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CLASS LISTINGS

Choose one class type or area of study, and select any days of the week to see what classes fit your schedule

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

6/26/17-
8/20/17

9:00am - 5:00pm
Summer Arts Adventure Camp 2017

Summer Camp registration open 

June 26 - August 20, 2017

Register online, email forms, or stop by CHAW!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

4/3/17-
5/25/17

6:30-8:30pm
Spring Adult 2017 Photography

CHAW photography studio offers the study of digital and darkroom processes combined with exploration of extended and experimental photographic techniques provide a framework for building an expressive toolbox that invites students to develop a creative vision, spatial literacy, and a compelling narrative through photography.   Our darkroom is one of the few open darkrooms in the city where anyone, after completing an orientation, can drop in and use our facilities for their work.

INTRO TO DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY

Teaching Artist- Katherine Akey
4/5/2017 - 5/24/2017
Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $350.00
Introduction to shooting and processing film, as well as, printing techniques and darkroom workflow. No experience necessary, all materials provided. 

DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY II

Teaching Artist- Katherine Akey
4/3/2017 - 5/22/2017
Monday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $350.00
Working with fiber paper, toners and alternative processes, this course is an opportunity for students to build on their darkroom and analog photography skills and explore experimental techniques such as double exposure and solarization. Out of the darkroom, we'll discuss composition, project building and art theory, helping students to develop an individual shooting style and a unique printing style as well. Students should be comfortable shooting with analog cameras, developing film and printing in the darkroom; prerequisites include either Intro to Darkroom Photography or clearance from the instructor. For more information contact education@chaw.org.

FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Teaching Artist- Dale Scherfling
4/4/2017 - 5/23/2017
Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Learn the technical basics and elements of creative composition used in digital photography. Hands-on practice designed to develop and broaden the photographer's eye will help you take photos with strong visual impact.

Check out the full brochure

Monday, Tuesday

4/3/17-
6/10/17

Times Vary
Spring Adult 2017 Dance

Expect and emphasis on fun, fitness and footwork while learning the styles and steps found in many popular fitness and social dance forms including ballroom, Latin, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Burlesque dance.

ADULT TAP DANCE

Heather Whyte
4/3/2017 - 6/5/2017
Monday 6:00-6:50pm
Tuition - $180.00
Learn to shuffle, flap, and all the basics to get you moving. Students should have tap shoes and wear comfortable clothes. No prior dance experience required. Returning students will build on prior knowledge.No class January 16th and February 20th

ADULT TAP DANCE-EXTENDED

Heather Whyte
4/3/2017 - 6/5/2017
Monday 6:50-7:20pm
Tuition - $90.00
Put your tap skill into practice by learning combinations and routines. Open to students enrolled in Adult Tap. No class January 16th and February 20th

ADULT BALLET

Heather Whyte
4/3/2017 - 6/5/2017
Monday 7:25-8:25pm
Tuition - $180.00
This class emphasizes the fundamentals of ballet and encourages ballet as a means of improved body awareness, poise, grace, musicality, flexibility, and self-expression. Classes are structured to include warm-up exercises, barre technique and center floor work. Ballet shoes and comfortable clothes are recommended. No prior dance experience required. Returning students will build on prior knowledge. No class January 16th and February 20th

ADULT BALLET-EXTENDED

Heather Whyte
4/3/2017 - 6/5/2017
Monday 8:25-8:55pm
Tuition - $90.00
Put your ballet skills into practice by learning combinations and routines. Open to students also enrolled in Adult Ballet. No class January 16th and February 20th

LATIN BASICS

Jason Potell
4/4/2017 - 5/30/2017
Tuesday 7:35-8:25pm
Tuition - $180.00
In this class, students will learn the basic steps to the two most popular latin dances in DC: salsa and bachata. Students will be introduced to the rhythms, steps, and music that accompany these lively dances. We hope that students gain familiarity and confidence with the dances such that they feel confident to take part in the DC area's growing and vibrant latin dance scene!

LATIN BASICS - PRACTICE

Jason Potell
4/4/2017 - 5/30/2017
Tuesday 8:25-8:55pm
Tuition - $90.00
Practice your dance moves with an experienced instructor

Check out the full brochure

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

4/3/17-
6/10/17

Times Vary
Spring Adult 2017 Visual Arts

From toddler crafts to beginner drawing to advanced watercolor and pastels, CHAW visual art classes caters to a wide range of student experience and ability.   Our well-lit studio is equipped with easels, table and chairs a sink, portfolio storage and shelf storage space.  The studio is available to rent during non-class times for use as a private workspace or art themed parties and events led by a CHAW teaching artist.

OIL PAINTING BASICS AND BEYOND

Sheppard Bear
4/3/2017 - 5/22/2017
Monday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Beginners will get an introduction to material handling, safety and basic color theory and will learn to paint from a simple, but challenging still life. Experienced and continuing painting students will learn techniques to refine their skills and paint from more complex subject matter. All materials are supplied. Students should wear old clothes and bring one roll of paper towels.

DRAWING 2

Carolina Mayorga
4/11 to 6/6 - no class on 4/18
Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Build on fundamental concepts of drawing and 2-D media. Creative assignments include portrait, landscape and still-life. Realism and abstraction are encouraged as well as individual experimentation with different drawing media and techniques. No class 4/18.

ADVANCED WATERCOLOR & PASTEL

Ellen Cornett
4/5/2017 - 5/24/2017
Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm
Tuition - $480.00
Students may focus on chalk, watercolor or both mediums. Projects tailored to each student are designed to help develop individual expressiveness and creative voice.
Enrollment by instructor permission. Contact education@chaw.org for more information.

