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Studio Arts: What's New

Studio Arts Course

Composition

Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 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 as to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive

Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 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 Course

Wirework Intensive

Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Wrap, weave, hammer, and bend your way to a new set of wire-working skills. Learn how to create custom findings, such as ear-wires and clasps; no-solder chain; and designs for earrings and pendants using wire-wrapped DIY frames.

Studio Arts Workshop

Photo 101: Night Photography and Tripods

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 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

Animal Portraits

Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 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 Workshop

Visual Journaling: Creativity Workout

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

In a morning of artistic experimentation designed to deepen skills in visual expression, explore five modes of visual thinking including working from memory, observation, imagination, narrative, and experimental approaches.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to iPhone Photography

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 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 Course

Handmade Storybooks - In Person

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 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 Course

Felted Flowers in Bloom - In Person

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 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 class ideal for both beginners and more experienced felters.

Studio Arts Course

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 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 Workshop

Photo 101: Apertures, Shutter Speeds, and Exposure Modes

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take command of your photographic vision as you learn the basics of your camera’s exposure functions. Learn to control the properties of your images through the understanding of apertures, shutter speeds, depth of field, shutter motion effects, equivalent exposures, and exposure modes.

Studio Arts Course

Fall Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oil - In Person

Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Learn the secrets of plein air landscape oil painting working in the beautiful surroundings of Rock Creek Park. Students learn how to capture the spirit and essence of a fall landscape while developing strong observational painting techniques on location.

Studio Arts Workshop

Photo 101: Understanding ISO

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 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 Course

Introduction to iPhone Photography

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 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.