Studio Arts Other Media Art and Architecture Courses Bach to Brubeck (and everything in between)
Learn To Paint From the Impressionists
8-Session Daytime Course
The impressionists captured the fleeting effects of natural light to produce vivid landscapes, water that sparkles, and colors that sing. They made it all look effortless,but what techniques provided the foundation for that seeming ease?
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:15 AM
Figure Painting in Oils
8-Session Evening Course
Working from live models, students are introduced to essential elements of technique and anatomy, with a focus on developing their observational painting skills.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Oil Pastels for Everyone
6-Session Afternoon Course
Get a grounding in the basics of this exciting medium in a course that will have you painting in vibrant new colors—and perhaps developing ideas for your other works.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 1:30 PM
Exploring Abstraction
8-Session Afternoon Course
This is a process-oriented class with an emphasis on visual way of thinking. Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, shape and composition and learn how our emotions are influenced by the interplay of these visual elements.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM
Beginning Oil Painting
8-Session Evening Course
View the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s online collection of Public Works of Art Project paintings to see how other artists employed the painting techniques you learn through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing to gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Egg-Tempera Painting
8-Session Weekend Course
Medieval Byzantine icons provide the subject matter for paintings as students explore working in a technique that dates to Greek and Roman times. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Learn Portrait Painting from John Singer Sargent
8-Session Weekend Course
Copying a master is a powerful tool to improve your own painting skills. The paintings of the admired portraitist John Singer Sargent have much to teach today’s artists about composition, value, and color. Through viewing Sargent works in the collection of the American Art Museum, lectures, demonstrations, and studio painting sessions,  students learn to create an elegant portrait as they put Sargent's methods and techniques into practice.   
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Continued Watercolor
7-Session Daytime Course
This class investigates watercolor techniques that offer opportunities for greater individual experimentation and expression. Go beyond the basics of paint application and learn how to construct strong, vibrant, personality-filled paintings as you hone your skills as a watercolor artist.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 10:15 AM
Introduction to Watercolor
7-Session Afternoon Course
Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore new materials and techniques in watercolor painting in this course. Painting still-lifes and landscapes from direct observation or photographs, they explore basic watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM
Beginning Acrylic Painting
8-Session Evening Course
Are you ready to pick up a paint brush? Painting is as much about how you think as it is the process of putting colors on canvas. This beginning-level course introduces both the skills needed to paint, and how to observe and reflect the world around you like an artist.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Painting Is for Everyone
6-Session Afternoon Course
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.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Beginning Oil Painting
8-Session Afternoon Course
View the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s online collection of Public Works of Art Project paintings to see how other artists employed the painting techniques you learn through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing to gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 2:30 PM