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING

Carolina Mayorga
4/12 to 6/7 - no class on 4/19
Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Learn fundamental concepts of drawing and 2D media. Foundational elements are reinforced through varied techniques, materials, experimentation, theory and examples in art history. No class 4/19.

LIFE DRAWING

Ellen Cornett
4/6/2017 - 5/25/2017
Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Working from nude models students will develop accuracy and expressiveness in rendering the human figure. Instruction customized for each student and complemented with theory and examples in art history. Prior drawing experience required. New students should bring an 18x24 newsprint pad, an 18x24 Strathmore Drawing pad, kneaded eraser, and extra soft vine charcoal to the first class.

Check out the full brochure

*Looking for a specialized workshop? Check out Alla Prima Oil Painting- Portaits
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

4/3/17-
6/10/17

Times Vary
Spring Adult 2017 Ceramics

CHAW’s ceramics studio is a place where students and artists of all levels can work together to create beautiful work out of clay. Adult classes range from beginning levels through advanced with two sections of open studio for current and previous students to work in the studio. This is a great chance to see what other classes are working on or get advice from a more advanced student.

Price of class includes materials fee ($30) & Wednesday (6:30-8:30pm) and Saturday (12:00-2:00pm) open studios.

CERAMICS I - BASICS

Teaching Artist - Jennifer Harris
4/4/2017 - 5/23/2017
Tuesday 6:45-8:45pm
Tuition - $350.00
Create beautiful decorative or functional finished ceramic pieces of art. Learn basic hand-building, wheel throwing and glazing techniques as well as how to use the various tools in the studio to realize your creative vision.

CERAMICS I/II - BEGINNERS AND BEYOND

Teaching Artist - Kendall Milano
4/6/2017 - 6/1/2017 (no class 5/18)
Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $350.00
Learn, practice, and perfect basic to advanced ceramic skills. Wheel throwing and hand building and finishing techniques will be covered.

CERAMICS II/III- INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

Teaching Artist - Lindsey Walter
4/3/2017 - 5/22/2017
Monday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $350.00
Demonstrations focus on more advanced throwing techniques- lids, throwing off the hump, platters, and coil throwing, as well as, instruction in techniques like sgraffito, relief printing, and working with stains. Class includes basic glaze instruction and advanced slip techniques. 

INDEPENDENT STUDY CERAMICS

Clay Hollenkamp
4/8/2017 - 5/27/2017
Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuition - $350.00
Design your own project under the guidance of an experienced instructor. From wheel to sculpture to hand building, this is an excellent forum for exchanging ideas, developing techniques and creating functional and art pieces. Some experience required.

Check out the full brochure

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1/5/17-
12/29/17

T/TH 6:30-7:30pm W 6-7pm
Jazzercise

Rebecca Westcott

Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results…fast.  It’s a calorie-torching, hip swiveling, Shakira’d-be-proud dance party with a hot playlist to distract you from the burn.  You won’t see a single leotard or legwarmer—we promise. What you will see is sweat, swagger and high intensity endorphin-packed workouts that leave the 80’s behind.

We're starting our 10th year on Capitol Hill and have a new schedule. Classes are at CHAW as follows:

Tue. 6:30-7:30 pm
Wed. 6:00-7:00 pm
Thu. 6:30-7:30 pm

 Information: (202) 299-9146 / rwestcott1002@gmail.com / Facebook

Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results…fast.  It’s a calorie-torching, hip swiveling, Shakira’d-be-proud dance party with a hot playlist to distract you from the burn.  You won’t see a single leotard or legwarmer—we promise. What you will see is sweat, swagger and high intensity endorphin-packed workouts that leave the 80’s behind.

Dance Mixx - Torch fat, sculpt lean muscle and crush calories with this high intensity workout that mixes dance-based cardio with strength training. Fresh pulse-pounding music and body-blasting moves bring the intensity to transform your body, boost your mood and ignite your energy.

Tues/Thu 6:30 – 7:30 pm & Wed 6:00-7:00 pm

$50/month, $50 joining fee, 12-month minimum commitment
$55/month, $60 joining fee, 6-month minimum commitment
$60/month, $70 joining fee, 3-month minimum commitment

Single Visit $18

Payment can be made on-line or in class.

 Information: (202) 299-9146 / rwestcott1002@gmail.com / Facebook

Friday

1/20/17-
3/10/17

6:30-8:30pm
Memoir Writing

Nancy Arbuthnot

This adult creative writing workshop focuses on capturing memories in words. Although most writing will be done in class, optional homework assignments will be provided. A follow-up workshop to create a handmade journal will also be offered.

Friday 6:30-8:30pm
01/27/2017 - 03/10/2017
Tuition - $280.00
This adult creative writing workshop focuses on capturing memories in words. Although most writing will be done in class, optional homework assignments will be provided. A follow-up workshop to create a handmade journal will also be offered.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1/9/17-
3/13/17

6:30-8:30pm
Winter Adult 2017 Photography

CHAW photography studio offers the study of digital and darkroom processes combined with exploration of extended and experimental photographic techniques provide a framework for building an expressive toolbox that invites students to develop a creative vision, spatial literacy, and a compelling narrative through photography.   Our darkroom is one of the few open darkrooms in the city where anyone, after completing an orientation, can drop in and use our facilities for their work.

INTRO TO DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY

Katherine Akey
01/09/2017 - 03/13/2017
Monday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $350.00
Introduction to shooting and processing film, as well as, printing techniques and darkroom workflow. No experience necessary, all materials provided. No class January 16th and February 20th

DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY II

Katherine Akey
01/11/2017 - 03/01/2017
Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $350.00
Working with fiber paper, toners and alternative processes, this course is an opportunity for students to build on their darkroom and analog photography skills and explore experimental techniques such as double exposure and solarization. Out of the darkroom, we'll discuss composition, project building and art theory, helping students to develop an individual shooting style and a unique printing style as well. Students should be comfortable shooting with analog cameras, developing film and printing in the darkroom; prerequisites include either Intro to Darkroom Photography or clearance from the instructor. For more information contact education@chaw.org.

FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Dale Scherfling
01/10/2017 - 03/01/2017
Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Learn the technical basics and elements of creative composition used in digital photography. Hands-on practice designed to develop and broaden the photographer's eye will help you take photos with strong visual impact.

PHOTO COLLAGE

Christie Neptune
01/12/2017 - 03/02/2017
Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Use found images and personal photos to create narratives, explore artistic styles, and express your life experiences. Simple techniques will be used to transform photos into vision boards, greeting cards, mixed media journals, surreal posters and abstract works of art. No experience necessary, all materials provided.

Check out the full Brochure

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

1/9/17-
3/13/17

Times Vary
Winter Adult 2017 Dance

Expect and emphasis on fun, fitness and footwork while learning the styles and steps found in many popular fitness and social dance forms including ballroom, Latin, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Burlesque dance.

ADULT TAP DANCE

Heather Whyte
01/09/2017 - 03/20/2017 Monday 6:00-6:50pm
Tuition - $160.00
Learn to shuffle, flap, and all the basics to get you moving. Students should have tap shoes and wear comfortable clothes. No prior dance experience required. Returning students will build on prior knowledge. No class January 16th, February 20th, or March 6th

ADULT TAP DANCE-EXTENDED

Heather Whyte
01/09/2017 - 03/20/2017
Monday 6:50-7:20pm
Tuition - $80.00
Put your tap skill into practice by learning combinations and routines. Open to students enrolled in Adult Tap. No class January 16th, February 20th, or March 6th

ADULT BALLET

Heather Whyte
01/09/2017 - 03/20/2017
Monday 7:25-8:25pm
Tuition - $160.00
This class emphasizes the fundamentals of ballet and encourages ballet as a means of improved body awareness, poise, grace, musicality, flexibility, and self-expression. Classes are structured to include warm-up exercises, barre technique and center floor work. Ballet shoes and comfortable clothes are recommended. No prior dance experience required. Returning students will build on prior knowledge. No class January 16th, February 20th, or March 6th

ADULT BALLET-EXTENDED

Heather Whyte
01/09/2017 - 03/20/2017
Monday 8:25-8:55pm
Tuition - $80.00
Put your ballet skills into practice by learning combinations and routines. Open to students also enrolled in Adult Ballet. No class January 16th, February 20th, or March 6th

LATIN BASICS

Jason Potell
01/10/2017 - 02/28/2017
Tuesday 7:35-8:25pm
Tuition - $160.00
In this class, students will learn the basic steps to the two most popular latin dances in DC: salsa and bachata. Students will be introduced to the rhythms, steps, and music that accompany these lively dances. We hope that students gain familiarity and confidence with the dances such that they feel confident to take part in the DC area's growing and vibrant latin dance scene!

LATIN BASICS - PRACTICE

Jason Potell
01/10/2017 - 02/28/2017
Tuesday 8:25-8:55pm
Tuition - $80.00
Practice your dance moves

Check out the full Brochure

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

1/10/17-
3/20/16

Times Vary
Winter Adult 2017 Ceramics

CHAW’s ceramics studio is a place where students and artists of all levels can work together to create beautiful work out of clay. Adult classes range from beginning levels through advanced with two sections of open studio for current and previous students to work in the studio. This is a great chance to see what other classes are working on or get advice from a more advanced student.

Price of class includes materials fee ($30) & Wednesday and Saturday open studios.

CERAMICS I - BASICS

Teaching Artist - Jennifer Harris
01/10/2017 - 02/28/2017
Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $350.00
Create beautiful decorative or functional finished ceramic pieces of art. Learn basic hand-building, wheel throwing and glazing techniques as well as how to use the various tools in the studio to realize your creative vision.

CERAMICS I/II - BEGINNERS AND BEYOND

Kendall Milano
01/12/2017 - 03/02/2017
Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $350.00
Learn, practice, and perfect basic to advanced ceramic skills. Wheel throwing and hand building and finishing techniques will be covered.

CERAMICS II/III- INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED

Teaching Artist - Lindsey Walter
01/23/2017 - 03/20/2017
Monday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $350.00
Demonstrations focus on more advanced throwing techniques- lids, throwing off the hump, platters, and coil throwing, as well as, instruction in techniques like sgraffito, relief printing, and working with stains. Class includes basic glaze instruction and advanced slip techniques. No class February 20th

INDEPENDENT STUDY CERAMICS

Clay Hollenkamp
01/14/2017 - 03/04/2017
Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuition - $350.00
Design your own project under the guidance of an experienced instructor. From wheel to sculpture to hand building, this is an excellent forum for exchanging ideas, developing techniques and creating functional and art pieces. Some experience required.

Check out the full Brochure

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1/9/17-
3/13/17

Times Vary
Winter Adult 2017 Visual Arts

From toddler crafts to beginner drawing to advanced watercolor and pastels, CHAW visual art classes caters to a wide range of student experience and ability.   Our well-lit studio is equipped with easels, table and chairs a sink, portfolio storage and shelf storage space.  The studio is available to rent during non-class times for use as a private workspace or art themed parties and events led by a CHAW teaching artist.

OIL PAINTING BASICS AND BEYOND

Sheppard Bear
01/09/2017 - 03/13/2017
Monday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Beginners will get an introduction to material handling, safety and basic color theory and will learn to paint from a simple, but challenging still life. Experienced and continuing painting students will learn techniques to refine their skills and paint from more complex subject matter. All materials are supplied. Students should wear old clothes and bring one roll of paper towels.

