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Studio Arts
Thursday, March 4 to 18, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Sunday, March 7 and 14, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this workshop, which provides a solid introduction to these cameras’ features and potential.

Studio Arts
Thursday, March 11 to 25, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn the rules of bookmaking…then get creative and break them!  Each week, make different kinds of books, including an accordion book, Japanese stab bound journal, and a travel journal with sewn in pages.

Studio Arts
Friday, March 12, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using a standard size sheet of Aida cloth fabric and one that can incorporate numerous patterns and eventually become a wall-hanging. This workshop’s motif focus is carnations, originating from the Bersheba Region.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Escape into the unique world of mosaics in a lively pictorial lecture that travels to Ravenna, Barcelona, Chartres, and other locations to celebrate the beauty and expressive variety of the art form. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts
Wednesday, March 17 and 24, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Breathe new life into your unfinished or "failed" collages or paintings. Find ways to infuse interest and create a variety of compositions to change the look and feel of your pieces.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Though flashes can be intimidating, just a bit of knowledge can make yours an invaluable photographic tool. Understand the essential basics of TTL (through-the-lens) flash photography as you learn about modes, bounce flash, exposure compensation, and using accessories.

Studio Arts
Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Students learn how to use their ISO settings to darken and brighten photos, and how this relates to other camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed.

Studio Arts
Thursday, March 25, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Beginning photographers learn how to use histograms, a graphic display of the brightness levels of pixels in an image—and an essential guide to achieving the correct exposure.  

Studio Arts
Monday, April 12 to May 17, 2021 – 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Develop skills in a range of weaving techniques as you design and create a one-of-a kind miniature tapestry on a small-frame loom.

Studio Arts
Monday, April 12 to May 17, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

In an artist-led series designed to provide a tranquil mid-day break, create small but satisfying works of art as a way to hit “pause” and incorporate a bit of creativity into your at-home routines.

Studio Arts
Monday, April 12 to May 3, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

Alcohol inks can be used on a variety of surfaces, including glossy paper, plastic, metal, and glass. Classes focus on materials and techniques.

Studio Arts
Monday, April 12 to May 3, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Expand your mixed-media repertoire by creating one-off prints using acrylic paints and inks on gel plates and exploring other monoprinting techniques that do not require plates.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, April 13 to June 1, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Create a memorable way to record your travels, explorations, or just adventures through daily life. Learn all the basics of making personal illustrated art journals on paper with drawings in pen and watercolors.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, April 13 to June 1, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Whether you work digitally or on film, this course is ideal for students who are familiar with their cameras but are interested in expanding their understanding of photography fundamentals.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, April 13 to May 4, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basics of weaving handmade bobbin lace, from winding the bobbins to making four small lace projects.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, April 13 and 20, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Using the basic cross-stitch found in traditional Palestinian embroidery, stitch the “houses” motif-on aida cloth as you create an embroidered bookmark.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, April 13 to June 1, 2021 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Learn to create patterns of light and dark in watercolor through demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, April 13 to May 18, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Students of all skill levels are guided through the process of creating a contemporary glass mosaic as they master cutting techniques and embrace classical mosaic sensibilities.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, April 13 to June 1, 2021 – 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 14 to June 2, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 14 to May 5, 2021 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

This class offers quilters of all levels an opportunity to become familiar with the vocabulary of color and to learn how to use printed fabric to create spectacular color combinations.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 14 to June 2, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 14 to June 2, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Create your own story as you learn to upcycle book pages as surfaces for drawing, painting, and collage using gelatin plate prints, textures, photo transfers, drawing, painting, and text redaction.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Thursday, April 15 to June 3, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Thursday, April 15, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

You don’t necessarily need great light to make a great photo. Understand the essentials of night photography and tripods as you learn to manage longer exposure times and exposure modes and compensation, choose the right tripod, work with remote shutter-release triggers, use your camera’s self-timer, and more.

Studio Arts
Thursday, April 15 to June 3, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Experiment with a variety of painting styles such as cubism, suprematism, and abstract expressionism to learn practical applications of the concepts and techniques of modernism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts
Friday, April 16 to June 11, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET (no class May 28)

This class provides intermediate-level sculpture students the opportunity to advance from creating simple studies to developing and executing advanced compositions.

Studio Arts
Friday, April 16 to 30, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Take your mixed-media projects to the next dimension by creating on wood panels and boxes. Enshrine personal mementos, objects, photos, and other materials in a three-dimensional format.

Studio Arts
Saturday, April 17 and 24, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this workshop, which provides a solid introduction to these cameras’ features and potential.

Studio Arts
Saturday, April 17 to May 1, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Create a unique and functional decorative book perfect for journaling and note-taking.

Studio Arts
Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Saturday, April 17 to June 12, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET (no class May 29)

Learn about the painting techniques of plein-air painters like Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. Then, follow their footsteps virtually, painting the same motifs found in Provence. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts
Saturday, April 17 to June 12, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (no class May 29)

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.

Studio Arts
Saturday, April 17 to June 12, 2021 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (no class May 29)

Students use photographs or images as references, while relying on personal interpretation to make their landscape paintings unique.

Studio Arts
Sunday, April 18 to June 13, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET (no class May 30)

The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. Guided by a graduate of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, explore the elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition.

