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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 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Spend a day with artist Joseph Cassar and explore the world of drawing through lectures, demonstrations, a museum visit, and the opportunity to step into the studio to find your own inspiration. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, June 25, 2016 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, 1/2 credit)

Sunday, June 26, 2016 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.

Wednesday, July 6, 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, July 10, 2016 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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Follow the lead of the great masters and spend Tuesday afternoons drawing from both paintings and sculptures at the American Art Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Tuesday, July 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.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:15 AM

No matter what your skill level is, challenge your artistic endurance in a fun-filled, 6-hour figure-drawing marathon, featuring a work station for quick poses and one for extended work. A variety of male and female models are featured at each area, and artists may move freely between each.

Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Working from still-life arrangements and the Smithsonian gardens, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of drawing landscapes with pastels.

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