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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

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, September 12, 2015 at 10:15 AM

The beauty of handmade paper is matched only by its versatility—and the limits of your imagination. Create several sheets of unique decorative paper using found natural objects, organic fibers, and recycled paper.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Fine-art calligrapher Shane Perry guides you in discovering the new vibrancy and impact that color can add to your lettering projects.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Create a unique pendant or necklace in the spirit of ancient Egypt using basic techniques of beading, jewelry making, and working with clay.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Sarah von Pollaro of Washington’s Urban Petals Floral Design leads you through assembling some artful arrangements and passes along a pro’s tips for unleashing your creative flower power.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

In this workshop, students are introduced to the materials, tools, and technologies used in collage. They find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Learn the spolvero transfer technique used by master ceramists to craft colorful and intricately designed majolica tiles as you create and glaze your own pieces in the Renaissance style. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM

The elegance of hand-lettered calligraphy is unmatched by machine. This class gives students a chance to learn the basics of this graceful and stylish art in a relaxed and supportive setting.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM

The elegance and aesthetic harmony of ikebana—Japanese flower arranging—have inspired poets and artists since its founding. In this course for beginning and continuing students, participants learn basic styles of ikebana as taught by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Japan.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 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)

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM

In this workshop ideal for all experience levels, learn to capture vibrant pigments using heated beeswax, as well as fusing and carving in wax. Students are encouraged to incorporate their own drawings or prints on paper as well as other collage elements into their encaustic paintings.

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM

The elegant script commonly known as Copperplate is unmatched in its usefulness for social stationery. Beginning with basic tools and mechanics, students discover how to develop their skills and to recognize the small details that make this style of writing so appealing.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM

This class introduces participants to the ancient art of mosaics with an emphasis on decorative art objects for interior display. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM

In this class, participants are introduced to the ancient art of mosaics with a specifically contemporary focus: creating a mosaic interpretation of a master painting using stained glass.

Monday, October 26, 2015 at 10:15 AM

A handmade greeting card is a delight to give and an even greater delight to receive. Learn a variety of decorating methods to produce cards for friends and family that express your one-of-a-kind style.

Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 10:15 AM

In this course combining the Japanese art forms of sumi-e and shodo, explore the basic principles of classical Japanese painting and brushwork.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Learn a bead-and-crystal weaving technique to add some sparkle to your table for the holidays—or any day. The technique can also be applied to making finger rings, earrings, and pendants.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 1:15 PM

You’re guaranteed to make a memorable entrance to any party when you learn to form and bend wire to create two distinct pairs of ear adornments: hearty hoops and delicate sparkling chandeliers that mix crystals and chain.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Creating a sophisticated and sparkling adornment is a great introductory project to learn beading and wirework techniques.