Best Creative Workshops In Washington Near Me

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1. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

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9 reviews
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 545 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

Telephone: (202) 547-6839

Business type: Arts organization



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Kaely Harrod: Xhaw is a wonderful place for my kids.They do plays and cool art.I just love their music

Wilson Klein: SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ART SCENE TO COUNTER the CULTURE.Awesome space, saw Prometheus Players performance of 'Or'. Keep it up and Thanks.

Kaitlynn Skoog: Such a great community hub! Loves my ceramics classes here! Couldn’t recommend highly enough!!

2. Art Studio Blue Giraffe

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4 reviews
Art Studio Blue Giraffe
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 4545 42nd St NW #104, Washington, DC 20016

Telephone: (301) 275-6768

Business type: Art school



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Loushnikova Ekaterina: We had a wonderful painting class this Saturday and we are going to go for felting class to do wool painting, water coloring and to have intellectual discussion during a session. I is perfect for weekend to spend time with your friends doing art projects and to have some drinks. I recommend to call in advance to figure out available time

Eugene G: This review is for the Germantown location. This school is a great school for learning and practicing the Russian language as well as math, also with an excellent art program. The teachers are very kind and knowledgeable. It’s competitively priced and I highly recommend.

3. Washington Studio School

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5 reviews
Washington Studio School
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 234-3030

Business type: Art school



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Gretchen Whitney: Great location near Dupont Circle. Experienced instructors. Fun art community.

Jiaohong Yu: Positive: Quality

4. The Children's Art Studio

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7 reviews
The Children's Art Studio
Location
4.8
Prices
4.9
Classes
4.8
Facilities
4.8
Teachers
4.8

Address: 2121 Decatur Pl NW, Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 247-1155

Business type: Art school



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Carlotta Bartolini: Nicole is an amazing teacher - she loves her students and gets creative for every camp. The quality of the Children's Art Studio classes is very high, and kids really have the chance to improve their personal and artistic skills while having tons of fun. Thank you, Nicole, for these amazing courses and for the tuition-free program for the students in Ward 7. Everyone should have access to art!
Response: Thank you Carlotta. We aim to serve.

Kathleen Krepps: My sons have been going to the Children's Art Studio since they were toddlers--first the mommy and me classes, then workshops and camps on their own, and now the pandemic online version, which is fabulous! I have always appreciated the calm and creative space, but never more than now. The children make beautiful creations and they love it. The studio is inclusive and welcoming for kids with disabilities and at all different ages and levels. The Zoom classes work so well--better than anything else the kids are doing online. We get some elusive quiet and serenity during class! Highly recommend.

Rebecca Galen: My 5 year old son looks forward to class every week--he talks throughout the week of how he will finish or add to his current project or wonders what materials they will create with next. It is wonderful how Nicole creates projects working with all different types of materials and uses the children's creativity to design a one of a kind pieces to bring home. Added bonus is all the mess happens out of the house! Nicole teaches the children about art, inspires their creativity and is a wonderful, caring person.
Response: He adds so much to our class room and studio. Thank you.

Ernest Fischer: My daughter has been in the toddler class for over a year now and has really enjoyed it. She has done a huge number of projects and my wife and I have loved seeing what’s new each week. I think the instructor does a great job of planning and organizing.
Response: Your daughter is a wonderful artist. She has created so much beautiful work. I feel the arts will be a part of her life for a long time. Thank you!

Joelle Ziemian: My daughter attended a one-day class and it was disappointing, given the high cost ($95 for 5 hours). The instructors were very young - and although the kids did a lot of activities, it was not serious; more like crafts than art. Some of the attendees were really badly behaved and completely uninterested. This is probably for children closer to 5 or 6 than 8 or 9.
Response: Thank you very much for your feed back. At the Children's Art Studio we strive to offer the highest quality instruction in a supportive upbeat environment. We teach a wide range of skills and include technical lessons, (with rigorous, specific instruction), and more open ended lessons where the students get to experiment with cool raw materials. Overall, (and over the course of a few workshops and classes), I think we provide a good mix. I'm so sorry that your daughter felt the workshop she attended had too strong of an emphasis on the open ended projects. In my opinion, and after teaching for decades, I feel there is value in both approaches. I am also sorry that your daughter felt that some of the other students were not engaged or badly behaved. We are committed to creating a safe, calm, structured, invigorating studio space where every child feels safe and valued. Again, on the whole, I think our classroom management is excellent. Our teachers are experienced and passionate about bringing the joy of art to young people. Nonetheless, I am sorry that your daughter had a less than stellar experience. I hope you will try us again so that she can experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from making art, and that your family will know the magic that keeps families coming back to the Children's Art studio year after year.

Mary Galeti: Our daughter loved the classes and we loved the art projects that came home. Nicole was a wonderful teacher!
Response: We appreciate you sending your talented child to work with us. We look forward to many more great days at the Children's Art Studio!

