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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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Saturday, March 23 and 30, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

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Thursday, March 28, April 4, and April 11, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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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Friday, March 29, 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 the weekend, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Boost your creativity and record your thoughts and visual observations of the world around you—and in the process transform your sketchbook into a powerful expression of your inner self.

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Monday, April 1 to May 6, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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.

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Thursday, April 4 to May 30, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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 spring’s progress from both Maryland and Virginia locations in this beautiful and ecologically significant area.

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Friday, April 5 to June 7, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)

Discover a variety of methods for making and using image transfers and expanding your creative horizons with photo alteration. Both techniques can offer new dimensions and interest to your artworks.

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Friday, April 5 and 12, 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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Friday, April 5 to May 3, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class April 19)

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, April 6 to June 8, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class April 20 and May 25)

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, April 6 to June 8, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 20 and May 25)

Spend an afternoon creating springtime holiday cards, as well as those to express thank-yous, congratulations, or birthday wishes, all in a memorably personal way.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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Monday, April 8 to May 20, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

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Monday, April 8 to May 20, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, April 10 to May 29, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, April 10 to May 29, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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.

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Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)

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.

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Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)

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.

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Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)

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.

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Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)

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, April 14, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, April 14 to June 16, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 26)

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.

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Sunday, April 14 to June 16, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 26)

Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure. Open to all levels.

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Sunday, April 14 to June 16, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 26)

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.

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Sunday, April 14 to June 2, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 26)

Learn from an orchid-care expert how orchids grow in their native environments, and pick up care instructions to keep your orchids blooming.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Monday, April 15, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and may start a knitting project during class.

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Monday, April 15 to May 20, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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)

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Monday, April 15 to June 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 27)

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.

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Monday, April 15 to June 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 27)

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.

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Monday, April 15 to June 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 27)

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.

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Monday, April 15 to June 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 27)

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)

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Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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.

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition. Critiques of class and home assignments enhance the technical skills you learn. At least two photoshoot excursions outside of the classroom are scheduled.

Students must have a camera with manual controls, and a tripod is needed for the class. Bring your camera and manual to the first session.

Instructor: Andargé Asfaw

 

8 sessions; 2.5 hours each
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Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Create beautiful 12-by-20-inch mosaic tapestries using glass and ceramic tiles, ball chain, costume jewelry, glass, and beads, and other items that spark the imagination.

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Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

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Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Learn the history and nuances of working with smalti, a traditional enameled-glass mosaic material, as you create a 10" x 10" mosaic artwork.

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Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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.

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Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, April 17 to May 29, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (no class May 15)

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.

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Wednesday, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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.

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Thursday, April 18 to May 16, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

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Thursday, April 18 to June 6, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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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Thursday, April 18 to June 6, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

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Monday, April 22 and 29, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, April 24 to May 29, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, April 24 to May 22, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Both beginners and seasoned artists can learn to take advantage of the creative possibilities of this rich pigmented, vibrant, and versatile medium.

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Thursday, April 25 to May 30, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 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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Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Expand your knitting skills and your creativity as you work with the instructor on a project, technique of special interest that intrigues you.

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Friday, April 26 to June 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (no class May 24)

Learn metalsmithing techniques while making a pair of asymmetrical statement earrings that are guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 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, April 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Transform contour drawings of leaf shapes into transparent watercolor paintings. Then, use a walking press to make leaf prints on a variety of papers using water-based ink.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Study the lives, art, and techniques of famous impressionist and post-impressionist artists as you use the same materials and colors to learn their working methods of paint application and brushstroke. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, April 27 to May 18, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 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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Saturday, April 27 and May 4, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learning the art of copying and develop your rendering and composition skills at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, American Art Museum, and Natural History Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, April 27 to May 18, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 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, April 28, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Use simple wire-working techniques to create charms from mixed metals and stones. Instructions for a necklace, wrap bracelet, or pair of fringed earrings are provided.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, April 28 and May 5, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Create two pairs of earrings by hammering thick wires into a look reminiscent of sheet metal. Leave with one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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)

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Monday, April 29 and May 6, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Tuesday, April 30 to Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

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Friday, May 3, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Friday, May 10 and 17, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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, May 4 and 11, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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, May 5, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Create three different chain designs using wire-working, forming, texturing, and fusing techniques, and take home a necklace or bracelet.

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Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 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, May 6 to 20, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This three­-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)

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Tuesday, May 7 to 21, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 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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Tuesday, May 7 to 28, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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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Friday, May 10 to June 7, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 24)

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.

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Saturday, May 11 and 18, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Students draw from Giambattista Tiepolo’s works to help them grasp the idea of gesture, movement, and the grouping of as well as apply their Tiepolo-inspired skills to contemporary images. All skill levels welcome. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Monday, May 13 and 20, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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)

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Thursday, May 16 to June 6, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 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, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Spend two days investigating new techniques as you have fun creating papers for collage and other art projects. Take home a glorious collection of one-of-a-kind papers accented by acrylic, inks, stamps, and other printmaking materials.

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Friday, May 31 and June 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 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, June 8, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 the weekend, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

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Saturday, June 8 and 15, 2019 – 10:30 a.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, June 9, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Take your iPhone camera skills to another level in a workshop that focuses on the ProCamera app and editing techniques; organizing, printing, and posting your photos; and a critique session on images you shoot during the day.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Photojournalist and former official White House staff photographer Lawrence Jackson shares his approach to creating images that tell compelling stories, and offers a rare inside look at what it’s like to document daily life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.