese approaches. Beginning with simple black and white prints from a single block, progress through stages to four-color, multi-block prints.

OPEN FIGURE DRAWING SESSIONS

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Saturdays 6/1-6/29 | 9:30am-12:30pm
with
Racquel Keller
Saturdays 7/13-8/10 | 9:30am-12:30pm
with
Phaedra Askarinam
Five sessions: $125
Join us and draw from a live model! Students may request poses and a nude or draped figure at the facilitator’s discretion. Take this class as a supplement to another drawing class or as a stand-alone to create finished works or keep your skills sharp. Students may work in any drawing media, ink, or watercolor; please bring your own materials.