Fiber Arts Photography Courses Bach to Brubeck (and everything in between)
Fairy Gardens and Victorian Fancies: Miniature Landscape Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens
The Victorian-era craze for designing whimsical small-scaled gardens worthy of fairy visitors is blooming again. Create some garden magic guided by horticulturists from Smithsonian Gardens in this hands-on session and take home a mini-landscape of your own.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock
8-Session Morning Course
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.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:15 AM
Color Theory
8-Session Evening Course
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, 1/2 credit)
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Materials and Techniques: A Hands-on Exploration
8-Session Weekend Course
Explore a wide range of artistic possibilities as you investigate the properties of graphite, colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, and oil through guided drawing exercises and painting assignments.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Sumi-e and Shodo: Japanese Brush Painting and Calligraphy
8-Session Weekend Course
In this course combining the Japanese art forms of sumi-e and shodo, explore the basic principles of classical Japanese painting and brushwork.
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 10:15 AM
Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy
8-Session Afternoon Course
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.
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 1:30 PM
Continued Pointed-Pen Calligraphy
8-Session Evening Course
Further explore the versatility of the pointed pen as you expand your skills in working with the elegant Copperplate script.
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Continued Foundational Hand Calligraphy: Moving On to Italic
8-Session Morning Course
Intermediate-level students explore the historical development of the Italic hand and learn the essentials of working in this calligraphic style.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:15 AM
Tiffany-Inspired Mosaics
8-Session Afternoon Course
Create your own reproduction of a Gilded Age mosaic design using a variety of stained glass that mimics the brilliant iridescent Favrile glass developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Contemporary Mosaics: The Cosmos in Glass
8-Session Evening Course
Look to the heavens for inspiration in creating a fine-art glass mosaic based on images of the cosmos from the Hubble Telescope and NASA.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Introduction to Coptic Binding
4-Session Evening Course
Holding a well-made hand-bound book is a rare and rewarding experience, especially when you have made it yourself. In this course, learn how to produce a beginning-level Coptic structure with extremely beautiful and satisfying results.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM
A Gilded Age Bouquet: Creating Literary-Inspired Arrangements with Sarah von Pollaro
3-Session Evening Course
Gilded Age novelists and poets eloquently drew on flowers and floral imagery in their writing. Floral designer Sarah von Pollaro leads a series in which works by three of the era’s authors provide the inspiration for creating centerpiece-sized arrangements.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Sogetsu Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging
6-Session Evening Course
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.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Exploring the Visual Foundations and Traditions of Art: Or, Who Was Fibonacci and What Did He Do for Art?
2-Session Daytime Course
Through lectures and drawing exercises, learn how Renaissance artists used the Golden Ratio, the Rule of Thirds, three-point perspective, and the Fibonacci spiral—as well as how these elements can provide dynamic visual interest to your own compositions, no matter the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Sweet Grass-Style Coiled Basket Workshop
Learn the art of coiled basketry, which came to America through slaves who used the aromatic long-bladed grasses found in Southern states to create baskets based on traditional African forms. The workshop is led by basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 1:00 PM
A Market Basket Workshop
Learn how to create a beautiful and versatile market basket, a classic shape perfect to carry to the farmers’ market or add a decorative note at home.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 1:00 PM
A Sequin Statement Bracelet
Turn up the volume on sparkle this holiday season as you learn to make a vintage-inspired sequin cuff bracelet.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Create a Beaded Ornament
Add some sparkle to your holidays or brighten the winter months by making an easier-than-it-looks beaded glass ball.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 2:30 PM
A Period Festoon Necklace
Step back into the Gilded Age as you create your own statement necklace in the iconic festoon style featuring draped chains, crystal, and gemstones.
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 10:00 AM
A Period Earring Sampler
Capture the spirit of elegant Gilded Age jewelry as you create two pairs of earrings made with Swarovski crystal, pearls, and precious-metal chain and wire.
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 1:30 PM
A Micro-Macramé Cuff Bracelet
In a two-session class, learn the basic knotting techniques needed to create a beautiful, intricate-looking cuff bracelet with the beads of your choice.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:30 PM