Thomas Jefferson Community Center and Park Grounds

Recreation Center

Editorial Review

Art Studio information: Open studios at this Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources facility feature pottery, photography, jewelry making and woodworking for drop-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants must have previous experience. Experienced teenagers may be permitted in the pottery studio and darkroom. Pottery and photography open studios take place Mondays from 9 to 12:30, 1:30 to 5 and 6 to 9:30; Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30; and, mid-September to mid-May, Saturdays from 1:30 to 5. Jewelry making occurs Mondays from 6 to 9:30. Woodworking is Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 and, mid-September to mid-May, Saturdays from 1:30 to 5. The fees for all workshops are $8 per 3 1/2-hour time block for residents, $10 for nonresidents. Passes for 15 sessions cost $90 for residents, $120 for nonresidents. Clay costs $10 per 25-pound bag, and sets of basic hand tools for clay cost $11.

The Pottery Studio features 12 electric wheels, a slab roller and about a dozen glazes. Three electric kilns fire to cone 6.

A studio technician monitors the Jewelry-Making Studio, which accommodates 12 people and features, for silversmithing, a flex shaft, rolling mills for rolling out silver, bench shears, a polishing machine and acetylene torch stations. For the ancient jewelry-making practice of lost wax casting, which uses a wax model to create an identical design in silver, the studio provides flasks, investment materials, a hot wax injector, hand tools and a burn-out kiln.

The Photography Studio includes a black-and-white darkroom with 10 enlargers, a dry-mounting press and space to develop and print your own film. Supply your own filters and dust removers, in addition to paper. Toning is not permitted because of inadequate ventilation.

A large, supervised Woodshop houses a lathe, table saw, radial arm saw, band saw, drill press, various hand and power tools, and safety goggles. The studio accommodates 10 to 12 people.