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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

Thursday, April 17, 2014 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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Get your feet and your brush wet in this course designed to introduce you to the art of painting without the intimidation of rules and methods. Students get acquainted with brushes and the watercolor medium using exercises designed by the instructor.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

In these artist-led museum tours and talks, learn about the development of easel painting over the 500 years that span the Renaissance and modern eras. The class is designed for the general public (no drawing or painting experience is required), but practicing artists will find insights that apply to their own work.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Artists as varied as Constable, Renoir, and Sargent did it—and you can experience the joys landscape drawing and painting en plein air, too. The gardens and architecture of the National Mall provide a wonderful variety of springtime views to capture our imagination.

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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

Monday, June 23, 2014 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.