The Workhouse Arts Center believes that an arts education is necessary to an individual’s perception and understanding of the world in which we live. Creative learning enables students to interpret these perceptions in visual or performative form. Art education teaches students to respect and appreciate their own interpretations and those of others. Our program allows every student to increase positive attitudes towards self, others, and the environment through creative experiences. The Workhouse Arts Center provides art instruction that helps develop basic art skills, encourage visual awareness and promote intellectual growth and creative self-expression.

Registration for Summer classes is now open. In-person classes begin June 22. You can Register here. Choose the area you want to explore from the left-side menu.

Classes initially will be limited to 10 participants and common areas will be cleaned in between classes by teachers. You can view our Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Program here.

We are also thrilled to bring you both live and recorded online classes! See below for those current offerings.

Teaching Opportunities

The Workhouse is currently seeking Visual Arts Instructors to offer classes in Ceramics, Drawing, Glass, Fiber, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography and Sculpture for all ages, and all skill levels. Opportunities are available to teach online or in-person. Interested Arts Instructors can email their resume and letter of interest to

Live Online Classes

We are offering live online classes in Art of Movement, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Private Music Lessons. The classes take place through Zoom. View Art of Movement live online classes here.

Below is a sampling of courses to choose from. Click here for more detailed descriptions, dates, times, pricing and to register. Once you register to secure your seat, you will receive a confirmation email for your class you and then will receive a second email from your instructor with a private link to attend the special course via the ZOOM platform!

If you have any questions please email

Register here.

Recorded Online Classes

Our recorded on-demand classes are available for you to take at anytime. You are able to rewatch videos and send questions to instructors. You can even go back and take the entire series over.

Once you register the first class is an overview and includes a supply list.

We are adding new classes on an ongoing basis so be sure to check back frequently. If you’d like to be notified when new classes are available sign up to receive our e-mails.

Register here or at the links below.

Visual Arts Live Streaming Classes

Making Mosaics at Home with Anita Bucsay Amron

Create your own beautiful mosaic at home. Demo videos will be provided, discussing class topics.  We will meet online using the Zoom platform.  You will be assigned ‘homework’ which will prepare you for the following week’s lesson.  New student kits can be ordered from the instructor for $95 which includes shipping (or you can pick up in Reston and save shipping), or you can acquire your own supplies.  This is a fast track class suitable for beginners to expert.

Special Online 4 week class

Session A: Tuesday July 7, 7pm – 9pm

Session B: Thursday July 9, 10am – 12pm

Session C: Tuesday August 4, 7pm-9pm

Session D: Thursday August 6, 10am-12pm

Tuition: $120

Meets on Zoom

New Student Kit Shipped Priority Mail $95

New Student Kit No Contact Pick Up In Reston $80

Write to Instructor if you want to supply your own materials.

Questions about supplies? Email the instructor at

Register here.

Drawing for Beginners (and Intermediates) with Marni Maree

No Previous Drawing Experience is required. In this class you will learn to SEE better and explore different ways of drawing. You will learn about contours, gestures, light and shadow and many ways to draw what you see.

Special Online 6 week class

Class will begin on Wednesday July 29, 6pm-7:30pm

Tuition: $180

Materials: Sketchbook 8×10 or larger, soft pencil (2B or 3B), eraser, ink pen (does not bleed through your paper).

Meets on Zoom

Register here.

Painting for Everyone with Chester Kasnowski

All skill levels; Adults

The art of painting is available to everyone. Beginners will learn to mix colors, use brushes, basic composition, speak and think in art terms. Advanced students will receive individual instruction and be given painting assignments based on their developed skill set. All students will strive to produce artwork that captures your own unique style. You may work in any medium you already have, oil, acrylic, watercolor, etc. See basic materials list if you have no supplies.

To save time it’s necessary that you set up ready to paint, in a quiet room before you join the Zoom session. Advanced students can show paintings they have started before class. Beginners should have an image (photograph or on smart phone) that they want to paint.

Special Online 6 week class

Class will begin on Saturday July 11, 11am – 12:30pm

Tuition: $180

Materials: supply list attached to registration confirmation.

