Studio Arts: Other Media Classes
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.
Wirework Workshop: An Abacus Pendant

Learn the terminology, tools, and techniques of wirework as you create a colorful abacus-style beaded pendant.

Date
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunburst Wire-Wrapped Earrings

Inspired by the rays of the sun, create a gorgeous pair of earrings that make a huge statement while being lightweight and easy on your earlobes.

Date
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Egyptian Coil Chain Bracelet

Egyptian-inspired jewelry was all the rage in the 1920s. Learn the secrets to great-looking wire work and hammering and finishing techniques as you create a fluid coil chain any flapper would be proud to wear.

Date
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Introduction to Beading
3-Session Evening Course

Learn to create unique bracelets, necklaces, and earrings as you cover the basics of bead stringing, wire-working, and pearl knotting, as well as other aspect of beadwork in this three-night workshop.

Date
Monday to Wednesday, December 4 to 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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.
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.
Riveted Bangle Bracelets

Add a bit of jingle to your holiday season with a set of beautiful, made-by-you, bangle bracelets. The class is perfect for beginners and those with previous wire or metalsmithing experience.

Date
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tempered Glass Mosaic Workshop

Learn to add a shimmering, mosaic-like quality to your artworks by adding a tempered-glass overlay. This workshop, packed with practical tips and techniques, is the ideal way to experiment with its possibilities.

Date
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pendant Necklaces: Stones and Bails

Students learn how to design stone pendants that have tricky hole placement such as doughnuts and top-drilled and front-to-back-drilled pieces. With just wire and a few tools and beads, several stunning pendants may be finished during the class.

Date
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fabulous Findings and Dramatic Dangles

In this workshop, create one-of-a-kind necklaces and earring sets using wire. Students explore different designs and methods for headpins, clasps, ear wires, hoops, and charms.

Date
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.
Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock
8-Session Evening 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.

Date
Tuesday, January 16 to March 6, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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 Calligraphy: The Foundational Hand
7-Session Evening 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
Thursday, January 18 to March 8, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 8)
Penland Pottery Basket Workshop

Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students of all levels in creating a round spoke basket in a pattern that combines twining and braiding techniques.

Date
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Art of Chinese Calligraphy
6-Session Weekend Course

This class gives students a chance to use Chinese brush and ink as they learn to write basic Chinese characters, short phrases, and poems.

Date
Saturday, January 20 to March 3, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 17)
Exploring Eastern Calligraphy: Persian, Arabic, and Devnagari Script
8-Session Weekend Course

Discover the relationship between the Eastern traditions of Afghanistan and India as you examine calligraphy’s connection to language, literary arts, religion, popular culture, memory, and art.

Date
Sunday, January 21 to March 18, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 18)
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)
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.

Date
Monday, January 22 to March 19, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 19)
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)

Date
Monday, January 22 to March 19, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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.
Mosaics: Mesh Method
8-Session Evening Course

Get an introduction to creating mosaics in the indirect mesh method, using unglazed porcelain ceramic materials in works suitable for exterior or interior display.

Date
Tuesday, January 23 to March 13, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Penland Pottery Basket Workshop

Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students of all levels in creating a round spoke basket in a pattern that combines twining and braiding techniques.

Date
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pine Needle Trivet Workshop

Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students of all levels in creating a beautiful trivet using a sewing and coiling technique that showcases the natural beauty of long-leaf pine needles.

Date
Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pine Needle Trivet Workshop

Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students of all levels in creating a beautiful trivet using a sewing and coiling technique that showcases the natural beauty of long-leaf pine needles.

Date
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.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.
An Orchid Afternoon

This entertaining and informative session with an orchid expert delves into many aspects of the beloved flower and our endless fascination with it. Learn about the flower’s history and lore; basic care; create a bark-mounted orchid to take home; and bring in one from your own collection for a question-and-answer session.

Date
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.