“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 Clips

NEW! 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.
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Bedazzle Your Hair: Combs and Clips - Fall 201911/5/2019View Classes | Register Now

Clay Play

Learn 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.
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Clay Play - Fall 201910/12/2019View 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.
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Create Your Best Life: The Creativity Crash Course - Fall 201910/21/2019 - 11/4/2019View 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.
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Dabble in Watercolor - Fall 201910/1/2019View 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.
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Encaustic Painting - Fall 201911/16/2019View 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.
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Fused Glass Square Bowl Sampling Workshop - Fall 201911/2/2019View Classes | Register Now
Fused Glass Square Bowl Sampling Workshop - Fall 201912/7/2019View 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.
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Give it a Spin - Fall 201910/13/2019View Classes | Register Now

Intro to One Stroke Painting: Indian Corn

Using 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.
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Intro to One Stroke Painting: Indian Corn - Fall 201911/19/2019View Classes | Register Now

Intro to One Stroke Painting: Scarecrow

Paint 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.
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Intro to One Stroke Painting: Scarecrow - Fall 201910/22/2019View 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!
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Mystery Maker Mixer - Fall 20199/19/2019View Classes | Register Now
Mystery Maker Mixer - Fall 201910/17/2019View Classes | Register Now
Mystery Maker Mixer - Fall 201911/21/2019View 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 - Fall 20199/18/2019 - 10/23/2019View Classes | Register Now
Open Creative Studio - Fall 201911/6/2019 - 12/11/2019View 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.
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Paint Night at Haven on the Lake - Fall 20199/20/2019View Classes | Register Now
Paint Night at Haven on the Lake - Fall 201911/15/2019View Classes | Register Now

Painting Exploration on Yupo: Artist Demonstration

In 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.
ProgramDate
Painting Exploration on Yupo: Artist Demonstration - Fall 201911/2/2019View Classes | Register Now

Painting Exploration on Yupo: Workshop

Designed for artists interested in experimenting with paint on Yupo, a plastic substrate that looks like a type of paper. Through demonstrations and practice, you will discover Yupo’s unique characteristics, learn how to make stamps and employ found objects to incorporate pattern and texture into a composition. Explore the addition of linear elements to add detail and tighten compositional elements, and examine ways of attaining desired effects using watercolor and more! Note: Participation in November 2 demonstration is NOT required to take workshop.

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Painting Exploration on Yupo: Workshop - Fall 201911/16/2019View 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.
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Painting Portraits from Photographs - Fall 201911/5/2019 - 11/26/2019View 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!
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Pet Portrait Paint Night - Fall 201910/18/2019View 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!
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Runner's Sunset Paint Night - Fall 201911/8/2019View Classes | Register Now

Wellness Q&A Workshop: Acupuncture and Chinese Med

The evening workshop will provide you the special opportunity to directly experience auricular (ear) acupuncture or a noninvasive seed treatment (a needle-free approach) based on the NADA protocol. (A significant number of studies have documented the effectiveness of the NADA protocol. Among the benefits reported by patients and health care providers are improved retention in drug treatment programs, more optimistic attitudes about detoxification and recovery, reductions in cravings and anxiety, fewer episodes of sleep disturbance, and a reduced need for pharmaceuticals.)
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Wellness Q&A Workshop: Acupuncture and Chinese Med - Fall 201911/6/2019View Classes | Register Now