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Studio Arts: Drawing Classes

Studio Arts Workshop

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden: Drawing Treasures - In Person

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Stretch your creative muscles and deepen your observational skills at the National Gallery of Art.  Create a drawing-treasure map as you visually explore time, space, and place in the museum’s Sculpture Garden.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Pastels: Cezanne-inspired Landscapes in the Enid A. Haupt Garden - In Person

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Impressionist artists favored working in the vibrant medium of pastel because of its luminosity and color-layering effects. Working in open-air in the Enid A. Haupt Garden, capture the colors of nature and the interaction of light and shadows using Cezanne’s color-blocking style to produce brilliant and subtle effects. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Botanical Illustration: Succulents and Cacti in Graphite

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Use traditional botanical illustration techniques such as continuous tone, parallel line, and scumble to build 3D shading and texture, to create a realistic line drawing working with graphite.

Studio Arts Course

Beginning Drawing

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Course

Drawing Heads, Hands, and Feet

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

This class is designed for students interested in sharpening their figure drawing skills by focusing on the most challenging and expressive details of the human figure.

Studio Arts Course

Sketchbook Habit: The Art of Everyday Life

Sunday, July 17, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Create a personal and powerful record of experiences by drawing and painting moments from your life that you include in your sketchbook.

Studio Arts Course

Drawing Light…and How the Masters Did It

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

In this 4-session class, learn the strategies artists such as Rembrandt, Cézanne, Turner, and Degas used to harness light and unify, intensify, and give dimension to their images. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Complete Colored Pencils

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Colored pencil, an often-over-looked dry medium, is coming into its own. Whether used in fine art or illustration, they can enliven work with rich, vibrant color and a dizzying range of effects. Learn basic to intermediate methods and strategies with colored pencils.

Studio Arts Course

Portrait Drawing

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

In this class, students will be introduced to the basic steps of how to create a convincing portrait using charcoal or graphite. All levels of experience welcomed.

Studio Arts Workshop

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drawing for the Everyday Overthinker

Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Get out of your head by drawing the world around you. Through simple drawing activities, learn how to better connect with your sense of vision, recognize how your mind colors your actions and experiences, and gain practice stepping away from your thoughts.