Daytime Programs
Wreaths: Seasonal Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Holidays in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours and Longwood Gardens
All-Day Tour

Join a decorative arts specialist for a festive holiday tour of two du Pont family properties in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. The beauty of both the beaux-arts estate and Longwood’s 300 acres of formal French-inspired gardens are enhanced by lavish holiday décor and special displays.

Date
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Inside NIST: A Visit to the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Daytime Tour

With research focused on everything from rescue robots to tissue engineering taking place at its Gaithersburg headquarters, this center for technology, measurement, and standards offers a fascinating destination for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Date
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wreaths: Seasonal Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A Day with Renoir and Friends

Spend a day inspired by Renoir and the circle of companions connected to his most beloved work. Visit the Philips Collection’s exhibition Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party, enjoy a box-luncheon gathering of your own, then head into to the studio for an afternoon of painting using some of Renoir’s signature techniques. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Inside NIST: A Visit to the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Daytime Tour

With research focused on everything from rescue robots to tissue engineering taking place at its Gaithersburg headquarters, this center for technology, measurement, and standards offers a fascinating destination for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Date
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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.
Centerpieces: Seasonal Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a centerpiece guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Holidays in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours and Longwood Gardens
All-Day Tour

Join a decorative arts specialist for a festive holiday tour of two du Pont family properties in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. The beauty of both the beaux-arts estate and Longwood’s 300 acres of formal French-inspired gardens are enhanced by lavish holiday décor and special displays.

Date
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Photography II
8-Session Daytime Course

Whether you work digitally or on film, this course is ideal for students who are familiar with their cameras but are interested in expanding their understanding of photography fundamentals.

Date
Tuesday, January 16 to March 6, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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, January 17 to March 7, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 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, January 17 to March 7, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media
8-Session Daytime Course

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, January 17 to March 7, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
8-Session Daytime Course

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

Date
Thursday, January 18 to March 8, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Winter Photo Forays: Indoors
7-Session Daytime Course including All-Day Field Trip

Keep your shooting skills warm during cold weather as you capture photo-worthy indoor sites on the National Mall, downtown Washington, and on a field trip to Baltimore.

Date
Thursday, January 18 to March 1, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. with Field Trip on Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand
7-Session Daytime Course

The elegant and enduring Italic script has a venerable legacy. Begin your study of these versatile hand-written alphabets, which translate well into many practical and artistic applications.

Date
Thursday, January 18 to March 8, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 8)
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, January 19 to March 9, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
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
Friday, January 19 to March 9, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Continued Watercolor
8-Session Daytime Course

Go beyond the basics of paint application and learn how to construct strong, vibrant, personality-filled paintings as you hone your skills as a watercolor artist.

Date
Monday, January 22 - March 19, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Feb. 19)
Introduction to Sculpture
8-Session Daytime 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
Monday, January 22 to March 19, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 19)
Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy
8-Session Daytime 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.

Date
Monday, January 22 to March 19, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 19)
Learn Portrait Painting from John Singer Sargent
8-Session Daytime Course

Copying a master is a powerful tool to improve your own painting skills. Students put portraitist John Singer Sargent's methods and techniques into practice, creating Sargent-inspired portraits that reflect his sense of depth, life, and three-dimensional form. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Monday, January 22 to March 19, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 19)
Mosaics: Ancient Motifs, Modern Materials
8-Session Daytime Course

Students create a modern interpretation of a classical mosaic design using unglazed ceramic porcelain, an ideal material to mimic the look of traditional mosaics. The class includes a review of the history of mosaics to provide an understanding of classical design and fabrication. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, January 23 to March 13, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
All-Day Tour

Members-Only Event: Take the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the laboratories and studios where scientific analyses and conservation treatments of the Smithsonian’s collections take place. The visit to the Suitland facility also includes a look at objects and collections that are never exhibited to the public.

Date
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy
6-Session Daytime Course

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings.

Date
Tuesday, January 30 to March 6, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Winter Photo Forays: Outdoors
8-Session Daytime Course

Embrace winter’s bracing air as you focus on the finding the season’s most rewarding photo ops in local parks, along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers and C&O Canal, and in urban neighborhoods.

Date
Friday, February 2 to March 23, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Interception: How Info and Secrets Get Stolen
4-Session Daytime Course

In an absorbing series, intelligence experts and historians explore how secrets are safeguarded and stolen. They cover collection operations and counter tactics from the Cold War to today, ranging from organized campaigns by one country against another, to systems turned again citizens, and even to solo 21st-century hackers with an agenda.   

Date
Wednesday, February 7 to 28, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Composition
2-Session Daytime Course

This two-session workshop examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Wednesday, February 28 and March 7, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Collage and Mixed-Media: One-Day Workshop

Explore the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage and assemblage as you create an artwork that’s uniquely yours. The workshop, ideal for both nonartists and those with experience, is a great way to spark your creativity in two forms that offer wide possibilities for inventive expression.

Date
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.