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Studio Arts: Other Media Classes

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Have fun as you learn the fundamentals of floral design from Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist Sarah Tietbohl. She shares design techniques as well as handy tips and tricks as you create a stunning centerpiece for your holiday dinner table, foyer, or living room.

Date of event
Monday, November 25, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Orchids for the Holidays

Take a break from the stress of the season to enjoy an entertaining and informative afternoon with an orchid expert and come away with an elegant holiday present to give to special someone on your list or to keep for yourself.

Date of event
Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Pysanky for the Holidays: Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Learn about the tradition of pysanky, the colorful Ukrainian Easter eggs, as you master the egg-waxing and dyeing processes used to create them.

Date of event
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wreath Making with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian's inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date of event
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wreath Making with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian's inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date of event
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Centerpieces with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian's inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a centerpiece guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date of event
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock

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.

Date of event
Wednesday, January 22 to March 11, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Introduction to Calligraphy: The Foundational Hand

The elegance of hand-lettered calligraphy is unmatched by machine. This class gives students a chance to learn the basics of this graceful and stylish art in a relaxed and supportive setting.

Date of event
Thursday, January 23 to March 12, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Grapevine Basket

Combine natural weaving materials and ribbing technique to creating a beautiful melon- shaped basket with grapevine handle and rim.

Date of event
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Indian Textile Printing

Explore traditional Indian woodblock carving as you create beautiful pieces of textile and printed art.

Date of event
Saturday, January 25 to March 21, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Feb. 15)

The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

This class gives students a chance to use Chinese brush and ink as they learn to write basic Chinese characters, short phrases, and poems.

Date of event
Saturday, January 25 to March 7, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 15)

Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy

The elegant script commonly known as Copperplate is unmatched in its usefulness for social stationery. Beginning with basic tools and mechanics, students discover how to develop their skills and to recognize the small details that make this style of writing so appealing.

Date of event
Monday, January 27 to March 23, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 17)

Exterior Mosaics in Unglazed Porcelain: Retro Meets Modern

The natural look and earthy texture of unglazed porcelains make them a perfect choice to mimic traditional mosaics as you create an exterior project with a contemporary flair.

Date of event
Tuesday, January 28 to March 17, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Exterior Mosaics in Unglazed Porcelain: Retro Meets Modern

The natural look and earthy texture of unglazed porcelains make them a perfect choice to mimic traditional mosaics as you create an exterior project with a contemporary flair.

Date of event
Tuesday, January 28 to March 17, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Heart Basket

Use basic techniques to produce a basket that draws its beauty from a complex woven pattern that’s surprisingly easy to create.

Date of event
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Heart Basket

Use basic techniques to produce a basket that draws its beauty from a complex woven pattern that’s surprisingly easy to create.

Date of event
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grapevine Basket

Combine natural weaving materials and ribbing technique to creating a beautiful melon- shaped basket with grapevine handle and rim.

Date of event
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Indian Art and Calligraphy: An Immersive Exploration

This unique series combines detailed looks at Indian and South Asian artworks in the Freer and Sackler collections with the opportunity to try your hand at authentic calligraphy inspired by them.

Date of event
Sunday, February 23 to March 29, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.