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August Free-for-All

Inside. Outdoors. In-person. Online. At WSS and all around D.C., 

August Free-for-All was an amazing success thanks to everyone who came out and participated in our free August events!

A month-long celebration of the art and public art programming, WSS was thrilled to offer free public art events throughout August. 

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August Free-for-All may be over, but there are great events and public programs planned throughout the Fall!

Past Events

  • Multiple Dates
    Mon, Sep 18
    Sep 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
    Online Via Zoom
    Sep 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
    Online Via Zoom
    Join WSS each Monday for an opportunity to practice figure work from a model live via Zoom in a monitored but non-instructed session. Each session includes a series of 2-, 5-, and 10-minute poses the first hour and one long pose the second hour.
  • Sat, Sep 16
    Sep 16, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019, USA
    Sep 16, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019, USA
    RSVPs are not required but appreciated. Draw and paint with a group outdoors at locations across the District. All levels welcome. Free and open for all. Bring your own materials.
  • Wed, Sep 13
    Sep 13, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
    Washington Studio School , 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
    Sep 13, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
    Washington Studio School , 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
    Please join us in hosting Healoha Johnston from Bishop Museum located in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi on Wednesday, Sept 13, for a lecture: Shaped by the Elements: Art and Resistance in Hawaiʻi. Registration Required. Pay what you Can.
  • Fri, Sep 01
    Sep 01, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Washington Studio School, 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
    Sep 01, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Washington Studio School, 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
    RSVPs are not required. First Friday is a free art walk open to the public and our doors are open and waiting for you! Experience the large scale portraiture installations in the WSS Gallery and see the community-wide summer-long exhibition See-and-be-Seen before it comes down!
  • Tue, Aug 29
    Aug 29, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Kingman + Heritage Islands, Kingman Island, Washington, DC 20002, USA
    Aug 29, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Kingman + Heritage Islands, Kingman Island, Washington, DC 20002, USA
    RSVPs are not required but appreciated. Explore the trails and boardwalks of Kingman and Heritage Islands at one of D.C.'s most wonderful parks!
  • Multiple Dates
    Mon, Aug 28
    Aug 28, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Via Zoom
    Aug 28, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Via Zoom
    Free for August Free-for-All! Join us for 2-hours of online figure drawing with short and long poses.
  • Sun, Aug 27
    Aug 27, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Washington, 227 Harry Thomas Way NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
    Aug 27, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Washington, 227 Harry Thomas Way NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
    RSVPs are not required but are appreciated. Alethia Tanner Park is one of D.C.'s hidden gems. From a bioremediation meadow to large colorful murals, there's inspiration for everyone! Led by WSS Managing Director Madeleine Sargent.
  • Fri, Aug 25
    Aug 25, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Washington Studio School, 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
    Aug 25, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Washington Studio School, 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
    RSVPs not required. The final day of See-and-be-Seen 2023! Don't miss your last chance to draw your self-portrait and contribute to this fun summer-long community exhibition!
  • Thu, Aug 24
    Aug 24, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    The Park at LeDroit, 286 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Aug 24, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    The Park at LeDroit, 286 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    RSVPs are not required but appreciated. Nestled in one of D.C.'s most beautiful and historic row house neighborhoods, the Park at LeDroit offers a lush Community Garden, dog park, benches and more!
  • Tue, Aug 22
    Aug 22, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Rock Creek Park Community Garden, Western Ridge Trail, Washington, DC 20015, USA
    Aug 22, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Rock Creek Park Community Garden, Western Ridge Trail, Washington, DC 20015, USA
    RSVPs are not required but appreciated. Draw and paint with Artistic Director Jill Phillips at the lovely Rock Creek Community Garden.
  • Sat, Aug 19
    Aug 19, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Aug 19, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    RSVPs are not required but appreciated. Draw and paint with a group outdoors at locations across the District. All levels welcome. Free and open for all. Bring your own materials. No easels allowed.
  • Thu, Aug 17
    Aug 17, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Washington Studio School, 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
    Aug 17, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Washington Studio School, 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
    RSVPs appreciated but not required. Watch how Martin Campos' Fantastic Beastlie's evolve in real-time at this fun and exciting demo!
  • Wed, Aug 16
    Aug 16, 7:00 PM EDT – Aug 17, 8:30 PM EDT
    Online via Zoom
    Aug 16, 7:00 PM EDT – Aug 17, 8:30 PM EDT
    Online via Zoom
    Join us to hear the lively conversation between three fabulous local models, as they talk about how modeling has affected their sense of self-identity and provided an outlet for self-expression.
  • Mon, Aug 14
    Aug 14, 11:15 AM – 1:30 PM
    Washington, Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA
    Aug 14, 11:15 AM – 1:30 PM
    Washington, Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA
    RSVPs appreciated but not required. Draw from the Masters at the NGA, led by WSS faculty member Trevor Young!
  • Sun, Aug 13
    Aug 13, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Fort Reno Park, 4000 Chesapeake St NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA
    Aug 13, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Fort Reno Park, 4000 Chesapeake St NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA
    RSVPs appreciated but not required. Head to Fort Reno Park for an evening painting and hang-out session with WSS faculty member Trevor Young!
  • Fri, Aug 11
    Aug 11, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Rock Creek Park Horse Center, 5100 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015, USA
    Aug 11, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Rock Creek Park Horse Center, 5100 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015, USA
    RSVPs appreciated but not required. Head to the Rock Creek Horse Center for beautiful views and horses with Jill Phillips and Rachael Bohlander!
  • Tue, Aug 08
    Aug 08, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Georgetown Waterfront , K St & Wisconsin Ave NW, Georgetown, D.C.
    Aug 08, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Georgetown Waterfront , K St & Wisconsin Ave NW, Georgetown, D.C.
    RSVPs appreciated but not required. Head to the Georgetown waterfront for something of everything in urban sketching with WSS faculty member Joren Lindholm!
  • Sat, Aug 05
    Aug 05, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Frederick Douglass House, 1411 W St SE, Washington, DC 20020, USA
    Aug 05, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Frederick Douglass House, 1411 W St SE, Washington, DC 20020, USA
    RSVPs are not required but appreciated. Draw and paint with a group outdoors at locations across the District. All levels welcome. Free and open for all. Bring your own materials, including a portable easel.

Our programming is supported in-part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 

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