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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

Saturday, June 27, 2015 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. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Sunday, June 28, 2015 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.

Monday, July 6, 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.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM

As an investigation of drawing beyond the introductory level, this course offers practice in using traditional media. Sessions focus on the four traditional subjects of drawing (still-life, landscape, portrait, and figure).

Saturday, July 11, 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.

Sunday, July 12, 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, July 12, 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, August 22, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of pastels, working from still-life arrangements and the Smithsonian gardens.

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