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Concentrating on either oil painting or watercolor, our painting courses integrate lectures, demonstrations, direct observation, and hands-on exploration in order to provide a technical background that allows participants to discover their preferences and develop their own style.  Experience in drawing is helpful, but not necessary.  Many of the courses are process-oriented, and focus on techniques and skills that students can utilize outside of the classroom, such as color-mixing and incorporating a variety of surfaces and textures.

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current painting courses

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Artists as varied as Constable, Renoir, and Sargent did it—and you can experience the joys landscape painting and drawing en plein air, too. The gardens and architecture of the National Mall provide a wonderful variety of springtime views to capture our imagination. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Beautiful landscapes, fountains, and flowers provide inspiration for painters in this intensive morning course held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual experimentation, students explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques, composition, and perspective.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM

In this course combining lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation, gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 1:30 PM

This introductory-level class offers newcomers to painting a grounding in the basic techniques to get started in acrylics, as well as practical strategies to start seeing the world through the eyes of an artist. They create still lives, landscapes, and study and paint from masterworks in Smithsonian museums.

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore basic watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.