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Corcoran Continuing Education

Corcoran's Continuing Education program offers a variety of non-credit art and design courses for adults of all ages throughout the year. As a non-degree student, students can brush up on basics, develop further expertise or just have fun for a reasonable price. Afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available to work around your schedule. Courses are taught by leading professionals in their fields throughout the entire year. For detailed instructions on how to submit an application for non-degree student status and register for Corcoran Continuing Education courses, scroll down for more info or visit the Office of Non-Degree Students site

View a map of campus and find the location of your class on the facilities page

View descriptions of Spring 2019 Classes.


*Applications open on November 1st for Non-Degree Students. Registration for Spring 2019 courses opens December 3rd. Late registration begins on the first day of the class.*


The following courses are available for Spring 2019:

CCE 2341 Woodworking & Furniture Design
Faculty:           Christian Wicha
Location:         Flagg B-200
Time:               Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:45pm
Duration:         1/15/19 - 4/23/19
Cost:               $800 + $100 lab fee

CCE 3635 Adv. Woodworking & Furniture Design 
Faculty:           Christian Wicha
Location:         Flagg B-200
Time:               Mondays, 6:30pm - 9:45pm
Duration:         1/14/19 - 4/29/19
Cost:               $800 + $100 lab fee

CCE 2301 Special Topics: Monoprints 
Faculty:           Jennaway Pearson
Location:         Flagg B-109 
Times:             Saturdays 10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:        1/15/19 - 2/23/19
Cost:              $400 + $65 lab fee

CCE 1370 Book Arts Basics Workshop
Faculty:           Jennaway Pearson
Location:         Flagg B-108
Times:             Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8 m
Duration:         1/15/19 - 2/23/19
Cost:               $400 + $65 lab fee

CCE 3220 Advanced Abstract Painting - Studio A 
Faculty:           Mira Hecht
Location:         Flagg B-135
Times:             Mondays, 1:00pm - 4:15pm
Duration:        1/14/19 - 4/29/19
Cost:              $800 + $65 lab fee

CCE 3220 Advanced Abstract Painting - Studio B
Faculty:           Mira Hecht
Location:         Flagg B-135
Times:             Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:15pm
Duration:         1/15/19 - 4/23/19
Cost:               $800 + $65 lab fee

CCE 2120 Intermediate Painting 
Faculty:           Joshua Highter
Location:         Flagg B-135
Times:             Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 9:45pm
Duration:         1/15/19 - 4/23/19
Cost:               $800 + $65 lab fee

CCE 1785 Dark Room Photography Basics 
Faculty:          Joe Yablonsky
Location:        Smith Hall 207
Times:            Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Duration:        1/15/19 - 2/19/19
Cost:              $400 + $65 lab fee

CCE 1825 Intro to Botanical Drawing 
Faculty:           Carol Beach
Location:         Smith Hall 401B
Times:             Saturdays, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:        1/19/19 - 4/27/19
Cost:              $800

CCE 1791 Basic Digital Photography II 
Faculty:          Nancy Breslin
Location:        Flagg B-100C
Times:            Saturdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:        1/19/19 - 3/02/19
Cost:              $400 + $65 lab fee

CCE 2135 Still Life Oil Paint Techniques
Faculty:          Natasha Mokina
Location:        Flagg B-135
Times:            Saturdays, 1:30pm - 4:45pm
Duration:       1/19/19 - 4/27/19
Cost:              $800 + $65 lab fee

CCE 2301 Relief Printmaking For Teens - Ages 14-18
Faculty:          Meaghan Busch
Location:        Flagg B-108
Times:            Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:       3/23/19 - 4/27/19
Cost:             $400 + $65 lab fee

Learn How to Apply & Register Here

  • GW students currently registered in a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) at the university are not eligible to take Continuing Education courses. 
  • If you have been suspended from any educational institution for poor scholarship or are not in good standing at your current or a prior institution you will not be eligible to enroll as a non-degree student for one calendar year after the effective date of the suspension.
  • If you’ve been denied admission to a degree or certificate program at GW, you will also not be eligible to enroll as a non-degree student for the same semester for which the application was denied.

For more detailed instructions on how to submit an application for non-degree student status and register for Corcoran Continuing Education courses, visit the Office of Non-Degree Students site. Please make sure you thoroughly read the instructions at the bottom of the page before submitting your application.

