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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, September 10, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Get a taste of three of our most popular studio arts courses—in collage and mixed-media, ikebana, and drawing—for a single night each as you enjoy a glass of wine and stimulate the artist within.

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Working from the varied and vivid Smithsonian gardens on the Mall, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of pastel.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Spend several Saturdays exploring the C&O Canal in its fall glory as you develop skills in representational drawing and composition.

Tuesday, October 13, 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.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 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.

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM

This workshop is designed for students interested in sharpening their figure drawing skills. Sessions focus on the most challenging and expressive details of the human figure.

Friday, October 16, 2015 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.

Sunday, October 18, 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, October 18, 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, November 7, 2015 at 1:30 PM

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

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