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Great Escapes: How Spies, Hostages, and Assets Survive and Get Out Alive
4-Session Daytime Course

Escape-room challenges are popular among fans of spy thrillers, but what if your life actually depended on the result? Be regaled by experts familiar with life-or-death operations conducted in such places as Iran and Moscow in this series exploring memorable escapes, rescues, and evasions from the 1970s through today.

Date
Wednesday, September 27 to October 18, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Introduction to Drawing and Painting
8-Session Daytime Course

In this combination course, students work from still life, architectural interiors, and landscape to translate the world of three dimensions to two through the arts of drawing and painting.

Date
Friday, October 6 to December 8, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 10 or Nov. 24)
Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain
8-Session Afternoon Course

Popular theory on right side brain activity holds that the right brain is primarily responsible for the intuitive understanding of visual and spatial relationships. Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, this class provides a set of visual exercises to help build the ability to draw.

Date
Friday, October 6 to December 8, 2017 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 10 and Nov. 24)
A Sweet Afternoon with Yotam Ottolenghi

London-based chef and restauranteur Yotam Ottolenghi and pastry chef Helen Goh share the secrets for making the delicious baked goods, desserts, and confections collected in their new cookbook, Sweet.

Date
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Quilting for Beginners: A Small Handmade Quilt
3-Session Daytime Course

Learn the basics of hand-stitched quilt-making—including piecing, applique, and finishing techniques—as you work on a small-scale piece that can be used as a doll quilt or a wall hanging.

Date
Tuesday, October 10 to 24, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Contemporary Mosaics: Dimensional Landscapes
8-Session Daytime Course

Explore a range of compositional techniques as you create a stylized representational landscape filled with texture and dimension using materials including smalti, stained glass, milleflori, shells, pebbles, and found objects.

Date
Tuesday, October 10 to December 5, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
Introduction to Sculpture
8-Session Afternoon Course

Here’s an ideal opportunity to explore the history, basic materials, and methods of sculpture through hands-on studio work in a variety of media and lectures. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, October 10 to December 5, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
Introduction to Calligraphy: The Foundational Hand
8-Session Daytime Course

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.

Date
Tuesday, October 10 to December 5, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
Beginning Oil Painting
8-Session Daytime Course

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.

Date
Wednesday, October 11 to December 6, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Painting Is for Everyone
6-Session Daytime Course

If you’ve ever wanted to paint, here’s a class that offers the perfect introduction to the art—and will have you ready to pick up your brush with confidence.

Date
Wednesday, October 11 to November 15, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Introduction to Photography
8-Session Daytime Course

Whether you want work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Two on-location shoots offer chances to put your new skills into practice.

Date
Wednesday, October 11 to December 6, 2017 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media
8-Session Afternoon Course

In this workshop, students are introduced to the materials, tools, and technologies used in collage and assemblage. They find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green.

Date
Wednesday, October 11 to December 6, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Painting from Your Favorite Photos
8-Session Daytime Course

This class provides students with a positive, creative environment in which to turn a favorite photo into a work of art. This is not a beginner class, but all levels are welcome.

Date
Wednesday, October 11 to December 6, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Beginning Acrylic Painting
8-Session Daytime Course

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.

Date
Wednesday, October 11 to December 6, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Oil Pastels for Everyone
6-Session Daytime Course

Both beginners and seasoned artists can learn to take advantage of the creative possibilities of this rich pigmented, vibrant, and versatile medium.

Date
Thursday, October 12 to November 16, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Exploring Abstraction
8-Session Afternoon Course

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.

Date
Thursday, October 12 to December 7, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media One-Day Workshop

The encaustic method of painting combines the luminescence of watercolor, the rich color and thickness of oils, and the quick-drying benefits of acrylic. The medium can be molded, sculpted, combined with collage materials, and reworked at any time. In this workshop, ideal for all experience levels, learn to capture vibrant pigments using heated beeswax, as well as fusing and carving in wax.

Date
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Fall Landscape Photography on the Potomac: An Environmental Photography Experience
8-Session Daytime Course

Described as a national treasure, the 15-mile stretch of the Potomac River from River Bend Park to Roosevelt Island is the focus of shooting assignments in this course. After a classroom orientation session, photographers record fall’s progress from both Maryland and Virginia locations in this beautiful and ecologically significant area.

Date
Friday, October 13 to December 8, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 24)
Introduction to Watercolor
8-Session Daytime Course

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

Date
Monday, October 16 to December 4, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Developing Your Sketchbook
7-Session Afternoon Course

Boost your creativity and record your thoughts and visual observations of the world around you—and in the process transform your sketchbook into a powerful expression of your inner self.

Date
Monday, October 16 to November 27, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Learn To Paint From the Impressionists
8-Session Afternoon Course

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)

Date
Monday, October 16 to December 4, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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)

Date
Tuesday, October 17 and 24, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Puccini: A Deeper Look
6-Session Daytime Course

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed of opera composers.  

Date
Tuesday, October 17 to November 21, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Washington’s Mosaics: Treasures in Unexpected Places
All-Day Tour

Join mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald for an inside look at a variety of mosaic treasures at notable public sites, contemporary spaces, and federal and private buildings that contain unexpected gems. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Art of the Medieval World: Cathedrals and Beyond
4-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the art and architecture of the 1,000-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and its relationship to a society infused with faith and spirituality. (Word Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, October 25 to November 15, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A Spectacular Day at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
All-Day Tour

Spend a day at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation, for a chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks, and osprey soaring high over a mountaintop preserve aglow with fall foliage.

Date
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection
2-Session Daytime Course

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your landscape and still-life paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

Date
Tuesday, November 7 and 14, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island
Daytime Tour

Enjoy the magic of an autumn morning as author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac.

Date
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour

A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.

Date
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
From Swamp to Swank: A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age
Morning Tour

A guided walk through the Dupont Circle neighborhood provides glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the Gilded Age. Pass grand homes and visit other residences of the era including Heurich House and Anderson House.

Date
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fiber Jewelry: Put a Tassel on It!

Learn to work with metal discs and wire to create two styles of tasseled adornments that can be used to make earrings or as pendants for necklaces.

Date
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.