Studio Arts: What's New
Children’s Book Illustration Workshop

Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Join author and illustrator Lori VanKirk Schue as she leads you through the foundations of interpreting a story through pictures.

Date
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Build Your Photographic Portfolio
3-Session Evening Course

Go beyond taking random photographs and develop a cohesive body of work that is uniquely yours. Review some contemporary photographers’ work and define the characteristics that are incorporated into their portfolios.

Date
Monday, May 1 to 15, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition
4-Session Evening Course

Get a better practical understanding of elements such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting and how they can contribute to taking better and more unique photographs.

Date
Wednesday, May 3 to May 24, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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, May 7, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
When Good Patterns Go Bad: Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes

Nothing can be more frustrating than realizing there’s something wrong with your knitting, and not knowing how to fix it. This workshop focuses on avoiding errors, learning to detect them sooner, and what to do once you know there’s a problem.

Date
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Hanging Flower Basket Workshop

A master weaver guides students of all levels in creating a beautiful hanging flower basket crafted from flat reeds.

Date
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Composition
2-Session Afternoon 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, May 13 and May 20, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mastering Exposure
5-Session Evening Course

In this workshop designed for intermediate photographers, participants develop a greater understanding of the complex relationship among aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and how a camera’s exposure meter views a scene.

Date
Thursday, May 18 to June 15, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Inspirational Quilts of Gee’s Bend

The isolated rural community of Gee’s Bend in Boykin, Alabama, is populated by the descendants of African American slaves, and since the 19th century has been the source of some of the most inventive and spectacular of American quilts.

Date
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Felted Flowers in Bloom

Create a lovely bouquet as you explore the basics of wet- and needle-felting techniques in a workshop ideal for both beginners and more experienced felters.

Date
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media

Spend a day discovering the creative possibilities of the centuries-old encaustic method, which offers rich and luminous color and great compatibility with collage materials.

Date
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting
2-Session Evening Course

Learn how to get digital photos printed accurately and custom cut windows in mat board. Classes cover inexpensive online printing labs, paper choices, aspect ratios, printing techniques, mat board choices and sources, and mat-cutting tools.

Date
Monday, May 22 and June 5, 2017 - 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.
Bread Basket Workshop

Lean to create a versatile flat-reed bread basket sure to find a place at the center of your table.

Date
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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, June 4, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
iPhone Photography

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. This one-day workshop helps you make the most of your iPhone’s camera—and create great images.

Date
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
On Balance: Symmetry in Quiltmaking

In this one-day workshop intermediate-level students explore symmetrical designs and a wide variety of construction techniques as they create a mandala wall hanging. Sources of inspiration include kaleidoscope design and the kolam, traditional South Indian geometrical line drawings.

Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Alternative Photographic Processes
2-Session Weekend Course

Nineteenth-century photographers worked with a variety of light-sensitive materials and now-forgotten processes to create images. Get a hands-on introduction to some of them in an intriguing and enjoyable 2-session workshop.

Date
Sunday, June 11 and 18, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs

You’ve got a great portfolio of photos. What’s next? This valuable session covers how to prepare your images to exhibit or sell, get them seen by the public, and effectively market your work.

Date
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
18th- and 19th-Century Furniture: A Day with a Curator

Join the collections manager of the Montgomery County Historical Society and a period furniture maker for a full day’s exploration of the history and construction of American furniture of the colonial and early-Federal eras. Open drawers and turn over tables and chairs at the Beale-Dawson House as you get a close-up look at the details of extraordinary craftsmanship.

Date
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Landscape Painting at Brookside Gardens

Beautiful landscapes, fountains, and flowers provide inspiration for painters in this intensive morning course held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual experimentation, students explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques, composition, and perspective.

Date
Monday, June 19 to Thursday, June 22, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Pastel Portraits

Degas, Manet, and Cassatt achieved remarkable portraits by employing the strong line and luminous color of pastels. Participants in this workshop are introduced to methods for achieving similar results, through sketching or a detailed portrait study. Intermediate students work in the studio with a live model and focus on the elements of portraiture and pastel technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Still-Life in Pastel

Beginning and experienced students work directly from still-life arrangements as they explore the techniques of cross-hatching and layering of color in this one-day workshop.

Date
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 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, July 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Build Your Photographic Portfolio
4-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, July 10 to 31, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Flash Class
6-Session Evening Course

Lighting can make or break your work as a digital photographer. Learn the tech tips that will make your flash one of your most effective creative tools.