DRAWING 2

Carolina Mayorga
01/17/2017 - 03/07/2017
Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Build on fundamental concepts of drawing and 2-D media. Creative assignments include portrait, landscape and still-life. Realism and abstraction are encouraged as well as individual experimentation with different drawing media and techniques.

ADVANCED WATERCOLOR & PASTEL

Ellen Cornett
01/11/2017 - 03/01/2017
Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm
Tuition - $480.00
Students may focus on chalk, watercolor or both mediums. Projects tailored to each student are designed to help develop individual expressiveness and creative voice.
Enrollment by instructor permission. Contact education@chaw.org for more information.

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING

Carolina Mayorga
01/18/2017 - 03/08/2017
Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Learn fundamental concepts of drawing and 2D media. Foundational elements are reinforced through varied techniques, materials, experimentation, theory and examples in art history. No class July 20.

LIFE DRAWING

Ellen Cornett
01/12/2017 - 03/02/2017
Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition - $320.00
Working from nude models students will develop accuracy and expressiveness in rendering the human figure. Instruction customized for each student and complemented with theory and examples in art history. Prior drawing experience required. New students should bring an 18x24 newsprint pad, an 18x24 Strathmore Drawing pad, kneaded eraser, and extra soft vine charcoal to the first class.

Check out the full Brochure

Tuesday

1/3/17-
6/6/17

10:00-12:00pm
Art Adventurers Studio

A creative space for young artists to create, experience, and develop a love of the arts

Students gather with caregiver to create beutiful artwork! One main guided project will be based a technique 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.

Tuesdays 10:00 – 12:00pm
Recommended for ages 2 – 4 with caregiver (no drop offs)

*Ongoing through June 13th- no class on April 18th or May 9th*

Drop-in only; minimum donation $5 per child; 2 child limit per adult

All proceeds benefit CHAW tuition assistance

Coffee and Pastries by Souk, Visit us at 705 8th St SE

Thursday

9/1/16-
6/10/17

4:00-5:00pm
Dance Sing and Play PreK4

Cora Lee Khambatta

Dance, Play and Sing introduces the fundamental elements of music to young children through games, instruments, movement and song. This class is a perfect pre-cursor for students interested in private instrument lessons and great for tapping in to any child’s natural curiosity for and love of music.

Dance, Play and Sing introduces the fundamental elements of music to young children through games, instruments, movement and song. This class is a perfect pre-cursor for students interested in private instrument lessons and great for tapping in to any child’s natural curiosity for and love of music.

Fall Session:
$280- 9/1-12/10 from 4:00-5:00 pm

Winter Session:
$330- 1/12-3/14 from 4:00-5:00 pm

Spring Session:
$330- 3/21-6/10 from 4:00-5:00 pm

PRE K registration only-  for K-1st graders, please register through the After School Arts program.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1/9/17-
6/10/17

3:30pm - 6:30pm
YAP- After School Arts 2016-2017

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) Youth Arts Program is a dynamic curriculum of classes, performance, and exhibition opportunities emphasizing arts as a way of life for a lifetime.  Students in the Youth Arts Program (YAP) develop a unique artistic voice as they explore and create dance, theater, music, art, ceramics, and photography while working in community with their peers.

CHAW provides a comprehensive and sequential art experience that builds skills, fosters a love of arts, and expands artistic expression.  Experienced and dedicated teaching artists encourage students to dream big, focus hard, and commit with passion while investigating a wide array of processes and techniques designed to nurture artistic development.

Classes are organized by day, age, studio, and teaching artist.  Projects, performances, themes, and processes vary from class to class and semester to semester, so there are always new techniques to learn, fresh and creative ideas to pursue, and skills to build upon.  Each age group includes a Level I and Level II option, so no matter where your child enters the program—as a longtime YAP participant, brand new student, or somewhere in between—there will be an appropriately-paced class that will feel both safe and challenging.  Choose whether to stay on a track, gradually advancing to higher levels of a single medium, explore new disciplines, or mix and match—we will always meet kids where they are and help them discover ways to dive deeper, learn more, and work together to create a community within their classes and across the entire program.

Schedule

3:30pm - 6:30pm- Monday through Thursday
Fall Dates:  August 29th - December 10th
Winter/Spring Dates: January 9th - June 10th

Tuition

Days per week in WINTER/SPRING session:
one: $660
two: $1232
three: $1716
four: $2200
per day van fee*: $176

*Check out our Tuition Assistance Program!*

No classes will be held on the following days:

Monday, September 9- Labor Day
Monday, October 10- Columbus Day
Friday, November 11- Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 23 - Saturday, November 26- Thanksgiving
Monday, December 12 – Saturday, January 7- Winter Break
Monday, January 16- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 20- President's Day
Monday, April 15 – Friday April, 21- Spring Break
Monday, May 29- Memorial Day

*Van Service*  *** Please call Mr. Brian (202.547.6839) if you would like to add van service- *space may be full*

CHAW offers after school van service for registered youth students grades K-12 on a first-come-first-served basis.  Van service is unavailable on ½ school days and DCPS school closure days. We currently pick up from the following Capitol Hill schools: Watkins, Two Rivers, Peabody, Stuart Hobson, School Within a School, Capitol Hill Day School, St. Peter, Brent, Maury, Chamberlain, Logan Montessori and Tyler.  If you would like to request additional pick up locations, please contact Brian Washington at bwashington@chaw.org.  Students must be in Kindergarten or a higher grade level to ride the van.  There is no van service for students ages PreK- 5 and younger.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

1/1/17-
6/9/17

Times Vary
Music Together

Ashley Scott, Little Steps Music

Music Together ® provides children from birth to kindergarten with a rich music experience that stimulates and supports their growing music skills and understanding.

