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Blog - CHAW Beyond the Walls

October 4, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10:00 am, CHAW presents a Film Festival celebrating 40 years of “building community through the arts.” Featured films include “Attack of the Giant Pants” and “Alien Invasion,” short films made by CHAW students, and “CHAW@40,” a 15 minute film stitching together vintage footage, video interviews, historical and contemporary... more

September 11, 2012

The air is cool and crisp and it’s time to head back to school, this time to learn to paint with oils. Last night’s class began by creating color mixing charts which not only give everyone experience with the colors we will be using this semester, but a reference guide for mixing when we start working on painting a still life.


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September 7, 2012

Photo by Leslie Mansour

Heather Whyte loves children but has found her niche teaching dance to adult students.  “I love teaching adults because they have a great appreciation for music, a reference in their mind about styles of dance and the mood certain songs or dances evoke,” says Whyte.

For the past ten years, Heather has been teaching tap,... more

August 29, 2012

CHAW teaching artist, Carolina Mayorga will be performing Maid in the USA on Saturday, September 1 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Dressed in a traditional Colombian outfit, she will clean The Bridge at the Corcoran Gallery of Art while listening to popular Latin music. The performance is part of the Take it to the Bridge, Performance Art Series, presented by... more

August 17, 2012

If only the walls of the black box theater of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) could reveal the stories that have taken place in that space.  Or, imagine if we could peel back the 140 layers of black paint (a conservative estimate) to uncover the different images that have rested on the walls over the years.  Or, capture the different sounds that have been uttered or... more

July 25, 2012

The last three weeks of class have been devoted to experimenting with collage and transfer techniques. We played with layering papers of all sorts with paint and transferring images from newspapers, photocopies and magazines using liquid and gel mediums as well as contact paper and tape. I confess I was challenged to be patient enough to let the medium dry before... more

July 4, 2012

Monday night’s class.

Tuesday night’s class.

In week three we explored ways of putting paint onto paper. There were sticks and erasers, leaves and pieces of cardboard. And bubble wrap–I mustn’t forget the bubble wrap. To provide some coherence to the work, each person worked with a palette limited to three... more

June 27, 2012

This week was an exploration of color. We looked at color relationships and everyone followed a set of written instructions to create very different paintings. The purpose was to see what happens when complementary and analogous colors are juxtaposed, what happens when they are overpainted and how to use those properties to create some excitement and tension in a... more

June 19, 2012

Think of it as Summer Camp with Wine. For the past several years I have taught Introduction to Oil Painting on Monday evenings. I love it. It’s always so much fun to watch students noodle through drawing the still life and then painting it, solving all sorts of problems of composition, color, value and texture along the way. But this summer I am taking a break for six... more

June 17, 2012

This is a two part series about art and social media. This first part offers practical advice while the second part challenges the idea of art and the role social media plays in creating/affecting art itself.

The term ‘social media’ is a broad one and can generally apply to any web-based application or website where a community of people generate their own... more