Studio Arts
Sunday, April 18 to June 13, 2021 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET (no class May 30)

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.

Studio Arts
Sunday, April 18 to May 23, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

For centuries, religious and secular Islamic manuscripts have contained beautiful geometric decorations. Explore the history and construction of these traditional designs with Sughra Hussainy, a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. Then, create designs with graph paper and a compass.

Studio Arts
Monday, April 19 to May 17, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

This class introduces students to the materials and techniques of one-color relief printmaking, from design and carving of the block, through inking, printing, and presentation of the finished linocut.

Studio Arts
Monday April 19 to May 10, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Gain a deeper understanding of art by developing skills in decoding (reading) and encoding (expressing) visual meaning. Create a personal set of expressive visual pages for your unique “coloring book”.

Studio Arts
Monday, April 19 to June 14, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET (no class May 31)

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, April 20 to June 8, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

This class introduces students to the principles of relief sculpture, which is a bridge between two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, April 20 to May 18, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

In this class, students focus on the fundamentals of drawing birds: physical makeup (face, body, wings, and feet) and nuanced differences that distinguish one species from another.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 21 to June 9, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 21 to May 19, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

This intermediate-level photography course offers a better understanding of compositional elements and practices—such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting—that promote taking better and more unique photographs.

Studio Arts
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to make color choices in your art to bring out a reaction from the viewer. Create combinations with colored pencils that illustrate how color theory works.

Studio Arts
Thursday, April 22 to May 20, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take your skills beyond auto mode as you explore a myriad of your digital camera’s exposure options and features in this course designed for intermediate photographers.

Studio Arts
Friday, April 23 to May 7, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Saturday, April 24, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Create your very own surrealist collage as part of the experience. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts
Friday, April 30 to May 21, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Optimize your Instagram profile and create fun and engaging posts using the Canva platform and Lifelapse (stop motion) apps.

Studio Arts
Friday, April 30 and May 7, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Create a lovely bouquet as you explore the basics of wet-felting techniques in a two-day workshop ideal for both beginners and more experienced felters.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 1, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to make fun and whimsical handmade cards with stamps, ink, and paper.  Beginners and experienced card makers are welcome.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Inspired by the 6-Word Memoir Project, learn to capture quick images of personal stories in quilted wall-hangings.

Studio Arts
Monday, May 3 and 10, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

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)

Studio Arts
Monday, May 3 to 24, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or mirrorless camera as a creative tool, students will gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, May 5 to 26, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. ET

Move beyond the technical and focus on cultivating and strengthening your artistic vision. Learn how to use composition, viewpoint, and light to reinforce your vision.

Studio Arts
Thursday, May 6 to 27, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

This course 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)

Studio Arts
Thursday, May 6 to June 24, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Studio Arts
Thursday, May 6 to 27, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Lighting can make or break your work as a digital photographer. Learn the tech tips that will make your flash one of your most effective creative tools.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 8, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Using direct printing and water-based printing inks, create realistic looking schools of fish or a single artistic print simply by inking a whole fish and pressing it to paper.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Traditional Palestinian thobe skirts typically feature heavily embroidered panels. Students complete a small panel segment using the Cleopatra design.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, May 12 to 26, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Thursday, May 13 and 20, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

If you’ve taken the studio arts class Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Fish Printing, you are ready to try Hawaiian-style gyotaku. It includes printing in colorful inks and thin acrylics and adding color and texture with watercolor crayons and acrylic media.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Take your iPhone camera skills to another level in a two-day workshop that focuses on the ProCamera app and editing techniques; organizing, printing, and posting your photos; and a critique session on images.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Inspired by how you understand the meaning of “house,” construct a house-shaped star book with internal pockets using cardstock, mat board, ribbon, and special surface design techniques.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 15 and 22, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

This two-part workshop focuses on the art of self-portraiture through photography and students will have the opportunity to create their own self-portraits.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 15 to June 19, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (no class May 29)

Discover the illustrative potential of fiber art as you create a one-of-a-kind art book to document and preserve moments from your creative journey. Explore basic design principles with fabric, including the relationship of figure and ground, symmetry and asymmetry, and how to create perspective using color and line. Fusing, hand-stitching and embellishing techniques are also explored.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, May 19 to June 2, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Embark on a maker’s journey as you learn how to create a fiber art labyrinth modeled after an ancient convoluted circular path.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, May 19 to June 23, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts
Sunday, May 23, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Henna tattoos reflect an ancient and beautiful practice of body art. Explore the form’s history as you learn to apply simple traditional Indian henna designs.

Studio Arts
Sunday, May 23, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Just in time for summer, spend a fun, informative afternoon learning how to safely move and care for your orchids outside in the hotter months.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, May 25 to June 22, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn both the classic materials and techniques of the woodcut, a printmaking technique almost as old as the printing press that remains a popular medium of artistic expression.

Studio Arts
Thursday, May 27 to June 10, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts
Thursday, June 3 and 10, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

This workshop is for students who have attended the Colored Pencil workshop or for those with experience who feel their skill may need a boost with this versatile medium.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Traditional Palestinian thobes’ intricate chest designs communicate the embroidery’s central theme. Create a small chest design segment using the iconic Ramallah arch pattern on waste canvas.

Studio Arts
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to make color choices in your art to bring out a reaction from the viewer. Create combinations with colored pencils that illustrate how color theory works.