Music Together ® provides children from birth to kindergarten with a rich music experience that stimulates and supports their growing music skills and understanding. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is proud to partner with Little Steps Music for almost a decade to host this pioneering early childhood music education program for children, their parents, and caregivers-- joyfully sharing songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, in class and in their daily lives.

Register through Little Steps Music http://littlestepsmusic.yourvirtuoso.com/

For complete class schedule, questions, and information about Music Together, contact littlestepsmusic@gmail.com or call 703-536-4706.

For information on CHAW's other early childhood options, head to www.chaw.org/classes.

Wednesday, Saturday

1/11/17-
3/18/17

Times Vary
Winter Youth 2017 Applied Dance

LOOKING FOR Spring CLASSES?  CLICK HERE!

CHAW dance classes are designed to grow with your child and give dancers an opportunity to learn and build on foundational skills in ballet, tap, and jazz. All students perform in demonstrations or recitals held at the end of each session. In our combo classes for young dancers, beginning students explore music and movement in a playful, joyful environment. Activities emphasize coordination and body awareness, listening skills, rhythms and patterns, and early social interaction. For ages 4 and above, class instruction includes dance technique, steps, and sequences that develop strength, stamina, and focus. Ballet and/or tap shoes, tights and leotard required.

Download the BROCHURE

Tiny Tots Classes- January 11th - March 18th, 2017- 10 weeks @ $200  

Our youngest dancers explore music and movement in a playful, joyful environment.   Activities emphasize coordination and body awareness, listening skills, rhythms and patterns, and early social interaction. Class instruction includes exposure to tap, ballet and tumbling.

2.5- 3 years old
Tiny Tots- Saturday 8:30- 9:15 am with Marika Klein
Tiny Tots- Wednesday 9:00am - 9:45am with Laura Vucci


Ballet and Tap Classes- January 11th - March 18th, 2017- 10 weeks @ $200  

Semester long technique classes are designed to give beginning dancers an opportunity to learn foundational skills in ballet and tap.   All students perform in demonstrations or recitals at the end of each session. Class instruction includes technique, steps and sequences that develop strength, stamina and focus.

3-4 years old
Combo I- Saturday 11:50am–12:35pm with Katie Fulton

3-5 years old
Combo I- Wednesdays 4:00pm-4:45pm with Ginger

4-5 years old
Combo I- 11:00am-11:45am with Katie Fulton

4-6 years old
Ballet I- Saturday 10:00–10:55am with Marika Klein

5-7 years old
Ballet II- Saturday 9:20–10:05am with Marika Klein
Ballet I- Wednesdays 5:00-5:45pm with Ginger

6+ years old
Combo II- Wednesdays 5:00–5:45pm with Laura Vucci

Last chance to join Year-Long Studio to Stage performance classes!

These performance focus classes emphasize stage presence, technique building, choreographed ballet, and tap routines as well as tumbling to develop strength. Studio to stage classes are for students who want to take their skill and artistry to a higher level by committing to a year-long program. Performances are held in off-site venues. Some costume fees may apply. Student placement is determined by age, experience and recommendation of the instructor. Spring Recital June 18, 2017

Prorated tuition: $490
Jan 14th- June 10th, 2017 with Laura Vucci

Studio to Stage II- 4 year olds
Saturdays 8:45–9:30am

Studio to Stage III- 5 year olds
Saturdays 9:35–10:20am

Studio to Stage IV- 6 year olds
Saturdays 10:25–11:10am

Studio to Stage V- 7 year olds
Saturdays 11:15am–12:00pm


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS:
Wednesday, Saturday

4/5/17-
6/10/17

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Spring Youth 2017 Applied Dance

CHAW dance classes are designed to grow with your child and give dancers an opportunity to learn and build on foundational skills in ballet, tap, and jazz. All students perform in demonstrations or recitals held at the end of each session. In our combo classes for young dancers, beginning students explore music and movement in a playful, joyful environment.

CHAW dance classes are designed to grow with your child and give dancers an opportunity to learn and build on foundational skills in ballet, tap, and jazz. All students perform in demonstrations or recitals held at the end of each session. In our combo classes for young dancers, beginning students explore music and movement in a playful, joyful environment. Activities emphasize coordination and body awareness, listening skills, rhythms and patterns, and early social interaction. For ages 4 and above, class instruction includes dance technique, steps, and sequences that develop strength, stamina, and focus. Ballet and/or tap shoes, tights and leotard required.

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Tiny Tots Classes- March 29th - June 10th 2017- 10 weeks @ $200  

Our youngest dancers explore music and movement in a playful, joyful environment.   Activities emphasize coordination and body awareness, listening skills, rhythms and patterns, and early social interaction. Class instruction includes exposure to tap, ballet and tumbling.

2.5- 3 years old

     Tiny Tots- Saturday 8:30- 9:15 am with Marika Klein

     Tiny Tots- Wednesday 9:00am - 9:45am with Laura Vucci


Technique Classes- March 29th - June 10th 2017- 10 weeks @ $200  

Semester long technique classes are designed to give beginning dancers an opportunity to learn foundational skills in ballet and tap.   All students perform in demonstrations or recitals at the end of each session. Class instruction includes technique, steps and sequences that develop strength, stamina and focus.

