Lee Arts Center Open Studios 


Lee Arts Center artists
  Lee Arts Center Artists: Left to Right:  Becky Zweibel, Ramon Camarillo, June Lee, Westen Muntain 

The Lee Arts Center Open Studio program is designed specifically for individuals working at advanced levels in ceramics and printmaking.  No ongoing instruction is given.  Participants are expected to be able to function independently with regard to their own work, as well as to perform the technical tasks essential to the operation as a whole.

The Mission of the Cultural Affairs Division is to “create an environment that fosters excellence in the visual arts and that enables artists to thrive.”  Therefore, Lee Arts Center is dedicated to maintaining the lowest possible studio fees and high quality equipment and services.   

Ceramics Application
Printmaking Open Studio Application
Lee Open Studio Membership Fees 2014

Studios are open from 9:30 AM until 6:00 PM Mondays through Fridays and from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM on Saturdays. Studio hours may be modified from time to time in order to accommodate Master Workshops or recreation classes. The Lee Arts Center is closed on all federal holidays. In case of inclement weather, please call 703.228.7199 for community center closings. 
For further information please phone 703.228.0560             

Studio membership fees are collected every three months. New members may join on a space available basis; fees for mid-session enrollment will be prorated.  A waiting list is maintained for those persons desiring to join the Open Studio program who have demonstrated that they possess the technical ability to function independently in the studio.   Payment is due quarterly on January 1, April 1st, July 1st, October 1st. of every year. If payment is not made within 2 weeks of the due date membership may be forfeit. All late payments will be subject to a $20 late payment fee. Members will be notified by e-mail a week before their bill is sent by mail that the bill will be arriving. If you do not receive your bill within a week of the e-mail notice please contact the Lee Art Center office.

Studio Facilities
Members have full access to the studio facilities during studio hours. Full members receive all Lee Arts Center communications and can participate in all open studio activities such as potlucks, member workshops, sales and shows.
Studio Members Please Note...
Check here for dates that the Open Studios are unavailable for use by artists due to scheduled workshops, programs or public holidays.

Ceramics Studio

The Lee Arts Center has a fully equipped ceramics studio with two large work rooms, glaze kitchen, and kiln room. Membership includes 1 personal storage shelf and up to two 5-gallon buckets for storing clay.

Ceramics Studio Manual 2009

Clay order form


* 14 Brent Wheels
* 1 Amaco Handicap Accessible Wheel
* 1 Shimpo pug mill
* 1 Brent 36” slabroller
* 1 Amaco spray booth
*  Compressor
* 1 Baileys Extruder
* 3 L&L Electric Kilns (6.5 cubic feet)
* 2 Electric Kilns (Cress - 1.5 cubic feet and Paragon .53 cubic feet)
* 1 Natural Gas Downdraft Kiln (approx. 23 cubic feet Load space)
* RAKU Equipment
* Glaze formulation facilities
Instructions for Lighting and Firing the Lee Art Center Kiln

Printmaking Studio

The Lee Art Center Printmaking Open Studio is designed specifically for individuals working at advanced levels in printmaking and offers facilities for etching, aquatint, relief, silkscreen, aluminum-plate lithography, monoprint, and limited bookmaking. No ongoing instruction is given. Participants are expected to be able to function independently with regard to their own work. They are also expected to perform the technical tasks necessary to the operation of the studio as a whole. Membership includes two flat files and one cubby for storage. 

Printmaking Studio Manual

*   28’ x 33’ studio with good northern light and excellent full room ventilation
*   Rembrandt elephant printing press ( 30" x 50" bed )
*   Charles Brand Press (24" x 48" bed)
*   Fisher Scientific Fumehood
*   Light Exposure unit with large vacuum table ( 42" x 32")
*   Hot Plate ( 24" x 36")
*   Rollers in all sizes, including viscosity rollers
*   Flat files and drying racks
*   Paper cutters
*   Power washer for cleaning silk screens
*   Vertical etching tank for ferric chloride (18" x 24")
*   Capacity for etching with nitric acid
*   Non-toxic grounds: Hardground -Future floor wax
*   Softground- water based relief ink
*   Wood block press equipment for relief printing with water-based or oil based ink