Meets on Zoom

Register here.

Visual Arts Recorded Classes

Sculpting the Hand in Clay with Debra Balestreri

Students examine the materials and processes for sculpting the hand using yourself as the live model. They investigate clay sculpture techniques focused on tool use, armatures and anatomy and can explore their own individual styles. This figurative sculpture class is suitable for beginning students with no art background or intermediate students with a background in ceramics. The class is a series of videos from multiple angles over a series of days where students can watch the instructor create a work from start to finish. Students can watch at their leisure, take their time, watch the videos more than once and submit questions to the instructor.

Register here.

All About Paper Quilling with Trupti More

Paper Quilling is the art of rolling, shaping, gluing and making different things with simple looking colorful paper strips. With quilling you can make bookmarks, magnets, cards, ornaments, key chains, multipurpose boxes, frames and lots of things. The sky is the limit.

Quilling has some amazing benefits for kids as well as adults. It works on fine motor skills including coordination and strength. It is a great way to build hand – eye coordination. It also helps in reducing anxiety. Quilling is also relaxing and calming. You also don’t need expensive material.

In this course you will learn basic shapes, basic scrolls, Malaysian petal, beehive technique, how to make jewelry, quilling comb techniques, how to give 3d effect to flowers, 3d flower pot, 3d angel, how to make monograms. Your Instructor Trupti More will guide you through all these steps . As this is pre-recorded course you can watch these videos again and again whenever you get time.


Register here.

Alla-Prima Oil Painting with Nataliya Gurshman

This is an introductory oil painting class. Students will learn about colors, composition, with the help of brushes and palette knife, and how to make an impression of the still-life or landscape on their canvases. There will be a different setting for every class. Students will create vibrant, textural and colorful paintings.


Register here.

Chinese Brush Painting with Hsi Mei Yates

Chinese brush painting is part of over 2000 years of Chinese culture. Since the Song Dynasty, the four seasons have been represented by the “Four Gentlemen”: Bamboo, Plum Blossom, Orchid and Crystanamum. These plants will be the subject of our paintings. At the beginning of the course I will introduce the art supplies: Ink, bamboo brushes, rice paper, a watercolor set, mixing plates, felt and water containers. Each class will be focused on achieving different types of brushstrokes. The goal of the four week is to have fun, be creative and make great artwork!


Register here.

Ceramic Odds and Ends with Debra Balestreri

This course covers some really fun, easy to make ceramic projects that are not normally covered in a typical multi-week ceramics class. And the best part is that all the projects can be done from the comfort of your home without the need of a potter’s wheel! All you need is your clay, a space to work, and a few tools! Topics include making a pinched succulent planter, a painter’s palette, spoons and scoops, a slab-built spoon rest, and a completely slab-built teapot! I also throw in a bonus video about throwing a spoon rest, for those of you who do have a potters wheel.


Register here.

Hand Building for Kids Big and Small with Pam Eisenmann

In this four-part course, students will explore a variety of basic hand building processes to create unique and whimsical vessels and sculptures.  Each lesson allows students to explore and build skills in clay using techniques such as pinching, coil construction and slab building, and learn to use clay-working tools.


Register here.

Youth Class
Introduction to 3D Modeling in 3ds Max with Julie Demyanovich

3ds Max is a computer graphics program for creating 3D models, animations, and digital images. It’s one of the most popular programs in the computer graphics industry and is well known for having a robust tool-set for 3D artists. In this course, we will be going over how to get started in 3ds Max, basic geometry modifiers, and expand to moderately complex objects. At the beginning, we will learn the navigation and useful keyboard shortcuts to use 3ds Max with ease. Over the remainder of the course, we will discover the ‘Edit Poly’ modifier and how we can adjust primitive geometric shapes into advanced, recognizable objects. By the end, we will have a collection of 3D models that can be integrated into games or even printed with 3D printers.


Register here.

Private Music Lessons Live Streaming

Private Music Lessons

Private music lessons are being offered for violin and viola, flute, voice, piano, guitar and cello. These lessons are for current students only.

Here’s a sample of Violin shifting lesson.

If you are a new student, please email before you register. 

Register here.

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