MoCA Arlington offers a stimulating schedule of multi-week art classes year-round for novice and seasoned artists of all ages, from toddlers to adults. Taught by experienced professional artists, MoCA Arlington’s classes are small, scheduled around the school and workday, and tuition is affordable. MoCA Arlington’s art students have access to the excellent contemporary art in our galleries to help stimulate and inspire their own efforts.

Classes for Toddlers & Caregivers: In keeping with research suggesting the value of art in early childhood education, MoCA Arlington offers its My First Portfolio program for preschoolers. Working alongside their caregiver, young children hone cognitive, sensory, and motor skills, and explore their creativity with age-appropriate art activities. Both toddlers and caregivers benefit from this unique and artistic bonding experience.

Classes for Children: Classes for school-age students introduce techniques, including drawing, painting, clay modeling, collage, and more. Many classes introduce themes from art history and current events. Students interact with a professional instructor, meet contemporary artists, and see innovative artwork in the galleries, while developing their creative skill sets.

Classes for Teens: Classes for teens at MoCA Arlington are focused on specific themes or techniques and aim to develop fundamental skills as well as individual artistic voice.

Classes for Adults: Both beginners and experienced artists will find engaging classes at MoCA Arlington. Our class schedule regularly features drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media classes. In addition to professional instruction, adult students are regularly exposed to the work of contemporary artists.

Mixed Media Collage Exploration (Ages 8-10)

In this class students will go on a materials adventure. Students will use a variety of materials from recycled paper, fabrics/ textiles, hand made paper to found materials to create …

The Portrait: Fundamentals of Oil Painting

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of portrait painting in oils. All skill levels are welcome! This course will offer a structured approach to painting the portrait, with …

Liz Ensz: NO GRIDS NO MASTERS

March 30 - May 26, 2024

NO GRIDS NO MASTERS: a Post-Cartesian Experiment is an exploration and contestation of the grid and the structured set of worldviews that are embedded in it. Incorporating digital and traditional weaving, sculpture, found objects, and transformed cast materials, the installation reflects the artist’s intense engagement with material.

Federico Cuatlacuatl: Tiaxcas Intergalácticxs, Topileastronáuticxs

April 6 - May 26, 2024

In experimental film and multimedia installation, Federico Cuatlacuatl explores transborder indigenous Nahua identities. His work envisions indigenous futurity as a means of thinking about history, diasporic legacies, and cultural identities.

Clarissa Pezone: The Woods of No Name

March 30 - May 26, 2024

In Clarissa Pezone’s figurative installations, the artist utilizes the qualities of clay to evoke the uncanny in otherworldly and unsettling scenes. For The Woods of No Name, Pezone has created a new installation that explores the concept of limbo–what the artist describes as “the mystic space that exists between reality and the unknown.”

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