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From the first time sketcher to the experienced artist, the Smithsonian Associates offers a range of drawing classes suitable for students of all levels of experience.  These courses work with a variety of materials, including charcoal, pencil, and pastel.  Emphasizing the importance of line and shading in rendering an array of forms and compositions, our drawing classes cover still-life, landscape, architectural interiors and exteriors, portrait, and figure drawing.  From close professional instruction to independent project time, our courses are tailored not only to introduce new students to the medium of drawing, but also provide a valuable progression and continuation of fundamental techniques that are integral to a range of different media.

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current drawing courses

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create exciting and innovative works of art, using a series of drawing and painting exercises designed to examine non-traditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Follow the lead of the great masters and spend time drawing from both paintings and sculptures at the National Gallery of Art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM

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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM

The depiction of the human form on cave walls and the rendering of the figure throughout history, across cultures and artistic styles, underscore the significance of its continued study. Students make use of this venerated artistic form in this course designed to help develop their skill in capturing the figure on paper.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Increase your technical skills and your confidence in representational drawing as you work with everyday objects, drapery, natural forms, and other subjects.

Monday, April 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM

A sketchbook is an invaluable tool for any artist. Learn to make yours as imaginative as you are—and how it can boost your creativity.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Both beginners and seasoned artists can learn to take advantage of the creative possibilities of this rich pigmented, vibrant, and versatile medium.

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 6:15 PM

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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Artists as varied as Constable, Renoir, and Sargent did it—and you can experience the joys landscape painting and drawing en plein air, too. The gardens and architecture of the National Mall provide a wonderful variety of springtime views to capture our imagination. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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