3-4 years old

     Tap/Ballet Combo I- Saturday 11:50am–12:35pm with Katie Fulton

3-5 years old

     Combo I- Wednesday 4:00-4:45pm with Carrie Smith

4-5 years old

     Combo I- Saturday 11:00am–11:45am with Katie Fulton

4-6 years old

     Ballet I- Saturday 10:10–10:55am with Marika Klein

     Ballet I- Wednesday 5:00-5:45pm with Carrie Smith

5-7 years old

     Ballet II- Saturday 9:20–10:05am Marika Klein

6+ years old

     Combo II- Wednesdays 5:00–5:45pm with Laura Vucci

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Teen Summer 2016 Classes

CHAW has teen classes that offer a deep dive into Theater, Ceramics, Photography, Drawing, and 3D Art, each led by professional artists. All classes provide a comprehensive and sequential art experience that builds skills, fosters a love of arts, and expands artistic expression. Experienced and dedicated teaching artists encourage students to dream big, focus hard, and commit with passion while investigating a wide array of processes and techniques designed to nurture artistic development. Click MORE for the full list of opportunities.

Middle School Ceramics grades 6 - 8
MELISA STURMAN
8/1-8/12 • Monday-Friday • 1:30-4:30PM • $480 • 30 hours
Create beautiful decorative or functional finished ceramic pieces of art. Learn basic hand-building, wheel throwing and glazing techniques as well as how to use the various tools in the studio to realize your creative vision.

Punk Antigone ages 13 - 17
MARCUS KYD
7/11-7/29 • Monday-Friday • 1:30-4:30PM • $1200 • 75 hours
Explore theatre like a Punk! Tear into the Greek epic Antigone under the guidance of CHAW’s resident theatre company Taffety Punk to create a unique telling of this powerful story. Over three weeks, participants build skills in a variety of disciplines, including music, movement and text, culminating in an evening performance for the public. This fun and creative theatre-focused day camp is intended for ages 13-17.

Middle School Photography grades 6 - 8
TYLER GRIGSBY
8/8-8/11 • Monday-Thursday • 1:30-4:30PM • $192 • 12 hours
Learn to take great photos in nature and in the city while creatively using cameras to communicate ideas and tell stories. Classes culminate in a group exhibition of student work. Students provide their own camera preferably a DSL-R, but any point and shoot that's at least 10 megapixels is fine.

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Summer Youth 2016 Dance

CHAW dance classes are designed to grow with your child and give dancers an opportunity to learn and build on foundational skills in ballet, tap, and jazz. All students perform in demonstrations or recitals held at the end of each session. In our combo classes for young dancers, beginning students explore music and movement in a playful, joyful environment

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Summer classes.

Tap & Ballet Combo: Ages 3 - 4
LAURA VUCCI
6/25-8/13 • Saturdays • 9:00-9:45AM $140 • 7 weeks no class on July 9

Ballet I: Ages 4-6
LAURA VUCCI
6/25-8/13 • Saturdays • 10:40-11:25AM $140 • 7 weeks no class on July 9

Ballet Through The Classics: Ages 6 - 9
MARIKA KLEIN
6/25-8/13 • Saturdays • 9:45-10:30AM $140 • 7 weeks no class on July 9

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Ceramics - Adults

CHAW’s ceramics studio is a place where students and artists of all levels can work together to create beautiful work out of clay. Adult classes range from beginning levels through advanced with two sections of open studio for current and previous students to work in the studio. This is a great chance to see what other classes are working on or get advice from a more advanced student.

CHAW’s ceramics studio is a place where students and artists of all levels can work together to create beautiful work out of clay. Adult classes range from beginning levels through advanced with two sections of open studio for current and previous students to work in the studio. This is a great chance to see what other classes are working on or get advice from a more advanced student. Each class is capped at 9 students, allowing our instructors to be flexible with class topics and projects. Each student will get ample one on one time with their instructor.

The studio is home to 10 electric wheels and a large variety of tools to work with both wheel thrown and hand built ceramic. Handbuilding equipment includes a large slab roller and a wall mounted extruder. All general tools are supplied, ie: sponges, aprons, carving tools, knives, texture tools, etc. Specialty tools like underglaze pencils and centering tools are not supplied. CHAW also provides colored slip, high fire glaze, underglaze, and various stains to decorate pieces. CHAW stocks 4 kinds of clay: Standard’s Sculpture, Buff, and Brown Stoneware clays and Highwater’s Little Loafers.

CHAW fires glaze to cone 6 and occasionally to cone 04. The firing schedule is roughly once a week for both bisque and glaze. All glazes are made in-house and we ask that students only use our glazes or glazes approved by the studio staff. All students pay a materials fee which covers clay, glaze, and firing fees as part of their registration. More clay and materials may be purchased any time through the front desk.

OPEN STUDIO

Open studio is open to past and present CHAW students. Generally, dates for open studio follow the class session schedule. Occasionally, it is cancelled for special events and cleaning. Please contact your instructor for more information. Wednesday supervised open studio is from 6:30-8:30pm and Saturday unsupervised from Noon-2:00pm. Students need to be cleaned up and upstairs at the 2:00pm end time on Saturday as CHAW closes at 2:00pm on Saturdays. Additional clay can be purchased through the front desk by giving your instructor or a studio assistant a receipt from payment.

SALES

CHAW adult students can choose to participate in studio sales. CHAW ceramics are on sale at all performance festivals (December and June) and occasionally at an eastern market booth as well. Speak with your instructor for more details. Next Sale: CHAW’s Dec 10th Performance Festival.

CHAW does not have space for production pottery but we do offer work-study and studio assistantships as space allows. Please contact the Department Chair if you have any questions.

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Visual Arts - Adults

CHAW Visual Arts classes offer an exploration of art and design concepts, styles, and inspiration found throughout history and provide a rich context for student discovery and development in 2- and 3- dimensional media.

CHAW Visual Arts classes offer an exploration of art and design concepts, styles, and inspiration found throughout history and provide a rich context for student discovery and development in 2- and 3- dimensional media. Projects in all classes encourage creativity and imagination while providing foundational knowledge and skills building using a wide variety of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials.

