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Studio Arts: What's New

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 of event
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 12:00 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 of event
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Silk Painting

This 2-day introduction offers the rare opportunity of working in the home studio of artist Diane Tuckman, who helped introduce this ancient Chinese art to America, to learn basic techniques while creating several beautiful painted silk pieces.

Date of event
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Necktie Quilts: Repurposed Finery

Get a jump on Father’s Day by giving a new life to the fabulous silks found in men’s neckties in both traditional pieced-quilt patterns and contemporary art quilts.

Date of event
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

The Language of Palestinian Embroidery

The thobe, a handmade embroidered dress, has symbolized Palestinian textile artistry since the 11th century. Author and Wafa Ghnaim leads a fascinating exploration of the heritage of Palestinian embroidery and examines how generations of women have preserved and modernized these traditions in diasporic communities. Then in a workshop, Ghnaim guide participants in creating a bookmark with a stitched thobe design on 12-count Aida cloth.

Date of event
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 12:30 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 of event
Tuesday, June 9 and 16, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Knitted Botanicals

Capture the color, texture, and grace of plants and flowers in your knitting. This workshop teaches techniques to make flowers, leaves, and vines, all perfect to use in your next knitted garment or art project. 

Date of event
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

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 of event
Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Landscape Painting at Brookside Gardens

Beautiful landscapes, fountains, and flowers provide inspiration for painters in this intensive morning course held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual experimentation, students explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques, composition, and perspective.

Date of event
Monday, June 15 to Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Circular Weaving

Circular weaving is a fun and versatile technique for new weavers as well as experienced fiber artists. Learn how to warp and weave on several sizes of circle looms as you create projects from coasters to cushions to home décor.

Date of event
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Pastel Portraits

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)

Date of event
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

The Still-Life in Pastel

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.

Date of event
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Figure Drawing One-Day Marathon

No matter what your skill level is, challenge your artistic endurance in a fun-filled, 7-hour figure-drawing marathon, featuring a work station for quick poses and one for extended work. A variety of male and female models are featured at each area, and artists may move freely between each.

Date of event
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.