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Studio Arts: Drawing Classes

Get an overview of everything you need to know to capture natural specimens in beautiful botanical illustrations. Examples from the Smithsonian’s archives and real plant specimens enhance the workshop experience.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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)

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Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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Monday, July 8 to 29, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

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Tuesday, July 9 to August 20, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class July 30)

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

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Wednesday, July 10 to 31, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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.

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Thursday, July 11 to August 15, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure. Open to all levels.

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Thursday, July 11 to August 15, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

In this class, students will be introduced to the basic steps of how to create a convincing portrait using charcoal or graphite. All levels of experience welcomed.

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Friday, July 12 to 26, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, July 14 to August 18, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Working in Smithsonian gardens, use chalk or oil pastel to capture vibrant colors in nature and their interaction with light--in the style of impressionist Paul Cezanne. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, August 17 and 24, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.