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.
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Acrylic Painting - Fall 201910/28/2019 - 12/2/2019View Classes | Register Now

Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting

Put aside those fears of oil painting and discover its charm and beauty. Learn to mix colors and apply paints. Create paintings from sources such as still lifes, landscapes, master paintings, photographs and portraits. Beginning/continuing students are welcome to take the class. Supply list will be provided at first class.
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Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting - Fall 20199/19/2019 - 11/7/2019View Classes | Register Now

Block, Print, Repeat: Autumn Leaves

Learn to design and carve your own block for printing on fabric and paper. You will learn how to transfer images, design your own, and build repeat patterns, as well as gain a full introduction to the different kinds of supplies and tools used in this exciting process. All materials are provided.
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Block, Print, Repeat: Autumn Leaves - Fall 201910/12/2019View Classes | Register Now

Block, Print, Repeat: Holiday Wrapping Paper

Learn to design and carve your own block for printing on fabric and paper. You will learn how to transfer images, design your own, and build repeat patterns, as well as gain a full introduction to the different kinds of supplies and tools used in this exciting process. All materials are provided.
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Block, Print, Repeat: Holiday Wrapping Paper - Fall 201911/15/2019View Classes | Register Now

Charcoal Workshop: Smartphone Photos to Drawings

NEW! Use your own photos to create exciting and believable drawings and explore line, shape, value and texture to build beautiful landscape drawings. Learn to create light and movement. Bring several of your own photos printed out in black and white. We will work with subtractive and additive drawing techniques using a variety of erasers, charcoal, compressed charcoal, and white charcoal pencils. Beginner to advanced students welcome. All drawing supplies included. Paper may be purchased from instructor at class.
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Charcoal Workshop: Smartphone Photos to Drawings - Fall 201910/25/2019View 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

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.
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Design a Tiny House (Paper Mache Sculpture) - Fall 20199/24/2019 - 10/29/2019View 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.
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Dry Media Workshop: Atmosphere and Abstraction - Fall 201911/16/2019View 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

Holiday Card Making

‘Tis the season... to step up your holiday card-making game! Make them early before the hustle and bustle of the season. Learn how to carve your own block to create one-of-a-kind holiday cards.
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Holiday Card Making - Fall 201911/2/2019View 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

Introduction to Watercolor

Perfect whether you’re trying watercolor painting for the first time or want to refresh your skills. Explore the basics of watercolor through observing demonstrations on a variety of skills and concepts. After each class demonstration, students will have time to work on their own paintings. Continuing students in need of a refresher course are welcome to take the class. Supply list will be provided at the time of your registration.
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Introduction to Watercolor - Fall 201910/15/2019 - 12/3/2019View Classes | Register Now

Learning to Work with Charcoal and Graphite

New! Draw from still life and landscape photos to create dynamic compositions using versatile charcoal and graphite. Explore dramatic combinations of drawing techniques on both white and color papers. Artist demo, lots of individual help, and short group critiques. Bring landscape photos printed from your smartphone. Beginner to advanced students welcome. All drawing supplies included. Paper may be purchased from instructor at class.
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Learning to Work with Charcoal and Graphite - Fall 201910/10/2019 - 10/31/2019View 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.
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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

Portrait Drawing Basics

Back by popular demand! Study the anatomy and proportions of the human head and learn to draw it accurately from different viewpoints. You will work from printed photographs rather than live models in order to observe and measure proportions. This once-a-yearoffering by Carol Zika is not to be missed! Carol’s unique and well-tested approach will train your eye and teach technique. A supply list will be provided at the time of registration.
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Portrait Drawing Basics - Fall 20199/28/2019 - 11/16/2019View 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