5. Red Panda Art Studio

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3 reviews
Red Panda Art Studio
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 5481 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Business type: Art studio



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Elizabeth Stark: The online art classes for kids are so fun and engaging! My daughter can’t wait for each one!

6. Rhizome DC - Art Learning DIY Culture

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55 reviews
Rhizome DC - Art Learning DIY Culture
Location
4.9
Prices
4.8
Classes
4.8
Facilities
4.8
Teachers
4.8

Address: 6950 Maple St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Business type: School



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Yoda Vader: This is a way cool place for unadulterated art and music. I was really surprised by the intimacy and kindness of everyone — from the artists and the host. Looking forward to future events and a chance to collaborate.

Austin Graff: Rhizome DC is one of the most unique things in all of Washington, DC. It's an arts community/space in a stand alone family home in Takoma. On the first floor in the living room is where musicians perform their art. My wife, baby, and friend attended a 24-hour music concert where anyone could bring an instrument and join in. When we entered, there was a $10 suggested donation box. In the back was an artists painting to the music with books scattered on the floor. No one acknowledged us at all, which was odd. The upstairs is a public art gallery with art on the walls for sale. One room allows you to add to the art by using a sharpie to write anything on the walls from a drawing to poerty. If you want a creative experience in DC, come here. It proves DC is more than politics.

Michelle Tamez: Always looking for places where creativity and authentic community can come together and this is a rare gem in the DMV. We went for a punk show on a sunday afternoon and were amazed by the talent, emotion and raw energy of the artists as well as the homie space. It is literally a house turned community center. They have discussions, workshops and great music. Can't wait to go back.

Leanne Bowers: This quant house in North DC is a home away from home for artists. They host various artistic events that cultivate community. I've seen everything from painting, sound art, and fiber art events at this location. If you are an artist looking to host an event I absolutely recommend Rhizome DC, not to mention there is some parking near the house! Parking in DC? So rare!

Christine Paluch: This is a converted house that is a community arts space. This is one of the best Avant Garde and Experimental music venues in the country, and also has art and installations on the upper floor. If you are interested in listening to free jazz, free improvisation, electronic experimental soundscapes, and even the occasional punk band, there is no better venue in DC. The shows are almost all intimate, and there is a community vibe. But you will also meet and see some of the central figures in DC music past and present. In a few short years this has become one of the most important venues in DC. A community art space, meets one of the leading places to see avant garde music in America. Highly recommended if one is in DC.

Ane Gummel: I love these guYs. Amazing DIY venue - we need more of these!! Kudos to them for hosting eccentric, nonconventional artists. They also do meditation workshops, which I've yet to attend, but look forward to doing so in the future.

Scott Gilkeson: funky, eclectic, never know what you will find--but has an amazing draw and some very fine performers/artists; sponsored an American Primitive guitar festival, a tribute to John Fahey and others, that drew performers and audience from around the world

Janice Temple: Loved the Capital Bop event at RhizomeDC. They served vegan taco cauliflower lentils, kombucha, beer and wine with great experiential jazz. The first set we listened 👌 to Keith Bulter Trio with Abe Mamet on the French Horn. Amazing jazz sounds.

Adam Mele: What can be said that can’t be said. CVSes and Walgreens, those places are fine. They’ve got good selections of Twizzlers and oftentimes still sell those disposable cameras (though it’s unclear where you get the pictures developed). However, sometimes we need other things in life that those stores don’t provide. Futons, for example. And the freedom inherent in the creative process. Rhizome has the latter, with which I can employ to create the former. I’m good in terms of couches right now, but inspiration, well, in the parlance of the current times we live in, ‘filler up!’

Elaina Faust: My favorite vibe -- intimate, accessible, eclectic DIY event programming. It's a little hard to spot, as it's on somewhat of a side street and looks like a regular house. It's got the letters "RHIZOME" across the overhang of the front porch.

7. District Clay Center

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17 reviews
District Clay Center
Location
4.6
Prices
4.7
Classes
4.6
Facilities
4.6
Teachers
4.6

Address: 2414 Douglas St NE, Washington, DC 20018

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

Telephone: (301) 615-1434

Business type: Pottery classes



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D Waldo: Visited NGO, Plants & Blooms Reimagined, a special floral design work space.

Erica Young: I love District clay and all that I have been able to accomplish since taking classes there! Great people, teachers, and equipment. The price is good, considering the (few) pottery studios in the area charge slightly more. Also, as a student in a class, you can visit any other classes during the week (without paying more) and they have open studio time on Sundays. The only downside is that as the place gets bigger and adds more students, they don't appear to do much about the spacing and needs of the greater amount of students, until it is late in the game. For example, shelf space and firing times seems to stay the same unless enough complaints come in. I wish they would anticipate these needs of a growing location. On the whole though, it's a great place and I love attending my classes!

Maria Otero: This is a great place, helpful, responsive teachers, good equipment, unique warm atmosphere where you can interact with other students or just be - everyone is helpful, that's just is the culture of the place. Beautiful pottery and great learning. I swore to myself I wasn't going to tell anyone about District Clay to keep it as lovely as it is, but here I am, posting this five star review!

