May 2017 Workshops at CHAW

By Editorial Team on May 1, 2017
Photo courtesy of CHAW.
Photo courtesy of CHAW.

Fridays, May 5 & 19 – Friday ARTnights: Drop-In Figure Drawing
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) hosts a drop-in “Working from the Figure” session on Friday, May 5, 2017 and Friday, May 19, 2017 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.

Friday, May 12 – 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, May 12, 2017 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

Saturdays, April 22, April 29, and May 6 – Alla Prima Oil Painting the Portrait
In this special three-part workshop, students will work from the model, exploring the art of painting the portrait from life. This workshop is primarily about painting the head in a convincing, representational manner. Initially, emphasis will be placed on shape and tonal relationships. The class will focus on creating a portrait from the early stages of setup to the finishing strokes. Students will be working from live models while they are guided through various ways of handling oil paint in order to create a finished piece. Students can expect instructor demonstration and plenty of individual attention.

Teaching Artist: Kai Lun Qu
Dates: April 22, 29 and May 6, 2017
Times: 10am-2pm
Cost: $180
Location: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

To register and for more information, visit, or call CHAW at 202-547-6839.

Drop-In Opportunity:
Art Adventurers Studio
Tuesday Mornings at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

  • A creative space for young artists to create, experience, and develop a love of the arts
    Tuesdays 10am – 12pm
    Recommended for ages 2 – 4 with caregiver (no drop offs)
    Drop-in only; minimum donation $5 per child; 2 child limit per adult
    All proceeds benefit CHAW tuition assistance
    Classes take place at CHAW, 545 7th St. SE
    With generous coffee & pastry sponsorship provided by Souk

Classes begin with a children’s story based on an artist’s life or a book that will help introduce the day’s project and techniques. One main guided project will be based on the story and appeal to a range of ages. Additional exploration stations will be set up to complement the main project. These additional stations will reinforce technique and introduce new materials and tools. For more information contact or call CHAW at 202-547-6839.

Throughout May:
Summer Registration Open for Classes for Early Childhood & Adults and Summer Camp Registration open for Youth.