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 2022 

STEAM: Making Change Through Innovation | Youth 12-16 | In-Person

Tuesdays | February 8 – April 26

Partnering with GW engineering students and the Innovation Center, students will use the "cycle of invention" to explore opportunities for innovation in their communities.  Through discovery, ideation and prototyping students will co-design artifacts that represent changes they feel are important to make in their communities.


Digital Design: Intro to Architecture | High School Students | Virtual

Tuesdays | March 2 – March 30

Digital Design for Teens teaches design thinking and SketchUp skills to high school students. This course provides introductory education on digital drawing and 3D modeling for architectural careers and an insight to the work involved in a modern design career. Students will learn simple techniques they can practice outside of the classroom and apply for internships and educational opportunities. In partnership with the Washington Architectural Foundation. Special Note: Desktop computers and laptops preferred. Tablets are acceptable but not preferred.


Street Art, Not Vandalism | Youth 8 -12 | In-Person

Wednesdays | February 9 – April 27

Street Art/Not Vandalism will (re)introduce youth to the history of graffiti art, its connection and influence on Hip-Hop Culture, and its various uses in society. Students will explore the use of street art as propaganda and power, and discuss the ways it may be used as a tool for inspiration and oppression. Students will use a combination of graffiti and fine art techniques to learn how to convey a message through images.


Art Therapy Workshops

Construction, Deconstruction, and Reconstruction | Adults 18+ | Virtual

Mondays | January 24 – March 7 (No class week of February 21)

A painting and paper weaving group, focusing on emotional regulation and self-empowerment. Participants will create paintings, take them apart, and then practice weaving the pieces back together. This multi-step process will create space to share about moving through uncomfortable emotions and transitioning through difficult life experiences.


Sowing Seeds | Adults 18+ | In-Person

Thursdays | January 27 – March 10 (No class week of February 21)

A mixed-media pottery design group, focusing on personal growth and self-care. Participants will use a variety of art materials, including mosaic pieces, to design pre-existing planters/flower pots. The metaphor of sowing seeds in a healthy environment will be explored and processed.

Family Open Studio | Families | Virtual

Thursdays | April 7 – May 19 (No class week of April 11)

We invite parents and children to explore family art making for wellness.  These art and wellness sessions encourage communication and collaboration as you create with your family. Art activities are tailored to be available for adults and children, 6 years and up, and specific instruction will be provided to guide you through the art process.