Come Into Our (Busy) Studio

At Art House 7, our students experiment with a wide range of art mediums and ideas, from a variety of teachers. Here are some of the creative and varied projects they have done in the past week or two.

Andy Warhol (artfully portrayed by teacher Joanna Edwards) made an appearance for our preschoolers, and the kids did some great projects using his iconic style.

Brittany Lawrence Root teaches our cartooning class, where kids learn to create their own cartoon characters.

In this preschool class, kids painted with Q-tips and their hands.

In our Gustav Klimt workshop, the paintings shimmered with gold. Teacher Amy West handed out Austrian cookies that kids dipped in cream. This was part of Klimt’s daily diet.

Kids worked on silhouette paintings during Ashley Hendrix’s 2-D Arts class, with either cool or warm colors in the background.

Kids also learned to silkscreen in Ms. Hendrix’s 3-D Arts class.

In Ms. Ashley’s Painting and Sculpture class, the students made some wonderfully colorful and fun characters.

And in Jane Coonce’s watercolor class for adults, students work from photos.

Lots Coming Up for 2018!

The Winter 2018 session is off to a great start, and we are thrilled to see many new and returning students at Art House 7. Monday’s winter-themed painting workshop with Ms. Hendrix was a great success. Don’t miss our next workshop coming up a week from Friday (Jan. 26), during the teacher workday for many local schools: painting in the style of Gustav Klimt. See more info here.

We have more students this session than ever before (yay!), but we still have spaces in some classes, so check out our schedule. We can usually pro-rate the class if you start late.  Please email if you have any questions or call at 703-402-5017.

If you haven’t tried a parent-and-child class, here’s your chance — they are so much fun. We still have a few openings:

  • 3-D Arts on Mondays 7-8pm with Ms. Hendrix
  • 2-D Arts on Tuesdays 7-8pm with Ms. Hendrix
  • Parent-Child Exploration, with Ms. Ashley and Ms. Lachewitz, two Saturday sessions starting Feb. 3–8:30-9:15am and 9:30-10:15am.

For more info and to register, see our Parent-and-Child page here. And check our “Winter Classes” menu across the top of the home page for other classes.

It’s not only winter. It’s the season to sign up for summer camps! We love our lineup and think you will too. Our calendar is up and registration is open, so please take a look. We have a discount for early signups!

Take a look at some of our recent goings-on. We had an adorable monster-pillow-making birthday party last weekend.


And the teens in our independent study class are making great progress on their watercolors.

We look forward to making lots of art with everyone in 2018!

Art House Seven

One more week of classes!

We had a busy week at Art House 7 this week weaving on ceramics, polymer clay creatures, painting on canvas, painting on fabric . . . 

Adults from the beginning oil painting class (one of their beautiful paintings from this week is shown here) have been enjoying the open studio Fridays — listening to music and painting. I am usually not there on Fridays but occasionally I stop in and am immediately struck by the wonderful, relaxed and creative atmosphere of the studio. Everyone is creating and enjoying themselves. It makes me want to bring over my supplies and join them! If you have the time, bring your supplies, art or craft, and join them in the new year. Today is the last open studio of the year. Registration is required.  There is a studio assistant.

Everyone is so busy this time of year, but don’t forget to look at our calendar of wonderful classes for Winter 2018 and sign up for something fun!

What’s up at Art House 7 – Dec. 8th . . .

Fun times at Art House 7 — Ashley Hendrix had her students hold paint brushes with their toes and paint. She was preparing them to loosen up to start painting in the style of Kandinksy.

All Art 2-D class

Elizabeth Ashley’s Fiber Arts class was working on batik painting on fabric.

Elizabeth Ashley and her daughter, Lauren Lachewitz, have been preparing for their holiday workshop being held on Sunday, Dec. 17. There is 1 spot left! You can see more info and register here.

This weekend our agenda includes a birthday party making polymer clay jewelry and a Girl Scout troop making ceramic holiday ornaments and small figures.

We are excited about our upcoming classes and workshops starting in January. We’ve added new teachers and new offerings. Students can now learn to draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, design on Photoshop, quilt, cartoon, block print and silkscreen all at our studio. We can’t wait to see what art is produced this winter!



Happenings at Art House 7 . . .

Every week, our students at Art House 7 receive instruction on creating a specific art project, often in a medium that is new to them. We give them the materials, the tools and the inspiration, sometimes by showing them examples from well-known artists. Here’s some of what we did last week:

Carson Herrington’s Painting and Sculpture class (Wednesday):
Students looked at the work of American Artist and filmmaker Joseph Cornell, famous for his shadow boxes (one is shown at right). Students created intricate, personal compositions in shadow boxes using smaller boxes, wood, drawings, photographs and trinkets.

Ashley Hendrix’s Painting and Drawing class (Wednesday):
Students studied Wassily Kandinsky’s paintings and used them for inspiration to create their own paintings.

Anne Browne’s Oil Painting class (Monday):
Students looked at the landscapes of Childe Hassam and David Hockney for direction in their own landscapes.

Elizabeth Ashley’s Fabric Arts class (Thursday):
Elizabeth taught the students batik painting in the first day of this class. In the next few weeks, students will also learn a variety of embroidery stitches.


We had a great time at the Blue Dog birthday party last weekend! Students looked at the work of American artist George Rodriguez, left, and painted their own colorful dogs. Wow, look at some of the results, middle and right.