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

MOCA Mixed Media Workshop

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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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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: Yvia Lavie

Born and raised in Brazil, Yvia 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 Ceramics Workshop
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

MOCA Ceramics Workshop

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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.

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MOCA Drawing Workshop
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

MOCA Drawing Workshop

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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.

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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

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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

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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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