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Discover a wide range of art classes in Washington, D.C. that will inspire your creativity and teach you new skills. From painting and drawing to ceramics and photography, these classes offer hands-on instruction and the opportunity to unleash your artistic potential.

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Street and Mural Art in The Shaw Neighborhood

Washington Photo Safari @ 5114 Ritchie Rd #644, Bealeton, VA , USA, Bealeton, VA

Embark on a vibrant urban adventure, exploring the colorful murals and iconic landmarks of the Shaw Neighborhood in Washington, DC. Led by renowned photographer E. David Luria, capture the essence of this artistic community and discover hidden gems along the way. Unleash your creativity and join us for an unforgettable photography experience in the heart of the city.

Sunday Feb 25th, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

iPhone Photography - Getting Started at the National Gallery of Art

Capital Photography Center @ 4th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC

Discover the art of iPhone photography at the National Gallery of Art, where you'll learn how to capture stunning images and transform them into artistic expressions through the use of editing apps. Unleash your creativity and master the techniques of exposure, composition, and focus for optimal results. Don't miss this opportunity to explore endless photographic possibilities with your iPhone camera.

Sunday Jan 28th, 10:30am–2:30pm Eastern Time

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Half Day Private Digital Photography (DC)

Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, Washington, DC

Capture stunning images and master your camera's capabilities with personalized instruction from expert photographers at Digital Photo Academy in Washington, DC. Explore various photography genres and receive hands-on guidance during an in-the-field shoot. Enhance your post-capture workflow skills and learn valuable editing techniques to bring your images to life.

Tuesday Dec 12th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

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Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, Washington, DC

Enhance your photography skills with a personalized, immersive experience led by expert instructors at Digital Photo Academy. Capture stunning images in various genres, receive guidance tailored to your camera and interests, and learn essential post-capture techniques. Schedule a private session to elevate your photography to new heights.

Tuesday Dec 12th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time


Getting started in Real Estate Photography

Capital Photography Center

Are you eager to excel in Real Estate Photography? Join our comprehensive class to learn the fundamentals and hone your skills in this dynamic field. Expert photographer Tammy will guide you through a diverse range of real estate photography methods, including essential lighting techniques and HDR solutions (high dynamic range). Explore the art of composition theory and its application to capturing spaces, along with various approaches to handling...

Saturday Feb 10th, 1–4:30pm Eastern Time

External Flash Made Easy

Capital Photography Center @ 8130 Porter Rd, Virginia, DC

Are you eager to unlock the full potential of your external flash unit? Sign up for this class to master the art of flash photography. Whether you're a beginner or an enthusiast, this class will elevate your photography game. Learn how to harness the true power of your flash as we delve into understanding its various modes and functions. Discover how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings impact your flash photos, enabling you to capture stunning...

Sunday Jan 21st, 2:30–6:30pm Eastern Time

Story-Telling at the National Museum of American History

Washington Photo Safari @ 5114 Ritchie Rd #644, Bealeton, VA , USA, Bealeton, VA

Unleash your smartphone's storytelling potential at the National Museum of American History. Capture powerful images, learn composition techniques, and master low-light photography to truly make an impact with your art. Join us for a safari designed for smartphone users, and discover the stories waiting to be told.

Saturday Dec 16th, 2–4pm Eastern Time

Winter Solstice Safari: Washington National Cathedral

Washington Photo Safari @ 5114 Ritchie Rd #644, Bealeton, VA , USA, Bealeton, VA

Winter Solstice Safari at the Washington National Cathedral Join Elody Crimi on an exciting behind the scenes, hidden gems photo adventure and tour of the National Cathedral during this special time of year when the beautiful golden light of the Winter Solstice comes through the stained-glass windows of the South nave and shines deep, glowing colors of light onto the pillars and architecture through the Nave. Elody is the co-author of Jewels of...

