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Art Center Classes

"I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn to do it."
Vincent Van Gogh

 Special Announcement – Art Trip – An art trip to the Katzen Art Center at American University takes place Thursday, October 10, 2019. The bus departs GHBC at 10:15 a.m. and departs the museum at 1:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet is currently in the Resident Business Center.


Special Announcement – Flower Arrangement Workshop – Our flower arrangers are offering a one-on- one tutorial on Wednesday, October 23, in the Art Center. The flowers will be provided. Bring in your own vase, and an arranger will be your coach, and you take the arrangement home with you. There are slots at 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The $5.00 fee is due when you sign-up in the Art Center.

Our current exhibit by artist Bushra Shamma will be in Crossroads Gallery
September 10 – November 4, 2019

Monday, October 14
10:00 a.m. – Painting on Bristol Board –
Bristol board is a unique smooth white surface that brings out the vibrancy of acrylic paints. Today you will paint a landscape based on several images from the Art Center Library. From Georgia O’Keefe’s abstract landscapes to Hopper’s realistic American landscapes, the sky is the limit!

1:00 p.m. – Art Film – The Italian Renaissance – In this Great Courses lecture series, Professor Kenneth Bartlett covers the entire history of the Renaissance. Today’s lectures are The Medici Hegemony, and The Florence of Lorenzo deMedici.

Tuesday, October 15
10:00 a.m. – Ceramics – Hand Building with Clay –
Continue to work on your projects from Saturday’s class or start a new project using clay!

1:00 p.m. – Ink Brush Painting – Artist Resident Frank Spink has studied and practiced Chinese Brush Painting for over forty years and will teach you basic techniques of this ancient art form that dates back to 4000 B.C.! Come relax and learn the beauty of ink brush painting!

Wednesday, October 16
10:00 a.m. – Jewelry Making –
Resident artist and jewelry expert Sandy Bohannon will teach you all there is to know about making a beautiful piece of jewelry! This class is for beginners and advanced jewelry makers.

Thursday, October 17
2:00 p.m. – Woodcarving –
Master woodcarving instructors Joel and Mike teach basic and advanced woodcarving techniques. If you have a favorite animal that you would like to create from wood, Joel and Mike will show you how fun and easy it is!

Friday, October 18
1:00 p.m.
Framing Your Treasures – Bev Rocco of Art and Frame of Falls Church will conduct a lecture on the art of framing your pictures, paintings or other works that you wish to display in your GHBC home! Ms. Rocco will discuss various materials available, the pros and cons and suitability of each. All are welcome, and you may even bring your work of art to help you determine the perfect combination of mat, frame, and glass to preserve and present your art work.

Saturday, October 19
10:00 a.m. – Ceramics –
The Saturday morning ceramics class is back! Join our new instructor, Lena Townsell, who will teach you fun and innovative projects. Lena has a background in fine art and ceramics and is currently in the graduate Art Therapy program at George Washington University.


October in the Art Center
October 5 -Welcome Ceramist Lena Townsell
Ceramist introducing a lesson ceramist instructing how to attach a handle residents making clay pots or dishes   
Saturday watercolor painting
September Activities in the Art Center
group discussing artists and the environement

InkBrush painting  Ink brush painting
Residents knitting children's sweaters for charity
residents writing postcards  resident roundtable art discussion
Residents working on various projects in the Art Center  Making Kaleidoscope / Tissue Paper Art
Abstract Art Class   abstract art class
hands creating a clay tree

creating a clay tree  4 clay trees and a stump  residents working on clay trees

August Activities in the Art Center

abstract painting abstract painting

residents writing postcards residents writing postcards


Residents knitting children's sweaters for charity

Ink brushes

 residents and an instructor working with ink brushes



Residents await the movie

Art Director introduces an Art Film




July Activities in the Art Center

resident forming the Washington Monument in clay glazing ceramics


Resident focusing on her artwork

Residents working in the Art Center Residents create text art projects Discussing text in art


resident behind flower arrangement solo artist at work Resident flower arranger framed by greens

Residents creating jewelry


Art Director leadinng a discussion




Farewell Ellen

Saturday Ceramics Students

Saturday Ceramics Class attendees


Residents making jewelry Residents making jewelry

Resident decorating a cigar box with wallpaper paint and ribbon

Knitting sweaters for kids Residents knitting children's sweaters for charity


Residents decorating cigar boxes with wallpaper Resident cutting up wallpaper
Resident shares her wallpaper choice Residents decorating cigar boxes with wallpaper



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