Classes & Workshops

Classes & Workshops


<cal2>Winter Art Classes in Burke. Registration is open for classes in drawing and watercolor painting for youth, teens and adults. Classes take place at the Woods Community Centre, Burke Centre. The instructor is Carol Zeitlin, a member of the Springfield Art Guild and Sumi-e Society, D.C. Chapter. Call 703-250-6930 or visit

Art lessons for Youth 8 years and Up - Tuesday, Jan. 20, 4:30-5:45 p.m., or Thursday, Jan. 22, at 5:15-6:30 p.m.; or Saturday, Jan. 24, at 9:15-10:30 a.m., for eight weeks.

Drawing Plus Color for 5-8 years - Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 5:45-6:30 p.m., for eight weeks; or Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4:30-5:15 p.m., for eight weeks.

Art Workshop for Teens/Adults - Saturday, Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., for eight weeks.

Chinese Brush Painting (Sumi-e) for Teens/Adults - Saturday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., for eight weeks.

Winter Art Classes in Springfield. The Springfield Art Guild offers classes in the Kings Park Community Room at the Kings Park Shopping Center, located in the triangle formed by Braddock, Rolling and Burke Lake Roads, Springfield. The entrance to the community room is to the left of CVS. Park along Rolling Road on the other side of Giant. Call Carrie Cole at 703-455-6630 or Traci Oberle at 703-323-6994 if interested.

Drawing, Plus. Eight Sunday classes, Jan. 17-March 6, 10-11:30 a.m., $56. Students provide their own 11 by 14 inch sketchbook. Other supplies provided. Individualized instruction by Susan Lister. Ages 9-adult.

Exploring Watercolor with Roberta Linter. Six Tuesday classes, Jan. 20-Feb. 24, 1-3:30 p.m., or six Thursday classes, Jan. 22-Feb. 26, 1-3:30 p.m., $60. Students provide own materials. Specify on check which date preferred.

Oil Painting Workshop. Every Wednesday, 12-3 p.m., $12 per session. Drop in for professional instruction from Karen Galleher. Students provide own supplies.

Open Studio/Critique. First and third Thursday of the month, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Bring supplies. Tables, chairs, water and spot lights available. Set up a still life, work from photos, work on a painting in progress, just come and paint with other artists. Get a critique, if desired.


<cal2>Digital Photography of Nature - Learn new skills and improve skills in a class offered by the Fairfax Audubon Society. The eight-week class begins Jan. 28 in Annandale. The class costs $150 for Fairfax Audubon Society members and $175 for non-members. For more information, visit the FAS Web site at or call 703-256-2060.


<cal2>Greenspring Village’s “English As a Second Language” (ESL) program provides instruction to assist employees who want to improve their language skills. ESL classes meet twice a week. Volunteers who wish to enroll are asked to pay a $20 registration fee to be refunded at the completion of the course. Follow-up ESL courses for students who wish to continue are now in the planning stage. Greenspring Village, developed and managed by Erickson Retirement Communities, is headquartered in Catonsville, Md. For more information, check out their Web site address:

Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered by Hogar Hispano of Catholic Charities at 24 locations in Northern Virginia begin registration in January. The cost is $40 per semester, textbook included. Call 703-534-9805 Ext. 222 or visit for schedule.


<cal2>Israeli Dance Class. Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Beginners, intermediates and advanced. $5/session/JCCNV member; $6/non-member; $4/student or senior. Reservations not required. 301-982-0937.

Tap-dance lessons for Fairfax County Senior Citizens 55 and older will be held at Little River Glen Senior Center, Barker Court, located just off Route 236 and Olley Lane in Fairfax, on Wednesdays. Free. Call 703-370-1466.


<cal2>Mature Operator's Driver Improvement Program (MOPDIP). This eight-hour class for Virginia residents 55 and older covers safe-driving information. The course is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police officers. On completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia state mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes take place the second Saturday of each month, except December. The next class will meet on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road. Subsequent seminars are scheduled for Feb. 14 and March 13, at the same time and location. Call 703-924-6588. The fee for this course is $10 per person for books and materials.


<cal2>The Yarn Barn, located at 9413-C Old Burke Lake Road, is offering classes in knitting, crocheting and basket weaving. For more information contact Penny Sampson, at 703-978-2220 or 1-800-762-5274. The Web site is

$5 Project Help Workshops: Wednesday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday mornings, 8 to 10 a.m.

Triangle Adventure. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $45 plus materials. Learn to create a garment or afghan constructed with knitted triangle motifs, joined as they are knit. Prerequisite: beginning knitting or equivalent skills.


<cal2>Recreational Boating Safety. Learn the "rules of the road" for vessels on waterways, navigation techniques and more. Safe boating classes are offered by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron, a nonprofit organization dedicated to safe boating through education. Courses are conducted by certified Virginia State and United States Power Squadron. Visit Classes are offered on Monday, Feb. 23, at Robinson Secondary School, 5036 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, and Tuesday, April 27, at West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Register with the Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-222-4664. Materials are $39.