Taking in an art class can be a very calming, relaxing and motivating experience that allows you to escape everyday stresses and turmoil and look inside yourself for inner creativity. With all the hustle and bustle of work and daily responsibilities, you owe it to yourself to do something positive. If you’re looking for a way to cultivate your creative inner artist, there is a number of terrific venues to look into around the greater D.C. area. Here is a variety of art class offerings specifically designed for adults.
Corcoran School Of The Arts & Design
500 17th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 994-1700

Corcoran offers accredited art courses taught by professionals in a wide range of artistic subjects. While serious art students come for graduate and undergraduate programs, the school also offers a whole host of continuing education courses for non-degree seekers of all ages and abilities. These courses allow you to brush up on the basics, develop already prevalent skills or start a new chapter in a diverse form of art. Classes offered include sculpting, woodworking, interior design, drawing, painting, photography and other topics. These courses are offered evenings, weekends, afternoons and during winter, summer and spring semesters to accommodate your busy schedule.

Washington Studio School
2129 S St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 234-3030

Since its establishment three decades ago, the Washington Studio School has had a commitment to teaching and encouraging students through a profuse offering of various courses and programs. Through an engaging, welcoming environment and one-on-one attention, the school provides the perfect haven for art students, speakers, debaters and visitors. Class sizes typically range between 8 to 12 students, and sessions are ongoing throughout the season, with such subjects as drawing, painting, photography, sculpting and other topics. The school also offers open sessions, workshops, certificate programs and other opportunities.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-6839

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop offers a wide range of classes for both adults and children. Available classes range in specific topics of study, various times of day and days of the week these classes take place, making it possible to carefully craft your options and work around a busy schedule. Class topics vary in traditional arts, performance arts and other creative distinctions. Some of the popular topics available to adults include ceramics, textiles, photography, dance, creative writing and diverse visual art offerings.

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Dupont Studio
1728 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 629-3780

ArtJamz knows that creating art is about individual expression without limits. That’s why they developed their freestyle approach to art in a comfortable, less conventional environment within a lounge environment. Whether you come seeking guided instruction or just letting your creative juices flow free, you get to reserve the studio for an hour and a half and also have access to artistic materials on location. You will also enjoy a variety of drink options offered during your special instruction. In addition to its location at Dupont, D.C. also has an ArtJamz studio at Monroe St., as well as special pop-up events at different locations around the city.

The Art League
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-2323

Whether you’re a serious artist studying to become a professional or a novice seeking a new pastime, the diverse range of opportunities at the Art League have you covered. Class offerings range in ages, dates and times, offering plenty of flexibility for busy adults. Special topics of interest offered through the many classes include, but are not limited to: photography, printmaking, fiber arts, jewelry, sculpting, ceramics, drawing, painting, watercolor, mosaics, stained glass, book and paper art and even art and technology. In addition to classes, the Art League also holds workshops and other special events on location.

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Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. In addition to serving as a contributor to various media publications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.