Art Lessons in Arlington

Welcome to the exciting and creative world of art right in your neighborhood of North Arlington!  Several options for children and Adults.

I teach private lessons at my home  in North Arlington, VA close to Nottingham Elementary School and Lee Harrison shopping center.

At my North Arlington home, the art lesson possibilities are endless.  I’ve created a few suggested packages listed below to inspire children.

Why take a class with me?

  1. I have a Masters for Teaching Art from the Maryland Institute, College of Art.
  2. I’ve taught in public schools, at the Art League and privately for a combined 25 years of experience.
  3. I love art and I love working with children and adults who are interested in positive change.

Each class for children is 60 minutes and filled with meaningful content and creative art.

Art Pack Options for Children

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Self Portrait in Marker inspired by James Ensor

Package 1 /Real people and faces

Understanding proportions and learning to measure without a ruler are the first steps to creating realistic drawings of people or a still life.  The concept is simple, the practice takes  time and patience but is very rewarding when the goal is realism.  Shading may be introduced.  Age recommendations: 5-9

 

 

 

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Illustration of plants that grow in spring

Package 2 / Drawing from life

 Drawing from life helps students establish critical thinking and observation skills.  Both are needed to make art that represents the things we see around us.  Plants, animals, people and still life drawings will be explored. This is a great way to get your child to connect with something other than the virtual world found on devices.  Age recommendations: 7 and up

Package 3/  Picasso and Matisse: friendship and art

Every child should know about Picasso and Matisse and the art they created.  Artists help shape our thinking by the chances they take and the way they stay open to possibilities. Drawing, painting and collage are explored.  Age recommendations: 7 and up

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Miro inspired watercolor and drawing

Package 4/ Art is for making. 

Based on the artists Kandinsky, Miro and Calder.  This is a great option for the very young artist learning about line, shape, color and texture.   It’s also great for older children who want to feel the freedom of learning fun techniques and skills without having to be judgmental about if it is anatomically “correct”.  Age recommendations: 5 and up

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Oil Pastel drawing by Catherine

Package 5.  Girl’s just want to have fun (and make art): open to boys and girls.  Traditional women artists like Cassatt created art around women and life of mothers and children.    Creative fun begins as we learn about the polka dot art of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama.  Georgia O’Keeffe reminds us to stick our nose into things and really explore.  We will spend two classes on each artist.  Age recommendations: 5 and up

Package 6: Let it flow creatively

This option is a “see as you go” option, allowing the instructor and student to get to know each other and share their interests, art ideas and create a plan that is not pre-prescribed.  This is a good option for a student who has an idea for a direction such as wanting to draw more realistically or learn to paint abstract art on canvas.

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$300$265$250 $230$215
Package 3-6$300$265 +
$30 supply fee
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Your Home Art Classes6 week
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3people
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4people
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1 or 2
$420$300$280$265$250
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3-6
$420 +
$30 supplies
$300 +
$30 supplies
$280 +
$30 supplies
$265 +
$30 supplies
$250 +
$30 supplies

What people say:

“I am definitely signing up for this again.”  -Megan, age 7

“Our daughter comes home and talks about art class for the rest of the day.  She has so much fun and her work is amazing.  You get them to do so much!” -Sandy – mother of Janet age 8

“Katherine loves the things she is learning and doing.  She works on her art at home and enjoys telling us all about it. – Heidi, mother of Christa (age 5)

 

For Adults

The Grateful Artist is a class I offer to adults looking for a creative practice to uplift their spirits through art.  Inspirational writing, words of wisdom are often part of this art.  The purpose is to surround ourselves in the beauty that come from within us that we are meant to express as beings of creative love and light in the world.  Even if you don’t feel that way, let art help with the transformation into a more bright creative you.

Watercolor techniques as well as other mixed media are used in class and all materials in the class are provided.  Be prepared to work at home on your own art as you play with making art on a regular basis.

Classes are Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 and 7:00-9:00.

Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24

Inspired by calligraphy
Inspired by calligraphy

Creative Holidays

Two hour workshops will be filled with creative art making with a focus on items as follows:

Nov. 7   1:00-3:00 Make your own  hand painted gift wrap to use and give as gifts.   You will make at least 10 sheets of beautiful gift art by learning a few effective but simple painting techniques.   Take home 10 more large blank papers to continue the fun on your own for a total of 20 sheets of special papers. All materials included. 

Nov. 17  1:00-3:00 Gift bags and tags to fill with art you make or things you buy.  Special watercolor techniques using salt, alcohol, wax and crayons will jump start your creativity.  If you have children this will be a great introduction to creative fun they can enjoy with you at home.

Dec. 5 1:00-3:00 Create a one-of-a-kind cards that are beautiful art sculptures with or without words for each recipient.  Each one of these cards is a work of art to be appreciated in the home or office bringing color and inspiration from your heart to theirs.  Up to five cards will be created in this class and you will leave with the know how to make more gifts at home.

Each class is $50  or sign up for all three classes for $125.