It’s tough to catch teaching artist and master engraver Will Fleishell without a pencil in his hand or out from behind the printing press–so when he took some time out to answer a few of our most wide-ranging questions over a lunch break, we were especially grateful. Check out his thoughts on the importance of drawing, the benefits of working from the figure, the role... more
It may still feel like winter, but here at CHAW, we’re busily preparing for one of our most favorite times of the year: Summer Camp! This year, we are particularly excited to be offering camps for all ages, from Pre-K all the way up through high school. Each program will invite, challenge, and inspire the creative spirit in campers and counselors alike, and we can’t... more
CHAW Teaching Artist Hannah Sternberg is back on our blog with her #CHAWsome writing tips for aspiring and experienced creative writers alike. Hannah is a published novelist whose latest book, Bulfinch, was named a Notable Teen Book of 2014 by “Shelf Unbound.” Learn more about Hannah and her books at www.... more
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for our blog, but you, our readers, make it all happen. We’d love to hear from you: what do YOU want to see on the CHAW blog this year? The more voices, the better! Happy 2015, and let’s make it a CHAWsome one.
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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This... more
We’re back with Hannah Sternberg and her great insights, creative writing games, and key tips and tools for unblocking your mind and getting down to writing! This week, workshop attendees focused on setting, and how to break out of “cardboard cut-out” descriptions to build more believable, complete worlds. People have been having such a blast at these workshops, we’... more
Welcome back to our NaNoWriMo weekly blog series! Today, Hannah lets us in on some of the great mysteries of building suspense, and even gives us some books to check out for their “unputdownableness.” If there’s a better word than that to describe my favorite books, I don’t know what it is. If you haven’t joined for a NaNoWriMo workshop, it’s not too late! There... more
Welcome to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! CHAW is thrilled to present four workshops in partnership with the DC Public Library – SE and led by published author Hannah Sternberg that are designed to help writers open their minds and break through the blocks. Every week, Hannah will be sharing her reflections from that week’s workshop with us here on CHAW... more
One of our newest teaching artists, Linda Frye, shares her belly dance story with us. Come join her as she kicks off a four-week crash course in belly dance, Thursdays all through October!
It all started with a Groupon I bought for the crash course—that’s right; the very same one that begins... more
Oh Pottery, you’re my Favorite!
There are many reasons to love pottery: the feel of it in my hands, the patience it requires and instills, and the variety of forms a finished piece can take. As much as pottery requires harnessing the elements of earth, fire, and water to make art, we are mostly just playing in the mud. I took my first pottery class in 1999... more