MOCA Ceramics Workshop (Option 2)
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

MOCA Ceramics Workshop (Option 2)

  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Overview: Experience the joy and challenges of working with clay. Basic hand building techniques will be covered with the option of trying the potter's wheel. Discover the exciting possibilities clay offers for sculpture or functional work while unearthing your own creative potential.

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451), on Sunday, August 25th from 10 AM – 4 PM.

This workshop is offered as part of our MOCA Workshop Series.

More About ASAP: Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

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Musical Improv Workshop with Push Comedy Theater
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Musical Improv Workshop with Push Comedy Theater

  • Push Comedy Theater Training Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Overview: ASAP and Push Comedy Theater bring you MUSICAL IMPROV! This course offers an introduction to long form musical improvisation. We will cover the basics of how to work with music while learning how to create musical numbers and how to place them together to create a thematic musical show. Additional focus will be on sound exploration, movement, stylization, and accessing voice. Prepare to challenge yourself while having a ton of fun!

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Sunday, August 25th from 3 - 6 PM at Push Comedy Theater Training Center (2710-A Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23517).

More About ASAP: Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

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Auditioning Workshop
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Auditioning Workshop

Overview: In this auditioning workshop, Patrick Mullins shares the basics of auditioning technique as well as materials preparation. How do I format my resume? What sort of headshot do I need? Should my audition be memorized? Do I have a type? How do I prepare for the audition? After a discussion of basic strategies and techniques, participants will have a chance to workshop audition sides with a professional reader.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, September 21, from 10 AM – 12:30 PM at the Wells Theatre (108 E. Tazewell St., Norfolk, VA 23510) and is open to/free for all veterans, service members, military family members, and caregivers.

More About ASAP: Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

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Drawing Workshop with AAC
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Drawing Workshop with AAC

Overview: Put down your phone and use your eyes to capture the world! Join us at the Arlington Arts Center for our next workshop, created specifically to help you hone in on your drawing skills. Supplies will be provided.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Sunday, September 22nd 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

More About ASAP: Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

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Family Printmaking Workshop with AAC
Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

Family Printmaking Workshop with AAC

Overview: Join us at the Arlington Arts Center for an afternoon learning the process of printmaking. Experiment with creating your very own printmaking designs! During this two-hour workshop, discover the art of relief printing by working with an expert printmaker to carve a unique design and explore the printing process on a variety of papers. Demonstrations will be given throughout the workshop and there will be opportunities to print existing designs.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, October 12th 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Eligible Ages For Workshop: Adults and children that are eligible for our programs are welcome to participate in this family workshop. We ask that children be at least 12 years of age. Children may only attend if a legal parent / guardian is also confirmed as attending the workshop. Both children and adults must fit one of these categories (veteran, service member, direct military family member, or caregiver) in order to participate.

More About ASAP: Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

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Write Now Workshop
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Write Now Workshop

Overview: Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write--in the moment--to cues and prompts, and if desired, share your work in a safe and positive environment. You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry.

When & Where: This workshop will take place at The Muse Writers Center (2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517), on Saturday, October 26, 1:00 PM–3:30 PM.

More About ASAP: Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

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MOCA Drawing Workshop
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

MOCA Drawing Workshop

  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Overview: Learn the basic principles of drawing, such as value, line, positive and negative space. A variety of subject matters will be explored using pen­cil and charcoal. Students will also explore their creative voices through exercises in expression and creativity. The session will be led by award-winning painter and teaching artist, Suzanne Stevens.

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451), on Saturday, November 16th from 10 AM - 4 PM.

This workshop is offered as part of our MOCA Workshop Series.

More About ASAP: Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

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MOCA Ceramics Workshop (Option 1)
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

MOCA Ceramics Workshop (Option 1)

  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Overview: Experience the joy and challenges of working with clay. Basic hand building techniques will be covered with the option of trying the potter's wheel. Discover the exciting possibilities clay offers for sculpture or functional work while unearthing your own creative potential. The session will be led by teaching artist and military caregiver, Carol Sphar.

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451), on Saturday, August 17th from 10 AM - 4 PM.

This workshop is offered as part of our MOCA Workshop Series.

