ASAP is partnering with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) to offer a four-session, visual arts workshop series free for veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers. All workshops will be led by CHAW's teaching artists at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, DC. Upon completing a workshop with ASAP and CHAW, participants are encouraged to enroll in CHAW's myriad of classes and workshops. CHAW is deeply committed to accessibility and offers tuition assistance and unique payment plans. For more information visit www.chaw.org.
We have outlined the details for the four session workshop series in the sections below. Please review each workshop opportunity, and apply to the two programs in which you are most interested.
WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS (registration closed)
Saturday, May 12th, 1PM - 3PM
This workshop will introduce participants to the combined power of art and words to shape ideas and memories. Participants will create “postcard stories” that celebrate their favorite objects and landscapes. To enhance their artistic seeing, participants will look at several artworks from local museums. To sharpen their means of expression, participants will read a few poems. To warm up their verbal skills, participants will engage in several writing exercises. Finally, participants will use special pens, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, and postcard paper to create their postcards. The workshop will conclude with an optional sharing of participant work and suggestions for follow-up activities. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo or two of their favorite places.
Nancy Arbuthnot is a poet, watercolor artist, creative writing instructor, and former professor of English at the United States Naval Academy. Her current writing projects include a memoir about raising her children in Washington, DC, and a collection of small “art-poems” entitled “Postcards from the Border.”
printmaking (registration closed)
Saturday, June 9th, 1PM - 3PM
Fine art printmaking involves making a master 'plate' from which multiple images are printed. In this workshop, participants will get to try intaglio printmaking by scratching into foam sheets, and then printing multiple copies in various colors. Participants will make a two or three-color reductive print based on an image of their choosing. Participants are encouraged to bring images or photographs whose stories they would like to tell.
Adi Segal is an artist based in Washington, DC. She works primarily in screenprinting out of her studio in Open Studios DC. Adi also teaches at CHAW and enjoys exploring green spaces around DC with her two kids.
Saturday, July 14th, 1PM - 3PM
In this workshop, participants will work with 4x4 tile modules using air-dry clay. Techniques covered will include bas-relief, sgraffito, slip trailing, and slip transfer. Participants will utilize these techniques to paint, carve and communicate a story of their choosing. Stories may be personal or observational. Before wrapping up, participants will put all of the tiles together and photograph the group’s effort as a single work.
Susi Cora is a visual artist who works in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC.
She is trained as an architect and is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2016 she completed the Master of Fine Arts program at The George Washington University. Her work has been exhibited at the Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA, Gallery 102, the DC Center for the Arts, and The Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC.
mixed media collage
Saturday, August 4th, 1PM - 3PM
Participants will create an abstract collage that shares a story, memory, hope, or dream. In this workshop, participants will learn how to layer and adhere collage. They will work with paper, paint, fabric and found or collected objects. These materials will be layered and adhered to a small wood frame, creating a finished piece of art. All supplies will be provided; however, participants are encouraged to bring in small collage materials from home.
Cherie Lester is a teaching artist with CHAW in Washington, DC. She studied fine art
photography at Southeastern Center for the Arts and mixed media art and collage at the Corcoran School
of Art + Design. She has exhibited her work all over the East Coast and currently has an exhibition of her
original abstract collages in the Phillips Collection museum store in Washington DC.