Wednesday Dec 20th, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

Flower Design Star: 1 Week Comprehensive

American School of Flower Design @ 8870 Monard Dr, Silver Spring, MD

Our Design Star comprehensive is a week packed full of learning and designing. It takes you from beginner to designer. We’ve seen amazing things in this class as on the last day we design our own mock wedding and some of the most beautiful work has come out of that final class. It’s approximately 24 styles of design covering every area of designing that is commercially available on today’s market. It also gives you tips for marketing, buying,...

Monday Mar 18th, 1–4:30pm Eastern Time

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Exploring Macro Photography

Capital Photography Center @ 600 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD

Uncover the captivating world of small subjects in this technical and creative macro photography course. Discover essential skills such as precise focusing techniques, maximizing depth of field, and modifying light with diffusers and reflectors. Get ready to explore the art of up-close photography at Capital Photography Center.

Saturday Jan 6th, 10am–1:30pm Eastern Time

How To Be A Photography Business Owner

Capital Photography Center @ 218 N Lee St, Washington, DC

Join Laura Hatcher to learn how to lay a solid foundation and build an actionable plan towards legally making money with your camera. This class is designed to provide experienced photographers, who aspire to earn money from photography, with accurate and relevant resources, lessons learned, and advice on establishing a legitimate photography business. Laura will give you insight to questions you may be asking yourself such as; Where do I start...

Thursday Jan 11th, 7–9:30pm Eastern Time

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2 sessions

Creating A Photography Website

Capital Photography Center @ 8136 Porter St, Falls Church, VA

Whether you want to showcase your skills as a photographer or are a photo hobbyist who wants to share your work on a personal website, Adobe Portfolio gives you the tools you need. Included with any Adobe Creative Cloud account, Portfolio is a great way to build a website with a professional look.  If you want to showcase your skills as a photographer, an online portfolio is an essential piece of your toolkit.   Bring your best photographs...

Saturday Feb 3rd, 9:30am–12pm Eastern Time

Exploring Headshot Photography

Capital Photography Center @ 218 N Lee St, Washington, DC

Looking to master indoor-studio headshot sessions? Look no further! In this hands-on photography class, Laura Hatcher invites you to her studio in Old Town, Alexandria, to learn the essential techniques for lighting, posing, and interacting with headshot clients. Topics include: Gear Considerations: Discover the must-have camera, lighting, modifiers, and post-production software for capturing stunning headshots. Portfolio Building and Lead...

Sunday Feb 25th, 1:30–5pm Eastern Time

Getting Started in Portraiture

Capital Photography Center @ 8130 Porter Rd, Virginia, DC

Learn the essential skills and techniques to create professional portraits in this comprehensive course offered by Capital Photography Center. Develop your ability to control lighting, composition, and posing to capture stunning and meaningful images of your loved ones. Take your portraiture skills to the next level and express your unique style through this immersive learning experience.

Saturday Jan 27th, 9:30am–12:30pm Eastern Time

Photographing Holiday Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Washington Photo Safari @ 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, DC

During this nighttime workshop, participants have the unique opportunity to learn from an expert how to photograph the nighttime radiance of bonfires, candles, and lanterns, as well as Mount Vernon’s spectacular holiday fireworks over the Potomac River. Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria will give hands-on photography tips as well as camera techniques. Participants should bring a camera with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures...

Friday Dec 15th, 7:30–9:45pm Eastern Time

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Discover the Best Art Classes in Washington, D.C.

Although is best known for its place in US history, it also has a rich history of art. is home to the National Gallery of Art, which hosts over 150,000 sculptures, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings. When viewed together, the museum gives a unique view of the power and range of human creativity. It includes works from some of the most famous artists of all time, including Leonardo de Vinci, Raphael, Van Gosh, and Monet. 

Because is home to many great galleries and museums, it’s a great place to get art inspiration. If you want to take an art class in , browse through the classes and schools listed on CourseHorse. CourseHorse lists the best classes available in your area. 

Why You Should Learn Art in

There are several great reasons why you should learn art in DC. First of all, offers a plethora of art classes and schools that are ready to teach you the skills you’ll need to excel in art. While learning art in , you’ll gain access to the best tools, facilities, and teachers. 