Our well-lit studio is equipped with easels, table and chairs a sink, portfolio storage and shelf storage space.  The studio is available to rent during non-class times for use as a private workspace or art themed parties and events led by a CHAW teaching artist.

Studio policies:

  •         Drawing I & II – materials list sent with confirmation or distributed on the first day of class
  •         Oil Painting Basics, Mixed Media and Sculpture –  materials are provided
  •         Life Drawing, Advanced Watercolor and Pastels, Open Studio – student provides preferred materials
  •         Easels are provided

Exhibition

All adult students of all ability levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in gallery shows of student work held annually in June and December.  These shows also offer an opportunity for students to sell their work.  

Residencies

CHAW offers two juried gallery residencies per year.  Each is 5 - 6 weeks in length.  The residency consists of a show comprised of both finished pieces and site specific work created in the gallery, artist talks, demonstrations, and/or workshops.  Resident artists are selected through an application process each spring for the following year.

Workshops

CHAW hosts monthly social arts events from, paint and sip and crafting to juggling and mind reading.  Ad hoc technique workshops such as encaustic art, printmaking, portfolio review, and plein air painting, are available for more advanced students and professional artists.  More casual workshop offerings for the beginner have included flower arranging, stencils and spray paint, and sumi-e calligraphy.

OPEN DRAWING STUDIO

CHAW offers a bi-weekly open drawing studio with a live model.  Easels are provided.

Capitol Hill Art League

The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) is a visual arts program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop with members drawn from the surrounding neighborhood, the city and the region. CHAL produces six juried exhibits and one non-juried holiday sale from September to May through which members can exhibit and sell their work. Exhibits are displayed at both the Gallery in CHAW as well as at external venues throughout the DC region.

Questions about Visual Arts?  Email Ellen Corrnet, Visual Arts Department Chair at education@chaw.org

Wednesday, Saturday

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Applied Dance

With a focus on development of proper technique and performance practices in ballet and tap, CHAW dance classes are designed to grow with your child and give dancers an opportunity to learn and build on foundational skills in ballet, tap, and jazz. All students perform in demonstrations or recitals held at the end of each session.

With a focus on development of proper technique and performance practices in ballet and tap, CHAW dance classes are designed to grow with your child and give dancers an opportunity to learn and build on foundational skills in ballet, tap, and jazz. All students perform in demonstrations or recitals held at the end of each session. In our combo classes for young dancers, beginning students explore music and movement in a playful, joyful environment. Activities emphasize coordination and body awareness, listening skills, rhythms and patterns, and early social interaction. For ages 4 and above, class instruction includes dance technique, steps, and sequences that develop strength, stamina, and focus. Ballet and/or tap shoes, tights and leotard required.

TINY TOTS CLASSES

Combo I and II ages 2.5 - 5 years
Our youngest dancers explore music and movement in a playful, joyful environment. Activities emphasize coordination and body awareness, listening skills, rhythms and patterns, and early social interaction. Class instruction includes exposure to tap, ballet and tumbling.

TECHNIQUE CLASSES

Ballet I - IV ages 4 - 7
Semester long technique classes are designed to give beginning dancers an opportunity to learn foundational skills in ballet and tap. All students perform in demonstrations or recitals at the end of each session. Class instruction includes technique, steps and sequences that develop strength, stamina and focus.

STUDIO TO STAGE CLASSES

Tap and Ballet age 3 - 7
Year long classes allow dancers to work toward performance goals while learning and perfecting foundational skills in ballet and tap. Students perform in a spring recital at an off site theater with costumes and guest artists.

STUDIO POLICIES

Students are required to wear appropriate shoes (jazz, tap, ballet
All dancewear should be form fitting and non-restrictive.
Ballet students should wear a leotard and tights (skirts and tutu’s optional), or stretch pants and plain t-shirt (long or short sleeved).
Long hair should be pulled back.
Studio to stage recital costumes are included with registration. Student provides tights as per teacher instruction.

DANCEWEAR FOR BALLET CLASSES MAY BE PURCHASED FROM CHAW

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Creative Writing - Adults

Creative writing teaching artist tailors lessons and projects to student age and skill level. Returning students build on previous concepts and knowledge.  All classes teach and reinforce fundamentals while nurturing personal artistic growth through: foundational skills building, creative exploration, critique, demonstration and performance, history and process, collaborative and independent projects, and community building.

Creative writing teaching artist tailors lessons and projects to student age and skill level. Returning students build on previous concepts and knowledge.  All classes teach and reinforce fundamentals while nurturing personal artistic growth through: foundational skills building, creative exploration, critique, demonstration and performance, history and process, collaborative and independent projects, and community building.

Follow the link on the right to register for Memoir Writing with Nancy Arbuthnot.

For more Creative Writing opportunities- check out Hannah Sternberg's National Novel Writing Month writing games events every Monday and Tuesday in November.  Sessions are FREE and open to the public, follow the link for more information.

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Dance - Adults

CHAW dance classes provide both recreational and technique building opportunities for novices and veterans alike.  Excellent instruction in a nurturing environment emphasizes the benefits and importance of movement, builds skill and confidence, and offers a creative place for people to share a passion for dance. #CHAWdance

CHAW dance classes provide both recreational and technique building opportunities for novices and veterans alike.  Excellent instruction in a nurturing environment emphasizes the benefits and importance of movement, builds skill and confidence, and offers a creative place for people to share a passion for dance. #CHAWdance

Studio Attire

  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing or tights and leotard.  Tutus are welcome.
  • Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times (jazz, tap, ballet, sneakers).
  • Long hair should be pulled back.
  • Yoga mats, hand weights and rollers are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis.