Beatriz T. CentenoPiñeiro: I recommend this place only to people who are flexible and not too concerned about what comes out. I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, it's a good deal and the instructors are nice (for the most part). On the other hand, you need to speak up if you need guidance, most of the time the kiln is loaded by work-study people that are sometimes a bit careless and unfocused, so there are accidents, and then there are also problems with glazes. After the 10 weeks of class, students must clear their shelf but the temporary shelf is always crowded, increasing chances of accidents, and it takes a few more weeks for your final pieces to be fired. So even if you are finished, kiln traffic is always high and you have to go back every other week to see if your pieces are done.

Jan Vandevanter: You could not choose a better place to learn. The instructors are terrific, the space is warm and welcoming and the generosity of spirit is palpable. Whether you are a beginner or pro all are welcomed equally.

Adam Barrett: They accommodated a small group of us last minute. We had a great time. They glazed and fired our pots. I’ll be back again for sure.

Benjamin Gutman: Great place to learn, see and do pottery. Classes. Gallery. Studio space. All excellent. And friendly and knowledgeable community.

Tonya Howe: Amazing community, awesome space, great location, accessible class prices--what more can you want?

Luke Lukens: Great space. Owned and run by the best people in the world.

Jason Navarre: My friends introduced me to this place and it's great!!

8. The Loft Collective

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5 reviews
The Loft Collective
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 7007 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Telephone: (240) 292-9325

Business type: Art studio



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Ursula Indacochea: My son loves it, he has found here a space to explore is creativity. He comes back home talking about Picasso or Matisse and asking me to show him more of their paintings :)
Response: Thanks, Ursula! So glad he’s enjoying it, and it’s prompting more curiosity! We love to hear that.

D M: My son came home from Little Loft camp every day saying his day was "Awesome!" He studied African American artists for one week, made a very cool book of those he studied and loved the projects related to their work. He loved his teacher, the rhythm of the day, the playground, and didn't want to leave when I went to pick him up. He has always had a really positive experience at Little Loft and I love the artwork he brings home at the end of the week.
Response: I'm so glad! Thanks for spending part of your summer with us.

Kandace Gilligan: Little Loft is a magical little place where young minds can explore their creative side with the perfect balance of freedom and structure. My 6-year-old-daughter loves her time there. The space is beautiful and the lessons and activities are thoughtful and inclusive. We have had several of her art projects professionally matted and framed. The open minds and hearts of the staff shine through -- you can see in her portfolio that she brings home at the end of the session how much care is put into their program. We love Little Loft!
Response: Thank you, Kandace - this is exactly what we're going for!

Grow Wild: Little Loft has been my daughters favorite summer camp. Great mix of art, play, and reading time. Kind and friendly vibe, will be going back!
Response: I hope so! Thanks for the feedback - we really appreciate it.

H BC: My daughter attended the school day off camp and had a wonderful time all day. She didn't want to leave when I came to pick her up. Fantastic staff that makes children feel welcome and relaxed right away.
Response: So glad to hear! Hope to see you again soon.

9. AR Workshop Alexandria

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26 reviews
AR Workshop Alexandria
Location
4.8
Prices
4.7
Classes
4.7
Facilities
4.7
Teachers
4.7

Address: 1212 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (703) 566-0177

Business type: Art studio



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Jennifer GAEBEL: Loved this place! Nestled in the beautiful town of Alexandria VA, and in perfect town location, we visited the AR workshop for team building. The studio itself is adorable & cleverly designed to capture & display the art of your experience. I chose the large Lazy Susan and with the expresso stain. I am definitely going back as their are so many other projects I'd love to do! Katie, the owner, and her coworker were so attentive and patient to our needs in such a large group. Absolutely recommend whether it be alone, with group of friends or with coworkers!
Response: Jennifer -- Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We loved hosting your team building here! And, thank you for sharing photos of how you used it at home....I love it! Hope to see you back again soon! ~Katie

Samreen Rizvi: My girls absolutely loved the 4 day art camp! They made 6 projects in total - all stunning pieces of art work!
Response: We are so glad the girls had a great experience! We love hearing that!! Thank you for sharing the wonderful feedback! ~ Katie

Ryan Linthicum: So much fun! Went on a date night for a fun craft and glass of prosecco. Great activity for people who want to craft but don't know how - like myself. My fiance and I create a board for our wedding. Nice staff too! Thank you for a great time! Also, great location. Perfect for a pre-dinner activity.

