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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.

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Tuesday, July 23 to August 6, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Capture the essence of your favorite animal or pet in a one-of-a-kind collage portrait filled with texture and color.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The luminescence, rich color and texture, and quick-drying properties of encaustics have made this a favorite medium for painters for centuries. Get a solid introduction to its technical and creative possibilities as you apply the encaustic method to mixed-media projects.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

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Monday, July 29 to August 12, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Nothing captures distinction, refinement, and sophistication better than hand-lettering with a pointed pen. This one-day workshop gets you started in the calligraphic style used for envelopes, invitations, place cards, and other projects.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Learn the techniques needed to create unique fine mosaic jewelry as you create beautiful silver-plate mosaic pendants using a wide variety of materials.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

In this workshop open to all levels, students discover the versatility and fluidity of working in watercolors while exploring the functional and aesthetic elements of color and design found in plants.

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Thursday, August 8 to 22, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Create a memorable way to record your travels, explorations, or just adventures through daily life. Learn all the basics of making personal illustrated art journals on paper with drawings in pen and watercolors.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Working in Smithsonian gardens, use chalk or oil pastel to capture vibrant colors in nature and their interaction with light--in the style of impressionist Paul Cezanne. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, August 17 and 24, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, August 17 and 24, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, September 4 to 25, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Portraiture is a time-honored and essential tradition in art. Hone your skills in observation, color, light and shadow, and other technical foundations of the form in this class designed for all levels of painters.

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Friday, September 6 to 27, 2019 – 10:15 a.m­. to 1:15 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the history of this most luxurious and regal form of embroidery as you create a Tudor-style gilded acorn motif using materials from the goldsmith purveyors to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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Saturday, September 7 and 14, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, September 7 to 28, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Using the Smithsonian gardens as inspiration, learn the secrets of plein air landscape and architectural painting on location. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, September 7 to 28, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 workshop.

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Saturday, September 7 and 14, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, September 8 and 15, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Get a taste of three of our most popular studio arts courses—in watercolor, beginning drawing, and collage mixed-media—for a single night each as you enjoy a glass of wine and stimulate the artist within.

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Thursday, September 12 to 26, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Step into the darkroom to create your own version of one the movement’s distinctive photo forms, the rayogram. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Whether you have never picked up a brush or haven’t painted in years, this 2-day workshop provides a solid foundation in the basics of working in oil. By the end of it, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

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Sunday, September 15 and 22, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join an orchid-care expert for an enjoyable and informative afternoon about America’s favorite household plant. The session is perfect for both experienced collectors and beginners, and you’ll take home an orchid you’ve learned to re-pot.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Capture the splendors of the Folger Shakespeare Library, one of Washington’s cultural treasures, with pencil and paper. This unique workshop offers a rare chance to practice perspective drawing, examine architectural details, and draw from masterworks in an extraordinary setting.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.