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Studio Arts: What's New

Studio Arts
Wednesday, October 21 to November 4, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Ready to take your knitting to the next creative level? Explore color techniques with expert Ann Richards and find inspiration for your new projects.

Studio Arts
Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 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
Thursday, October 29 and November 5, 2020 – 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
Thursday, October 29 to November 12, 2020 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Learn to see like a scientist as you use watercolor and ink to illustrate specimens from nature. Experienced students develop their skills in applying key techniques such as composition, working with color, and recording fine detail in nature journaling, watercolor painting, drawing, and creating stand-alone biological illustrations.

Studio Arts
Friday, October 30 to November 13, 2020 – 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, October 31 and November 7, 2020 – 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
Sunday, November 1, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Make a coiled chain in a beautifully fluid design that can be used to showcase a stone pendant or is gorgeous enough to be worn on its own. Learn the secrets to great-looking wire work, as well as hammering and finishing techniques.

Studio Arts
Monday, November 2 to December 7, 2020 – 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
Thursday, November 5 to December 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET (no class Nov. 26)

In this class that focuses on the basics of drawing letters from scratch, students create a finished hand-lettered piece worthy of framing.

Studio Arts
Sunday, November 8, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Keeping in touch with people is more important than ever, so why not make bespoke cards for those on your list? Learn how to create elegant and personalized holiday greeting cards for friends and family from expert crafter Karen Cadogan.

Studio Arts
Sunday, November 8, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Use colorful Akua water-based printmaking ink to create evocative prints on fabric.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, November 10 and 17, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In the spirit of centuries-old embroidery traditions, learn the waste-canvas technique by embroidering a small size chest panel on a blouse, drawstring pouch, tote bag, and more.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET and Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Sarinda Jones, a kiln-formed glass artist and alumna of the internationally renowned Pilchuck Glass School, guides you in creating a colorful fused-glass plate just in time for holiday table settings, gift giving, or everyday use.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, November 10 to December 8, 2020 – 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
Thursday, November 12 to December 10, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (no class Nov. 26)

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, November 12 and 19, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 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
Friday, November 13 and 20, 2020 – 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
Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Textile curator Elizabeth Lay illustrates how three of the world’s style capitals developed plans to help their fashion industries survive the war, and the extraordinary efforts made following the conflict to rebuild with limited materials. Inspired by the thrifty American home front spirit, artist Lauren Kingsland leads a hands-on project in which participants make a kitchen apron from a recycled shirt.

Studio Arts
Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Using mini-canvases as the base, decorative embellishments, photos, and other personal mementos, create one-of-a-kind small hanging artworks that can be individualized to fit any occasion for giving.

Studio Arts
Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 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
Monday, November 16 to December 7, 2020 – 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
Tuesday, November 17 to December 15, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (no class Nov. 24)

Center yourself through the calm flow of the rhythmic motion of stitching as you create a therapeutic textile panel using a hand needle and materials you have at home.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

How do you take art instruction from the studio to the screen? In a unique workshop perfect for both educators and arts administrators, join the Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts team to learn strategies and best practices for teaching adults hands-on, visual arts content on Zoom.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET (consultation at future date and time)

How do you take art instruction from the studio to the screen? In a unique workshop perfect for both educators and arts administrators, join the Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts team to learn strategies and best practices for teaching adults hands-on, visual arts content on Zoom. This option includes a special follow-up consultation.

Studio Arts
Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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. 

Studio Arts
Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 2020 – 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
Sunday, November 22, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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
Monday, November 30 and December 7, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Capture the essence of your favorite animal or pet in a one-of-a-kind acrylic portrait filled with color, personality, and affection.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – 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
Wednesday, December 2 and 9, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Stay artistic (and avoid gimmick) as you learn how to choose the best lenses and filters available for purchase.

Studio Arts
Thursday, December 3 and 10, 2020 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET

Discover how to easily capture a variety of subjects with loose lines and painterly colors using instructor Cindy Briggs’ quick-sketch watercolors method. This go-with-the-flow technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art.

Studio Arts
Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 2020 – 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, December 5, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 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
Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Using mini-canvases as the base, decorative embellishments, photos, and other personal mementos, create one-of-a-kind small hanging artworks that can be individualized to fit any occasion for giving.

Studio Arts
Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 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
Sunday, December 6, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Take a break from the stress of the season to enjoy an entertaining and informative afternoon with an orchid expert and come away with an elegant orchid centerpiece.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, December 8 and 15, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch to create a traditional bird motif on 11-count aida cloth, a project that provides insights into an artistic language created, used, and taught by women to women across the generations.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – 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
Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET

Inspired by the first lady crafting tradition, create a holiday ornament for your house, inspired by the people’s house: Michelle Obama’s meaningful hanging envelope.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – 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.