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.

Fall 2022 

Youth Classes

Digital Design: Architecture | Virtual | High School Students

September 14th - November 1st | 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, 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: Tools of the Trade | In-person | 3rd - 8th Grade

September 13th - November 15th | Tuesdays | 5:30 - 7 PM

Learn to think like an architect by learning the tools of the trade! This class is a focus on DC 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.  This class will be focused on DC architecture and the contributions African American Architects have made in the nation’s capital.  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.


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

September 15th - November 17th | Thursdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

This class is for young artists who want to build their fine arts skills.  Students will learn about contemporary artists and art history and develop skills through different mediums such as drawing, painting, and printmaking.  Students will be able to explore color theory, brush techniques, and design skills. Students will gain knowledge about college readiness and  the importance of building an art portfolio in order to apply to high school or college visual art programs. They will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with local artists.


Photography: Digital Zines | Virtual |High School Students

September 14th - November 16th | Wednesdays | 6 - 7:30 PM

In the Digital "Zine" course, students will create their own digital zine (mini magazine!) about a topic of their choice. They will learn how to incorporate drawings, photo, and collage skills to tell a story that's important to them. In addition to learning how mixed media can uplift their story, students will learn fundamental design, photo editing, and publication skills. By the end of each course, each student will have created a digital zine to share with the world!



Adult Classes

Stitching with Care | Virtual | Adults

September 13th - November 15th | Tuesdays | 6:30 - 8 PM

An embroidery artmaking group, focusing on self-care and healing. Participants will practice the art of embroidery on a burlap canvas. While stitching, participants will engage in conversations centered around five dimensions of self-care (physical, mental/intellectual, social, spiritual, and emotional).


Small Wins, Big Change | Virtual | Adults

September 15th - November 17th | Thursdays | 6:30 - 8 PM

An open-ended, mixed-media artmaking group, focusing on self-awareness, empowerment, and grace. Participants will choose from a variety of art materials to creatively process positive, daily experiences - considered as small wins - through a mindful lens. Time and space will be given to honor, explore, celebrate, and reflect upon these small wins as a supportive and encouraging community.