The Lee Arts Center is a fully equipped professional open studio for artists, in ceramics & printmaking. It houses a mini-gallery with regular exhibitions of visiting and resident artists. Master workshops are offered throughout the year.
5722 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22207
Monday & Friday: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 9:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Flights of Fancy: art inspired by the bee and butterfly garden
Exhibition June 4 – July 31, 2018
Reception & Presentation June 20, 2018 6:00 – 8:30 pm
The 5th Annual “Flights of Fancy” exhibit features works inspired by the textures, colors, and literal impressions from the Lee Center’s Butterfly Garden. Coinciding with National Pollinator Week (June 18 – 24), there will be a reception on Wednesday, June 20 featuring a presentation (6:30pm) about pollinators and their impact on our environment.
Speedball Roadshow with Carlos Hernandez and Bill Fick
May, 12, 2018 10am-4pm
Witness printmaking at its finest as Bill Fick and Carlos Hendandez come together to create a one-of-a kind collaborative print! This dynamic duo brings to life the beauty and mastery of relief and screen printing. Each printmaking process is creatively demonstrated to provide both education and excitement. Whether new to printmaking or skilled professional, their demo will leave a lasting impression. All products and inks generously donated by Speedball. Register at: Speedball Roadshow FREE
The Master Workshop program provides opportunities to interact with visiting master artists in one, two and three-day workshops covering a wide variety of media. Lectures, advanced skills classes and professional development seminars for independent visual artists are also presented.
Register for workshops by calling 703.228.0560 or email: email@example.com
September 12 – October 10; 5 Wednesdays, 6 to 9 pm
Fee: $275 non-members, $250 members
*Enrollment is limited to 6 students. Please register ASAP!
Students will be expected to order and purchase their own materials from the list provided.
Woodcut is considered to be the earliest of all printmaking methods. Students will directly draw their image onto a 18” x 24” wood block. They will begin carving their block after having different types of line carving demos to demonstrate the use and execution of black and white lines in the creation of an image, followed by printing their block. The emphasis in this class is to introduce the novice to the following techniques: types of wood, surface preparation, image design, carving techniques, tool maintenance, inking and pressing a print. Students are encouraged to design their own image and can expect to complete a small edition of black and white prints at the completion of the workshop. The workshop is for all skill levels but please note this is a physically intense workshop.
Jun Leeis a printmaker who works in large format woodcut utilizing animals as metaphors to convey competition in our daily lives. She is currently the Printmaking Artist in Residence at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA where she has focused on large-scale woodcuts and screenprints. For more information on the artist please visit her website at: www.junleeprints.com
Sat/Sun, October 20 & 21, 2018 10 am – 4 pm
Non-Members: $200.00 | LAC Members: $190.00
This two day demo and hands on workshop will explore surface decorating processes using simple forms and building layers of visual information. Pre-bisque, we’ll experiment with surface design using underglaze, paper stenciling, trailing, incising, transfers and screen-printing techniques. You’ll expand your visual vocabulary and learn how to create dynamic, complex surfaces. These methods are applicable to all types of clays and firing temperatures.
Meredith Host received her BFA in Ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute in 2001 and her MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University in 2008. She was named one of the 2011 Emerging Artists for NCECA and Ceramics Monthly, and in 2016 was a Presenter at the Utilitarian Clay Symposium. Currently, Meredith lives in Kansas City, MO, teaches workshops around the country, and is a founding member of the Kansas City Urban Potters. Learn more about Meredith at: www.meredithhost.com
ALTERED FORMS & EXPRESSIVE SURFACES FOR FUNCTIONAL POTTERY WITH BEN CARTER
This hands-on workshop focuses on integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. Workshop participants will learn a variety of surface-design methods including slip decorating, sgraffito, stamping and other mark making techniques. During the workshop he will discuss aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color theory, etc.), making strong functional pots at mid-range temperatures, and creative problem solving in the studio. Additional discussions on effective social media use for marketing will leave the workshop attendees recharged, rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio practice. More about the artist.
See past workshops.
The Open Studio program is designed specifically for self-directed individuals working at advanced levels in ceramics or print media. The equipment and facility are made available for those who are without a studio of their own. No ongoing instruction is given. Participants are expected to be able to function independently with regards to their own work, as well as to perform technical tasks essential to the operation of the studio as a whole and to use and maintain studio equipment responsibly. Learn more about open studios here.
The Mini Gallery is a small exhibition space within the Lee Arts Center which provides an opportunity for local and national artists to show their work in approximately 12 solo and group shows per year. The Mini Gallery consists of a 25 foot hallway within the center illuminated by gallery track lighting which can accommodate both two dimensional and three dimensional work.
See past exhibitions.
Artists in Residence
Lee Arts Center hosts several well-known and well-respected artists who share their knowledge and experience with the members of the Lee Arts Center Open Studios in exchange for use of the facility. In addition to mentoring the members, they offer workshops, hold artist talks, and give hands-on technical assistance. See our current Artists in Residence here.
Need images of your work for a portfolio, to enter a show or to have post cards made? The Lee Art Center provides a photo service to all area artists interested in having photographic images made of their work. Greg Staley, a professional photographer, will be available once a month, usually the third Friday of each month, to take digital images of your work. Two- and three-dimensional works are eligible.
The cost is $15 per shot and in return you will receive two (2) digital files one (1) tiff file, and a 300 dpi jpeg (suitable for print) file. See the sign up form for further information. Work must be dropped off between 9.30 and 10 am on the day of the shoot and picked up between 2 and 6 pm on the same day. Artists must fill out the sign up form and provide a check made out to Greg Staley for the full amount in order for works to be photographed.
*Please contact Steven Munoz at 703-228-0560 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for an upcoming session. Please register at least 24 hours prior to the Photo Service date. The photographer has a maximum number of pieces he can comfortably photograph during a session.
Fridays: June 15, 2018; July 20, 2018; August 17, 2018; September 21, 2018