Calling All Artists!

Show the world what you can do with a blank canvas and register for a Columbia Association (CA) art class. Offered throughout the year and held at Columbia Art Center, there are classes for artists of all ages, including children, teens and adults. Choose from pen and ink, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, and even colored pencils. Just bring your creative energy and remember — even Michelangelo had to start somewhere!

Acrylic Painting

Using various mediums and gels, learn the characteristics and basic techniques of acrylics plus more advanced techniques for creating surfaces and glazes. Beginning/advanced-level students welcome. Supply list will be provided at the time of registration.
Acrylic Painting - Winter 20203/2/2020 - 4/6/2020View 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.
Black and White Ink Wash Painting from Observation - Winter 20203/7/2020 - 3/8/2020View Classes | Register Now

Design a Tiny House (Paper Mache Sculpture)

If you’ve ever wanted to design and build a tabletop tiny house, this class is for you! Have fun creating your own tiny house sculpture, which will be approximately 6” x 12” x 4”. Design, construct, papier-mâché and paint your house. Explore techniques in painting and mixed media to add personal touches. Open to all levels. All supplies will be included.
Design a Tiny House (Paper Mache Sculpture) - Winter 20203/15/2020 - 3/29/2020View Classes | Register Now

Dry Media Workshop: Atmosphere and Abstraction

NEW! Combine atmosphere and abstraction in landscape drawings using charcoal and muted pastels. We will explore energetic drawing and sfumato techniques using powdered, vine, compressed charcoals, and a touch of pastel. Bring several of your own B&W hardcopy photos of dramatic landscapes. Artist demo and discussion, drawing time and critique. Beginner to advanced students welcome. All drawing supplies included. Paper may be purchased from instructor at class.
Dry Media Workshop: Atmosphere and Abstraction - Winter 20203/29/2020View Classes | Register Now

Oil Painting - Continuing/Intermediate

Continuing students will advance on their projects and oil painting skills. Students may paint on their own paintings or work from teacher-assigned projects. Attention will be spent on techniques such as underpainting, alla prima painting, knife painting and/or glazes. Learn about composition using Notan techniques.
Oil Painting - Continuing/Intermediate - Winter 20203/5/2020 - 3/26/2020View Classes | Register Now

One Stroke Painting

Learn how to paint using the One Stroke painting technique. All supplies included. All skill levels are welcome.
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!
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.
Paint Night at Haven on the Lake - Winter 20203/20/2020View 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!
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!
Runner's Sunset Paint Night - Winter 20203/13/2020View Classes | Register Now