Rhea Rossi: I had a wonderful time here! I missed my original date that was scheduled with friends and they were great about rescheduling my workshop. Even though I went by myself I had a great time! I also love there little shop in the front! I bought a beautiful necklace that I love! I would definitely recommend having a date or party here! There was an adorable couple painting signs for their wedding, a fun group of ladies just having an afternoon together, and a teen birthday party. Everyone was having fun!
Response: Thanks for an awesome review and sharing your experience, Rhea! So glad you had a fun time and treated yourself in our gift shop! Hope to see you back soon! xo ~Katie and The AR Workshop Team

Hannah Wise: I visited AR Workshop Alexandria with a bachelorette party and had an awesome time. The staff was friendly, helpful and very well prepared. Everyone in the group left with a project they loved and enjoyed the experience. This is the perfect activity for all occasions!
Response: Thanks so much for the awesome feedback, Hannah! So glad you all had a fun experience! xo ~ Katie

Carlie Traylor: I just visited for the 3rd time and had an absolute blast. The projects I make get so many compliments from my guests and I have the best time creating them. Highly recommend!
Response: Thank you for your business and loyalty, Carlie! So glad each visit has been a fun experience for you. We hope to see you back again soon! ~ Katie

a clarke: What Fun! The instructors were hands-on & gave great suggestions. Awesome project selections. Made an amateur look like an artist. Highly recommend for you; even better with a group.

Kerry Rojas: Another great experience at AR Workshop Alexandria! I attended a small group party and all safety protocols due to COVID were observed by the shop. Katie, the owner, and two of the employees were there and they were all wonderful, not only in helping us with our projects, but just to chat with while we worked! I made a gorgeous (if I do say so myself) large Christmas Lazy Susan) and got tons of stocking stuffers for the fam in the cute shop. Maybe I also got something for myself. I highly recommend AR Workshop Alexandria and will definitely be back.

April S: This is an amazing local shop! My daughter and I have been to multiple events and have enjoyed their DIY kits in this new stay-at-home world. The owner is engaged with the local community and always giving back and participating in community events. The staff are helpful, fun, and truly care about the experience they are making for the customers. This is a true gem of a shop in Old Town. ❤️

Pam DeNunzio: AR Workshop Alexandria is AMAZING! I have never been to such an up-scale and unique DIY studio. The staff is great and the quality and selection of projects is exceptional. You actually get to sand the wood, stain it and then you do your design which the owner, Katie, custom makes for you. The end product is gorgeous! Katie offers seasonal promos and encourages groups and kids to attend as well. Check it out! You will be hooked.
Response: Pam - Thank you for the wonderful feedback! We've enjoyed having you at our workshops, and have loved welcoming your friends and family you've brought with you. We can't wait to see you again soon! ~ Katie

10. The Art League

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20 reviews
The Art League
Location
3.9
Prices
4
Classes
3.9
Facilities
3.9
Teachers
3.9

Address: 105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (703) 683-2323

Business type: Art school



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Geoff Livingston: The Art League does many great things for the artist community within Alexandria city and its suburbs. I enjoy their gallery and their contest. At the same time, my family has registered for four classes and camps in total, and they have been hit or miss. Plus the league is really bad at communications (like they don't communicate when class will start or if it will be cancelled because of snow), prompting many a nervous phone call. It's a mixed bag.

Maggie Williams: Critical: Communication, Professionalism, QualityClasses are a hit or a miss. A bit unprofessional as there was poor communication . Go to the workhouse art center in Lorton if you are looking for art classes.

C Kuester: Love the Art League. I've taken several classes here and they've been terrific.

B W: I absolutely love this school! I am moving soon and will greatly miss the instructors and even the new friends I’ve made. The instructors are very patient and are passionate about teaching. I have learned so much from attending workshops and several 9 week courses!! I wished I could pick the school up and move it to my new dwelling place, but since I can’t, I will leave an awesome review :) To all the instructors, Thank You! Thank you for giving of your time and knowledge to us the students! We are better artists of all kind because of you! I can only speak for myself, but I grew by leaps and bounds in my craft from being connected to this school! I am ever so thankful for the brilliant mind who was blessed by God to start this school years ago. The education I have received was just as good or better than paying high priced tuition at a university. I pray nothing but continued blessings upon this institution!

Kirk Sigmon: In my opinion, completely unprofessional, and the sole reason why a needy girls' charity won't be able to throw a fundraiser. I won a "corporate retreat" here through a local charity auction, and decided to use it to support a needy girls' charity in Nepal. I let my friends go for free, conditioned on them donating money to the charity. Apparently, that wasn't welcome. I quickly received a threatening call from the Art League, saying that they "never promised" an event, and even threatening to have their law firm prevent me from helping donate to charity! This isn't even to mention the other issues I had trying to set my up in the first place - endless calls to try to set it up, vagueness about what the class actually would offer, attempts to not provide the class in the first place (they kept saying their schedule was too full to offer it at any reasonable time, then offered something ridiculous like 1 PM on a weekday), etc. Needless to say, I'll try to find the charity another venue, but I feel completely scammed.

Sarah Concepcion: It's neat that you can go into an artist workshop and see what they work on. Sometimes they have public exhibitions too that can be interactive even. If you want to buy art though, the price is not cheap.

Nabil Elhalawany: I am a medical Dr. interested in Art.

