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Learn the Heritage Craft of Chair Caning
Learn to repair your rocking chairs, foot stools, and dining room chairs! This course will teach you how to restore these wonderful pieces back to their original woven beauty. You will learn the many hands-on techniques in the weaving process needed to restore the piece back to its original splendor.  You will also have the opportunity to create your own woven seat on a small stool or work on an existing project as a way of learning the chair caning techniques. Reward your children and grandchildren with a hand-woven gift that will last a lifetime! Materials may be purchased from the instructor. Bring a bucket, scissors, towel, measuring tape, pencil, one dozen clothes pins and paper to class.

Paper Bead Jewelry
Discover this popular new Jewelry-making method and learn how to turn newspaper, scrapbook paper or gift wrap into lovely jewelry to wear or give as gifts.  Jewelry made from paper beads is becoming very popular because it reuses discarded paper. This basic level class will teach you how to make beads from paper and turn them into necklaces, bracelets or earrings.  In this class, you will learn how to: make paper strips using templates; roll a paper bead using the patented Paper Girl Bead roller; seal and finish the paper beads; and string them into a necklace. At the end of the class, participants will have a completed necklace (and a pair of earrings if time permits) and the know-how to do your own projects. Supplies: Materials include Paper Bead Girl patented paper bead roller, templates, precut paper strips, clasps, crimp beads, beading wire to make a necklace or bracelet. Materials fee $15 paid to instructor at the time of the class.

Kumihimo - Japanese Braid Making
Do you have a beautiful pendant that you want to wear but don't have the right necklace to show it off? Come to this fun class to learn the ancient art of Kumihimo, a form of Japanese braid-making, to make elegant necklaces.  Participants will make an 8-strand satin spiral bracelet or necklace and learn techniques for finishing the braid ends as well as attaching end caps. Materials kit includes braiding loom, 8 bobbins, thread/cord, clasp, end caps, and crimp beads.  Materials fee of $20 paid to instructor on day of class.  Students should bring tape measure and scissors.

Study and practice techniques for drawing realistically in a fun, cooperative atmosphere.  Using pencil and charcoal, explore portraiture, landscape, and still life.  This course is open to all levels of experience from beginning to advanced. (Advanced participants may bring other mediums of their choice.)  All participants are asked to bring their own sketchbook.  Course includes all the basic materials needed for the class.  Please contact instructor Jennie Avila,, if you have additional questions.

Visionary Art
Create art of the imagination.  Original to abstract, Da Vinci to Dali, a hands-on study of artistic pursuit in imaginative, spiritual and alternative inspiration.  Spark your creativity by referencing historic masterworks, diverse cultural iconography, dreams, symbols and indigenous designs.  Bring your own sketchbooks and laptops and examples of your favorite fantasy, visionary, surreal, outsider and spiritual art.  Course fee includes basic materials needed.  Please contact the instructor Jennie Avila at if you have additional questions.

Introduction to Needlecrafts
Create holiday gifts for your family and friends! Participants will explore the different forms of needlework: embroidery, crochet, and knitting. With each skill practiced, a small sampler project will be completed so that skills can be applied immediately. Materials fee includes each project sampler kit.

Beading With Becky
Join the fun and excitement of entering The Wonderful World of Beads.  In this class you will learn to create jewelry from an array of semi-precious gemstones, seed beads, wire, and cabochons.  During each class you will create a different jewelry project.  Gain the knowledge of working with various beading techniques and jewelry design.  All skill levels are welcome. Becky will help the beginner and present challenging projects for the skilled beader.  Let your imagination soar while creating a beautiful piece of jewelry!  Materials may be purchased from the instructor in the first class session.  Please call instructor Rebecca Montgomery at 301-824-3407 if you have additional questions regarding the class or supplies.  Additional supplies will be discussed in the first class session.  We look forward to seeing you in class!
Fee: $91

Basic Drawing I
Have you always wanted to learn to draw?  This class is completely for beginners!  We will work with various materials to "draw out" talent you didn't know you had!  You will see significant improvements in your abilities as you learn new strategies of "seeing".  Students will learn together through demonstration and discussion.  Come build a solid foundation for your artistic future!  Purchase the following materials prior to the first class session: 2B, 4B, 6B pencils, kneaded eraser, graphite stick or pencil, charcoal, sharpener, 18x24 or larger sketchbook of white paper.

Basic Drawing II
Build on your basic drawing skills! This class moves beyond graphite into color and will include demonstrations and discussions as well as plenty of time to work alongside your peers.  Required materials: 2B, 4B, 6B pencils, kneaded eraser, graphite stick or pencil, sharpener, prismacolor (colored) pencils, 18x24 or larger sketchbook of white paper (not newsprint).

For more information or to register, call 240-500-2236.

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