Boo! Monsters, Pumpkins and More!
October's Handy Hour: Ceramic Pumpkins and Acorns with Carrie Althouse, see below
Fall at RHAC is packed with creative classes,
exhibits,  workshops and events for all ages!

Tuesday Life Drawing Sessions:
Life Drawing is a great way to quickly improve your observational skills, which is great practice for any artist. The attention to visual reality helps hone an understanding of how forms and light relate. Just $10 per session, or $30 for four sessions. Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm; $10 per person; age 18 & up; bring your own drawing supplies.

NEW! Beginning Wheel-Thrown Ceramics with Carrie Althouse:
Beginning pottery students will learn the basics of pottery, classroom safety, clay properties, cutting, wedging, centering on the pottery wheel, and making a basic cylinder. Intermediate  and advanced students will expand their current skill set and further develop technical skills and knowledge. Exploration of the surface will include carving, slip trailing and glaze application. 
Wednesays, October 7 through December 2 (no class Thanksgiving week), 11 am - 2 pm, $200 plus $25 materials fee, Ages 18 & up.

  Think Outside the Box Creative Challenge
Everyone is invited to participate in the "Think Outside the Box!" art challenge exhibit.
Now in its fourth year, "Think Outside the Box!" is a challenge to create works that incorporate a cardboard or pasteboard box. The box can be manipulated, deconstructed, or adorned in any way imaginable. The finished work can hang on the wall or from the ceiling, or sit on a pedestal or the floor. Works will be judged by members of Western Loudoun's arts community. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Thinky (the most intellectual concept), Most Boxy (the work that best captures the concept of "box"), and Most Outside (the work with the greatest display of sheer creativity). Students are also encouraged to enter in the Most Likely to Succeed category - for free! Register by October 12 to participate at

Then Join us at Rocking Outside the Box Artists' Reception on Sunday, October 18 from 1pm to 4pm with live music by local favorites  THE IMMORTALS!

Exploring Ceramics with Hannah Janney:
Join instructor Hannah Janney for fun weekly adventures in clay. Learn hand-building, wheel, sculpture, and glazing techniques. Parents are welcome to register as well! 
Saturdays, October 17 through November 7 (four classes), 10 am to 12 pm, $100 plus $25 materials, Ages 7 & up.

The Second Annual TinyCon for Teens
TinyCon is an anime/science fiction convention created by and for teen fans. TinyCon will feature panels and workshops, just like the big, expensive conventions like Comic Con and Katsucon! Our workshops will be led by teens and adults and will focus on cosplay (costumed role-playing of your favorite characters), writing, and gaming. You're welcome to come in costume, but you don't have to! Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, $10 plus fees for pizza lunch and candy sushi; Ages 11 and up.

Splotch Monsters with Steve Loya
Artist and teacher Steve Loya grew up watching movies and TV shows with lots of cool, creative monsters in them. Star Wars, Godzilla, Ultraman, and Spectre Man were a few that left an impression, and Steve also had a love and appreciation for insects and animals. Splotch Monsters began as an experiment and a daily creative exercise.  Making Splotch Monsters is fun! These critters are created from paint, inks, and more, and can go in many different directions, from cute and cartoony to more serious. Starting out as semi random paint "splotches", things like eyes, ears, horns, limbs, spots, stripes and more are added to bring them to life. Create your own set of "Monsters" with Steve just in time for Hallowe'en!
Friday, October 23, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, $30 per family includes materials and pizza dinner.

Beginning Knitting with Kathy Reed:
This is a beginner series for Tweens, Teens and Adults. Start at the very beginning and end up with a skill set to take on more advanced projects. Students will go home with at least one project they made.  Students will also have the opportunity to donate knit "squares" to Warm Up America which is a national organization powered by local groups and donates handmade blankets to those in need. Saturdays, October 24 through November 14, 19, & 26, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, $80 plus $15 materials, Age 10 & up.
Get Me Started Painting: Autumn Still Lifes with Dana Thompson
Get Me Started Series: Autumn Still Life Painting with Dana Thompson:
It's easier to paint with oils than you think! Accomplished painter and respected instructor Dana Thompson will introduce the basics of oil painting, from compostion to color theory.  Dana will set up a beautiful autumn still life to inspire you. You'll be amazed at what you can do in three hours! Saturday, October 24, 1 pm - 4 pm, $50 includes supplies.

Our October Handy Hour: Ceramic Pumpkins and Acorns with Carrie Althouse
(see photo at top of page)
Artist Carrie Althouse will show you how to make these harvest season sculptures, perfect for a Thanksgiving table. Working with handbuilding techniques, Carrie will provide a great introduction to working with ceramics. We'll also have time for snacks, socializing, and we might even visit Bogati Bodega next door for a glass of wine.  A fun and crafty evening! Friday, October 30, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, $20 plus $20 materials fee, age 16 & up.

Adventures in Art with Amy Manson
up in November: Adventures in Art  for Kids with Amy Manson
Artist Amy Manson leads this dynamic class, which encourages children's natural interest in exploring their own creativity.  Children will imagine, draw, paint, sculpt and design, while learning about various artists, and artistic styles. Children will explore multiple mediums and develop new skills. Students will work on new projects each session. 
Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm, November 4 through 25 (4 classes), $150. Ages 7-13

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