Latrina Proctor-Jones: Luv Art all forms...😀

Norraine Miller, MS: Really enjoy the visit

Nicky: Great Institute

11. Washington Glass School

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9 reviews
Washington Glass School
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 3700 Otis St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712

Telephone: (202) 744-8222

Business type: Art school



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JANET SCHAFFEL: Three friends and I took the Welding for Dummies class. It was fantastic. Three sessions. Well thought out progression including a didactic portion (the different types of welding, etc), learning and practising basic welding skills, and overcoming the initial daunting nature of this process. The second class covered somewhat more advanced techniques, comparative use of different machines and more practise. For the 3rd session, we were given free reign to use any of the various available metals to design and create a welding project that could be completed within the 2 hour time frame. Erwin is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, organized, communicates well plus is approachable and affable. His course provided a good balance of his giving instruction and his observing our efforts with periods where he gave us free range to experiment with the many (fun) gadgets in the shop. He was there for advice and encouragement but not helicopter-like oversight. It is a great introductory course that will help you decide if you have the passion to invest in it as a hobby. Even if you don't, it is time and money well spent for an interesting, fun and creative experience.

alex Ivanitsky: I recently took the intro to welding class and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to see what welding is all about. It is the perfect mix of information and first hand experience that has you starting to weld the first day. Erwin is a friendly and knowledgable teacher who explains concepts well and provides materials for you to continue to learn on your own. Enjoyed the class, well worth the cost. It has given me the confidence to buy my own welder and continue to learn.

Katie McKenzie: The MIG welding class with Erwin was a blast. After easing into the basics on your first day, you’re walking home with a finished project after your third class. They also offer studio hours, so once you take the class and want more time to weld, you can plan time to visit and use the studio.

Heidi Pendergast: I took the 3 day MIG welding class and it was fantastic. I had no experience welding prior to this class, but after getting some information the first day, we jumped in and started to weld. Erwin (the teacher) also provided info and suggestions on tools to get started as a novice. You also finish a small project by the third class. Highly recommend this school and this class.

Max Holtzman: Positive: Communication, Professionalism, ValueI took the MIG welding class with Erwin. Great teacher and a lot of fun. I knew nothing about welding before I started and now have a sold background of information to keep getting better.

M McNaughton: Great class. Highly recommend. After 3rd class familiar w MiG welding w gas and without and plasma cutter. Erwin is an excellent instructor!

Jason Carvalho: Took a beginners welding class here that was awesome. Erwin, Audrey and other assistants are all super knowledgeable and you come away with a cool little project at the end of week 3. All materials and equipment are provided.

12. Smithsonian Associates

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11 reviews
Smithsonian Associates
Location
3.9
Prices
3.8
Classes
3.8
Facilities
3.8
Teachers
3.8

Address: 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20026

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 633-3030

Business type: Educational institution



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Bec215 H.: One of my earliest memories is a behind the scenes tour of the Smithsonian natural history museum at age 5. Still love the museums, but the Resident Associates programs are an amazing way to add a new dimension to life-long learning, beyond reading books or watching videos. The pandemic has made far more events accessible to us, as all content has moved to Zoom, and I hope the SA leadership will recognize the value of continuing to offer virtual programming beyond the pandemic time. As for content, we've enjoyed everything from a lecture on Mongolian history we attended a few months prior to our trip to Mongolia to beginning drawing, to a lecture on the history of American food culture since 1850. My mom is 75 and disabled, but still curious about the world and wanting to learn, and she loves loves loves these events - it gives her new things to learn and piques her curiosity about the world, and also gives her things to talk about with family and friends that enrich her social life. I've noted the lack of cultural diversity especially in the history/literature-related programming, and would like to see more Asian history and arts content. For me the issue of content diversity is separate from the value the content that they produce and the quality of it, which so far has been nothing but outstanding. Engagement is what motivates change, so I hope as membership grows and diversity expands, so will their programming.

Jennifer Gelman: My husband and I have been members of the Smithsonian Associates for quite a few years now. We almost always enjoy the programs and trips, although a few have been duds. Tonight's program was celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Sound of Music. You can attend programs without being a member, but members get discounts on all of the programs. Many of the lectures are at the Ripley Center (where the African and Asian art museums are). The lecturers are experts in their fields.

Kenya Allmond: I've attended many of the Smithsonian Associates programs over the years. They are always informative and engaging. One of my favorite programs featured an astronomer who. along with his team, examines the sky in famous paintings and could tell you the day in history that the paintings were composed. It was an excellent melding of arts and sciences.

Julia Thomas: Registered for online classes but they've been sending the zoom links to someone else's email address. Missed the classes. Customer service of no help. Wasted $200.

Eric Epstein: We have been museum members for almost 20 years. We love the culture, the talks and experience.

Georgette Dorn: Tried to through by phone or email to ask for information about Studio Art classes. No luck. Website and phone tree most unhelpful.