More About ASAP: Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

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CHAW Bookbinding Workshop
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

CHAW Bookbinding Workshop

  • Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Overview: In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the simple bookbinding tools and methods that have traditionally been used for thousands of years, along with some newer DIY alternatives to create on a dime. The latter half of the workshop will be dedicated to adding personalized touches and creating internal content — participants will take home all work that same afternoon and can start writing immediately!

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, August 10, from 1 - 4 PM at The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, DC (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003).

This workshop is offered as part of our CHAW Workshop Series and is free/open to all veterans, service members, military family members, and caregivers.

More About ASAP: Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

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Improv Taster with Washington Improv Theater
Aug
4
12:00 PM12:00

Improv Taster with Washington Improv Theater

OVERVIEW: Is improv as fun as it looks? Yes it is! And ASAP and Washington Improv Theater (WIT) are hosting a taster workshop so that you can get a taste before applying to our Operation Improv class. WIT is dedicated to sharing the ideas and spirit of improv with all of DC. This free introductory workshop is a high-fun, low-stress class designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. WIT's enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure everyone is able to participate in a playful and trusting atmosphere. Whether you are thinking about signing up for Operation Improv, interested in exploring the ideas of improv, or just looking for one afternoon of silly, get-out-of-your-head play, this taster is accessible to anyone and everyone.

You don’t need theater experience. You don’t need to be a “funny person.” Just come in ready to have a good time!

WHEN & WHERE: This workshop will take place on Sunday, August 4th from 12 - 2 PM at The Landing (5428 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304).

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TV Business 101 with Sean Clifford
Jul
27
to Jul 28

TV Business 101 with Sean Clifford

OVERVIEW: Designed as a primer on the business of television, the workshop will cover a broad range of topics from the conception of an idea, enlisting the support of agents and managers in furthering one's career, pitching projects to prospective buyers and the creative execution of a project once from inception to broadcast. The workshop is meant as an introduction to the key aspects of television producing, demystifying the process and offering participants meaningful takeaways that can be employed to take their careers and projects to the next level.

WHEN & WHERE: This workshop will take place at the The Landing, ASAP’s new office, located at 5428 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304 and will be available on two separate dates to ensure more space for participation. The workshop will be available on Saturday, July 27th from 12 PM - 4 PM or Sunday, July 28 from 9 AM - 1 PM. You can indicate your preferred date when applying below.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Sean Clifford is a New York City-based television and film producer and co-founder of 7 Out Productions. He is the executive producer of Bravo’s Summer House and was the creator and executive producer of Ovation’s music documentary series On the Record with Mick Rock, which featured artists Josh Groban, The Flaming Lips and Kings of Leon. Sean was previously a creative executive at RCG Productions, the shingle responsible for FX’s groundbreaking comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Prior to his time with RCG Productions, Sean was an agent trainee at William Morris Endeavor and graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies with a Film Studies concentration.

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Songwriting Workshop
Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Songwriting Workshop

Overview: Explore the world of the lyrical craft in this collaborative introduction to songwriting. Through listening, discussion, and free writing aimed to engage our senses, we’ll work together with instructor Skye Zentz to craft a (mostly) original song using an existing melody and form. No previous musical experience required, as this class will not involve music theory or composition. This workshop is particularly recommended for those with some background in creative writing, journaling and/or poetry.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, July 20th, from 1 - 3:30 PM at The Muse Writers Center (2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517), and is open to/free for all veterans, service members, military family members, and caregivers.

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CHAW Introduction to Watercolor Painting Workshop
Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

CHAW Introduction to Watercolor Painting Workshop

  • The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Overview: You’re invited to join us for an exciting introduction to watercolor painting! Participants will be given the freedom to experiment on individual projects while learning techniques for designing and personalizing watercolor postcards. We’ll provide photographs to help provide inspiration, and to assist you in tapping into creative concepts.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, July 13, from 1 - 4 PM at The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, DC (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003).

This workshop is offered as part of our CHAW Workshop Series and is free/open to all veterans, service members, military family members, and caregivers.

