“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.
Bedazzle Your Hair: Combs and ClipsNEW! Choose from a variety of media, including flowers, feathers, beads and pearls to design your own one-of-a-kind hair combs and clips. All supplies included.
Clay PlayLearn the basic methods of slab handbuilding with clay to construct unique decorative projects such as jewelry and candleholders. Projects will then be stamped, carved and painted with colorful underglazes. This workshop provides a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends. Feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages. Please allow two weeks for the drying and firing of finished work.
Create Your Best Life: The Creativity Crash CourseNEW! 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.
Dabble in WatercolorTry 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.
Encaustic PaintingBack 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.
Fused Glass Square Bowl Sampling WorkshopBack 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.
Give it a SpinHave 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.
Intro to One Stroke Painting: Indian CornUsing the simple and easy One Stroke technique, learn how to paint an Indian corn design for your Thanksgiving decorations. All skill levels are welcome. All supplies included.
Intro to One Stroke Painting: ScarecrowPaint a friendly scarecrow using the simple and easy One Stroke technique. Explore several basic strokes using various brushes. All skill levels are welcome. All supplies included.
Mystery Maker MixerEnjoy 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!
Open Creative StudioNEW! 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!
Paint Night at Haven on the LakeBring 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.
Painting Exploration on Yupo: Artist DemonstrationIn a step-by-step demonstration of her unique methods and techniques, you will watch as Kathy Daywalt manipulates water-based pigments when painting on synthetic Yupo paper rather than traditional paper. Kathy will show how easy it is to move paint around the surface of Yupo, which is technically made of plastic. Kathy will also demonstrate how
she uses stamps and found objects to incorporate the rich patterns and textures that define her artwork.