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Painting

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

Friday, April 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Get a taste of three of our most popular studio arts classes—in watercolor, color theory, and photography—for a single night each as you enjoy a glass of wine and stimulate the artist within.

Monday, April 4, 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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 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.

Monday, April 11, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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

Thursday, April 14, 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.

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By viewing paintings at the National Gallery of Art and hands on-practice in the studio, discover the techniques that artists like Monet, Renoir, and Degas used to created their signature styles—and learn to apply them to your own art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Painting is as much about how you think as it is the process of putting colors on canvas. Get a practical introduction to both the skills needed to paint in acrylics and how to observe and reflect the world around you like an artist.

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)

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