Note: The workshop is currently full, however there is an active waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available to you. (Updated: 7/2, 7:45 AM)

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Comedy Writing Workshop with Carter Bays
Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

Comedy Writing Workshop with Carter Bays

Overview: Join us for an exciting comedy writing workshop with How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) co-creator Carter Bays! Learn how to write a pilot for a television series, from concept to outline to script. Topics will include creating strong characters, crafting a compelling story, and translating it all onto the page. We'll use the pilot for HIMYM as a reference, as we work to bring our own ideas to life on the small screen.

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Capitol Post, ASAP’s office, located at 625 N Washington St. Ste #425, Alexandria, VA 22314 and will be available on two separate dates to ensure more space for participation. The Comedy Writing Workshop will be available on Saturday, June 22 from 2 PM - 5 PM or Sunday, June 23 from 10 AM - 1 PM. You can indicate your preferred date when applying below.

About the Instructor: Carter Bays is a co-creator and executive producer of the popular comedy series How I Met Your Mother. His other writing credits include Oliver Beene, American Dad, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Along with HIMYM co-creator Craig Thomas, Bays co-founded the band The Solids, and their songwriting work has most recently been featured on Sesame Street. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Bays lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

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Sketch Comedy Workshop with Push Comedy Theater
Jun
15
12:00 PM12:00

Sketch Comedy Workshop with Push Comedy Theater

  • Push Comedy Theater Training Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dive head first into the wonderful world of sketch comedy! Whether you're a seasoned writer or someone who rarely picks up a pen, this class will teach how to get the funny ideas out of your head and onto the page. In this workshop we will examine the various types of sketches, learn how to generate funny ideas and then turn them into a sketches ready for the stage.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, June 15, from 12 - 3 PM at Push Comedy Theater’s Training Center (2710-A Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23517).

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Creative Writing Summit with Joseph Bathanti
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Creative Writing Summit with Joseph Bathanti

POETRY SESSION (DAY ONE - JUNE 1ST)

This session will gently introduce student-veterans to the basics/mechanics of effective poetry writing (techniques, terminology and forms), and will not presuppose any experience whatsoever in the reading or writing of poetry – though seasoned poets are welcome too. An extremely important warm-up component of the course will be careful readings and discussions of various poems and other texts the instructor will provide, via handouts, which will serve as models for the kinds of poems the students will write. These handouts are designed to simply expand awareness of the broad and eclectic range of poetry and the poets writing it, including a number of examples from military veteran poets. Approximately half of class time will be spent work-shopping student poems and we’ll engage in, through prompts, plenty of in-class writing assignments. The ultimate goal is to urge student-veterans to write about their military experiences, in whatever form or iteration that takes, but to also write about their lives apart from the military. We’ll start with the "occasion" of the poem, and the dramatic situation that engendered it, to reveal the story embedded in the poem. These sessions will emphasize narrative and will seek to demystify the process of writing and reading poetry. Students will have the opportunity to share what they’ve written in a no-pressure round-table workshop format.

PROSE SESSION (DAY TWO - JUNE 2ND)

This session will introduce student-veterans to the basics of autobiographical prose writing, whether fiction or creative nonfiction (personal essay), to relate what “really happened,” to uncover and discover the elusive ephemeral abstract known as truth. We will explore honestly the way we see things outside ourselves in relationship to ourselves and we’ll talk about what honesty, a term that can be particularly elusive in relationship to autobiography – but it is absolutely crucial to it – really means in the context of autobiography. This session will not presuppose any experience whatsoever in the writing of fiction or nonfiction, though seasoned prose writers are welcome. The ultimate goal is to urge student-veterans to write about their military experiences, in whatever form or iteration that takes, but to also write about their lives apart from the military. Student-veterans will be supplied with a few short texts, memoirs and short stories germane to war and life in the military, by military veteran writers, which they’ll read in advance of the session. We’ll spend the first half of the session discussing these pieces. We’ll also dig in on various craft issues (the nuts and bolts of writing prose): extended narrative, conflict, crisis, resolution, plot, point of view, characterization, dialogue and truly focused attention on place/setting. We’ll examine where stories come from, how to strike the necessary balance between aesthetic distance and intimacy and also issues of starting and maintaining the habit of writing. The second half of this session will be prompt-driven. The instructor will provide exercises and the students will not only write, but share, what they’ve written in a round-table workshop format.