Bikramjeet Singh: If it will be live video then it will be awesome

Jim Blount: Awesome history of the great USA. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

13. Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at GW

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38 reviews
Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at GW
Location
4
Prices
4.1
Classes
4
Facilities
4
Teachers
4

Address: 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Telephone: (202) 994-1700

Business type: Art school



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Hilda Kroll: The current exhibit has some very interesting photos, paintings, and sculpture. It would have helped so much to have some information about the pieces.

Austin Graff: The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is in the old Corcoran Museum flanking the Executive Building by the White House. It's centrally located in Washington, D.C and a beautiful space. It's in an old building set up like a museum making the school's art shows out of this world. There are spiraling staircases, courtyards and room after room of beautifully designed art. If you get invited to an event here, say yes!

Gigi G.: Attended a graduate open house and learn a lot about the program and met some staff of other programs and they were fabulous to hear from.

Yesica Suarez: Architecturally, the buildong is awe inspiring. I think it really captures your eyes. The exhibitions for the Lone Prairie, Breaking Cultural Boundaries, Cartoons and the Color exhibitions were interesting. They definitely were trying to tell a meaningful story. I think the cartoon exhibit was successfully set up, but the others needed more content and guidance to trully unfold. There's ton of space to work with in the building so it needed to be used effectively so it wouldn't feel empty

Luis B: Corcoran School is mainly focused on promoting the arts. Friends of mine who have attended the college have had both good and bad things to say based on their experiences. One of the pros of the school is the events and gallery showings that often take place within it's walls. If you're a DC native, or city walker, you may want to check up on Corcoran and see what's going on from time to time.

Asad Jan: The Corcoran Gallery of Art was an art museum in Washington, D.C. Prior to its closing, it was one of the oldest privately supported cultural institutions in the United States capital. Starting in 1890, a museum school, later known as the Corcoran College of Art + Design, co-existed with the gallery. The museum's main focus was American art. In 2014, after decades of financial problems, the Corcoran entered into an agreement with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) and the George Washington University whereby almost all of the gallery's 17,000 work collection was placed under the care of the NGA, while the school and historic 17th street gallery building continued operations as a part of the George Washington University's new Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

Yaser AlSaghrji: One of the architectural gems of the Nation Capital

Es K: Saw a phenomenal end of year exhibit some years ago

Nik Novakkain: So much talent and this is one of the best schools/museum

Arnold Thomas Bigger: Course selection is very good; faculty and staff are very good; and general vibe is good.

14. Sitar Arts Center

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Sitar Arts Center
Location
4.8
Prices
4.8
Classes
4.9
Facilities
4.8
Teachers
4.8

Address: 1700 Kalorama Rd NW #101, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 797-2145

Business type: Arts organization



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LEYDI JOHANNA MENDEZ SALINAS: There is no clear communication between the Sitar Staff towards the families, I registered my children on March 29 for the summer camp and informed them that due to religion their father does not authorize the vaccine against covid, after a few minutes the response from them was that YES they would accept the children but with a note written by the pediatrician. I did everything they asked me, I paid on time and after more than a month they called me and told me that they will NOT accept my children and was wrong in the communication because they have not been vaccinated, in this place they DISCRIMINATE children and families who think differently from the other people, the Director only thought that giving me back the money would solve everything, my children were already excited to start the camp but Sitar did not care about any of this and removed them from the camp.

Asha Mueller: I'm a student at the center and I think that it's a wonderful experience that I'm very lucky to have. There's nothing like having a place to express yourself. I have always loved the center ft it's originality and if anyone has the chance, they should find a way to take art classes.

Little Lady Cook: Parking is easy to find during the day. Their staff is lovely and very helpful. The space for events is phenomenal if you need to rent just call and I'm sure whoever picks up your phone call will be kind and walk you through it. I looked at their arts program and it looked ver interesting, music, painting, photography you name it. The teachers are creative and friendly folks, it's totally Adams Morgan!

Corrie Davidson: A wonderful neighborhood arts center, just blocks from the heart of AdMo. Plenty of music rooms, large art rooms, and a faculty that cares about enriching young people's lives and the community. You can also rent the theatre or other spaces for events.

Hamza Khan: An amazing space with the potential to better understanding for a better world. As I sit here, speaking to the young professionals I trust will help change our world, I see the energy of this place fill everyone with an excitement and ambition to be change agents. This year, Sitar hosted TEDx AdamsMorgan. Check them out: @TEDxAdamsMorgan

Brenda Robinson: Excellent organization that provides outstanding theatrical and artistic opportunities for young people. Tony award recognition for this great organization.

Maria Clayton: Balloons! (ESTONIA) Kids Euro Festival

Arthur Wells: A very culturally diverse learning facility, giving young people an opportunity to express themselves and expand on their God given talents!

