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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, January 20, 2015 at 10:15 AM

The depiction of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface is part puzzle and part sleight-of-hand. Unravel the mystery of transferring the 3-D world to paper as you work on location at a number of Smithsonian sites on the Mall.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 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, January 23, 2015 at 6:00 PM

In this advanced class, students participate in exercises such as contour drawing, blind drawing, drawing positive and negative space, and rendering light and shadow, allowing students to focus in depth on observational drawing from still life, the figure and portrait models.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Follow the lead of the great masters and spend Saturday afternoons drawing from both paintings and sculptures at the American Art Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Sunday, January 25, 2015 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, January 25, 2015 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, February 28, 2015 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.

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