When & Where: This workshop will take place William & Mary's Miller Hall located at 101 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185 on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd from 10 AM - 4 PM. Please note that we may split this workshop into two one-day sessions to accommodate participant demand. Should this occur, you can indicate your preferred session when applying below.

About the Instructor: Joseph Bathanti is former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Award for Literature. He is the author of ten books of poetry, and his novel, East Liberty, won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. Bathanti is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and the University’s Watauga Residential College Writer-in-Residence. He served as the 2016 Charles George VA Medical Center Writer-in-Residence in Asheville, NC.

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Acting Workshop
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Acting Workshop

Workshop Overview: This workshop is designed for actors and non-actors that are curious about the Meisner Approach. Modern life has changed how we interact with other people. In a world full of distractions, we do not listen to each other and we lack giving and receiving attention. The Meisner approach is focused on liberating our creativity by living truthfully and responding with our point of view to any given circumstance. It’s a combination of working on our presence, authenticity, improving our listening skills, developing our ability to live and accept the present moment and build connections with our inner self and our partners through our increasing ability to empathize.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, May 18th, from 1 PM – 4 PM at the Capitol Post (625 N Washington St, Suite 425, Alexandria, VA 22314) and is open to/free for all veterans, service members, military family members, and caregivers.

About the Instructor: Born and raised in Brazil, Yvia Lavie has more than 25 years of experience on stage and ten years coaching students that aren’t just full-time actors but come from many different professional backgrounds. Yvia was introduced to the Meisner Technique in 2011 and completed the two-year program at Truthful Acting Studios in Orlando, FL. From there, she pursued a certification with one of the foremost authorities on the Sanford Meisner Technique, Larry Silverberg at True Acting Institute in 2013. Yvia leads workshops introducing the method and has had the opportunity to teach at Columbia College and Green Shirt Studio in Chicago, Espaço Excêntrico and UTFPR in Brazil. Yvia truly believes that the Meisner Approach can transform lives.

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MOCA Mixed Media Workshop
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

MOCA Mixed Media Workshop

  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Overview: Create a Visual Journal and experiment with mixed media. Visual Journaling is an art form that records life experiences using images, words, and small objects (natural material, photos, notes, etc.). Pages are created by combining various mediums such as drawing, painting, and collage. Guided creative exercises will lay the foundation for creating your journal. This workshop will be led by artist, author, and educator - Donna Iona Drozda.

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451), on Saturday, May 18th from 10 AM - 4 PM.

This workshop is offered as part of our MOCA Workshop Series.

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Paint Pouring Workshop
Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

Paint Pouring Workshop

Overview: You may have seen the videos of acrylic pouring circulating through social media. You stop and stare because they’re mesmerizing to watch. Well now is your chance to learn how it’s done. Nez, a self taught fluid artist, will walk us from start to finish through creating your very own fluid art masterpiece using the flip cup technique. All supplies are included, just bring yourself and wear something you don’t mind getting paint on (just in case).

When & Where: This workshop will take place at Smartmouth Brewing Co. Pilot House (313 32nd St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451) on Sunday, April 7 from 4 PM - 6 PM. Hang around after the workshop for our Veterans Comedy Show at 7:30 PM!

About the Instructor: Nez Nelsen (Operation Improv Alumna, Spring '18)

Hey, I'm Nez - After 20 years in the Navy, multiple combat tours with the Marines, defeating cancer, and losing so much of myself in the process; art helped me get my mojo back. I didn't expect anything from it, but it gave me so much in return. For the first time I felt relief from my chronic pain, anxiety, and PTSD. Join me in turning a cup of paint into a special space. Let’s make magic!

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Workhouse Glass Fusing Workshop
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

Workhouse Glass Fusing Workshop

Overview: Make your windows twinkle with handmade fused glass suncatchers! This three hour workshop gives a quick introduction to kilnformed glass including scoring, nipping, grinding and fusing. You will create multiple suncatchers of your own design! They make great gifts! Pieces will be ready for pick up 2-3 days after workshop.

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Workhouse Arts Center (9518 Workhouse Rd, Lorton, VA 22079) on Saturday, April 6th, from 1 PM - 4 PM.

This workshop is offered as part of our Workhouse Workshop Series.

