Sudio Arts: What's New
Sip and Sample: Try Your Hand at Three Studio Arts Classes

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

Date
Thursday, March 23 - April 6, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Spring Landscape Photography on the Potomac: An Environmental Photography Experience
8-Session Daytime Course

Described as a national treasure, the 15-mile Potomac gorge from River Bend Park to Roosevelt Island is the primary focus of shooting assignments exploring evocative spring landscapes of this beautiful and ecologically significant area. Attention to photographic seeing and refinement of style and vision is emphasized on walks of up to three miles in Maryland, Virginia, and the District.

Date
Friday, March 31–May 19, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Digital Camera Basics

Get them most out of your digital camera in this full-day, hands-on workshop that gives a head start on producing great shots.

Date
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Introduction to Watercolor

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore new materials and techniques in watercolor painting.

Date
Monday, April 3 – June 5, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.to 9:00 p.m. (no class April 10 or May 29)
Exploring Abstraction
8-Session Afternoon Course

This is a process-oriented class with an emphasis on visual way of thinking. Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, shape and composition and learn how our emotions are influenced by the interplay of these visual elements.

Date
Thursday, April 6 to May 25, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Figure Drawing One-Day Marathon

Two work stations run simultaneously throughout the day, one for quick poses and the other for extended work. A variety of male and female models are featured at each area, and artists may move freely between each.

Date
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces
8-Session Weekend Course

Explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today as you practice the skills of the masters, using their exact colors, canvas types, and paint applications. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 15 to June 17, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class 5/13 and 5/27)
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, April 15, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Continued Watercolor
7-Session Daytime Course

This class investigates watercolor techniques that offer opportunities for greater individual experimentation and expression. 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, April 17 to June 5, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class May 29)
Developing Your Sketchbook
6-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, April 17 to May 22, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces
8-Session Afternoon Course

Explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today as you practice the skills of the masters, using their exact colors, canvas types, and paint applications. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Monday, April 17 to June 12, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class 5/29)
Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy
8-Session Evening Course

The elegant script commonly known as Copperplate is unmatched in its usefulness for social stationery. The rhythm and grace of the letterform is used on invitations, menus, and place cards, and can take your personal correspondence to a whole new level.

Date
Monday, April 17 to June 12, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 29)
Beyond Knit and Purl: Advancing Your Knitting Techniques
6-session Evening Course

Bring extra polish and style to your projects by expanding your skills to include double knitting, brioche stitches, strip knitting, edging, and other useful techniques.

Date
Monday, April 17 to May 22, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Continued Studio Portraiture
8-session Evening Course

This photography course is designed as a follow-up to Introduction to Studio Portraiture and explores the creative lighting controls of the studio.

Date
Monday, April 17 to June 12, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 29)
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. Learn how to use your camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print in the Smithsonian Associates’ well-equipped darkroom.

Date
Monday, April 17 to June 12, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 29)
Contemporary Mosaics: The Cosmos in Glass Mosaic
8-Session Afternoon Course

This class introduces participants to the ancient art of mosaics with decidedly contemporary twist and theme. We will look to the heavens for inspiration creating a fine-art glass mosaic based on images from the Cosmos.

Date
Tuesday, April 18 to June 6, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Painting Is for Everyone
6-Session Afternoon 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
Tuesday, April 18 to May 23, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contemporary Glass Mosaics: Realism
8-Session Evening Course

Students of all levels explore the range of technical skills that mosaic artists use to create realistic images in vitreous and stained-glass tiles.

Date
Tuesday, April 18 to June 6, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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, April 18 to June 6, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
8-Session Evening Course

This course, a valuable introduction for beginners, teaches the basic skills needed as a strong foundation 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, April 18 to June 6, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 28)
Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock
8-Session Evening Course

The most sculptural of all printmaking techniques, woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. Relying on your hands, from carving the image to pressing it, woodblock and linocut are the most direct ways to create images because they don’t rely on mechanical processes.

Date
Tuesday, April 18 to June 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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
Wednesday, April 19 to June 7, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Introduction to Photography
8-Session Afternoon Course

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition.

Date
Wednesday, April 19 to June 7, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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, whose works are held in Smithsonian collections.

Date
Wednesday, April 19 to June 7, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Beginning Acrylic Painting
8-Session Afternoon Course

Are you ready to pick up a paint brush? Painting is as much about how you think as it is the process of putting colors on canvas. This beginning-level course introduces both the skills needed to paint, and how to observe and reflect the world around you like an artist.

Date
Wednesday, April 19 to June 7, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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, April 19 to June 7, 2107 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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, whose works are held in Smithsonian collections.

