Studio Arts: What's New
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 23, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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.
Lightroom and Bookmaking
8-Session Evening Course

Become comfortable with Lightroom’s Book Module software by producing two or more photo books. Class topics include theme, formats, editing, layout, pre-flight, distribution, tools and techniques, and more.

Date
Tuesday, September 5 and 19; October 3, 17, and 31; November 14 and 28; and December 5, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mall Crawl Photo Shooting
4-Sesion Daytime Course

In this immediate to advanced photography class, explore the people and places of the National Mall through multiple photo shoot opportunities.

Date
Friday, September 8 to 29, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Fall Plein Air Painting
4-Session Weekend Course

Using the Smithsonian gardens as inspiration, learn the secrets of plein air landscape and architectural painting on location. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 9 to October 7, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Sept. 30)
Open Darkroom Plus
3-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
Monday, September 11 to 25, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sip and Sample: Try Your Hand at Three Studio Arts Classes
3-Session Evening Course

Get a taste of three of our most popular studio arts classes—in watercolor, drawing, and printmaking—for a single night each as you enjoy a glass of wine and stimulate the artist within.

Date
Tuesday, September 12 to 26, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Smithsonian-Inspired Floral Design
3-Session Evening Course

Sarah von Pollaro of Washington’s Urban Petals Floral Design leads you through assembling some artful arrangements and passes along a pro’s tips for unleashing your creative flower power.

Date
Tuesday, Sept. 12 to 26, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A Day of Drawing at the National Cathedral

In this special workshop, students draw both inside and outside the National Cathedral using pencil, charcoal, and paper. Recommended for intermediate and advanced students only.

Date
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Figure Drawing One-Day Marathon

Challenge your artistic endurance in a fun-filled, 7-hour figure-drawing marathon. The class includes chances to draw quick poses and more extensive work.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 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, September 17, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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, September 17, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Razzle Dazzle: Jazz-Age Beaded and Embroidered Fashion

Explore the history, economics, and aesthetics of the era’s dazzling fashions in a fun and informative 3-hour workshop led by textile historian Elizabeth Lay.

Date
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Draw Like Tiepolo
2-Session Weekend Course

Students draw from Giambattista Tiepolo’s works to help them grasp the idea of gesture, movement, and the grouping of as well as apply their Tiepolo-inspired skills to contemporary images. All skill levels welcome. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, September 17 and 24, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.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)
Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain
8-Session Evening 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 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 10 and Nov. 24)
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
Friday, October 6 to December 8, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 10 and Nov. 24)
Lessons in Genre Painting from Vermeer
8-Session Weekend Course

The ideal complement to the National Gallery’s exhibit Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting, this intermediate course explores the artist’s paintings and the distinctive techniques that you can incorporate into in your own work. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, October 7 to December 9, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 11 and Nov. 25)
Open Darkroom Plus
8-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, October 7 to December 9, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 11 and Nov. 25)
Colored Pencil Workshop
2-Session Weekend Course

Get a hands-on overview of how versatile colored pencils can bring illustration or fine art alive with rich, vibrant color and a range of effects.

Date
Saturday, Oct. 7 and 14, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Photo Portraits and Words
4-Session Weekend Course

The “Humans of New York” project provides inspiration for a local version, in which students use street photography and interviews to capture a gallery of DC portraits.

Date
Saturday, October 7 to 28, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
8-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, October 7 to December 9, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11 and Nov. 25)
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)
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, October 10 to December 5, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand
8-Session Evening 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
Tuesday, October 10 to December 5, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
The Joy of Photography
8-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, October 10 to December 5, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
Mosaics: Ancient Motifs, Modern Materials
8-Session Evening 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, October 10 to December 5, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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 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)
Continued Drawing
8-Session Evening Course

As an investigation of drawing beyond the introductory level, this course offers practice in using traditional media. Sessions focus on the four traditional subjects of drawing (still-life, landscape, portrait, and figure).

Date
Wednesday, October 11 to December 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media
8-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, October 11 to December 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
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, October 11 to November 8, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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)
Introduction to Sculpture
8-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, October 12 to December 7, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
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 12 to December 7, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
Beginning Oil Painting
8-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, October 12 to December 7, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
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
Thursday, October 12 to December 7, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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)
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, October 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.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 15, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The Joy of Photography
8-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, October 15 to December 10, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
Beginning Drawing
8-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, October 15 to December 10, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
On-Location Photography: Washington Through a Lens
8-Session Weekend Course

Challenge your way of thinking about shooting outdoors on location using a minimal amount of equipment and a fresh perspective. Capture this vibrant capital city in action and explore locations in depth where both good planning and quick reflexes rule.

Date
Sunday, October 15 to December 10, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
Introduction to Watercolor
8-Session Weekend 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
Sunday, October 15 to December 10, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
Figure Drawing
8-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, October 15 to December 10, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
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.
Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom
8-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, October 16 to December 4, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Studio Portraiture
8-Session Evening Course

This photography course is designed for those who want to learn how to create portraits of men and women, using the special lighting controls of the studio.

Date
Monday, October 16 to December 4, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy
8-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, October 16 to December 4, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
8-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
Monday, October 16 to December 4, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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, October 16, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Knitting for Beginners: Learning the Basics
6-Session Evening Course

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and may start a knitting project during class.

Date
Monday, October 16 to November 20, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Lightroom + Vision
7-Session Evening Course plus Field Trip

In this intensive workshop designed for intermediate photographers, students gain understanding and usage of Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules through several classroom sessions that include lectures, demonstrations, selected resources, hands-on practice, and location shoots.

Date
Classroom sessions: Monday, October 16 to November 27, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Field trip: Sunday, October 22, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.