What Our Students are Saying....
"My wife spotted a stone carving course in the Glen Echo Park catalogue a decade ago and, soon after, we were hooked. Directly manipulating stone with hammer and chisel has a visceral quality that appeals to me; there is something deeply satisfying about practicing such an ancient art form. Nizette Brennan is a master carver and sculptor and has taught us an enormous amount about process and form. The other students in the Sculpture Studio have become good friends and have challenged me to want to do better work."
Jon G., Sculpture Student
“Glen Echo Park fosters creativity and a love of the arts as well as a sense of community. The learning and shared experiences that I have enjoyed at the Park over the years have not only strengthened my understanding of myself but also of the arts as a basic necessity.”
Laura C., Member, Student, and Volunteer
“My kids and I have benefited immensely from PGiP! We have been a part of playgroup and infant playgroup, and we have attended the Saturday Art Explorers on Saturday mornings. The classroom spaces and teachers are perfectly poised to capitalize on children’s natural curiosity and make room for them to explore, grow, experiment, create, and imagine. Interacting with my children in these spaces has helped me learn more about them as individuals and myself
as a parent.”
Sharon C., Playgroup in the Park Parent
“I had always wanted to have the time to learn to make pottery, but I was not able to start until later in life. Coming to Glen Echo Pottery turned out to be one of the best things I've ever done. Jeff Kirk [Glen Echo Pottery founder and director] is a great teacher, and all the experienced potters here have been welcoming and supportive. I continue to learn from them as well.”
Robin G., Pottery Student
“Our family is growing, literally and musically, at the Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park. After a long hiatus, I resumed my violin studies with Conservatory director Kathy Judd before I was married. The faculty members are outstanding musicians and technically rigorous teachers who also care about cultivating the inner musician in every student My husband and I held our wedding reception at the Park, and Kathy gave me excellent advice about putting together a baroque trio for our ceremony. Riding the historic carousel with our guests was one of the most memorable parts of the day. After our son was born, we enrolled him in the Conservatory’s early childhood music classes. A year later, he responds to all kinds of music with exuberant joy and plays along spontaneously, choosing from among his growing collection of musical instruments. Visiting Glen Echo Park for our Saturday morning music classes or one of the Conservatory’s world-class concerts is now a highlight of our weekend family time.”
Stacy S., Music Student and Parent
“We love dancing at Glen Echo Park! The dance community is what brought us together 10 years ago when we first met at a USOdance at the Spanish Ballroom... we actually met in the "overflow area" in the Bumper Car Pavilion, as we were both late in arriving for the dance lesson, and the Spanish Ballroom was already filled to capacity. The beauty of the Ballroom, the wide variety of dance offerings (we especially enjoy Waltz Time), the incredible bands that play at the dances, the lessons offered before each dance – all of this has kept us coming back for more."
Bob & Francine L., Social Dancers
“I was obsessed with iPhoneography for over a year when I decided to learn the real techniques that many of the popular iPhone apps try to emulate. I bought a Holga, a few rolls of black & white film and enrolled in the Intro to Darkroom Printing class at Glen Echo Park‘s Photoworks Studio. I enjoyed being in a class with passionate photographers. We were able to bounce ideas off of each other, and I think I learned something from each of my classmates.”
Michael H., Photography Student