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Studio Arts: What's New

Mastering Exposure

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Monday, July 6 to August 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Beginning Drawing

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Monday, July 6 to August 17, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET (no class Aug. 3)

Beautiful Landscapes in Watercolor and Ink

Live Streaming

Develop your technical skills in painting landscapes that vividly capture the atmosphere and elements of a scene.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 7 to August 11, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Tapestry Weaving

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 7 to August 11, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Collage and Mixed-Media

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Wednesday, July 8 to 29, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Wednesday, July 8 to August 5, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Introduction to Photography

Live Streaming

Whether you want work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics.

Date of event
Wednesday, July 8 to August 12, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces

Live Streaming

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)

Date of event
Thursday, July 9 to August 13, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Build a Tiny House

Live Streaming

It takes a village! In this workshop, students construct their own tiny houses, which they personalize working in paper-mache, acrylics, and mixed-media.

Date of event
Friday, July 10 to 24, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Quilting for Beginners: A Small Handmade Quilt

Live Streaming

Learn the basics of hand-stitched quilt-making—including piecing, applique, and finishing techniques—as you work on a small-scale piece that can be used as a doll quilt or a wall hanging.

Date of event
Saturday, July 11 to August 1, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Image Transfers and Photo Alteration

Live Streaming

Bring extra impact to your mixed-media work by discovering a variety of methods for making and using image transfers and expanding your creative horizons with photo alteration.

Date of event
Saturday, July 11 to 25, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Live Streaming

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this two-day class, which discusses the technical elements of composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date of event
Sunday, July 12 and 19, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Introduction to Watercolor

Live Streaming

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Date of event
Sunday, July 12 to August 16, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Where's My Muse? Flexing Your Creative Muscle

Live Streaming

Delve deeply into the sources of inspiration as you learn learn to harness ideas and starting points for making art that expresses your individual creative point of view.

Date of event
Monday, July 13 to 27, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

The Language of Palestinian Embroidery

Live Streaming

The thobe, a handmade embroidered dress, has symbolized Palestinian textile artistry since the 11th century. Wafa Ghnaim leads a fascinating exploration of the heritage of Palestinian embroidery and examines how generations of women have preserved and modernized these traditions in diasporic communities. Then in a workshop, Ghnaim guides participants in creating a bookmark with a stitched thobe design on 12-count Aida cloth.

Date of event
Thursday, July 16 and 23, 2020 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Authentic, Revival, or Reproduction? A Day with a Curator at Dumbarton House

Live Streaming

Whether you collect, live with antiques, or simply appreciate the beauty of fine craftsmanship, this special session streamed from one of Georgetown’s most significant historic homes offers an expert-led opportunity to expand your knowledge of the history and construction of American and British furniture and its influences from 1790 to 1840.

Date of event
Friday, July 17, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Hand Embroidery for Today

Live Streaming

Add the touch of your own hands to clothing as you apply basic hand-embroidery stitches to create modern designs to enhance knits, felted wools, and ready-made garments, including infant onesies.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 21 and 28, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting

Live Streaming

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 how to cut custom-sized windows in mat board.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Introduction to Lightroom

Live Streaming

Adobe Lightroom is now 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.

Date of event
Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Build Your Photographic Portfolio

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 28 to August 11, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Developing Black-and-White Film at Home

Live Streaming

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 session.

Date of event
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Washington's Marvelous Mosaics

Live Streaming

Join mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald for an inside look at a variety of mosaic treasures at notable public sites, contemporary spaces, and federal and private buildings that contain unexpected gems in Washington, DC.

Date of event
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Decorative Lettering

Live Streaming

Get an introduction to stylized lettering, including altered block letters, botanical borders, and illuminated initials with vines and flourishes.

Date of event
Tuesday, September 8 to 29, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Botanicals in Watercolor

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Tuesday, September 8 to 29, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Composition

Live Streaming

This class 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)

Date of event
Wednesday, September 9 to 30, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Women of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Live Streaming

Textile historian Elizabeth Lay examines a trio of 19th-century British women whose exceptional skills elevated embroidery to fine-art status. Afterward, fabric artist Lauren Kingsland leads a studio project in which participants create their own Arts and Crafts–inspired embroidered needle case.

Date of event
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Crepe Paper Flower Making

Live Streaming

Bring to life a tulip bouquet that requires no water, won’t be eaten by deer, and will last months or even years. Learn the skills and techniques to create realistic crepe-paper flowers petal by petal.

Date of event
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Introduction to Beading

Live Streaming

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.

Date of event
Monday, September 21 to Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Introduction to Exterior Mosaics

Live Streaming

Selecting substrates, materials, and adhesives that can endure weather year-round is the secret to successful exterior mosaics. Learn how to make those choices and find inspiration in fantastic examples of works by artists from around the world.

Date of event
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Laundry to Legacy: Repurposing Treasured Garments Into Memory Quilts

Live Streaming

In a hands-on workshop, quilt-maker Lauren Kingsland shares new way to use T-shirts and other garments of sentimental value: Transform them into usable quilts to give as gifts or to preserve cherished memories.

Date of event
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET