“Every Artist Was First an Amateur” – R.W. Emerson

Create a conversation piece for your living room. Exercise the right side of your brain. Unwind and relax as you turn your thoughts to something new. Sharpen your skills. 

There are so many great reasons for artists and aspiring artists to register for art classes and workshops. Columbia Association’s Columbia Art Center has a wide range of choices to explore. 

Classes in the more familiar mediums are always available, including ceramics, drawing and painting, jewelry design, and photography. Seasonal classes, guest artist workshops, and special topic workshops change each quarter, offering both CA members and non-members an opportunity to try something new!

Whether you’re rekindling your passion for art or developing your skills even further, Columbia Art Center is the perfect place to bring your creativity to life.

Advanced Fused Glass Workshop: Pet Portrait

Designed for continuing and advanced fused glass students. Bring a photo of your pet's face! Along with Chris, you will work on a design using highlights and shading to capture the essence of your beloved pet in a five-inch square portrait. Light refreshments will be provided. Your creation will be ready for pick up within two weeks following the workshop. All supplies included.
ProgramDate
Advanced Fused Glass Workshop: Pet Portrait - Winter 20202/15/2020View Classes | Register Now

Black and White Ink Wash Painting from Observation

Ink wash painting is a water-based medium with a similar technique to watercolor painting. However, when creating an ink wash painting, black ink is used to create a grayscale work of art. Whether you have any prior experience working with ink or are a complete beginner, Geraldine will walk you through the process while you create your very own ink wash painting.
ProgramDate
Black and White Ink Wash Painting from Observation - Winter 20203/7/2020 - 3/8/2020View Classes | Register Now

Create Your Best Life: The Creativity Crash Course

NEW! Enjoy this crash course on your creative personality and blast through barriers to your creativity! You will learn that as an artist, you have unique needs and strengths that can work together to help you develop your own creative personality. Cindy will help you to identify creative obstacles and show you techniques that can empower you to move forward into
creating art every day.
ProgramDate
Create Your Best Life: The Creativity Crash Course - Winter 20201/27/2020View Classes | Register Now
Create Your Best Life: The Creativity Crash Course - Winter 20202/24/2020View Classes | Register Now
Create Your Best Life: The Creativity Crash Course - Winter 20203/23/2020View Classes | Register Now

Dabble in Watercolor

Try your hand at watercolor painting in a comfortable learning atmosphere. You will be instructed in fun hands-on exercises, as well as have the opportunity to watch instructor demonstrations. Bring a friend for a fun and creative evening. All supplies included.
ProgramDate
Dabble in Watercolor - Winter 20201/28/2020View Classes | Register Now

Different Perspectives: A Photo Field Trip

NEW! Following an orientation session, you will be provided an opportunity to create photos during a local field trip and then compare and review your images with others. Gain insights and feedback by sharing different perspectives, styles, selection of subject matter and composition choices. Participants will need a camera, smartphone or tablet for the field trip.
ProgramDate
Different Perspectives: A Photo Field Trip - Winter 20203/17/2020 - 3/31/2020View Classes | Register Now

Encaustic Painting

Back by popular demand! Encaustic painting is an easy-to-learn technique using colored pigments mixed with hot wax. Enjoy incorporating photographs, collages, fabrics, drawings and paintings into your encaustic masterpiece. Tools and techniques will be introduced and demonstrated; the class is suitable both for beginners and those with experience. All supplies included. Bring your own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.
ProgramDate
Encaustic Painting - Winter 20202/13/2020View Classes | Register Now

Fused Glass Square Bowl Sampling Workshop

Back by popular demand! Learn basic fused glass techniques and create your own fused glass square bowl. Bring your friends for a fun, creative morning. Light refreshments will be available. Your creation will be ready for pickup within two to three weeks following the workshop. All supplies included.
ProgramDate
Fused Glass Square Bowl Sampling Workshop - Winter 20203/28/2020View Classes | Register Now

Give it a Spin

Have you always wanted to try your hand at the potter’s wheel? Then this wheel-throwing workshop is for you. Learn methods for centering clay and throwing bowl and cylinder forms. Enjoy learning how to decorate finished pieces using commercial underglazes. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for the drying and firing of finished work. This workshop provides a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends. Please allow two weeks for the drying and firing of finished work.
ProgramDate
Give it a Spin - Winter 20202/9/2020View Classes | Register Now
Give it a Spin - Winter 20203/8/2020View Classes | Register Now

Heart-Shaped Bracelet and Earrings

Using sterling-silver findings and metal and glass beads, create your very own heart-shaped bracelet and earrings for yourself or for a Valentine’s gift. All supplies included.
ProgramDate
Heart-Shaped Bracelet and Earrings - Winter 20201/28/2020View Classes | Register Now
Heart-Shaped Bracelet and Earrings - Winter 20202/4/2020View Classes | Register Now

I Have a Phone: Do I Need a Camera?

NEW! This workshop explores the capabilities and potential of your smartphone as a serious camera for creative expression, image sharing, and documenting life events. Learn about camera features, in-camera adjustments, internal and external storage, basic photographic principles of exposure and composition, and options for presentation.
ProgramDate
I Have a Phone: Do I Need a Camera? - Winter 20203/3/2020 - 3/17/2020View Classes | Register Now

Intermediate Pastel Painting Workshop: Skies

NEW! Designed for continuing pastel students. This workshop will focus on developing your skills and techniques for painting skies — clear skies, clouds, sunsets and sunrises. Supply list will be provided at the time of registration.
ProgramDate
Intermediate Pastel Painting Workshop: Skies - Winter 20201/28/2020 - 3/3/2020View Classes | Register Now

Intro to Alcohol Ink Painting

Enjoy this one-day, three-hour workshop with Chris Guercio as you explore what alcohol inks are and some basic techniques. Chris will explain which substrates work and which don't, as well as precautions to take when using alcohol inks.
ProgramDate
Intro to Alcohol Ink Painting - Winter 20201/31/2020View Classes | Register Now

Intro to Pastel Painting

Designed for beginners and continuing students. Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given throughout the hands-on sessions. Topics include learning about materials, techniques, underpainting, understanding color and value, use of light and shadow, basic perspective, and how to care for your pastel painting. You will have the opportunity to paint from life as well as using photo references, and you will learn the best practices for each. Supply list will be provided at time of registration.
ProgramDate
Intro to Pastel Painting - Winter 20201/27/2020 - 3/9/2020View Classes | Register Now

Multi-Necklace and Earrings

NEW! Have fun creating a double-stranded necklace and earrings set with Swarovski crystals and pearls. All supplies included.
ProgramDate
Multi-Necklace and Earrings - Winter 20202/25/2020View Classes | Register Now

Mystery Maker Mixer

Enjoy an evening with your friends creating a mystery art project. An instructor will take you step-by-step through the creative
process. You will leave with your own personalized artwork! No art experience required. Light refreshments available. Feel
free to bring your own beverages and snacks. Only 20 spots are available, so book now!
ProgramDate
Mystery Maker Mixer - Winter 20202/20/2020View Classes | Register Now
Mystery Maker Mixer - Winter 20203/19/2020View Classes | Register Now

One Stroke Painting

Learn how to paint using the One Stroke painting technique. All supplies included. All skill levels are welcome.
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One Stroke Painting - Winter 20202/10/2020View Classes | Register Now
One Stroke Painting - Winter 20202/18/2020 - 3/10/2020View Classes | Register Now
One Stroke Painting - Winter 20203/16/2020 - 3/23/2020View Classes | Register Now

Open Creative Studio

NEW! Looking for something fun and different to do in the afternoon? We invite you to explore your creativity while making art at Columbia Art Center. Enjoy a brief lesson on materials and then experiment, play, tinker, invent and create. Freestyling and independent projects are encouraged. You are welcome to sign up for the six-session course or drop in for individual sessions — whatever works for your schedule!
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Open Creative Studio - Winter 20201/22/2020 - 2/26/2020View Classes | Register Now
Open Creative Studio - Winter 20203/11/2020 - 4/15/2020View Classes | Register Now

Paint Night at Haven on the Lake

Bring your friends and enjoy a relaxing evening of painting at Haven on the Lake’s calm and beautiful café. Under the step-by-step guidance of a Columbia Art Center instructor, you’ll create your very own masterpiece. After you complete your work of art, enjoy the restorative amenities at Haven! Note: Haven on the Lake is located at 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, on the lower level of Whole Foods. The painting activity takes 90 minutes. The restorative amenities are open until 10pm.
ProgramDate
Paint Night at Haven on the Lake - Winter 20201/24/2020View Classes | Register Now
Paint Night at Haven on the Lake - Winter 20202/14/2020View Classes | Register Now
Paint Night at Haven on the Lake - Winter 20203/20/2020View Classes | Register Now

Painting Portraits from Photographs

NEW! Have you always wanted to paint portraits but don’t know where to start? This workshop will give you the tools to paint portraits without drawing experience by using a transfer technique to paint your portrait in oils or acrylics. Consultation will be given to each student to choose the best photograph to use as the painting reference. Bring an 8x10 or 9x11 canvas to class and a few high-resolution photos you wish to paint. All experience levels welcome. A supply list will be provided at the time of registration.
ProgramDate
Painting Portraits from Photographs - Winter 20202/4/2020 - 2/25/2020View Classes | Register Now

Pet Portrait Paint Night

Explore the basic techniques of painting texture in this step-by-step workshop. Whether your inspiration is your dog, cat or another favorite pet, you will leave with a work of art to enjoy and showcase in your home. Please note: In order for the instructor to give you personalized instruction with your portrait at the workshop, please email three photos to Columbia Art Center at least five days prior to this workshop. Light refreshments available. Feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks!
ProgramDate
Pet Portrait Paint Night - Winter 20202/28/2020View Classes | Register Now

Runner's Sunset Paint Night

Attention runners! Join your friends and other exercise enthusiasts for a fun and relaxed paint night that celebrates the sport of running as an art form! Feel free to bring a picture of yourself running to incorporate into the silhouette of your composition. Light refreshments available. Feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks!
ProgramDate
Runner's Sunset Paint Night - Winter 20203/13/2020View Classes | Register Now