Light Switch Dance Theatre

CHAW's resident dance companyLight Switch Dance Theatre (est. June 2013,) is a sites- specific project based company dedicated to multi-disciplinary performances in non-traditional spaces.   Founder and Artistic Director, Sandra C. Atkinson, creates socially conscious art driven by the human condition. LSDT strives to make every space an interactive artistic place. For more information about LSDT, contact Sandra Atkinson at lightswitchdancetheatre@gmail.com

JAZZERCISE

Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results…fast.  It’s a calorie-torching, hip swiveling, Shakira’d-be-proud dance party with a hot playlist to distract you from the burn.  You won’t see a single leotard or legwarmer—we promise. What you will see is sweat, swagger and high intensity endorphin-packed workouts that leave the 80’s behind. For more information about Jazzercize, contact Rebecca Westcott at(202) 299-9146 / rwestcott1002@gmail.com

Questions about Dance? Email Dance Department Chair Laura Vucci at Education@chaw.org

Interested in Renting the Dance Studio?

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Photography - Adults

CHAW photography studio offers the study of digital and darkroom processes combined with exploration of extended and experimental photographic techniques provide a framework for building an expressive toolbox that invites students to develop a creative vision, spatial literacy, and a compelling narrative through photography.   Our darkroom is one of the few open darkrooms in the city where anyone, after completing an orientation, can drop in and use our facilities for their work.

CHAW photography studio offers the study of digital and darkroom processes combined with exploration of extended and experimental photographic techniques provide a framework for building an expressive toolbox that invites students to develop a creative vision, spatial literacy, and a compelling narrative through photography.   Our darkroom is one of the few open darkrooms in the city where anyone, after completing an orientation, can drop in and use our facilities for their work.

Darkroom equipment

  • 6 - Besler enlargers (Universal Colorheads, 45MX and 23CIII)
  • All printing equipment (film holders, contrast filters, easels, ect.)
  • Film Chemistry - All provided (D-76 and Sprinter brands)
  • Paper Chemistry - Sprinter Stop Bath and Fix (Paper Developer not provided)
  • Two Double sinks with all processing supplies necessary (trays, tongs, measuring cups, etc.)
  • 11x14 paper washer
  • paper drying rack screens
  • film drying cabinet
  • film sleeves

Studio equipment

  • 2 computer workstations
  • Large scale printer
  • Light table for reviewing negatives
  • 8 large desks and chairs
  • Ample countertop workspace and storage

Students provide their own cameras for class unless otherwise noted

Cameras used for class: 9 Minolta, Pentax and Nikon film cameras / 9 Canon Power Shot digital cameras

Student Shows

All photography students are encouraged to submit their work for biannual student shows held in December and June each year.  Guidelines for submission are announced by in class.

Questions about Photography?  Email Katherine Akey, Photography Department Chair at photography@chaw.org

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Teen Classes

CHAW offers a variety of courses designed specifically for older youth that enable deeper dives into favorite media.  

 

CHAW offers a variety of courses designed specifically for older youth that enable deeper dives into favorite media.  

 

Sample classes:

    Photo documentary

    Art and activism

    Advanced wheel throwing

    Mural painting

 

Intensives

Grades 6 - 8

Specialized  classes provide avenues for middle schoolers to stretch their creative muscles, find their personal niche, and gain confidence while building skills in artistic methods and practices.

 

Institutes and Internships

Grades 9 - 12

Projects based classes provide technical and professional experiences that enable high schoolers to develop a  unique artistic voice, explore and express topics, themes,  and issues of personal interest, and develop leadership skills.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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Full Day and Half Day camps
Summer Camp

Summers Are CHAWsome

Summers Are CHAWsome

CHAW summer camps provide just the right balance of creativity and recreation in a warm and welcoming community. Professional teaching artists and staff lead campers in artful exploration, technique development, and community building with programs and activities that meet a wide range of interests and abilities. CHAW is committed to providing accessible, affordable programming to all students: tuition assistance and payment plans are available to anyone who wants to participate.


Full Day Camps Grades K - 5

Campers spend mornings in the studio engaging creative curiosity in 2D and 3D visual arts, theater, and dance. Each camp session offers new projects and performances and wraps up with an arts showcase for family and friends. Afternoons are full of swimming, parks, museums, fun, and games.

 Arts Adventures-Grades K-5

 Shake It Off–Dance Camp-grades K-5

 Only Make Believe–Theater Camp-Grades 1-5


Half Day Camps

 Jr. Arts Adventures-Ages PreK4 - 5

Arts are the perfect creative backdrop for imaginative play spaces, social development, and curiosity driven activities. The week culminates in demonstrations for family and friends.

 String Fling!

 Violin, Viola, Cello Camp-PreK4-Grade 5

Suzuki method based instrument instruction, ensembles, creative movement, theory and composition, and music games for young string players.


Middle and High School Institutes

Highly specialized instruction in applied and studio arts for students looking to learn and develop technique and skill in an arts discipline.

 Ceramics Institute-Grades 6-8


CIT Program and Leadership Training

Older students serve as mentors, classroom assistants, and counselors while earning volunteer credit hours. For more information, please visit our Youth Leadership Programs page.

Policies

Camp Cancellation Policy--- Final Full Refund Date: On or Before June 1st --- 50% Tuition Refund: On or Before June 15th --- No Refund or Credit: After June 15th All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations may be submitted to education@chaw.org, in person, or via fax: 202.543.1723

Medical Notification--- Please inform the Education Coordinator of any medical or behavioral issues that the staff and faculty need to support the health and well being of your child, including any specific emergency instructions. CHAW is a nut free zone due to the allergies and special needs of many of our students, teachers, and staff. Please follow our “No Nuts” policy (no peanuts or tree nuts) when preparing lunch and snacks for CHAW campers.

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