Students must first submit an application as a non-degree student.  On the first page of the application, choose the following in order to apply as a non-degree student (each field must be selected before the following fields options will populate):

  • What type of program are you applying to? Non-Degree
  • School: Summer & Non-Degree Programs
  • Field of Study: General Study
  • Degree: Non-Degree
  • Concentration: Not Applicable
  • Term: Semester that you wish to apply for

Please note: Once you have paid your application, you MUST go back into the application and hit submit. If you pay your application fee and do not return back to your application, your application is incomplete and will not be processed. 

Once your confirmation email arrives, use the GW student ID, or GWID, provided to create your GW NetID and GW e-mail account.  The NetID is required to access GW systems, and the GW e-mail will be the address to which the GW sends all official communications, including your student e-bill and detailed instruction on how to register for classes.

Once your confirmation email arrives use the GW student ID, or GWID, provided to create your GW NetID and GW e-mail account.  The NetID is required to access GW systems, and the GW e-mail will be the address to which the GW sends all official communications, including your student e-bill and instructions on how to regsiter. Concise steps to register for classes are below:

  1. Log in to the GWeb login page
  2. Enter your GWid and PIN

(PIN: Initial student PINs are six characters long and are generated according to the student's date of birth, in a MMDDYY format.)

3. Select ‘Student Records & Registration Menu’, then ‘Registration Menu’. Click ‘Register, Drop and/or Add Classes’ and select the appropriate semester.

(The first time you log in to GWeb you will be prompted to enter your current address. Failure to enter the information will prohibit your registration.)

4. Enter your desired CRNs (which are found on the Office of the Registrar) into the boxes and click on ‘Submit Changes'. You will immediately see if you have been successful or if there were any errors with your request(s).

5. You may add additional CRNs by entering them in the boxes. You may drop courses by using the 'Web Drop' Option in the Action Column next to the course you wish to drop.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (202) 994-4900 or [email protected] or the CE Advisor at [email protected]

Deadline: Potential Non-Degree students can apply starting one month before registration opens for any given semester (see the Office of the Registrar's website for exact dates) up to the start of the semester. Applications typically take 2-3 business days to process. 

*Please note that if you are admitted and register after the first day of classes, you will receive a late registration fee. These dates and more can be found on the university’s Academic Calendar

Pay Your Bill

Once you register for courses, an electronic bill will be generated. No paper bill will be sent. All bills are due prior to the first day of the semester. The Student Accounts Office can help you understand and pay your bill.

To pay your bill, you will need to access the Student Account eBill.

If you register for classes after the first day of classes, payment is due by the following 10th or within 2 weeks, whichever is later.

GW is committed to supporting the continuing education of its faculty and staff. Full-time GW employees are eligible to utilize the tuition remission benefit.

What does the benefit cover? 

  • The tuition benefit for continuing education course(s) will cover 90%, any excess (10% plus other charges/fees) will be your responsibility. 

  • The percentage covers only the tuition costs in your bill and not finance charges, fees or books and it is based on the Columbian College rate (available at Student Accounts Office).

How to Apply

Before applying for the benefit, you must apply as a non-degree student and register for course(s). Once you register for classes, the tuition remission benefits is a two-step process - you must: 

  1. Apply online for the benefit
  2. All graduate level courses per IRS are taxable; however, If the course(s) are related to your position and do not lead to a new career or promotion, you can apply for tax exemption (login with your net ID and password). 

* Please Note: You must apply for tuition remission benefits EVERY SEMESTER.*

For more information about how to apply for the benefit and/or the tax exemption, please visit the GW Benefits webpage to review tutorials, FAQs, Tuition Remission Policy and many more. 

Print out the CE Registration Checklist!

*For more detailed instructions on how to apply or register, please visit the Office of Non-Degree Students

Continuing Education Faculty

[email protected] Carol Tudor Beach is an artist and designer who has worked with architects and interior designers painting murals and doing decorative art, specializing in botanical subjects. She has done restoration work, faux-finishing, and gilding. She studied Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design, and received an M.Arch from the University of Miami. She paints botanical subjects, urban scenes, and nature in watercolor, acrylics, and oil. She currently works as an urban designer.

photo of nancy breslin[email protected] Nancy Breslin is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Washington, DC and is married to philosopher Peter Caws. After spending a decade as an academic psychiatrist, she decided in 1997 to leave medicine to pursue a second career as an artist. She completed an MFA at the University of Delaware in 2000 and received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2003 and 2008. She has taught photography part-time at the University of Delaware and the Corcoran College of Art & Design and in 2012-2013 was a visiting artist at Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library.

