ArtReach Classes

Artreach in the studio

ArtReach GW provides free, high-quality fine arts education, expressive and therapeutic art classes, and advanced fine arts college preparation facilitated by GW Corcoran alumni and local teaching artists to more than 200 youth and families who reside in DC Wards 7 & 8, and nearby Prince George's County, MD.

Spring 2023 

Youth Classes

Tradition and Modernity: African and African Diaspora | In-person | 3rd - 8th Grade

February 7th - April 23rd | Tuesdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

Experience art styles as we travel through a timeline of traditional African Art. We will learn the different techniques practiced in all regions of Africa and then identify practices that compare to or contrast with African Diasporan Art through history. 


Developing Young Artists | In-person | 3rd - 8th Grade

February 9th - April 27th | Thrusdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

This class is for young artists who want to build their fine arts skills. In these sessions, students will explore drawing, sculpture, and printmaking techniques and methods. Students will learn about contemporary artists and art history, interact with local artists, and gain knowledge about building a visual art portfolio in order to apply to high school or college visual art programs.


Web Design for Teens | Virtual | High School Students

​​​​​GIRLZ By Design

February 11th - March 4th | Saturdays | 10 - 11:30 AM

Students will learn the tools to create a unique online portfolio to showcase their art and design works. This four-week session will lead students to develop a brand identity, understand the fundamentals of user experience design, and build and launch their own website.


Photography | Virtual | High School Students

February 7th - April 25th | Tuesdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

A photography class that explores art and activism through image making. Students will learn basic composition, lighting, and storytelling techniques and create original artworks that respond to a social justice issue they want to change, reframe, or bring awareness to.


Advanced Painting | In-person | High School Students

March 11th - April 29th | Saturdays | 10am-Noon

The ArtReach GW Portfolio Development classes provide advanced arts training and portfolio development. Working from observation and experimenting with abstraction, students will learn painting fundamentals and the basics of color theory and composition. Students will be introduced to various materials, mediums, and techniques. Group and individual critiques will take place throughout the course. The course is ideal for high school students wanting to build their portfolios for college or arts magnet High School admissions.



Architecture: Digital Design for Teens | Virtual | High School Students

Mar 1 - Apr 26 | Wednesdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

Digital Design for Teens teaches valuable computer-aided design (CAD)  skills to high school students. Though many high schools teach similar courses, the Washington Architectural Foundation and ArtReach GW team up to provide introductory education on digital drawing and 3D modeling for architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, and civil and mechanical engineering purposes. Students will learn simple techniques they can practice outside of the classroom and apply for internships and educational opportunities. Digital Design for Teens is an excellent asset for any college applicant or job-seeker to have on their resume and provides insight into the work involved in a modern design career.  Please note desktop computers and laptops are preferred. Tablets are acceptable but not preferred.



Architecture: Homes of the Future | In-person | 3rd - 8th Grade

March 1st - April 26th | Tuesdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

Learn to think like an architect by learning the tools of the trade! This class is a focus on residential architecture and an introduction to an architect's design process.  Participants will be able to learn the tools of the trade: drawing, photography, and model-building, and will be challenged to think of what shelter may look like in their communities in the future.  In partnership with the Washington Architectural Foundation, classes are taught by design professionals working in DC. Classes will be held at ArtReach GW’s studio at THEARC.


Adult Classes

Sacred Circle | In-person + Virtual | Adults

February - May | Thursdays | March 2nd, April 13th | 6:30 - 8 PM

A collection of thematic workshops focused on prayer, community, and growth. Workshops will include guided meditation that creates space for personal prayer and self-reflection. Participants will process their experiences creatively by making embroidered mandalas. These workshops are in collaboration with the GW Museum + Textile Museum's upcoming exhibition, "Prayer and Transcendence,"; and installation by Anne Lindberg, will take place on-site at the museum and virtually. Transportation will be provided.


Pause. Breathe. Focus. | Virtual | Adults

February 7th - April 23rd | Tuesdays | 6:30 - 8 PM

An open studio artmaking group, with dialogue around priorities, boundaries, and self-control. Participants will dedicate time to reflect on aspects of self and life that need particular attention and development. Participants will have the freedom to choose artistic medium(s) and express themselves creatively in a supportive community space.