Tenley Camps for Kids: Metro Sketchers


Still looking for a stimulating camp experience for your kids? Hoping to add some culture to their summer? Then consider the 2014 Metro Sketchers Drawing Camp run by Tenleytown’s very own Jane Varner Malhotra.

Malhotra, a parent of students at Janney, Deal and Wilson, has taught children’s art classes at the National Gallery of Art for five years and has spent decades sketching around Washington, DC and on Metro. She will be offering two sessions of her popular four-day on-the-go drawing classes for kids ages 11 to 15. Each session, which includes up to 10 children, meets in the morning at the Tenley-Friendship Library – a convenient walk for those in the neighborhood – before heading downtown for a fun day of art exploration.

Under Malhotra’s direction, campers will sketch on the bus and Metro, as well as visit and sketch spots around DC, such as the National Gallery of Art, the National Building Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Kids will learn about sketching people and moving objects, the use of line, composition, perspective, volume, and checking proportions. Malhotra will also introduce them to artists including Pablo Picasso, Romare Bearden, the Ashcan School, and others who chose to draw urban scenes.

Two sessions will be offered:

Session 1: Urban Sketching: People and Parks
Monday through Thursday, July 7-10, 9:30am-2:30pm
Stops include Bartholdi Park, National Portrait Gallery, Building Museum, Meridian Hill Park, Yards Park

Session 2: Urban Sketching: Transportation
Monday through Thursday, July 21-24, 9:30am-2:30pm
Stops include National Gallery of Art, Union Station, Hirshhorn, Thompson Boathouse, National Airport

Each class of 8-10 students will meet in front of the Tenley-Friendship Library at 9:30am. Campers will return to Tenleytown at 2:30pm. The cost for each camp week is $250.

For more information, contact Malhotra at janevarnermalhotra@yahoo.com or give her a call at 202-276-4516.