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Blog - CHAW Beyond the Walls

October 30, 2012

Music changes people, it changes how they feel about themselves, and it gives them a unique way to communicate with each other and their audience. The biggest step people ever take is from not playing an instrument to playing a little. That’s why, after nearly 20 years of offering this workshop, I still look forward to teaching it.

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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... more

October 17, 2012

I love the sip and paint class as a way for people to try wielding a brush for the first time, or maybe just the first time in a long time. Folks in DC have such high pressure, stressful day jobs and seem to crave a chance to use their hands creatively. To many a full blown art class seems too intimidating, but a two-hour, guided paint and sip with wine might... more

October 11, 2012

October 4, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10:00 am, CHAW presents a Film Festival celebrating 40 years of “building community through the arts.” Featured films include “Attack of the Giant Pants” and “Alien Invasion,” short films made by CHAW students, and “CHAW@40,” a 15 minute film stitching together vintage footage, video interviews, historical and contemporary... more

September 11, 2012

The air is cool and crisp and it’s time to head back to school, this time to learn to paint with oils. Last night’s class began by creating color mixing charts which not only give everyone experience with the colors we will be using this semester, but a reference guide for mixing when we start working on painting a still life.


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September 7, 2012

Photo by Leslie Mansour

Heather Whyte loves children but has found her niche teaching dance to adult students.  “I love teaching adults because they have a great appreciation for music, a reference in their mind about styles of dance and the mood certain songs or dances evoke,” says Whyte.

For the past ten years, Heather has been teaching tap,... more

August 29, 2012

CHAW teaching artist, Carolina Mayorga will be performing Maid in the USA on Saturday, September 1 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Dressed in a traditional Colombian outfit, she will clean The Bridge at the Corcoran Gallery of Art while listening to popular Latin music. The performance is part of the Take it to the Bridge, Performance Art Series, presented by... more

August 17, 2012

If only the walls of the black box theater of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) could reveal the stories that have taken place in that space.  Or, imagine if we could peel back the 140 layers of black paint (a conservative estimate) to uncover the different images that have rested on the walls over the years.  Or, capture the different sounds that have been uttered or... more

July 25, 2012

The last three weeks of class have been devoted to experimenting with collage and transfer techniques. We played with layering papers of all sorts with paint and transferring images from newspapers, photocopies and magazines using liquid and gel mediums as well as contact paper and tape. I confess I was challenged to be patient enough to let the medium dry before... more