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Visual Arts - Adults

CHAW Visual Arts classes offer an exploration of art and design concepts, styles, and inspiration found throughout history and provide a rich context for student discovery and development in 2- and 3- dimensional media. Projects in all classes encourage creativity and imagination while providing foundational knowledge and skills building using a wide variety of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials.

Our well-lit studio is equipped with easels, table and chairs a sink, portfolio storage and shelf storage space.  The studio is available to rent during non-class times for use as a private workspace or art themed parties and events led by a CHAW teaching artist.

Studio policies:

  • Drawing I & II – materials list sent with confirmation or distributed on the first day of class
  • Oil Painting Basics, Mixed Media and Sculpture –  materials are provided
  • Life Drawing, Advanced Watercolor and Pastels, Open Studio – student provides preferred materials
  • Easels are provided


All adult students of all ability levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in gallery shows of student work held annually in June and December.  These shows also offer an opportunity for students to sell their work.  


CHAW offers two juried gallery residencies per year.  Each is 5 - 6 weeks in length.  The residency consists of a show comprised of both finished pieces and site specific work created in the gallery, artist talks, demonstrations, and/or workshops.  Resident artists are selected through an application process each spring for the following year.


CHAW hosts monthly social arts events from, paint and sip and crafting to juggling.  Ad hoc technique workshops such as encaustic art, printmaking, portfolio review, and plein air painting, are available for more advanced students and professional artists.  More casual workshop offerings for the beginner have included flower arranging, stencils and spray paint, and sumi-e calligraphy.


CHAW offers a bi-weekly open drawing studio with a live model.  Easels are provided.

**Please note: Open Drawing Studio is on hiatus for the length of the pandemic. We look forward to offering this and other in-person classes when it is safe again!!**

Capitol Hill Art League

The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) is a visual arts program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop with members drawn from the surrounding neighborhood, the city and the region. CHAL produces six juried exhibits and one non-juried holiday sale from September to May through which members can exhibit and sell their work. Exhibits are displayed at both the Gallery in CHAW as well as at external venues throughout the DC region.

Questions about Visual Arts?  Email Ellen Cornett, Visual Arts Department Chair at