Date
Monday, July 10 to August 14, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy
6-Session Evening 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, July 10 to August 14, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom
6-Session Evening Course

This course provides a thorough introduction to the 35mm camera and the basics of photo darkroom techniques. Students learn how to use the camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print.

Date
Monday, July 10 to August 14, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Oil Pastels for Everyone
6-Session Evening Course

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

Date
Tuesday, July 11 to August 15, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock
6-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, July 11 to August 15, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
6-Session Evening 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
Tuesday, July 11 to August 15, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Joy of Photography
6-Session Evening Exploratory Course

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Date
Tuesday, July 11 to August 15, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media
4-Session Evening 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, July 12 to August 2, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Figure Painting in Oils
6-Session Evening Course

Working from live models, students are introduced to essential elements of technique and anatomy, with a focus on developing their observational painting skills.

Date
Wednesday, July 12 to August 16, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition
5-Session Evening Course

Get a better practical understanding of elements such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting and how they can contribute to taking better and more unique photographs.

Date
Wednesday, July 12 to August 9, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Beginning Oil Painting
5-Session Evening 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
Thursday, July 13 to August 10, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Color Theory
6-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
Thursday, July 13 to August 17, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Sculpture
6-Session Evening 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
Thursday, July 13 to August 17, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
6-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, July 13 to August 17, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Beginning Acrylic Painting
6-Session Evening Program

This introductory-level class offers newcomers to painting a grounding in the basic techniques to get started in acrylics, as well as practical strategies to start seeing the world through the eyes of an artist. They create still lives, landscapes, and study and paint from masterworks in Smithsonian museums.

Date
Friday, July 14 to August 18, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
6-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
Friday, July 14 to August 18, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Learn To Paint From the Impressionists
5-Session Weekend 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
Saturday, July 15 to August 12, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Introduction to Photography
6-Session Weekend 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
Saturday, July 15 to August 19, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
6-Session Weekend 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
Saturday, July 15 to August 19, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
6-Session Weekend 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
Saturday, July 15 to August 19, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
6-Session Weekend 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
Saturday, July 15 to August 19, 2017 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
6-Session Weekend 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
Sunday, July 16 to August 20, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media One-Day Workshop

Spend a day discovering the creative possibilities of the centuries-old encaustic method, which offers rich and luminous color and great compatibility with collage materials.

Date
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
The Joy of Photography
6-Session Weekend Exploratory Course

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Date
Sunday, July 16 to August 20, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Figure Drawing and Independent Projects
6-Session Weekend Course

The depiction of the human form on cave walls and the rendering of the figure throughout history, across cultures and artistic styles, underscore the significance of its continued study. Students make use of this venerated artistic form in this course designed to help develop their skill in capturing the figure on paper.

Date
Sunday, July 16 to August 20, 2017 – 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
On-Location Photography: Washington Through a Lens
6-Session Weekend Course

Great shoots start with great locations—and Washington offers plenty of unbeatable visual inspiration. Learn to capture this vibrant city and sharpen your way of thinking about shooting outdoors as you deploy a minimal amount of equipment and a lot of fresh perspective.

Date
Sunday, July 16 to August 20, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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, July 20 to August 17, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Collage and Mixed-Media: Intensive Weekend Workshop
2-Session Weekend Course

Spend a weekend exploring 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
Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 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, August 6, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 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
Monday, August 7 and 14, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Quilting for Beginners: A Small Handmade Quilt
2-Session Weekend 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
Saturday, August 12 and 19, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs

You’ve got a great portfolio of photos. What’s next? This valuable session covers how to prepare your images to exhibit or sell, get them seen by the public, and effectively market your work.

Date
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mosaic Jewelry
3-Session Evening Course

Learn the techniques needed to create unique fine mosaic jewelry as you create beautiful silver-plate mosaic pendants using a wide variety of materials.

Date
Wednesday, August 16 to 30, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Pastel Intensive Weekend Workshop: Impressionism in the Smithsonian Gardens
2-Session Weekend Course

Take your cue from Monet’s masterful techniques and your inspiration from the varied and vivid Smithsonian gardens as you explore the brilliant and subtle effects of pastels.

Date
Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pictures That Speak: Word Art from Ancient “Alphabets”

In this time-travelling workshop, learn to draw and paint pictures that actually spell words—using the oldest syllabaries, alphabet signs, and symbols in the world.

Date
Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Developing Black-and-White Film at Home

Processing your own 35mm or 120mm black-and-white film is cost-effective, and typically provides better results. Get all the skills you need to begin at this information-packed, hands-on session.

Date
Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.