I do not have an artistic bone in my body.
I cannot draw to save my life. I do not have an eye for color or design. My creativity really only applies to writing.
My husband, however, comes from a long line of artists. We have artwork in our home that was painted by his mother and grandmother. Unfortunately, he claims that he inherited none of their talent, so our son will have to head off to Grandma’s for his art lessons.
The good news for residents of Alexandria is that art classes and open sessions are available practically right around the corner.
I believe that one of the best things parents can do during their time out of the house is expand their horizons. So an art class might be a great way to learn something new, dust off a long-forgotten talent or just have fun.
Have you always wanted to learn how to take better photos? Do you like the idea of working with clay? Or are painting and drawing more your style?
Alexandria neighbors might be surprised to know what is offered locally, sometimes within walking distance of home.
In Del Ray, offers drop-in sessions for drawing and . Simply show up with your supplies, and they will provide the models. Sessions are inexpensive with a maximum cost of $10 for three hours.
Also in Del Ray, offers a 10-week wheel-throwing class for all skill-levels. Drop by the shop to inquire about the class.
In Old Town, the is truly a gem. The Art League School offers classes in a variety of different mediums and techniques. A few of April’s classes include Architectural Photography, Still Life and Floral in Oil, and Felted Flowers. Classes range from $75 to $525.
If you’re like me, however, being artistically challenged does not mean you cannot enjoy art. Stop by Del Ray Artisans or the Torpedo Factory and check out their current exhibits.
This month’s exhibit at Del Ray Artisans is and explores the color, energy and simplicity in abstract artwork.
For those looking for a more social art-viewing experience, the Torpedo Factory is hosting a . The event will not only feature over 200 pieces, but will feature games, pub food and drinks, music, prizes and more.
So whether you’re creating or admiring, take some time to enjoy art and stimulate the creative center of your brain.