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Other Media

Depending on the season, the Smithsonian Associates offers a range of classes in different media, including beading, mosaic-work, calligraphy, bookmaking, printmaking, art history and theory, and Japanese flower arranging.  These courses are fantastic opportunities for students looking to explore new artistic outlets.  The topics often cross conventional media boundaries and can be pursued purely for enjoyment or augment previous artistic skills and experience.

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current other media courses

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. This course is an introduction to the relief print, from techniques of design and transfer through cutting and printing the block. Students design and produce their own editions, using nontoxic materials and employing both one-color and two-color techniques.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experimentation, students enhance their experience of color as they learn about the color wheel, the Munsell color chart, and the attributes of value, chroma, and hue. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Learn to add a shimmering, mosaic-like quality to your artworks by adding a tempered-glass overlay. This two-day workshop, packed with practical tips and techniques, is the ideal way to experiment with its possibilities.

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM

In this workshop, learn the history of this unique style of weaving, which combines both flat and round reeds, and how to create an egg basket for yourself or as a gift.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Learn the basic technique of flat-reed weaving to make a classic knitter’s basket, a shape suitable for holding knitting or crocheting supplies, as well as many other uses.

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Chinese calligraphy has a long history as a form of expression. This class gives students a chance to use Chinese brush and ink as they learn to write basic Chinese characters, short phrases, and poems.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Explore the beauty of stained glass as you create a 12-inch-square window hanging using the glass-on-glass mosaic technique—a unique approach that requires no soldering or exact cutting.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Learn the versatile longstitch bookbinding technique, which uses a combination of chain stitch and longstitch to sew the sections of a book directly onto the cover material. The technique is easy to do at home and lends itself to embellishment with decorative stitching and buttons and beads.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Create your own graffiti name plate as you connect and collaborate with other participants in an introductory studio session that covers basic drawing skills and lettering styles, as well as other tips and techniques of the controversial and expressive form.