Private Parties & Team Building

Art Based Team Building That Fuels Creativity!

Inspire and energize your guests with our fun and creative visual art activities. No need to be intimidated by the creative process – no experience is necessary as our skilled instructors guide you every step of the way. Shared creative experiences are ideal team building opportunities as they inspire innovative thinking, communication, and resourceful problem solving. We can provide projects that require collaboration between team members or that allow each person to explore his or her own ideas. Choose from working in clay, glass, mixed media, mosaics, or paint.

 

Private Party & Team Building Events

Fluid Painting (NEW PROJECT!)

The hottest trend in painting this year! This is the ultimate creative painting experience-no brush required. Participants will create two 6 x 6 inches paintings after practicing on a small surface. Fluid painting is a type of abstract art that uses acrylic paints mixed with different pouring mediums to create a fluid, flowing consistency. The acrylic paints react with each other when combined to create extraordinary patterns and designs. This class will focus on pouring techniques such as puddle pouring, dirty pour, and swiping.

The material cost for this one and a half hour activity is $24.00.

Work will be left with VisArts staff to dry and be varnished.

Work will be ready for pick up within 5 business days.

 

The Everlasting Office Plant (NEW PROJECT!)

You won’t need to worry about your everlasting office plant when you go on vacation. No matter how long you neglect this beautiful piece of fused glass, the only maintenance it will require is a bit of dusting. Three-inch terra cotta pot and pea gravel will be provided.

The per person material price for this two-hour workshop is $27.00.

Work will be fired by VisArts staff and ready for pickup within 7 business days.

Groups over 14 people require an assistant.

 

The Posy Bowl (NEW PROJECT!)

Participants will create this slightly curved flower dish while becoming proficient at nipping and cutting concentric circles of glass.

The per person material price for this two and one-hallf hours project is $40.00.

Work will be ready for pick up within seven business days of the event. Finished dimensions of the work will be approximately 7 x 7 inches.

Groups over 12 people will require an assistant.

Wine Bottle Painting (NEW PROJECT!)

Participants can select form blue of clear wine bottles to create a three-dimensional painting using special glass paints. VisArts supplies special corks with LED lights that can be switched on and off to create a one-of-a-kind work of art.

The material cost for this three hour painting project is $24.00.

This project can be taken home at the end of the event.

Groups over 18 will require an assistants.

Fused Glass Plates

One of our most popular group activities, participants create a 6” x 6” square or 8” x 4” rectangle while they learn about the “cool glass” process during this two-hour class. Your guests learn how to cut glass and consider how different glass interacts. Finished work is ready for pick up within 10 business days of the event.

Materials fee: $39.50/person

For those looking for a collaborative twist, we offer a one-hour extension of our regular fused glass plate workshop so that your guests can work collaboratively to create a large-scale piece of artwork. VisArts instructors work with guests to create a balanced design and pleasing color scheme.

Materials fee: $300/Medium Wave (10 ”x 18”); $425/Large Wave (12” x 18”); $200/Large Serving Plate (10” x 10”)

 

Palettes and Paint

Social painting classes are a great way to entertain your corporate colleagues or a group of friends. You pick an image, your guests receive a lightly pre-sketched 16” x 20” canvas, and an instructor leads a step-by-step painting lesson. This three-hour class can be tailored to a two-hour class, if desired.

Materials fee: $24/person; $34/person for custom image

Collaborative Painting

An ideal team building experience, collaborative painting requires participants to negotiate color, design elements, and transitioning between individual canvases to create a cohesive product. As in the workplace, co-workers must consider the opinions and views of others to produce a finished work. The image above was painted by 20 people and uses twelve 16” x 20” canvases to create one large image.

Materials fee: $34/person (additional charge for constructing the finished mural)

Musical Easels

A new twist on collaborative painting, participants start with the same pre-sketched canvas, rotating to another canvas every 15 to 20 minutes. Just as work projects require us to consider co-workers’ input, this activity focuses more on the creative process than the final product. This is a terrific activity for even the most reluctant of painters because each painting is the product of many. The images above were created by 16 people.

Materials fee: $24/person

 

Image Gallery

 

Think Outside the Species

People are often described by referencing animals: timid as a mouse, roars like a lion, changes spots like a leopard! Participants will have the opportunity to create hybrid animals that reflect their personalities, challenges or strengths. VisArts will provide lots of images to work with and then our instructor will lead your guests through the sketching and painting of their creation. This activity allows for participants to reveal parts of themselves that they may keep hidden or to express an aspect of their personality that they hope others will see. This creative activity allows for reflection as well as self -expression. Since the animal creations are imaginary there is no “right” or “wrong” way to express oneself. This is all about creativity and having fun.

Materials fee: $24/person

 

Image Examples

 

Clay Creations

Participants start with pre-rolled slabs of clay and are led through the construction of a mug or vase. After creating their vessels, participants use stamps, springs, underglazes, texture, and carving tools to create their unique ceramic artwork. Work is then fired and clear glazed by VisArts, and ready for pick up within 10 business days of the event.

Materials fee: $30/person

Art of Possibilities

This 3.5-hour workshop is highly interactive and can be tailored by our expert facilitator to your organization’s mission and vision. Participants transform second-hand and cast-aside furniture and household items while developing realistic steps for their next big thing. Guests are encouraged to bring a small household item to transform, or VisArts can provide items for transformation at an additional charge.

Materials fee: $37.50/person (guests bring items to repurpose); $67.50/person (VisArts supplies items to repurpose)

FAQs

Can I rent the 2nd Floor Buchanan Event Room?

Absolutely! Our modern and versatile Buchanan Event Room is ideal for larger and/or more formal events. Pricing varies, so please see our sample rate sheets for details HERE.

How does VisArts support non-profit organizations?

VisArts is committed to making art experiences affordable and accessible. We offer special non-profit rates on room rental and materials fees. We also work with non-profit organizations to create their own fundraising art events: We provide the space and art activity at a discount; you sell tickets, find sponsors, and receive donations of food/beverage.

Can I arrange for my own food and beverage service?

  • Yes, you may provide your own food and beverages including alcoholic drinks. All food must come from a licensed food facility such as a restaurant, grocery store or caterer. NO homemade food is permitted pursuant to Montgomery County health regulations.
  • If you serve alcohol, you must follow all relevant State of Maryland and Montgomery County laws regarding the purchase and service of alcohol. You must ensure that no one under the age of 21 is served alcoholic beverages, that no one is overserved and that no one is permitted to leave your event intoxicated. Pursuant to Maryland law, no open containers of alcohol can be removed from the premises.
  • If your event will be held in the Buchanan Event Room, additional requirements for food service and charges for the use of our catering kitchen apply. Depending upon the number of guests and menus, you may be required to use one of our preferred caterers.

How can I reserve a team building workshop or private art party?

Please contact Karen Askin at 301-315-8200 extension 119 or  kaskin@visartscenter.org.  Karen will work with you to find a date, space, and project appropriate for your group and budget. A signed contact, along with a deposit equal to the room rental fee and the instructor fee, are required to book your event. Full payment is due at least 48 hours prior to the event. Payments may be made using check, cash or credit cards.

Will you come to my off-site location?

Yes, we are happy to come to your organization or commercial venue; however, we cannot offer art events at private residences. In addition to instructor/facilitator and materials fees, we charge a minimum travel fee of $400.00 to bring materials, plus an additional fee for distances of more than 15 miles from VisArts. If your space requires a protective floor covering, additional fees may apply. You are responsible for providing tables, chairs, and a nearby water source that can be accessed by our instructor.