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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

Monday, April 13, 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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM

In this introductory course, students learn about the history of mosaics, become acquainted with the materials used in ancient and Byzantine times, and create a 10" x 10" mosaic design.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Learn how to create your own mosaics using the work of well-known artists as inspiration.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Add a personal touch to your invitations, place cards, and letters, with a calligraphic font learned in this class designed for both beginning and intermediate students.

Wednesday, April 15, 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, April 15, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Working from still-life displays, stencils, or designs of their own choosing, students learn to use watercolor-like paints on pre-made bisque pieces to create luminous and colorful designs.

Thursday, April 16, 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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM

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.

Sunday, April 19, 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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Open the creative possibilities—and pages—of a hand-bound book in this class that familiarizes you with the skills and techniques of case binding. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

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)