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Studio Arts: Other Media Classes

Studio Arts Workshop
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Like the myriad of small pieces of colored stone, tile, and glass that make up a mosaic, the Washington, DC area contains a surprising number of works that together provide a picture of the styles and techniques that mark an art form that’s been practiced since ancient times. Join mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald for a virtual tour of a wide variety of local mosaic treasures at notable public sites, contemporary spaces, and federal and private buildings. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In their native environments, most common orchids grow above the soil attached to trees or rocks. Discover the unique attributes of orchids that allow them to grow this way. 

Studio Arts Course
Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Bead weaving offers an endless possibility of stitches, designs, and color combinations to explore and create. The class focuses on how to start and finish wearable pieces, create patterns, and choose bead colors and finishes.

Studio Arts Workshop
Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Your orchids are thriving and blooming. If you’re wondering what’s next in your orchid adventure, this class is for you. Learn about the conditions necessary to raise vigorous, healthy orchids for shows—and tips on transporting competition-ready orchids.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Create a beautiful flower inspired by nature in the mosaic material of your choice. Sessions led by Bonnie Fitzgerald focus on principals of color, tone, perspective, classical and contemporary cutting techniques, and styles.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Join floral artist Arrin Sutliff to explore the spectrum of floral design. Sourcing (with a focus on sustainability), making the most of seasonal flowers, creating centerpieces, wiring techniques, bouquet-making, and photographing your work are all among the practical areas covered. 

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

The elegant script, commonly known as Copperplate, is unmatched in its usefulness for social stationery. The rhythm and grace of the letterform is used on invitations, menus, and place cards, and can take your personal correspondence to a whole new level. This beautiful script will be explored methodically throughout these class sessions.

Studio Arts Course
Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. In this beginning course, Sughra Hussainy, a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan, teaches elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

The most sculptural of all printmaking techniques, woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images composed of patterns and textures. This course introduces the relief print, from techniques of design and transfer through cutting and printing the block.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

Alcohol inks can be used on a variety of surfaces, including glossy paper, plastic, metal, and glass. Beginning painting students develop their artistic voice in classes that focus on materials and techniques. Students complete several note cards and a frameable print as they experiment with alcohol inks on a variety of surfaces.

Studio Arts Course
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

With limited time and money, artists and other small business owners need an effective content strategy that makes posting quick, easy, and impactful. Learn to use every aspect of the Instagram app (reels, stories, IGTV, posts), optimize your profile, establish your brand, and create fun and engaging posts designed to retain and grow your following.