Karen Burton Jackson: Great arts school and the staff are talented and well educated ppl. Great place for after school and summer programs.

mabel h: Wonderful place for kids. They are so personable, make you feel that they care

15. M Institute for the Arts

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M Institute for the Arts
Location
3.8
Prices
3.7
Classes
3.7
Facilities
3.7
Teachers
3.7

Address: 1804 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM

Telephone: (202) 952-2202

Business type: Music school



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Elinor Huang: I had a consultation class there with a good piano teacher, she was wiling to work with my schedule and verbally committed to a recurring Sunday afternoon class with me. So I registered at the school immediately. However, once I paid, the owner Suzanne informed me that the piano teacher couldn't teach me because she's too busy, and asked me to switch to a teaching assistant at a Saturday time slot that doesn't work for me. After a few rounds of messages (they only use Wix messages btw), I just felt frustrated with their scheduling process and the way they pushed me to take the assistant's class. I decided to quit and asked them to refund me the registration fee. Suzanne declined my request and also blamed me for trusting their teacher's words and not reading the registration terms carefully, as I "signed up with the school, not the teacher".
Response: So sorry to hear about your experience! I want to clarify first that you were actually refunded for the registration fee. Your trial lesson was free, so there was nothing further we could refund you. Regarding scheduling, we are not able to dictate schedules to teachers. Teachers make their own schedules and we simply assist them with booking students during those times. We were not willfully withholding the spot from you. In fact, we do everything we can to give students their ideal time slots. In this case, it seems there was either a misunderstanding or something changed with the teacher’s schedule from the time she spoke to you about it to the time you registered. If the teacher had that availability, you would have been offered the time. With online booking, students can grab a teacher’s open lesson times anytime, without speaking to the scheduling team, so it’s very possible someone online grabbed the last spot, or that the teacher simply became unavailable for other reasons of their own. Sundays are very busy for performing musicians, and our most popular lesson day also. In any event, with that teacher not being an option, we offered another comparable instructor that best fit your schedule; that’s the best we could do. As far as communication, I am unsure what Wix Messages is. We use SMS and sometimes email to communicate with our students. Our number is 202-952-2202. Please text us anytime if we can do anything to make your experience a more positive one!

Ivan Tadeu: This is a great place! I was in need of formal cello classes as an adult learner and found this very engaging but unpretentious place where I did not feel intimidated or negatively challenged to do my best. The general approach for teaching music feels accessible and very didactic, and teachers are very approachable and polite and professional. Everyone seems to work towards to a common goal of inspiring people into artistic endeavor, and regardless individual goals that may vary among different students, the approach is based on respecting the needs of individual students who range in different ages and in their time constrains to dedicate to classes. I am in my second semester and happy to support this business. My cello teacher is simply phenomenal. Other teachers are great lecturers so far. And the owner is a competent, hands-on, hard working, engaging music teacher who values students not only as costumers but as potential artists who may carry the name of this institute with them in the future. It has been such a great experience and I am happy and grateful that I can make the most of it.
Response: Ivan, thank you SO much for your kind words and for choosing us for your cello studies. We love having you and Oliver (the cello) and your passion for music inspires those around you. I know we’ll continue hearing great things from you and Oliver! 🎻🎶

Sophie Washington: I can’t say enough good things about M Institute. My lessons are amazing and the people who work here are just lovely. I’ve met so many new friends at their music events and through the semester program and have had the best teachers EVER! I really love that they offer workshops and masterclasses for all levels and that I get to learn from multiple teachers not just about my instrument, but about music as a whole, such as listening for textures and learning what an exposition is. The facility is also really quaint in an old Georgetown rowhouse with a beautiful patio for receiptions and some really nice acoustic pianos in most of the rooms. Online bookings are also a favorite of mine, they even have an app! Can’t recommend M Institute enough!
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Tani Murphy: M Institute for the Arts is a warm and kind, family-feel nonprofit conservatory staffed by master professionals, featuring a comprehensive semester program, and a community ambience; I highly recommend it to any person of any age seeking serious or casual music lessons. M4Arts worked with and stuck by me during a major illness, is flexible with scheduling, and every instructor I've taken lessons from has been highly professional at their craft. I take classical voice from CEO and professional soprano Susanna Barasch and occassionally Thomas M. and have made tremendous progress-I've been unlearning bad habits I learned from subpar instruction when I was younger. I also recommend their Beginner's Piano class. The Semester program is exactly what I was looking for. I originally wanted to major in Music years ago but couldn't. The Semester program offers students monthly Studio workshops for performance feedback, Musicianship and other musical skills classes, a recital, and discounts on practice rooms. And if you need practice rooms, M4Arts is the place -they have an ENTIRE floor of practice rooms and are very reasonable compared to the other options I explored. You also don't have to participate in the Semester program if you don't want to, and can tailor your lessons to how often you want to meet - but I find there are financial and educational benefits to choosing the Semester format. I am very happy with my experience and plan to expand into piano lessons as well as in-depth theory and musical composition in addition to voice in coming semesters. There are several options out there in DC, but for me, M Institute for the Arts was clearly the best choice and atmosphere to continue my musical education.
Response: Thank you, Tani!! We really love having you involved and hearing your pretty voice around the conservatory. 🎶🎶🎶