Date
Wednesday, April 19 to June 7, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Sculpture
8-Session Afternoon Course

This course provides an ideal opportunity to explore the basic materials and methods of sculpture through hands-on studio work, lectures, and a museum visit. Become familiar with the works of noteworthy sculptors past and present, and get an overview of areas including the physics of sculpture, surface patinas and textures, and effective composition. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, April 20 to June 8, 2017 - 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.
Oil Pastels for Everyone
6-Session Afternoon Course

Get a grounding in the basics of this exciting medium in a course that will have you painting in vibrant new colors—and perhaps developing ideas for your other works.

Date
Thursday, April 20 to May 25, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to Sculpture
8-Session Evening Course

This course provides an ideal opportunity to explore the basic materials and methods of sculpture through hands-on studio work, lectures, and a museum visit. Become familiar with the works of noteworthy sculptors past and present, and get an overview of areas including the physics of sculpture, surface patinas and textures, and effective composition. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, April 20 to June 8, 2017, 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.
Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs

Learn how to get your photos seen and sold. This valuable session covers strategies to get your photos seen by the public, such as juried exhibitions, photo contests, showing in alternative spaces (bookstores and coffee shops), art festivals, galleries, and websites.

Date
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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, April 20 to June 8, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Color Theory
8-Session Evening Course

In this course open to students of all levels, gain a practical understanding of color concepts and relationships through studio exploration of topics including the color wheel, value, chroma, hue, and contrasts and harmonies. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, April 20 to June 8, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Beginning Oil Painting
8-Session Evening Course

Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation introduce the medium of oils. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing to gain the technical background needed to get started as a painter. Experience in drawing is helpful but not necessary.

Date
Thursday, April 20 to June 8, 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, April 21, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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, a set of visual exercises helps build the ability to draw. If you doubt your artistic ability or were told as a child that you could not draw, this is your opportunity to challenge that perception.

Date
Friday, April 21 to June 16, 2017 - 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class May 26)
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, a set of visual exercises helps build the ability to draw. If you doubt your artistic ability or were told as a child that you could not draw, this is your opportunity to challenge that perception.

Date
Friday, April 21 to June 16, 2017 - 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (no class May 26)
Open Darkroom Plus
4-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, April 21 to May 12, 2017 - 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.
Mixed-Media in the Style of Romare Bearden
3-Session Daytime Course

Romare Bearden (1911-1988) worked in many mediums from oil and watercolor to various forms of printmaking. After an illustrated lecture on his work, students try their hand creating Bearden-inspired mixed-media compositions. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 22 to May 6, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
An Egyptian Coil Chain

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
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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, April 22 to June 17, 2017 - 10:15 a.m to 1:15 p.m. (no class May 27)
Colored Pencil Workshop

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, April 22, 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, April 22 to June 17, 2017 - 1:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 27)
Introduction to Pastel: Still Life Compositions
3-Session Weekend Course

The vibrant medium of pastel has been a favorite of artists such as Willem de Kooning for the last four centuries because of its luminosity and versatility. Working from still-life arrangements in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of the medium.

Date
Saturday, April 22 to May 6, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Design an Asymmetrical Necklace

Sometimes an off-kilter design can be stylishly on target. Design and create an asymmetrical necklace, using supplies that may already be in your bead stash.

Date
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Abstract Silver and Gemstone Earrings

Take a freer approach to design—and learn metalsmithing techniques—as you create a pair of asymmetrical statement earrings guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind.

Date
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
8-Session Daytime Course

This course, a valuable introduction for beginners, teaches the basic skills needed as a strong foundation 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, April 23 to June 18, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class May 28)
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, April 23 to June 18, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class May 28)
Continued Quilting
3-Session Weekend Course

Review the essentials of hand-stitched quilt-making as you working on a small quilt. Each session features several basic techniques, with time to practice them as well as work on your own project.

Date
Sunday, April 23 to May 7, 2017 - 1:00 p..m. to 4:00 p.m.
On-Location Photography: Washington Through a Lens
8-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, April 23 to June 18, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 28)
Figure Drawing
8-Session Weekend Course

This course covers advanced elements of composition, anatomy, and developing individual artistic direction.

Date
Sunday, April 23 to June 18, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class May 28)
A Wire Ring Sampler

Learn the tips and tricks needed to create a wire ring with a perfect fit, then create up to two rings from a variety of designs ranging from dainty to funky. 

Date
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Art Deco-Inspired Micro-Macramé Necklace
2-Session Evening Course

Combine fiber, metal, and stone to create a unique necklace design that takes its influence from the geometric jewelry of the 1920s.

Date
Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, 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, April 26 to May 31, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 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. 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.
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.