Studio Arts: What's New
Open Darkroom Plus
8-Session Evening Course

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date
Thursday, October 19 to December 14, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
Laundry to Legacy Marathon: Repurposing Treasured Garments Into Memory Quilts

Spend a day learning how to create your own small T-shirt quilt. Some sewing experience and familiarity with your own sewing machine and the rotary cutter is helpful.

Date
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Build Your Photographic Portfolio
3-Session Evening Course

Show off your photos like a pro and learn how to assemble a personal portfolio that reflects your best work and your distinctive vision as a photographer.

Date
Monday, October 23 to November 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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.

Date
Wednesday, October 25 to December 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Curly Basket Workshop

Learn to embellish a flat-weave basket with curling accents that offer plenty of color, dimension, and interest.

Date
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Composition
2-Session Weekend 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
Saturday, October 28 and November 4, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A Nuno-Felted Scarf Workshop

The nuno process, which bonds wool to other fabrics, creates lightweight, drapeable felt ideal for clothing and accessories. Learn this unique and versatile technique as you create a one-of-a-kind scarf.

Date
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Photography: A Hands-on History
6-Session Weekend Course

Trace the development of photography in this unique course led by art historian and photographer Patricia Howard. Sessions are enhanced by a hands-on component in which students create their own imagery using the techniques and processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, October 29 to December 10, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
Mastering Exposure
5-Session Evening Course

Take your skills beyond auto mode as you explore a myriad of your digital camera’s exposure options and features in this workshop designed for intermediate photographers.

Date
Thursday, November 2 to December 7, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
The Inspirational Quilts of Gee’s Bend

Explore the cultural history behind the vivid abstract quilts made in this distinctive rural Alabama community for generations, and try your hand at a quilting project in the Gee’s Bend spirit.

Date
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Gourd Basket Workshop

A hollow dried gourd provides the foundation for a beautiful basket sure to accent your autumn décor. Learn to apply a coil-woven rim and long-leaf pine needles to complement the gourd’s natural beauty.

Date
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Neon Light Sculpture
6-Session Evening Course

In this six-session course held at the instructor's Washington studio, explore the mysteriously compelling qualities of neon light and create your own illuminated object.

Date
Monday, November 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Monday, November 13 to December 11, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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.
Digital Camera Basics

This hands-on digital media workshop covers topics such as obtaining a good exposure; making exposure adjustments on an image; controlling color and tone as files are captured; understanding resolution, picture quality, and file formats such as JPEG and RAW; transferring files to the computer; and organizing files with a browser.

Date
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Quilters’ Toolbox
2-Session Weekend Course

Are you ready to design your own quilt? Do you want to brush up your skills? This hands-on class lets you practice some fundamental techniques that will help you create the quilts you want.

Date
Sunday, November 12 and 19, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 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, November 28, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting
2-Session Evening Course

Shooting a great photo is just the beginning. Get ready to show off your work by learning how to get your digital images printed accurately and to cut custom-sized windows in mat board.

Date
Wednesday, November 29 and December 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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.
Knitting Mittens and Gloves

This workshop focuses on the skills you need to make mittens and gloves, just in time for the holidays. Knitters learn knitting in the round; increases; using markers, using holders and counters; and how to knit thumbs and fingers. Various knitting techniques for decoration and design are discussed.

Date
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to Pastel: Still Life Compositions
3-Session Weekend Course

Working from still-life arrangements in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of pastels.

Date
Saturday, December 2; Sunday, December 3; and Sunday, December 10, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Manuscript Illumination Workshop

Students learn about the history of illuminated manuscript art as they focus on creating their own tiny masterpiece.

Date
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 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.
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.
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.
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.
Children’s Book Illustration Workshop

Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Learn the foundations of bringing a story to life through pictures.

Date
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 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.
Needle Felting for the Holidays: Elves and Ornaments

Add some handcrafted accents to the season by making a sprightly “elf-on-a-shelf” and an ornament of your own design as you explore the basics of sculpting, embellishing, and painting with a felting needle. 

Date
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 1:00 p.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.