Andrew Margrave: As the piano technician for M4Arts, I have had much interaction with Susanna, all of it very positive. Last night there was a superb master class at the school. The instructors were world-class pianist Thomas Pandolfi, cellist Emma Johnson, and Metropolitan Opera soprano Tracy Cox. Mr. Pandolfi worked with two pianists. Emma counseled a violinist and a cellist, while Tracy, like the other two teachers, showed vast pedagogical skills as she helped four sopranos and a baritone. In addition, she sang beautifully while demonstrating. Mr. Pandolfi closed the whole wonderful evening with a magnificent and magisterial performance of three Chopin etudes, the "Revolutionary", the "Aeolian Harp", and the "Ocean".
Response: Andrew, thank you so very much for this lovely review. Coming from you I know that means a lot. And thanks for always keeping our pianos in great shape 🎹 🎶

Austin Salley: I had a fantastic voice lesson with Thomas. He took the time in the beginning of the lesson to understand my goals and clarify the best path to take for the lesson. He was collaborative throughout the lesson and got me to think about the physicality of my instrument which helped to improve the consistency of the sound. I thought the lesson was well worth it and would highly recommend the M Institute.
Response: Thanks, Austin! We love Thomas too :) Hope to see you back at the studio soon!

Thomas Pandolfi: M Institute is a tiny gem in the heart of a big city. With its new location in the Dupont Circle area of D.C., I'm absolutely confident it will continue to grow in stature and reputation. There is a totally unique ambience, blending elements and atmosphere from the old world style conservatory with a contemporary twist. The President and CEO is fabulously talented, and the quintessential professional. This boutique arts institute will enjoy a great future, and I express my sincere congratulations as well as extend my warmest wishes for continued & well deserved success!
Response: Thank you for your kind words, Thomas!!

Andrea Rabi: Be careful about signing up in this institute!! The first impression it may seem like a great place. And you may find good instructors, however wait until you are registered and need help with any transaction or questions. They provide no access over the phone. The app poorly works, does not have comprehensive info and all you get is texts from people you don't even have access to their names. Susanna, the owner, will offer an open house session, be really kind, and once you registered you will learn how painful it is to deal with her. Inflexible and non responsive.
Response: Hi Andrea, Susanna here. We promptly responded to each and every one of your inquiries. You were aware in advance of registering that we are a very small business and cannot afford a monitored phone line. We, however, do respond promptly to texts and emails. If you need to discuss things via phone, we are definitely not a good fit and I recommend looking for lessons from a much larger organization or franchise. I personally rarely handle scheduling or billing inquires. Our admin team handles those. If you need help figuring the app out, we are always here to help, as is your instructor. We use MindBody for our online bookings and they provide our clients with the app. It is absolutely optional if you prefer their web interface. If you don’t like having to use any online platform, we are also most definitely not a good fit for you. The majority of our clients love it and/or work with their teacher for scheduling changes. You are still more than welcome to use the full value of your account balance for the next year with any instructor or for any class. I have even offered to send an instructor to your home since that seemed to be your preference, which we usually don’t do but I am very motivated for you to be able to use your account balance with us. I and the admin team have not heard from you to-date about setting any of this up. We are very happy to get that going as soon as you’re ready! If you send us an email to join@m4arts.org I’d bet you’d hear back within 1 business day :)

Zachary Dittami: Hello everyone. I thought it important to share an experience I had today. Susanna dismissed my voice teacher and I from the program, after listening in carefully on our conversation through a recording device in the main performance room. On top of being rude and overcharging me throughout the semester, this is a huge privacy issue for me. Please be completely careful as to what you say during lessons - she is listening and capable of terminating your semester program with no possibility of refund. Because my instructor was hearing me out on my complaints about payment, she dismissed him from his duties entirely and will be “consulting her attorney” about his breach of contract. This has been a scary experience to say the least.. I would not recommend anyone to take lessons here.
Response: Hi Zachary, I’m not sure where you got the idea you were being listened to on a recording device, as there were others inside the school at the time able to hear the conversation including myself. In any event you are correct that we have our front waiting room under 24/7 surveillance, which is the room you were in at the time only inches from the front door. Please be aware that your conduct is inappropriate and has many here uncomfortable and worried for their safety, including myself. You were asked to leave the building and program immediately. Thank you for your cooperation doing so. As a result, any due refunds will be processed for the remainder of the semester, for which you were charged the same amount as you agreed and as everyone else who registered.

Akane Vallery Uchida: Used the $75 7-Day Visitor Guest Pass which gives access from 7am to 10pm to all the practice rooms on a first come first served basis. I was pretty much alone throughout the morning and maximised my time on that excellent Kawaii baby grand. Great location with easy access from Dupont Circle station. A bargain if you have enough time to maximise on that offer!
Response: Akane, so glad you enjoyed it. We also enjoyed having you as a guest. For those utilizing the practice rooms a lot, the unlimited usage really is a great deal. And for regular monthly members, it’s even cheaper. Come visit us again soon!