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Meet Heidi Hess

October 30, 2012

Heidi is a very popular CHAW teaching artist. In addition to teaching ballet and jewelry-making she is Dance Department Chair and Faculty Representative to the CHAW Board.

Over 5 years ago Teaching Artist, Heidi Hess stepped through the doors of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.  Although she started teaching one hour a week of ballet for CHAW’s after-school Youth Arts Program, she quickly gained momentum and started teaching classes for many different age groups and types of classes.  She has predominantly taught and currently teaches dance, however she is also an educator for children & adult classes in the Art of Jewelry Making.  “What do I love about this place?  Other than the constant smiles, laughter and being surrounded by Art, I love that we are all, teaching artists & students, encouraged to Explore, Create and Educate!”

As a native of the Pacific Northwest, Heidi began dancing at the age of four. After experiencing many different styles of dance she came back to her ballet roots. With over 23 years of experience, she has grown to love the art of movement. Upon graduating from the University of Washington with a minor in dance, she moved to the D.C. area and with her came her passions in life and love for teaching.

Introduced to the art of jewelry and metalsmithing by her grandmother, Heidi Hess has grown to adore the art for life.  Knowing that body adornment would always be part of her, it was only natural for her to obtain a BFA in Metals Art from the University of Washington in Seattle.  During her time at UW, Hess also  pursued a BA minor in Dance, with a focus in classical ballet. Through this unique combination she developed an interest in human anatomy in motion as wearable art.  Hess moved to Washington, D.C in 2006 and became the School Administrator and Instructor at Creative Metalworks School of Design. She has shown works at Jacob Lawrence Gallery in Seattle, WA as well as instructed at the University of Washington and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington DC.  Her most recent accomplishment was as owner and principal designer of POPPY in Georgetown, DC. This unique gallery studio was a space where creativity flowed as much as the natural sunlight.  It was a place where stories were shared and pieces were created, and monthly openings exhibited works from other fresh designers. Currently Hess is fully concentrated on her own jewelry design and small sculpture line along with private commissions.