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An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.

Education Programs



Workhouse Education
In collaboration with the departments of Performing Arts and Visual Arts and partnering educational institutions, the Workhouse Education Department conceptualizes, plans, coordinates, and implements and oversees all Workhouse educational programming. The Workhouse currently houses 18 classrooms of various sizes to include six visual arts classrooms, one ceramics classroom, three glass classrooms, one glass blowing classroom, five Art of Movement classrooms, one media lab and one culinary classroom.

Spring & Summer 2014 Class Catalog

Educational Programming Includes:
Art of Movement
Culinary Arts
Drawing & Design
Textile Design
Various Media
Youth and Teen Arts

Quarterly Course Offerings

Please click Register for Classes to view our most current class listings. The course registration site is updated frequently with new classes and workshops, date and room changes, and catalog print corrections and is the most up-to-date authority of educational offerings and ticketed events. The Workhouse schedules two quarters at a time; fall and winter; spring and summer. The fall and winter catalog of classes is available online in July and the spring and summer catalog is available online in January. To receive a print copy of our course catalog please email your full name and mailing address to registrar@workhousearts.org.

For more information, please contact us:
General Class Information, 703-584-2954, registrar@workhousearts.org

Workhouse Classes & Workshops - The Workhouse offers an array of arts education courses and workshops designed for life-long learning experiences. Beginner through master classes are offered in all media (as listed above) and new course schedules are created quarterly. New classes are constantly being created and added to our website. Our students return year after year to brush up on their skills, keep in touch with new friends, or master a new artistic technique. Many of our instructors are professional self-supporting artists, have extensive art teaching backgrounds, and are masters in their craft.

Summer Camp Programs - The Workhouse Summer Camp program supports and promotes arts education and creativity in the youth community, continuously developing opportunities to make art easily accessible to children ages 6-15 by offering classes in visual arts, digital media, culinary and more.  Click HERE for more information.

Ceramics Program

The Workhouse Arts Center Ceramics Program is a collective and highly dynamic environment with the goal for the promotion of Ceramic Arts in the Community through research, education and outreach.  The studio facility is also home to 6 private resident artists’ studios whose works range from functional to sculptural and a retail gallery for the exhibition of Resident and Associate Ceramic Artist works.  The Workhouse Ceramics Program housed in W-8 at the Workhouse Arts Center is a state of the art facility with two indoor kiln rooms, an outdoor kiln yard with a 32 cu. Ft. gas downdraft shuttle and Raku kiln(s). A variety of classes, workshops and outreach activities are offered for ages 5 and up in wheel-throwing, hand-building and ceramic sculpture.

Glass Program
The Glass Program at the Workhouse is one of the few glass programs in the country to include all disciplines of glass art under one roof.  We have facilities for fusing, casting, mosaics, flameworking, coldworking, sandblasting, sculpture and glassblowing.  The program has eight artist studios, two general purpose classrooms, a flameworking classroom, a kiln room, a coldworking room, artist gallery, a glass supply store, and a glassblowing studio all within its 8500 sq ft building.  All classrooms are outfitted with state of the art tools and equipment.  The primary focus with the Glass Program is education and we offer approximately 30 different classes per quarter. 

Art of Movement Program
Along with the visual and performing arts, the Workhouse offers a premier Mind & Body center. Our fully equipped studios offer programs and classes for all ages and abilities. Three beautiful studios encompass the program where Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Dance, Nia and more are held. The Pilates studio features state of the art Stott Pilate’s equipment including V2MaxPlus Reformers, Stability Chair, Cadillac, Barrels, and an array of small equipment. Our team of highly skilled and caring instructors, lead by Mind/Body Program Director Lesley Spalding, is dedicated to helping you achieve measurable results.

A fun and powerfully effective 60 minute total body workout. Every class combines dance based cardio, with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn. 

Sun-Fri 9am
M/W 7am
M/W 4:30pm
M/Th 8pm
T/W 7:30pm
Saturday 8am

For more information about Jazzercise, click here. Or by phone: 703-625-2053 Or by email: jazzinwithtina@gmail.com