Nancy has had solo shows at the Mezzanine Gallery, Agilent Technologies Corporate Headquarters, Colourworks and the Grand Opera House, the Arlington Arts Center, the Saint Joseph's University Gallery and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. She has also had two-person exhibitions at the Biggs Museum of American Art, the Chris White Gallery, the Elkton Station Gallery and San Antonio College. Her work has been published in a number of books and magazines, and one of her toy camera images was selected from over 60,000 as a finalist in the Smithsonian Magazine 2012 photo contest. Nancy Breslin's photography has been seen in over 60 group shows, including exhibits at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the NJ Center for Visual Arts, the Maryland Federation of Art, Nexus Gallery and Viridian Artists Gallery, Historic Yellow Springs and Gallery Imperato. Her work can be seen at

[email protected] Mira Hecht is a DC-based artist. She holds a BA from American University in Washington, DC and an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Mira is represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art in Washington, DC and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA. Her work has been selected for public collections such as Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and the City of Emeryville, CA. View her work at

photo of josh highter[email protected] Josh Highter is an artist whose work focuses on the intersection between observation and memory, utilizing the processes of drawing, painting, and printmaking. The spaces constructed play at the tension between the familiar, observed experiences and the foreign, distant memories that are what remain of these experiences once they are over. His paintings are process driven and the surface of the painting is of primary interest.

Josh is a painter and MFA graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington and is currently living in Washington, DC. For the past three years Josh was living in Berkeley, California where he served as a visiting lecturer teaching drawing and painting at the University of California, Davis and was a studio artist at Root Division, a visual arts non-profit. Prior to moving to California, he taught drawing and painting at Herron College of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Even though Josh has been transient, he is originally from Vermont and will always call the Green Mountains “home.”

photo of jessica kallista[email protected] Jessica Kallista is an artist and curator in Northern Virginia. She received her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry from George Mason University in 2002. In November 2014 she founded Olly Olly, an alternative art space, in Fairfax, Virginia. She serves as business representative on the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

Possessed with a frenetic energy to constantly create both literary and visual art, she combines the two in collages that employ elements of chance, repetition and appropriation. Through her work as an artist and curator, Jessica seeks to disrupt the isolation of those living in suburbia by creating situations of surprise, play and experimentation while instigating dialogue about gender, sexuality, feminism, embodiment, decolonization, commodity fetishism and interconnectivity.

Jessica’s work has been shown at a variety of venues including Target Gallery, GRACE, The Fridge, Tempus Projects, NoMüNoMü, Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University and the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery. Her work can be seen at

photo of joey manlapaz[email protected] Washington, DC-based artist Joey P. Mánlapaz earned her MFA in painting from The George Washington University where her ongoing fascination for and concentration on the city of Washington as subject matter was influenced by her mentor Frank Wright, a renowned painter depicting 18th-19th century architecture of downtown DC. Mánlapaz exhibits extensively in the U.S. and abroad and is recognized for her unique form of painterly photorealism, a result of an interest in the photorealist styles of New York artists Tom Blackwell and Richard Estes, which she combines with the deep psychological sensibility of Edward Hopper and mysterious imagery of Alfred Hitchcock.

In addition to 25 years of teaching experience in all levels of drawing and painting, Mánlapaz serves the community through her lecture and art workshop series at several continuing care facilities that specialize in assisted living, skilled nursing, dementia and Alzheimer.

Her teaching philosophy emphasizes the realist approach through mastery of composition, direct observation, drawing and color mixing. Although a photorealist in her own work, Mánlapaz embraces each student’s unique approach to self-expression and encourages styles that fit their experience, so long as the technique is well understood and practiced. She teaches Introduction to Drawing: Bridging the Artist’s Eye and Hand, Painting in a Series, and Pre-College Drawing & Painting.

[email protected] Ryan McDonnell has been a working artist and teacher in the D.C. area for over ten years. He has shown works at many different venues in the D.C. area ranging from community days to the Smithsonian Craft Show. He uses several mediums in the creation of his work including ceramics, stone, wood, and metal.

Ryan is very active in community service and his art work has benefited a mix of local non-profits, charities and youth organizations. He has received a number of grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. All of his grants revolve around mentoring and exposing youth to mediums not commonly taught in public school.

photo of hadrian mendoza[email protected] Bio coming soon.

photo of natasha mokina[email protected] Natasha Mokina is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts – the oldest and most respected art school in Russia, and perhaps the last school still continuing traditions of European art education. The main focus of a six-year course is on human figure studies.

