There are many people in the DC area that have an artistic side that they would love to express. Taking an art class can be a good way to let that side of you out. Sketching or drawing is a popular art class to take, and there are some great studios in the area for you to choose from. These are the best sketching classes in Washington, D.C.

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

The Washington Studio School is a school for those serious about learning an art form. From sculpture to painting, the school focuses on teaching students the skills that will allow them to grow as an artist. This doesn’t mean you have to be a savant to take classes, or that you won’t have any fun. It means that you will actually learn how to sketch around like-minded students and working artists, and enjoy valuable experiences while doing it. Stop putting off honing your skills and take a class at the Washington Studio School.

Smithsonian Associates
1100 Jefferson Drive/Circle S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-3030

The Smithsonian is world renowned for its museums, programs and events. It seems like it would be hard to have not been to a Smithsonian building if you are a DMV resident. The art museums and galleries are some of the best in the country. You’ve no doubt heard of the Smithsonian, but you probably didn’t know you could take classes there. It offers sketching classes for all skill levels in different mediums, including charcoal and pastel. Finally get started on your plans to learn how to sketch, or continue on your way to mastering the art.

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

Sometimes you look at a drawing and you can’t believe it’s not a photograph. The ability to capture a subject so vividly and accurately is a gift that some people are born with, while others must take the time to learn that skill. If you weren’t born with the impressive talent, you can still learn by taking classes at dedicated places like The Art League. At the League you can take beginner classes like Basic Drawing, or more advanced classes like Pencil Techniques and Projects. Stop being amazed at other people’s work and start being amazed at your own.

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

One of the best parts about Washington, D.C. is how much love for the arts there is. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is an example of how the community can benefit from the arts. Students, young children, adults and families can all find a class or workshop in various art forms that will be a highlight of their day. This includes sketching for adults and elementary school aged children. You may just turn your hobby into a passion, and perhaps your passion into a career.

Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22201
(703) 248-6800

Supporting local is always a good thing to do. It’s even better when it’s local artists. Arlington Arts Center aims to support local artists through various programs and initiatives. By taking a class at the center, you will be furthering your artistic pursuits and supporting local artists. Take a Right-Brain Drawing class to balance out your long days of crunching numbers. Sign your children up for classes so they can develop valuable skills that will help them in school and life.

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