Week of January 20 - January 26 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

6:30 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
8-Session Evening Course

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

6:30 p.m.
The Joy of Photography
8-Session Evening Course

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or film-based camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

6:30 p.m.
Handmade Tiles in the Traditional Persian Style
8-Session Evening Course

Learn to use tiles as a unique canvas to create hand-painted and glazed works of art nouveau for your home.

7:15 p.m.
Knitting for Beginners
8-Session Evening Course

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and may start a knitting project during class.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

10:15 a.m.
DISCOVERY THEATER: How Old is a Hero?

Ages 6-11.

A Discovery Theater original production celebrating the young heroes of the civil right's movement.

10:15 a.m.
Fine Printing Techniques
8-Session Daytime Course

This intermediate-level course focuses on translating good black-and-white negatives into fine archival prints, suitable for exhibition.

11:30 a.m.
DISCOVERY THEATER: How Old is a Hero?

Ages 6-11.

A Discovery Theater original production celebrating the young heroes of the civil right's movement.

6:30 p.m.
Introduction to Calligraphy: The Foundational Script
8-Session Evening Course

The elegance of hand-lettered calligraphy is unmatched by machine. This class gives students a chance to learn the basics of this graceful and stylish art in a relaxed and supportive setting.

6:30 p.m.
Introduction to Coptic Binding
6-Session Evening Course

Holding a well-made hand-bound book is a rare and rewarding experience, especially when you have made it yourself. In this course, learn how to produce a beginning-level Coptic structure with extremely beautiful and satisfying results.

6:30 p.m.
Introduction to Watercolor
8-Session Evening Course

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore basic watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

6:45 p.m.
Ernst Herzfeld's Archaeological Journeys: From the Ancient Near East to Washington

A century ago, German scholar Ernst Herzfeld was the first to stand in the ruins of ancient Persepolis, Samarra, and other lost cities and document their significance. Alexander Nagel, who curates Herzfeld’s archives at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, uses rare photos and diaries to retrace his voyages into the past.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

6:30 p.m.
Amidst the Beauty: Exploring Lalla Essaydi: Revisions

Mingle at the Museum: Sensuous curls of calligraphy cover surfaces and bodies in Lalla Essaydi’s visual world—a place where traditional depictions of Muslim women are challenged and redefined. Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Morocco as you take a private view of the artist’s stunning exhibition at the African Art Museum.

6:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Evening Course

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

6:30 p.m.
Color Theory
6-Session Evening Course

Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experimentation, students enhance their experience of color as they learn about the color wheel, the Munsell color chart, and the attributes of value, chroma, and hue.

6:30 p.m.
Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock
8-Session Evening Course

The most sculptural of all printmaking techniques, woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. This eight-session course is an introduction to the relief print, from techniques of design and transfer through cutting and printing the block. Students design and produce their own editions, using nontoxic materials and employing both one-color and two-color techniques.

6:45 p.m.
Hamilton v. Jefferson: How Should the Government Stimulate an Economy in Crisis?

An economy desperate for a jolt…feuding cabinet members...clashing viewpoints on state and federal roles. Sound familiar? Get ready for some interactive time travelling to hear Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson debate critical issues that faced the early republic—and then choose the winner.

Friday, January 25, 2013

10:15 a.m.
Knitting Circle at the Smithsonian
8-Session Daytime Course

Join an instructor and other knitters to start a project, get help on a project-in-progress, and learn tips to improve your knitting skills. There is no set curriculum; instead, students themselves decide what techniques they would like to learn about and practice.

2:30 p.m.
Painting in the Right State of Mind
6-Session Daytime Course

Painting is as much about how you think as it is the process of putting colors on canvas. This beginning-level class introduces you to composition, color and value management, and the process of visual selection. You experiment with these concepts by painting a series of still-life set-ups.

6:30 p.m.
Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain
6-Session Evening Course

Popular theory on right side brain activity holds that the right brain is primarily responsible for the intuitive understanding of visual and spatial relationships. Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, this class provides a set of visual exercises to help build the ability to draw.

6:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Evening Course

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

10 a.m.
Kyoto: Ancient Imperial Capital

Through an examination of the distinctive architectural, artistic, and cultural influences preserved in Kyoto, curator Robert Mintz travels through the centuries to spotlight the elements that give this city its character and vibrancy.

10:15 a.m.
Introduction to Pastel
6-Session Weekend Course

Working from models, though creative exercises and experimentation with pastel techniques, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of drawing landscapes with pastels.

10:15 a.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Weekend Course

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

1:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Weekend Course

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.