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March 11, 2013

“I am inspired by making art. It gives my soul a lift.”

I created Sybil with watercolor paper, acrylics, tulle, and some shiny brads! It’s amazing what you can do with itsy bits of paper and other materials. Try it and amaze yourself!!! You will have paper dolls all over the place . . . 

Meet Ms. Karen “Kiki” Holliday and her paper dolls Sybil,... more

March 7, 2013

There is often a misconception that only a few people can sing, that it is a specialized activity with required standards. On the contrary, singing is wonderfully enriching for everyone, fostering well-being and promoting self-expression in one of the most natural ways possible. We all sing unrestrained as children or alone and yet we feel judged as adults when... more

February 28, 2013
Our daughter of whom we affectionately call Rainbow – because she is innately warm and bright – has been able to exude and enhance her natural gifts while participating in Chaw’s exceptional art program. We have found the staff responsible for the care and development of  the artistic and creative growth in children, to be amazingly supportive, nurturing, and... more
February 28, 2013

Red Shoes, Pastel on paper, Ellen Cornett

On February 16th, a special group of people gathered to celebrate CHAW and let CHAW celebrate them. The group is our major donors, also known as the Circle of Muses. While enjoying delicious food and drink, our Muses were treated to a short concert by Inscape Ensemble, featuring CHAW teaching artist Megan Yanick... more

February 10, 2013

It’s 9:00am. Students are lining up in the gallery to head upstairs to morning circle. They’re about to play teambuilding games, learn fun facts about the world and congratulate their classmates on kind acts from the day before as we watch their kindness chain grow. They are moments away from starting their camp day at CHAW! Morning Circle is one of the only... more

February 6, 2013
Last Saturday, we built a covered wagon, learned the Tush Push line dance, painted a masterpiece, and ate s’mores (lots of them) all in the name of CHAW’s upcoming summer camps.  CHAW’s Summer Camp Open House Hoedown featured camp staff and instructors doing their thing and giving us a taste of the American West camp happening this summer.  My little and I got to... more
January 18, 2013
I’ve used acrylic paints as an artist for years, and have been teaching adult acrylic painting classes for two years now.  I’ve always gravitated towards representational painting and have always loved learning tricks for making something look like glass or skin or water, so some of my favorite teaching moments at CHAW have come from demonstrating how the right paint... more
January 10, 2013

Since January 1999 or so, a group of singers, sometimes complemented by poets, have offered an annual Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Capitol Hill. The idea for the Remembrance came from the brain of Alvin Mayes, who at the time was a singer in the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington, D.C. (now no longer in existence.)  Mayes offered that “The... more

December 19, 2012

The holidays are upon us and the scramble for that perfect last minute gift has begun.  Your friends at CHAW can help with gift certificates for everyone on your list.  CHAW offers certificates for any amount for a class, workshop, or private music lessons.

Here’s just a sampling of gift ideas:

* CHAW has a new session of winter and spring classes... more

December 3, 2012

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for Capitol Hill artists. The Capitol Hill Art League and other Capitol Hill Arts Workshop artists and ceramicists make it fun and easy to buy art during the month of December at its Wrap It Up Party and Gallery offerings.

The Wrap It Up party is free to the public and held at the Capitol Hill Arts... more

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