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Studio Arts: Drawing Classes

Pastel Portraits

Degas, Manet, and Cassatt achieved remarkable portraits by employing the strong line and luminous color of pastels. Participants in this workshop are introduced to methods for achieving similar results, through sketching or a detailed portrait study. Intermediate students work in the studio with a live model and focus on the elements of portraiture and pastel technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

The Still-Life in Pastel

Beginning and experienced students work directly from still-life arrangements as they explore the techniques of cross-hatching and layering of color in this one-day workshop.

Date of event
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Figure Drawing One-Day Marathon

No matter what your skill level is, challenge your artistic endurance in a fun-filled, 7-hour figure-drawing marathon, featuring a work station for quick poses and one for extended work. A variety of male and female models are featured at each area, and artists may move freely between each.

Date of event
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Beginning Drawing

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. (no class Aug. 3)

Beginning Drawing

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

Oil Pastels

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

Date of event
Thursday, July 9 to 30, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Beginning Drawing

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
Sunday, July 12 to August 16, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Introduction to Pastels: Cezanne-Inspired Landscapes

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)

Date of event
Sunday, August 16 to 30, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Colored Pencils

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.

Date of event
Sunday, September 13 and 20, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Children’s Book Illustration

Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Learn the foundations of bringing a story to life through pictures.

Date of event
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.