When you take an art class in , you’ll also be able to meet new people, network with other artists, and join art communities. Through these new connections, you can make new friends, join clubs and groups, and attend art shows. If you’re interested in starting a career in art, then you can also use art classes to pick up teaching skills and ensure your mastery of the topic. 

Another great reason to take art in is that art is a relaxing hobby. It’s a great, productive way to spend your free time and ensure that you’re using your time wisely. Art classes help you to unlock your creativity and relax your mind. 

In-Person Art Classes in

In-person classes offer some of the best instruction for learning art in . In-person classes offer access to live demonstrations and personalized feedback to help you excel while you learn art. On CourseHorse, you’ll find dozens of great in-person art classes offered through schools in . 

One of the best art classes to consider taking is Art and Architecture - Creative Captures from Capital Photography Center. The class meets once for two and a half hours and walks through the National Gallery of Art. you will explore how to reimagine the lines and shapes of these elements to create unique and memorable photographs. 

The class will also encourage participants to create their own interpretations, use perspective, emphasize patterns, use composition, and choose details. To participate, you will need a DSLR or mirrorless camera. Although the class is open to all skill levels, it’s recommended that you have some familiarity with the exposure settings of ISO, aperture, and shutter speeds. 

Another class you should consider taking is the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum from Washington Photo Safari. The class meets for two hours and will walk you through basic photography to capture artwork on display. The class is a safari that is led by Paris-trained professional architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria.

During the class, you will learn how to photograph works of art on display and how to use your smartphone to take professional pictures that can be enlarged, matted, framed, and printed on canvas. 

Also, consider taking Natural Light Portrait Photography from Washington Photo Safari. This two-hour class focuses on teaching you to take professional photographs in natural lighting. You will create moody and artistic photographs that are unique to your style. Your instructor will show you the tips and tricks needed to master taking photos in natural light. 

Virtual Art Classes 

Although in-person art classes often offer the most personalized instruction, they might not always include the class subjects that you’re interested in taking. Online art classes offer a wider range of classes, which may make it easier to find what you’re looking for. In addition, virtual art classes include many of the same benefits as in-person classes. For example, you can still receive live demonstrations and personalized feedback. 

If you want to take an online art class, consider taking Beginners Art Journaling from The Art Studio NY. This art class focuses on unlocking your creativity through a range of styles and mediums. You will fill a journal with art pieces that express your inner thoughts in a safe environment. The class called itself a “[f]ear-Free Beginners Art Journaling Class” because students will have a “safe, encouraging and inspiring space to explore and express feelings through color, texture, words, and art.”

The class doesn’t provide the materials, but you’ll need watercolor paints, a mixed media pad, pencils, glue, paintbrushes, and more to get the most out of your time. By the end of the class, you’ll know how to express your thoughts through art. 

Another great class to take is the Abstract Painting class from Richmond Art Center. This course includes four sessions that each last for two hours. You will learn how to create abstract art through your own visions. You can also choose your own art medium so that you’ll be able to create art in the medium that you’re already comfortable using. 

Remote classes are great opportunities for you to learn art from the comfort of your home. CourseHorse’s website lists some of the best art classes for you to take. Since the course list is updated regularly, make sure to check back to ensure that you’re getting the best remote classes.

Private Group Art Classes in

Are you a business looking to schedule an art class as a fun team-building event? Art classes provide a great outlet for employees to release stress and learn new skills. CourseHorse offers a great list of art classes for private groups in

For example, consider booking the Virtual Group Drawing & Sketching Class for one hour. The class is open to groups of up to 255 people and will teach your group how to create a graphite still-life drawing. It’s a great class to help your group spark their creativity. The class covers hatching and cross-hatching techniques to build value, create depth, and use basic shapes to build objects. 

To fully participate, your group will only need a pencil and paper. You can also choose from still lifes, landscapes, botanical drawings, faces, and custom topics to ensure that your getting the best fit for your group.

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