Art Events

Visual Arts Family Event at Mason – March 23rd

George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts would like to invite you to “OFF THE WALL”, a family-friendly design, media, and fine arts festival featuring a mac-and-cheese bar, local brewery and distillery tastings, and activities for all! Join us on the Mason Fairfax campus on Saturday, March 23rd.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 2-5 PM
WHERE: Art and Design Building, Mason Fairfax Campus     See Map
PARKING: Complimentary parking in Shenandoah Parking Deck     See Map

$30 regular adult
$20 Mason alumni, faculty, and staff
$10 ages 14-18
FREE for children 13 and under


Off The Wall Family Art Festival


Every Spring Mason opens its Art and Design Building to alumni, parents, prospective students, and the public for a showcase of the visual arts at Mason. Tour 15 open studios and hands-on exhibits with student and faculty artists, enjoy the music, plus create your own works of art – it’s a great party!

(The Art and Design Building is where the Academy holds our Saturday Art Classes for the community.)


Off The Wall Family Art Festival






Painting and Drawing Class for Adults This Spring

Image above: Work by Andi Benge

Adults with a flare for the creative and/or an itch to try something new will enjoy our popular Oil Painting Class and our brand new Drawing Class this Spring. Participants will work in the university art studios in the Mason School of Art and study with School of Art Graduate students and alum.

While our Oil Painting class has been around for many years, we frequently introduce new instructors to provide a diversity of perspectives and styles. This semester, we would like to introduce co-teachers Andi Benge and Sam Fedorova (aka “Strange Lens”), a collaborative team of Mason School of Art Graduate Painting students. As you can see from their photo below, they bring a spark of joy and humor to the classroom, along with a solid background of art experience.


Andi Berge and Sam Fedorova, Painting Lessons


“Through our joint guidance, we will create a positive and safe atmosphere where adult students can learn to paint, whether brand new to the idea or with a few years under their belt,” stated Andi and Sam. “We will be teaching fundamental oil painting skills through projects utilizing traditional techniques, mixed with insights from our own perspective on contemporary art. We believe that every student is unique, and our goal is to help each student in developing their own potential and learning styles.”


Painting by Andi Berge

Image above: Work by Andi Benge


We are thrilled to offer our very first Drawing Class for adults this spring, and the response has been wonderful. In fact, at the time of writing this post, there are only 5 spots left! Instructor Elizabeth Hall will guide students in the study of fundamental drawing elements of line, shape, value, texture, and composition, and will learn how to use these skills to transform ideas into expression.

“Drawing is an extension of oneself,” explained Ms. Hall. “For this reason, my approach to teaching focuses on the individual developing their own language of expression through drawing. While gaining an understanding of fundamental drawing properties and techniques, developing hand-eye coordination, and observational and perceptual skills, I encourage each student to explore mark making using various materials and surfaces. Within theses parameters, the act of drawing can become a unique and personal process.”


Drawing by Elizabeth Hall

Image above: Work by Elizabeth Hall


Classes take place on Saturdays, starting mid-February, in the fully accessible Art & Design Building on the Mason Fairfax campus, with parking available just across the street. Start (or continue) your art adventure today!




Art Events

Winter 2018 Student Art Show, Dec 1

Join our wonderful Art teachers and students on Saturday, December 1st for an enjoyable day of student art exhibits and classroom presentations at the Art & Design Building on the Mason Fairfax campus, and learn more about our fantastic visual art curriculum offered in our Saturday classes!

Exhibit and classroom presentation times vary by age group and take place during the final class time of the Fall 2018 session.


Students showing artwork at exhibit


Art Adventures for Ages 4-7
Class time 10:00am-11:15am
(Presentation time approx. 11:00am)

Art Foundations for Ages 8-11
Class time 11:30am-12:45am
(Presentation time approx. 12:30pm)

Art Explorations for Ages 12-18
Class time 11:30am-12:45am
(Presentation time approx. 12:30pm)


PARKING: On Saturday, you can park in Parking Lot A for free. It is about a 5 minute walk to the Art & Design  Building (note: NOT the Center for the Arts).




Acting Art Events Music

Students To Perform At Arts By George Gala, Sept 29th

Looking for the perfect Date Night? Mason’s annual Arts By George fundraising gala event, which provides student scholarships and support to the College of Visual and Performing Arts – including its community arts programs – will take place Saturday, September 29th. This year’s activities will include performances by some of the Academy’s very own music and acting students!

WHAT: Arts By George Fundraising Event
Saturday, September 29, 2018 – starting at 5 PM
WHERE: de Laski Performing Arts Building at Mason in Fairfax  See Map
COST: $275 per person
PARKING: Free parking in Lot K, or paid parking in Mason Pond Parking Deck


Arts By George Activities


If you have never attended an Arts by George event before, there is a reason why they have dubbed it “An Evening Like No Other”. Attendees can stroll through the Performing Arts Building to interact with multiple sets of performances from Mason students (including one special performance from our Academy students!), enjoy fine buffet-style dining, and more – all starting at 5pm and going through to the featured concert performance at 8:30 PM in the Center for the Arts.

Highlights include:

  • 10 open studios and rehearsal halls showcasing more than 100 talented Mason students (plus a special performance by Academy students!)
  • 3 of the region’s finest restaurants with an elegant buffet
  • 60+ exclusive silent and live auction items including theater, sports, cuisine, and travel
  • 1 dazzling performance by Grammy Award winner The Manhattan Transfer featuring Mason’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra and Mason Vocal Jazz Ensemble, followed by an on-stage champagne toast with The Manhattan Transfer (pictured below)!


Manhattan Transfer Photo


Proceeds support Mason student scholarships in Art, Dance, Music, Theater, Arts Management, Computer Game Design, and Film and Video Studies, as well as the Great Performances at Mason season, The Green Machine Ensembles, and Mason Community Arts Academy. (Guests can allocate their support specifically for the Academy!)

Need a reason to bring out that fancy dress? Time to dust off that tux? Be a part of the arts at Arts By George. It’s a date!




Art Adventures Help Kids Discover Their Own Creativity

As part of our Saturday line-up of Visual Art classes, Art Adventures for ages 4-7 provides young students with exciting projects that entice, educate and explore a variety of media forms, including drawing, painting, sculpture and more – fused with an introduction to art history.

Located in the Art & Design Building on the George Mason University campus, the Saturday art classes are coordinated by Dr. Justin Sutters, the director of the Art Education Master’s program at Mason, who hand picks the instructors each semester and oversees the curriculum development.

Children are given new projects and topics each semester, allowing for students to return several times.


Group photo of children's art class


A fun final student art show takes place the last class meeting, which is always exciting for the young students, who love to show off their work in a mock “gallery exhibit”.

See for yourself the wonderful benefit that artistic self expression can bring to your child’s life – sign up today!