• Falls Church Arts



    Personalized professional art instruction for children conducted amid contemporary works and current art makers at the FCA central gallery

  • About Art Academy

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    Art Academy IS...

    Personalized art classes for children, available in
    the City of Falls Church. Professional art instructor Sally Evans teaches a combination
    of guided and open-ended projects chosen to expose students to new techniques and materials.
    Students enlarge their creative capacity while learning the underlying basic elements of art.
    Problem solving, peer encouragement, collaboration, and a dab of art history are always on the palette.
    Class-size limit of 8 students per class ensure generous personal attention. And, because
    of its unique location within the Falls Church Arts Central gallery (700 W. Broad St.),
    students are exposed to current art makers and surrounded by contemporary works.

    Art Academy BELIEVES...

    All children are creative, but successful art production requires both
    exposure to different mediums and lots of practice. Musical performers cannot just sit down
    and expect to play a complicated song without learning to read music or gaining an
    understanding of basic rhythms; similarly, children need to understand the basic elements
    of visual art in order to produce truly satisfying artwork. Students learn to trust their own
    instincts as they make artistic choices in an encouraging, upbeat environment.

    Art Academy INVITES YOU...

    If you have a child age 7-17 and would like to enrich your child’s art experience and education, please consider FCA Academy classes.
    Classes are held once a week for 1.5 hours in 6 week sessions beginning in September and running throughout the school year. There is a summer experience which is half day (with the option of full day) M-F in one-week blocks during the summer.

  • Good to Know

    Info to help you decide if FCA Art Academy is a good fit for your young artist

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    A very happy lady

    Sally Evans is founder/owner of Avenue Art Studio, a private teaching studio for children in McLean, VA. She is a visual artist and recreation therapist by education and professional background, enabling her to adapt and implement programming to meet a variety of circumstances and learning styles, including special needs. She is also a video-conference presenter with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she develops and presents art education programs to remote learners. She is the mother of five children and has a well-developed patience capacity and tolerance for chaos.
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    Academy Policies

    Some stuff to understand

    SETTING...Art instruction in an actual art gallery, wow! FCA is a working gallery, open to the public, light-filled, creative space. That privilege comes with some behavioral expectations including respect of the art around us as well as our classmates and instructor.

    COST... Our prices are $195 per school-year session and $270 for summer session including all materials (we use the good stuff.)

    FULL/EMPTY…Class size is limited to 9 students to maintain an optimal student/teacher ratio. If the capacity has been reached, we will maintain a waiting list. If on the off chance a class does not meet its minimum required students (3), you will be notified and receive a full refund.

    AGE-APPROPRIATE…Classes are divided into two age groups, 7-11 and 12 up. Though sessions are mixed age, projects and techniques will be modified to give each artist the best experience at his or her individual development level. In the younger group we complete several projects over the course of a session using a variety of materials and focusing on artistic decisions and the elements of art. The older class focuses more on refining artistic skills and craftsmanship across a variety of mediums.

    MULTIPLE SESSIONS… We would love to see your student for multiple sessions and will do our best to make each set of projects unique.

    DROP OFF/PICK UP… Since we are an “urban” campus with limited parking, you will need to be prompt when picking up your students. Drop off and pick up is from our back door in the covered garage off Lee Street. We will have them cleaned up and ready for you.

    CLOTHING... Art is messy business folks, dress appropriately.

    PHOTOGRAPHY...Kids love their photos taken with their art but we will never publish your child's name.

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    Registration for FALL not available until after SummerCamp

    School Year 2024/25

    School-Year sessions run as 6-week blocks. Each class meets for 1.5 hours per week on Thursday afternoons or evenings (divided by age). The cost is $195 including all materials. All classes require a three student minimum. Content is based on the elements of art and exposes students to a variety of materials. Please register for the correct age group.


    Ages 7-11 meets Thursdays 4:30-6:00 pm

    Ages 12 up (grade 7 up) meets Thursdays 6:30-8:00 pm

    • Fall 2024 (6 wks) Thursdays, Dates TBD
    • Winter 2025 (6 wks) Thursdays, Dates TBD
    • Spring 2025(6 wks) Thursdays, Dates TBD

    Click the "REGISTER" button below to link to registration and payment form

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    Fireworks and Fireflies:  Summer Art Camp at FCA

    Summer sessions at FCA are extra fun as the extra time allows us to dig extra deeply into our projects. Camp is offered as a week long (M-F) experience. Two different dates are offered and you may choose half or full day. Summer sessions are specially geared to the 7-12 year old artist. Sign up with a friend or come meet a new one! Cost per half- day session is $285 with a bonus discount for full day.


    2024 Summer Camp Dates August 5th-9th

    Morning 9:30am-12:30pm and/or

    Afternoon 1pm-4pm

    Discount available for full-day


    Summer Camp


  • Drop by for a Visit

    700 w. Broad St, Falls Church VA

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    @FCArts Academy