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Studio Arts: What's New
Neon Light Sculpture

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
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 29 to February 26, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Photography: A Hands-on History

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
Friday, January 25 to March 1, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Introduction to Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is now the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules.

Date
Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Handmade Storybooks: Mixed-Media Workshop

Showcase your writing or art in a book as unique as you are. Book artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides students as they work with a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials to craft one-of-a kind storybooks.

Date
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Children’s Book Illustration

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, January 26, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drawing in Museums: The National Gallery, Freer Gallery, and American Art Museum

Spend six Saturday afternoons developing your rendering and composition skills by drawing from both paintings and sculptures at the National Gallery of Art, Freer Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, January 26 to March 9, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 16)
Composition

This three­-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
Monday, January 28 to February 11, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Knitting for Beginners: Learning the Basics

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, January 28 to March 11, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 18)
Art From a Broken Dish: Mosaics in the Pique Assiette Tradition

Take fresh to look at those chipped plates, old ceramic figurines, and other odds ends that accumulate in your home. Learn to transform them into the raw materials for one-of-a-kind mosaic pieces assembled in the centuries-old folk art technique called pique assiette.

Date
Tuesday, January 29 to March 19, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Art From a Broken Dish: Mosaics in the Pique Assiette Tradition

Take fresh to look at those chipped plates, old ceramic figurines, and other odds ends that accumulate in your home. Learn to transform them into the raw materials for one-of-a-kind mosaic pieces assembled in the centuries-old folk art technique called pique assiette.

Date
Tuesday, January 29 to March 19, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Mastering Exposure

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, January 31 to February 28, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Image Transfers and Photo Alteration

Discover a variety of methods for making and using image transfers and expanding your creative horizons with photo alteration. Both techniques can offer new dimensions and interest to your artworks.

Date
Friday, February 1 and 8, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 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
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Handmade Storybooks: Mixed-Media Workshop

Showcase your writing or art in a book as unique as you are. Book artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides students as they work with a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials to craft one-of-a kind storybooks.

Date
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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, February 10, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting

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, February 11 and 25, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Valentine’s Day Bouquets

Guided by floral designer Sarah von Pollaro, modern-day romantics create a one-of-a-kind arrangement to gift to a loved one (or keep for themselves) as they enjoy champagne, strawberries, and chocolates.

Date
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Build Your Photographic Portfolio

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
Wednesday, February 13 to 27, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus

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, February 15 to March 8, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
When Good Patterns Go Bad: Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes

Tangled up in a knitting problem? From dropped stitches to difficult pattern instructions to twisted stitches and more, learn a protocol to follow when you’re stuck on a project.

Date
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Paper Frenzy

Spend two sessions investigating new techniques as you have fun creating papers for collage and other art projects. Take home a glorious collection of one-of-a-kind papers accented by acrylic, inks, stamps, and other printmaking materials.

Date
Friday, February 22 and March 1, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fair Isle Knitting Technique

Peries, XOX, and Boarders. These may sound like the names of rock bands, but in fact they are the patterns found in Fair Isle knitting. Students in this workshop focus on learning this stranding color technique.

Date
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Introduction to iPhone Photography

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. Learn to make the most of your iPhone’s camera, starting with essential photography basics and moving on to some of the best apps, camera accessories, and low-cost tools for editing and image management.

Date
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Drawing with Silverpoint

Pick up a silver stylus to learn a traditional drawing technique used by artists including da Vinci, Dürer, and Rembrandt—and that’s now experiencing a revival.

Date
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to iPhone Photography

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. Learn to make the most of your iPhone’s camera, starting with essential photography basics and moving on to some of the best apps, camera accessories, and low-cost tools for editing and image management.

Date
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive

Explore 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
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Felted Jewelry

Explore the creative possibilities of combining wool with other decorative elements such as metal, beads, and stones to make distinctive necklaces, rings, pendants, earrings, and other jewelry.

Date
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Penland Pottery Basket

Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students of all levels in creating a round spoke basket in a pattern that combines twining and braiding techniques.

Date
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 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, March 3, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nuno-Felted Scarf

Nuno, the Japanese word for fabric, lends itself to the name of one of the newest textile trends. Create a one-of-a-kind nuno-felted scarf and explore variations on this unique and versatile technique used to create accessories, jewelry, wall hangings, curtains, and other projects.

Date
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media

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
Sunday, March 3 and 10, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Continued Quilting: Appliqué and Edges

Add three appliqué techniques to your quiltmaking skills as you create a fabric flower-garden wall hanging, and learn how a variety of edgings can give the perfect finishing touch to your projects.

Date
Sunday, March 3 and 10, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection

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
Monday, March 4 and 11, 2019 – 2:00 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, March 10, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Introduction to Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is now the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules.

Date
Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Quilting for Beginners: A Small Handmade Quilt

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, March 16 and 23, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Colored Pencils

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, March 23 and 30, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monoprints Without a Press

Love mixed media? This workshop offers the perfect way to expand your repertoire by creating an array of one-off prints using acrylic paints and other materials.

Date
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oil Painting Boot Camp

Whether you have never picked up a brush or haven’t painted in years, this 2-day workshop provides a solid foundation in the basics of working in oil. By the end of the weekend, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

Date
Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.