Coming in the New Year to DCA

January at DCA offers new classes and workshops, and a heartwarming new exhibit. The H. Theodore & Barbara S. Wilson Gallery, the Graham & Judy Slaughter Hall Gallery, and the Main Gallery will all feature the work of youth from the E.L Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC, guest curated by Deborah Johnson. Featured will be dozens of agamograph works. An agamograph is an art form that uses optical illusion to create artwork that changes when you look at it from different angles. An Israeli artist named Yaacov Agam developed this kinetic art style around 1953. Agam creates these mystical, layered works using a technique called lenticular printing, where several images are combined on one surface to create illusions of depth when a viewer moves around the art. Depending on the position of the viewer, a single work shapeshifts between several compositions, producing holograms. “My intention was to create a work of art which would transcend the visible, which cannot be perceived except in stages,” Agam said of these works.

The exhibit will open on January 5 and run through January 30. Second Saturday reception will be held on January 13.

In the classroom, new classes beginning in January include “Abstract Interpretations: Gouache or Acrylic with Abby Ober”. Students in this six-week class will work in a limited palette to create small contemporary works. Fridays beginning January 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ober will also offer a one-day workshop “Abstracted Landscapes in Acrylic or Oil”, which will explore ways to abstract a landscape from the student’s own image. Saturday, January 13, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

“Drawing for Beginners with Naomi Clark-Turner” will begin on Wednesday January 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This four-week class will teach the essential skills – line, value, perspective etc.

Returning instructor Jan Boettger will offer two classes in stained glass for both beginners and intermediates. These ten-week classes will teach the techniques for creating a stained-glass panel. Two classes, Tuesdays beginning January 9, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Open Mic returns for the season on Tuesday January 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m., with guest host Sam Pugh. Free, all are welcome. Open Mic is sponsored by Crosby & Associates and Marianne Styles Music.


Pictured is “Location, Location” painting by new DCA instructor Abby Ober.

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