Spend a day expanding and reinvigorating your drawing practice by exploring a range of conventional and unconventional media and processes. Topics covered include graphite, charcoal, tools, and alternative processes.
Processing your own 35mm or 120mm black-and-white film is cost-effective, and typically provides better results. Get all the skills you need to begin at this information-packed, hands-on session.
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.
The elegance of hand-lettered calligraphy is unmatched by machine. This class gives students a chance to learn the basics of this graceful and stylish art in a relaxed and supportive setting.
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.
Bring together the art of mosaics with an iconic symbol of the Mexican Day of the Dead as you create a 2-dimensional sugar skull mosaic complete with its own hanging device.
The elegant and enduring Italic script has a venerable legacy. Begin your study of these versatile hand-written alphabets, which translate well into many practical and artistic applications.
As an investigation of drawing beyond the introductory level, this course offers practice in using traditional media. Sessions focus on the four traditional subjects of drawing (still-life, landscape, portrait, and figure).
In this class, participants are introduced to the ancient art of mosaics with a specifically contemporary focus: creating a mosaic interpretation of a master painting using stained glass.
This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.
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.
In this combination course, students work from still life, architectural interiors, and landscape to translate the world of three dimensions to two through the arts of drawing and painting.
Whether you want work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Two on-location shoots offer chances to put your new skills into practice.
If you’ve ever wanted to paint, here’s a class that offers the perfect introduction to the art—and will have you ready to pick up your brush with confidence.
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 and damar resin, as well as fusing and carving in wax.
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.
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.
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.
Both beginners and seasoned artists can learn to take advantage of the creative possibilities of this rich pigmented, vibrant, and versatile medium.
In this course combining lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation, gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing.
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.
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.
Described as a national treasure, the 15-mile stretch of the Potomac River from River Bend Park to Roosevelt Island is the focus of shooting assignments in this course. After a classroom orientation session, photographers record fall’s progress from both Maryland and Virginia locations in this beautiful and ecologically significant area.
Students work in clay to create portraits from plaster casts and a live model as they develop a basic understanding of the principles and techniques of sculpture.
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.
Learn clay techniques and gain an understanding of the human body, gestures, and expressions as you sculpt a portrait, torso, or full-figure piece by working from life.
This course provides a thorough introduction to the 35mm camera and the basics of photo darkroom techniques. Students learn how to use the camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print.
Explore close-in sections of Virginia’s river-hugging Potomac Heritage Trail as you capture images of fall splendor on a series of outings for photographers who are experienced hikers.
Learn about the history of the lush art form of “English work” as you create a gilded blossom using materials from the goldsmith purveyors to HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today as you practice the skills of the masters, using their exact colors, canvas types, and paint applications. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
This two-session class offer 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.
Guided by a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, discover the relationship between the traditions of Afghanistan and India as you explore calligraphy’s connection to language, literary arts, religion, popular culture, memory, and art.
Discover the secrets of Claude Monet’s methods, materials, and brushwork, then create your own impressionist-style masterpiece. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
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.
Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore basic watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.
It takes a village! In a 2-day workshop, students construct their own tiny houses, which they personalize working in paper-mache, acrylics, and mixed media.
A hollow dried gourd provides the foundation for a beautiful basket sure to accent your autumn décor. Learn to apply a coil-woven rim and long-leaf pine needles to complement the gourd’s natural beauty.
Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure. Open to all levels.
Great shoots start with great locations—and Washington offers plenty of unbeatable visual inspiration. Learn to capture this vibrant city and sharpen your way of thinking about shooting outdoors as you deploy a minimal amount of equipment and a lot of fresh perspective.
This two-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)
Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experimentation, students enhance their experience of color as they learn about the color wheel, the Munsell color chart, and the attributes of value, chroma, and hue. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. This course is an introduction to the relief print, from techniques of design and transfer through cutting and printing the block. Students design and produce their own editions, using nontoxic materials and employing both one-color and two-color techniques.
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)
Advanced students capture the strength and beauty of the National Mall as they sharpen their technical and creative skills in nighttime photography through classroom sessions, darkroom work, and on-location shoots.
In this intensive workshop designed for intermediate photographers, students gain understanding and usage of Lightroom Classic CC’s Library and Develop modules through several classroom sessions that include lectures, demonstrations, selected resources, and hands-on practice.
This photography course is designed for those who want to learn how to create portraits of men and women, using the special lighting controls of the studio.
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.
Sarah von Pollaro of Washington’s Urban Petals Floral Design leads you through assembling some artful arrangements and passes along a pro’s tips for unleashing your creative flower power.
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.
Join painting instructor Adrienne Wyman for a “behind-the-easel” perspective on French and impressionist paintings exhibited at four of Washington’s leading art museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
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.
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.
Eastern sacred design meets Western textile techniques as students create a quilted mandala wall hanging based on the kolam tradition of Southern India.
The elegance and aesthetic harmony of ikebana—Japanese flower arranging—have inspired poets and artists since its founding. In this course for beginning and continuing students, participants learn basic styles of ikebana as taught by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Japan.
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.
Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and knit a scarf during and between classes.
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.
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.
The traditional Log Cabin block offers a wonderful framework for exploring color and value contrast—and for spontaneous sewing. Learn an efficient flag-piecing technique, then finish your completed blocks as a throw or a table runner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the rich history of manuscript illumination as you use fine-tip markers or colored pencils to produce your own tiny masterpiece in the spirit of the medieval scribes who created some of the most beautiful and imaginative examples of the form.
Create one-of-a-kind holiday greeting cards while learning the tips and techniques of professional card making from expert crafter Karen Cadogan. Take home a generous assortment of supplies to design more greetings with your personal touch.
Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, this 3-session workshop examines the art of self-portraiture and puts techniques observed at the exhibition into practice to create beautiful, expressive self-portraits. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
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.
Create your own bit of peacock-inspired elegance with earrings that incorporate Swarovski crystals and wire-working techniques.
Working from still-life arrangements reminiscent of Cezanne’s in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Add a bit of jingle to your holiday season with a set of beautiful, made-by-you, bangle bracelets. The class is perfect for beginners and those with previous wire or metalsmithing experience.
Create a stunning ring in textured sterling silver using a rolling mill, jeweler’s saw, and cold-connection riveting techniques.
Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Eye to Eye: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today exhibit, this two-part workshop focuses on the art of self-portraiture through studio photography. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
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)
In this three-night workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills.
In this workshop, create one-of-a-kind necklaces and earring sets using wire. Students explore different designs and methods for headpins, clasps, ear wires, hoops, and charms.
Learn how to create gorgeous designs using stone pendants with tricky hole placement. Experience with basic wirework, hand tools, and making open and closed loops is recommended.
Create the perfect unique gift for a friend or loved one—and get a beautiful necklace for yourself in the bargain: Using metal texturing, wire wrapping, and basic metal-stamping techniques, create a monogrammed silver pendant with a gemstone bead accent.