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Workhouse Photography Workshop
Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

Workhouse Photography Workshop

Overview: If a shutter speed is just a number to you then here is your opportunity to learn its role in exposure and delve into the mysterious effects it can have on your photography. Shutter speed controls motion within your image. How you creatively use this control has a huge effect on the quality of your images. This hands on workshop begins with a tutorial on shutter speeds and their relationship with aperture and ISO and then evolves into hands-on experiments with very long and very short exposures. With long exposures we will show the beautiful shapes that motion can create. Then we change to high speed photography and push your camera’s boundaries in an attempt to capture a sharp image of a balloon bursting. Students are required to bring a camera that has manual settings as an option. Tripods and shutter release cables are recommended. Simple plans for the device used for high speed photography will be provided so students can recreate these experiments at home. Please keep in mind that ALL participants must bring/have working knowledge of their own DSLR camera.

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Workhouse Arts Center (9518 Workhouse Rd, Lorton, VA 22079) on Saturday, March 9th, from 1 PM - 5 PM.

This workshop is offered as part of our Workhouse Workshop Series.

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Spoken Word Workshop - I Have Something to SAY!
Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

Spoken Word Workshop - I Have Something to SAY!

Workshop Overview: Bring out your creativity and allow yourself to speak YOUR truth through Spoken Word. This is NOT your regular poetry class. This is SPOKEN WORD. Here the words are created, written and performed to make an impact in your life, community and the world. This class will appeal to all learners for it uses creative writing, improv games, music and images to have participants tap into their creativity and produce a Spoken Word that projects their inner thoughts in the most UNAPOLOGETIC way! If you have something to say, come let’s express it through The Spoken Word. This workshop is ideal for anyone who has a lot to say and need a safe, encouraging outlet to express it! This workshop will be led by educator, creativity coach, and poetess, Tammarrah Addison M.Ed., M.A.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, February 16th, from 1 PM – 4 PM at the Capitol Post (625 N Washington St, Suite 425, Alexandria, VA 22314) and is open to/free for all veterans, service members, military family members, and caregivers.

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MOCA Photography Workshop
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

MOCA Photography Workshop

  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Overview: Use photography to discover your creative voice. Explore composition, lighting, and the masters of the genre. Improve your skills and a gain a better understanding of taking more intentional photos.  We’ll discuss historical and contemporary photographers to better understand this art form and develop your eye and personal style. Bring any kind of camera you want! This workshop is accessible to DSLRs, point and shoot, phones, and even film cameras. This session will be led by photographer and teaching artist - Lauren Keim (see bio).

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451), on Saturday, February 16th from 10 AM - 4 PM.

This workshop is offered as part of our MOCA Workshop Series.

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Improv Taster Workshop
Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

Improv Taster Workshop

Workshop Overview: Ever thought "Hey, this improv crap looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do." Well, now’s your chance: ASAP and The Unified Scene Theater are offering a free 2-hour improv workshop! Come on by. Kick the tires. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it! This improv taster will be instructed by co-founder and creative director of The Unified Scene Theater, Shawn Westfall.

When & Where: This workshop will take place at The Unified Scene Theater (80 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001) on Saturday, February 9th, from 2 PM – 4 PM, and is open to/free for all veterans, service members, military family members, and caregivers.

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Epic Storytelling with Dion Flynn
Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Epic Storytelling with Dion Flynn

Overview: While you may recognize him from his performance as Barack Obama on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Dion Flynn is a pro at leading workshops in mental agility, improv, and more! This time, he’s focusing his energy into a storytelling class. Do you have a story you’ve been itching to share? This intro level workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn how to craft, develop, and deliver the biggest stories from your own life!

When & Where: When signing up, you can choose to attend either the Saturday, January 19th OR Sunday, January 20th session, both of which take place from 10am - 4pm at Capitol Post (625 N Washington St. Suite 425, Alexandria, VA 22314).

