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Blog - CHAW Beyond the Walls

June 3, 2020

Ellen Cornett's Life Drawing class has been working hard this session even if it has been virtually! Says Ellen "Things all around us closed, but the life drawing community wanted to stay together so we organized a Zoom class. Students showed up on Thursday nights, and we did an eight week intensive focus on hands, feet, and heads. Everyone worked very hard. These... more

June 1, 2020

I am a long time member of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop community, and former Chair of the Capitol Hill Art League. My family tree is full of artists and poets. My great grandmother has a series of flowers paintings hanging to this day in the Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. My brother and sister in law have also worked in several New York museums... more

May 1, 2020

I am a self-taught artist from Kenya currently living In Maryland. My work explores my experiences and fond memories from Africa and places I have encountered in my travels such as  Europe and now America. My insight is a combination of both traditional and modern art.

Since my adolescent years, I was drawn... more

April 1, 2020

Nature is the focus of my artwork. It is a world of flowering plants and vegetation inspired by backyard gardens, and those that border the city streets, the public parks of Washington D.C. and the Botanical Garden. 

I approach each drawing as a portrait. I discovered early on that I enjoyed drawing the details of the plants so much, that often the plant did... more

March 23, 2020

I believe that a daily art practice is good for our brains and bodies and souls. For working artists, it helps keep us from getting stuck. If you are drawing every day, your mind is automatically turning to the next thing. And if you’re not a professional artist, there are still abundant benefits to daily art practice. It can still the mind and provide peace and... more

March 19, 2020

CHAW Teaching Artist Rachel Coad recently completed a one week residency at the Kennedy Center with Printz Dance Project, a San Francisco-based contemporary dance company directed by Stacey Printz. We asked Rachel to fill us in on her experience!

"Stacey brought two of her company dancers from San Francisco with her and... more

March 8, 2020

For three months this winter, CHAW’s 2020 Darkroom Artist Resident Carol Antezana worked in the darkroom and digital photographic facilities at CHAW, dedicating time to a project about motherhood, womanhood, and the aguayo -- a traditional Bolivian carrying cloth. Her exhibit is on view in the CHAW Gallery from March 9 to March 28th, with a reception and artist talk on... more

March 1, 2020

“I want to be considered a jazz poet blowing a long blues in an afternoon jam session on Sunday.”—Jack KerouacMy art practice started 32 years ago, when I studied film and photography at New York University. In the years since then, I’ve worked to silence the 150,000 critics in my head that try to censor me, and instead respond to the impulse to record the things I see... more

February 6, 2020

The Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project is underway! CHAW, in partnership with Eastern Market Main Street, is excited to announce the next phase of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project, a community-based public art project featuring installed sculptures on selected street signs in the Southeast quadrant of DC. In 2014,10 sculptures were successfully... more

February 1, 2020

In kindergarten, I drew a picture I liked, was proud of and making it satisfied something in me.  That sense of something about art, making pictures, creating things deepened over time, took root and was not to be ignored.  Years later, during my first visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in my late teens, seeing Brancusi's "Bird in Space," confirmed that... more