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11/15/18; Updated @ 8:12 a.m. All classes are CANCELED today at MCC and OFC, as Fairfax County Public Schools are now closed. Center offices and facilities remain open.

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Your portfolio represents you as an artist and tells a story. When preparing a portfolio, it is best to gain as much feedback as possible. This course will address how to communicate creative thought processes, as well as critiques, prepping and photographing work, and allot time to work on pieces. Students will develop their best portfolio possible by incorporating requirements, deadlines, portfolio events and information about professional art programs of study. Instructor: Rula Brock.

13-18 years
4 lessons @ 2 hrs, $125/$115 MCC district residents.
6601.218          Sa, 11/17-12/15          1-3 p.m.
No class on 11/24.

McLean Historian Carole Herrick will take you on a walk from Riley’s Landing at Seneca Creek up the towpath to at least Antietam Creek. Besides discussing the canal, the various locks, lock houses and the Monocacy and Antietam aqueducts, she will talk about John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry and the Civil War battles at Balls Bluff and Antietam. Presenter: Carole Herrick, Chair of the Fairfax History Commission and President of the McLean Historical Society.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9022.218          Tu, 11/27          12:30-2 p.m.

The time has finally come to retire. But, now what? We are all told we should save for retirement, but no one ever talks to us about what to do once we get there. For example, how much money is safe to take from your accounts without the risk of running out of money? How will withdrawals affect your taxes? How much risk should you be taking in your portfolio given your age and need for income? Will your spouse be provided for when you are no longer alive? Which accounts should you take money from first in retirement? How do you know which investments you should sell when you want to take income? Does it matter? How does Social Security factor into your IRA withdrawal strategy? The answers to these questions (and many more) will be addressed in this informative seminar. Presenter: Sarah Graham, a financial advisor at VLP Financial Advisors.

1 lesson@ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9023.218          Tu, 12/11          12:30-2 p.m.

Are you concerned how to support your parents as they age? Are you seeing signs of memory loss? Do you wonder how much their care will cost? Is it difficult to have the important conversations? Learn about care options, housing, strategies and resources for those you care about.

 

Presented by: Heidi L. Garvis, Certified Care Manager and Co-Owner of Caring Considerations.

 

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1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9012.319          Tu, 1/29          10:30 a.m.-noon
9013.319          Sa, 2/16          10:30 a.m.-noon

Previous drawing experience encouraged, acrylic-based class. Art history cannot be told without witnessing portraiture in its many forms. This class explores various approaches to creating the human gaze, through collaborative exercises and alternative mark-making approaches. We will look at different styles of portraiture, and especially at artists who challenge the status quo of the genre. The student will discover new ways to approach portraiture and construct a likeness. One session will include drawing a model.

 

Instructor: Arthur Kwon Lee.

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16 years-Adults
8 lessons @ 2.5 hrs, $310/$290 MCC district residents. 
6601.319           M, 1/14-3/18           10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/21 and 2/18.

Students of all levels welcome. This course will cover the setting up of palettes and color theory and mixing. Students will hone their skills in composition, balance and unity through preliminary sketching and underpainting. We will use both acrylic and oil paints.
 
Instructor: Naomi Chung.
 
16 years-Adults
8 lessons @ 2.5 hrs, $310/$290 MCC district residents.
6612.319           M, 1/14-3/18         10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/21 and 2/18.

Students will create a series of works leading to deeper exploration of the subject matter and the development of fundamental painting skills. This course will cover how to develop a series of paintings through journaling, self-discovery, development and critiques. We will work from subject matter of your choosing. Subject matter might include abstract, still life, landscape or figurative work. The medium can be your choice.

 

Instructor: Marise Riddell.

 

16 years-Adults
8 lessons @ 3 hrs, $370/$350 MCC district residents.
6604.319          M, 1/14-3/18          1-4 p.m.
No lesson on 1/21 and 2/18.

This is an introductory course. Students will learn and practice the fundamentals of drawing, including observational skills and drawing techniques. We will cover gesture drawing, perspective, light and shading technique and two classes of figure drawing.

 

Instructor: MPA Faculty.

 

16 years-Adults
8 lessons @ 2.5 hrs, $310/$290 MCC district residents.
6603.319          M, 1/14-3/18          4:30-6:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/21 and 2/18.

This class is suitable for both beginners and those who have taken improv classes in the past. Improv comedy is a great way for kids and teens to express themselves and gain confidence. Focusing on creativity and teamwork, The Alden’s improv comedy classes for youth teach improv fundamentals such as “yes, and” in a supportive environment. Class participants will perform during (the) Unruly Theatre Project’s show on Friday, March 22, at The Old Firehouse Center.

8-11 years
8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents.
3001.319          M, 1/14-3/18          6:30-7:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/21 and 2/18.

12-16 years
8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents.
3002.319          M, 1/14-3/18          7:30-8:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/21 and 2/18.

Children must be accompanied by an adult/helper. This class culminates in the creation of a handmade fairy house. Each week, children will work on a different component of their house, replicating themes from books and illustrations.

 

Instructor: Alison Massidda.

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2.5-3.5 years
8 lessons @ 1 hr, $180/$165 MCC district residents.
6201.319          Tu, 1/15-3/5         9:30-10:30 a.m.