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Studio Arts: What's New

Studio Arts Course
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Workshop
Tuesday, November 30, 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 Course
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Use traditional botanical illustration techniques such as continuous tone, parallel line, and scumble to build 3D shading and texture, to create a realistic line drawing working with graphite.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Quickly capture your travels with loose lines and painterly colors with the quick-sketch watercolors method. This technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art.

Studio Arts Course
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Bring an animal portrait to life—and add a new skill to your drawing toolbox. Describe a form on toned paper using contour line and highlights while considering negative and positive space.

Studio Arts Course
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

Studio Arts Course
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Workshop
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn to transform a milkweed pod and its floss into a whimsical nesting swan that will add a touch of nature to your holiday décor.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Create four different fancy-fold cards sure to impress the people on your holiday card list! Fancy folds can be intimidating, but this workshop painlessly guides you through the steps. Detailed instructions provide you with everything you need to create future fancy folds on your own.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Virtually escape to Tuscany by drawing poppies with flowing organic lines, then painting the scene with mingling colors. Add interest by painting an old stone wall or sun-dappled trees. Create drama with light and shadow.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts Course
Sunday, December 5, 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 Course
Monday, December 6, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Workshop
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Just in time for the holidays, create a modern wreath design with fresh evergreens on a metal hoop.  Using a method similar to floral arrangement, combine local textures, shapes, and colors in your design.

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, December 11, 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 Course
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Whether you know how to knit a scarf but not much more, used to knit but now feel rusty, or are confident in your beginning knitting skills but want to make sure you're ready for an intermediate class or project, this workshop is for you.