Recorded Online Classes

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.

While the Workhouse campus has begun to reopen in accordance with Virginia Forward Phase II and is also offering in-person classes, we are continuing to offer virtual, recorded visual arts classes.

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.

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.

$100

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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.

$100

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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. er you get time.

$100

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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.

$100

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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.

$100

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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!

$100

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

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.

$100

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