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

Educational Opportunities

Teaching Opportunities

The Workhouse Arts Center is always seeking talented and professional educators to join our ever-growing team of instructors. If you are interested in teaching at the Workhouse Arts Center and would like to be added to the instructor mailing list and receive an email copy of our course proposal packet, please contact the Department of Education at 703-584-2954 or registrar@workhousearts.org. or download a PDF version of the latest packet HERE.

Workhouse Camp Counselor
Spring Break and Summer Camp Opportunities

Are you looking for employment for Spring and Summer 2015?  Do you love art and working with youth?  If you answered, “YES”, then the Youth Arts Camp Program might be right for you!  We are searching for enthusiastic Camp Counselors for our Spring and Summer seasons!  Our counselors are invaluable staff members who dedicate their whole day to one group of campers.  They are role models who assist and motivate campers whether they are trying to learn a new skill, overcome an issue or desire to develop new ideas!  Throughout the day, our counselors monitor and participate in the group’s activities, doing everything in their power to make each of their campers’ experience the best yet!  Workhouse Camp Counselors must be fun-loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of the youth, ages 6-17.  If you are interested, please submit your resume and cover letter to Camp Director, Calvin Register at CalvinRegister@WorkhouseArts.org, stating your experience in the arts, and why you feel you would be a good fit for our camp.

Spring Break Arts Camp 2015: 
March 30 – April 3, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm
We are in search of three (3) camp counselors – apply today!

Summer Arts Camp 2015: 
June 22 – August 14, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
We are in search of one (1) Lead Camp Counselor, and six (6) Camp Counselors – apply today!


Scholarship Opportunities

The Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc. (LAF) has established a needs-based Workhouse Scholarship Program for the purpose of providing partial scholarships to attend educational programs at the Workhouse Arts Center. Scholarships earned will not exceed 75% of total cost. Scholarship requests must be submitted by:

1)         Fall classes: August 31st
2)         Winter classes: December 15th
3)         Spring classes:  March 15th
4)         Summer classes (and Camp): May 31st

An application can be found HERE or be inquiring at registrar@workhousearts.org. Applications will not be considered without supporting materials so please read carefully.

Life Drawing Open Studio

Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio. The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. Open Life Drawing will meet every first and third Thursday of the month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in building W-6.  The cost is $10 (Members, Students with School ID) $15 (Non-members). Feel free to pre-register for this popular event by visiting our Registration Page or drop in with cash; checks and credit cards not accepted at the door. Please understand that this is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept payment and facilitate model poses. The Workhouse Art Center follows Fairfax County Public Schools inclement weather policy. Please check our website for class cancelations.
Scout Badge Programs

Are you a local Girl or Boy Scout troop leader looking to help your scouts earn the belt loop, pin or badge awarded when they explore contemporary art through hands-on projects, guided looking activities, and group discussions? For a complete list of Workhouse Scout programs please click HEREContact us for more information on how we can design a program specific for your troop badge needs.

Birthday Parties

A unique treat for ages 5-12! Looking for a unique and memorable experience for your guests? Host your next Birthday Party at the Workhouse. Our party coordinator will work with you to develop a party theme, customized activities and art projects that will make your child’s special day a wonderful experience! Plus, proceeds from Birthday Parties support The Workhouse Arts Center’s programs! For a complete list of our birthday packages with pricing please click HERE or Contact us for more information.

Classroom Rentals

Classrooms vary in size, capacity and availability. Classrooms may be rented for a number of activities (e.g. business meetings, corporate retreats, private parties, etc.) that do not directly compete with Workhouse Educational programming. For more information please contact: Director of Education debrayarrington@workhousearts.org.


Team-Building Workshops

Workhouse workshops are arts-based, interactive activities that provide the opportunity for your team members to work together to achieve a common vision while building camaraderie and boosting morale. Led by professional artists, our workshops will challenge your team to try their hands at something new – whether it be ceramics, glassblowing, culinary or movement. Let the Workhouse Arts Center inspire, motivate and energize your workforce by providing a custom educational and team-building event. Our beautiful buildings provide a unique setting and a relaxed atmosphere for a memorable, creative and productive experience for your team, encouraging colleagues to see each other from a different perspective, build trust in each other and pave the way for constructive, meaningful communication in a fun and energizing way. For more information please contact: Director of Education debrayarrington@workhousearts.org.