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Reaching Outward: Poetry as Empathy
Dec
8
10:30 AM10:30

Reaching Outward: Poetry as Empathy

Overview: Human beings are connected both by wound and by healing, by experience and expectation. Poetry rises out of our own inner experience, but is it able to emerge from an experience beyond our own, connecting us to others? Can we write a poem tracing someone else’s footprints, placing our heart in or close to their heart, for a wider, shared healing? In this workshop, Sofia Starnes, Virginia’s Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014 and decorated author of six poetry collections, will lead us as we try to answer these questions by looking at several poems by various authors, reading them in-depth and in open conversation. Having done so, the participants will be given a selection of “prompts” to initiate a poem of their own, which they will be invited (but not compelled) to share, eliciting comments by other participants, with input from the workshop leader. Participants are also encouraged to bring another poem or two, related to this theme, to read aloud as time permits.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on the campus of William & Mary in Room 1069 of Miller Hall (101 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185), located in the left wing of the main floor, on Saturday, December 8 from 10 AM - 2 PM.

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Satire Writing Workshop with Paul Szoldra (Duffel Blog)
Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Satire Writing Workshop with Paul Szoldra (Duffel Blog)

Overview: There's a whole lot of absurdity in the world, and there's no better way to illustrate just how absurd than through the use of satire. In this workshop from Paul Szoldra, the Editor-in-Chief of the satirical military news site Duffel Blog, you'll learn the essential elements of satire, a brief history of what it is and how it can be employed, and how to formulate your own satirical ideas. Throughout the workshop, you’ll learn how to properly pitch, and eventually, write a hilarious satirical news story that will encourage your audience to think more deeply about an issue. This basic-level class will be highly-interactive, so bring your enthusiasm, sense of humor, and a laptop (or a pen and paper).

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Capitol Post, ASAP’s office, located at 625 N Washington St. Ste #425, Alexandria, VA 22314 and will be available on two separate dates to ensure more space for participation. The Satire Writing Workshop will be available on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, from 9 AM - 5 PM. You can indicate your preferred date when applying below.

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The Poetry of Memory Workshop with Victoria Kelly
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

The Poetry of Memory Workshop with Victoria Kelly

Overview: Accomplished poet and author of "When the Men Go Off to War", Victoria Kelly, will show how the best poetry is written about what we know, and this workshop will look at how to successfully craft poems out of specific memories. We will look at poems by published writers, and you will have the opportunity to write a poem in class, share your work with your classmates and get feedback on your work. 

When & Where: This workshop will take place at the Capitol Post office (625 N Washington St. Alexandria, VA 22314) on Saturday, November 17 from 10 AM - 2 PM.

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MOCA Drawing Workshop
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

MOCA Drawing Workshop

  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Overview: ASAP is partnering with the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) to offer a four-session, visual arts workshop series free for veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers. Come join the last workshop of this series and learn the basic principles of drawing such as value, line, positive and negative space. A variety of subject matter will be explored using pen­cil and charcoal. Students will also explore their creative voice through exercises in expression and creativity. The session will be led by award-winning painter and teaching artist, Suzanne Stevens.

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, November 17th from 10 AM - 4 PM at MOCA (2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451)

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Multimedia Workshop with Andrea McCarren
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Multimedia Workshop with Andrea McCarren

Overview: Empower yourself with new multimedia skills in writing, cell phone photography and video, and on-camera presentation at this hands-on workshop taught by veteran journalist Andrea McCarren. Whether you want to build your personal or professional brand, or simply shoot better home movies, this is the class for you! Learn how to share your material effectively via social media platforms and build your following. All you need to bring to this half-day bootcamp is a smart phone, lunch or snacks and a sense of humor! Laptops optional. We will have Wi-Fi available. 

When & Where: This workshop will take place on Saturday, October 13 from 10 AM - 2 PM at the WUSA TV Station (4100 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016)

Applications for this workshop are no longer being accepted.

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Screenwriting Workshop
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

Screenwriting Workshop

Overview: Everyone's got a story to tell, and the screenwriter is the one who breathes life into the characters, conflicts and unique worlds created on the silver screen. Offered as the second session of a summer writing series, this seminar is designed to introduce the three-act structure, the use of conflict to move the story forward, and the creation of compelling characters. The workshop will be led by the Muse's instructors and will be held at the Muse's facilities in Norfolk, VA (2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517). If you've written a screenplay in the past or if you are entirely new to the form, you will learn something valuable about the exciting challenges of visual storytelling.

When & Where: The workshop will take place on August 25th from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM at the Muse Writers Center 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517.

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