Rigorous classical training and modern concepts create the unique aesthetic of Mokina’s paintings. Natasha Mokina has been on the faculty of the Corcoran College since 1996, teaching mostly figure and portrait drawing and painting techniques.

During her career, Natasha Mokina has had numerous exhibitions, nationally and abroad. Her paintings are bought by private collectors as well as the Russian Ministry of Culture. Publications about her art include articles in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Home & Design Magazine. Her work can be seen at Mokina’s awards include “The Best Young Artist of St. Petersburg” in 1987, as well as third place in The Artist’s Magazine competition. She has served as the president of Winter Palace Studio, currently located in the Canal Square of Georgetown, since 1998.

photo of jim mole[email protected] Jim Mole, a painter and sculptor by training, is a versatile, deeply knowledgeable Internet strategist and usability advocate with more than twenty-five years of experience in advertising, marketing, web design and development. His varied and longstanding clientele include entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and multinational corporations. Early in his career, he Jim was advertising photography art director at Hecht’s department stores in Washington, D.C. He next worked as advertising director for a local division of the U.S. Shoe Corporation. In 2001, Jim founded Teammedia, LLC, a strategic web development and marketing firm; and was a pioneer in the creation of interactive e-commerce websites for national unions. In that same year, he started teaching at the Corcoran. Now, he is helping organizations re-conceptualize the way they meet their audience via the Internet; as well as achieve their mission-critical needs around the world. For students, Jim contributes his multidisciplinary expertise in usability and real-world client experience to the classroom.

photo of samantha sethi[email protected] Samantha Sethi is a multimedia artist working primarily in painting, installation, sculpture and video. Sethi received her MFA from American University where she explored concepts of ephemerality, entropy, human impact on the environment, mapping and our experience of time. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC where she lived and worked until moving to Washington, D.C. in 2013.

Sethi has shown in NYC, D.C. and Berlin. Her work has appeared in several publications including The Washington Post, Time Out New York and Studio Visit Magazine. Sethi was awarded a Mellon grant in 2015 as well as the Elizabeth Van Swinderen Award in 2016. Samantha was most recently offered an artist’s grant to attend Vermont Studio Center in the spring of 2017.

photo of emily bishop[email protected] Emily Bishop graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Interior Design and is a licensed interior designer in Washington, DC with over 18 years of experience, specializing in residential and commercial spaces. In 2007 she founded her own firm, Emily Bishop Interior Design, and is an avid member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

photo of jennaway pearson[email protected] Jennaway Pearson is the print, paper, and book studio manager at GW, in addition to being an adjunct faculty member. Jennaway also teaches printmaking at George Mason University and American University, as well as Studio 2-3 in Richmond, Virginia.

In her own practice, Jennaway makes mixed media prints and artists' books using screenprint, woodcut, etching, and letterpress. Her work has been collected by institutions including The Library of Congress, The John Jay College of Law, Mills College, ColPoly, Kennedy Library, SCAD, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Miami, University of Michigan, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The University of Vermont, The Love Library at Printed Matter, & Private Collections. View her work on her personal site.

[email protected] An award-winning industrial designer, woodworker, photographer, and sculptor from the DC area, Cristian Wicha has been designing furniture for production for the past 18 years. Having received a BFA from the Corcoran in 1991 with a focus in sculpture and furniture design, he went on to earn a MFA in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Cristian began teaching at the Corcoran School of Art in 2001 under the wing of his professor and mentor Rick Wall.

From 1996 to 2009, Mr. Wicha was an in-house designer for BDI, a Chantilly-based contemporary furniture company, producing a multitude of designs - some of which are still in production. Currently an independent designer, Cristian continues to license designs and produce commissioned pieces, such as developing a skateboard brand, Flying Fish skateboards. Most recently he is branching into restaurant design for a DC-based national sushi chain.

Pre-College Program

GW Pre-College is no longer run by the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. To learn more about available programs, which is now run by the Office of Non-Degree Students, visit the Pre-College page.

Pre-College features summer programs that allow high school students to experience the academic rigors of learning in a college environment. photo of pre-college painting classTop-tier faculty guide, inspire, and empower students through immersive programs that allow students to refine their skills and build their portfolio.

Questions? Please contact Program Manager of Community Engagement and Continuing Education, Samantha Steen, at [email protected]