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Beginning Acrylic Painting
8-Session Daytime Course

Wednesday, October 11 to December 6, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Code: 1K00MP
$235 Member
$285 Non-Member
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“Seeing is already a creative operation and that demands an effort.” –Henry Matisse

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. Learn how to make the mental shift to a different way of seeing to create a "painterly representation" of what you see.

Participants are introduced to composition, color, and value management and the process of visual selection, and experiment with these concepts by painting a series of still-life set ups. They also learn how to develop painting techniques by researching a favorite American painter from the Smithsonian collections.

Basic drawing skills are helpful but not necessary.

A supply list may be downloaded from this page no later than 2 weeks prior to the first session. 

Instructor: Shahin Shikhaliyev

8 sessions, 3 hours each (no class Nov. 22)


S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3038/39
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)