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.
Bring together the art of mosaics with an iconic symbol of the Mexican Day of the Dead as you create a 2-dimensional sugar skull mosaic complete with its own hanging device.
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.
In this class, participants are introduced to the ancient art of mosaics with a specifically contemporary focus: creating a mosaic interpretation of a master painting using stained glass.
Guided by a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, discover the relationship between the traditions of Afghanistan and India as you explore calligraphy’s connection to language, literary arts, religion, popular culture, memory, and art.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
Join painting instructor Adrienne Wyman for a “behind-the-easel” perspective on French and impressionist paintings exhibited at four of Washington’s leading art museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
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.
Create one-of-a-kind holiday greeting cards while learning the tips and techniques of professional card making from expert crafter Karen Cadogan. Take home a generous assortment of supplies to design more greetings with your personal touch.
Create your own bit of peacock-inspired elegance with earrings that incorporate Swarovski crystals and wire-working techniques.
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.
Create a stunning ring in textured sterling silver using a rolling mill, jeweler’s saw, and cold-connection riveting techniques.
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)
In this three-night workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills.
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.
Learn how to create gorgeous designs using stone pendants with tricky hole placement. Experience with basic wirework, hand tools, and making open and closed loops is recommended.
Create the perfect unique gift for a friend or loved one—and get a beautiful necklace for yourself in the bargain: Using metal texturing, wire wrapping, and basic metal-stamping techniques, create a monogrammed silver pendant with a gemstone bead accent.