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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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 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.

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2:30 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.

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:00 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 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Artists as varied as Constable, Renoir, and Sargent did it—and you can experience the joys landscape drawing and painting en plein air, too. The gardens and architecture of the National Mall provide a wonderful variety of springtime views to capture our imagination.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10:15 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.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:15 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.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Degas, Manet, and Cassatt achieved remarkable portraits by employing the strong line and luminous color of pastels. Participants in this workshop are introduced to methods for achieving similar results, through sketching or a detailed portrait study. Intermediate students work in the studio with a live model and focus on the elements of portraiture and pastel technique.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Beginning and experienced students work directly from still-life arrangements as they explore the techniques of cross-hatching and layering of color in this one-day workshop.

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