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Studio Arts: Other Media Classes

A Bird-Helper's Basket

At nesting time, nature’s weavers love to use bits and pieces of fluff and string to add to their nests. Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students in creating a charming basket for the birds in your garden.

Date of event
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

A Bird-Helper's Basket

At nesting time, nature’s weavers love to use bits and pieces of fluff and string to add to their nests. Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students in creating a charming basket for the birds in your garden.

Date of event
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.

Paper Easter Eggs

Learn a fun and fast way to create Easter eggs to decorate your home for spring. Paper dots, small pins, and an overlapping paper-piecing technique are the elements behind these delightful one-of-a-kind eggs.

Date of event
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

Paper Easter Eggs

Learn a fun and fast way to create Easter eggs to decorate your home for spring. Paper dots, small pins, and an overlapping paper-piecing technique are the elements behind these delightful one-of-a-kind eggs.

Date of event
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Pysanky: A Ukrainian Easter 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, April 11, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

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, April 13 to June 8, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class May 25)

Mosaics: Broken-Dish Portraiture

The timeless and popular technique of picassiette offers a wonderful opportunity to resurrect a chipped or damaged family heirloom by giving it a new life as the material for a mosaic portrait.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Contemporary Mosaics: From the Bottom Up

Students of all skill levels find inspiration in both the ancient art of mosaics and the form’s international movement as they are guided through the process of creating a mixed-media abstract mosaic.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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
Wednesday April 15 to June 10, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class May 20)

Sogetsu Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging

The elegance and aesthetic harmony of ikebana—Japanese flower arranging—have inspired poets and artists since its founding. In this course for beginning and continuing students, participants learn basic styles of ikebana as taught by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Japan.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to May 20, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Native Orchids

Join an orchid-care expert for a fun, informative afternoon about the native orchids that grow in the northeastern United States, where to find them in nature, and how to grow hardy orchids in your backyard.

Date of event
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Beading

In this three-night workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 21 to Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hammered Hoop Earrings

Create two pairs of earrings by hammering thick wires into a look reminiscent of sheet metal. Leave with one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

Date of event
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Introduction to Beading Intensive

In this one-day workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills.

Date of event
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Fabulous Findings and Dramatic Dangles

In this workshop, create one-of-a-kind necklaces and earring sets using wire. Students explore different designs and methods for headpins, clasps, ear wires, hoops, and charms.

Date of event
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement

Create a beautiful and unique floral gift for Mom while learning the fundamentals of floral design from Smithsonian Gardens horticulturists Sarah Tietbohl and Sarah Dickert.

Date of event
Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. Guided by a graduate of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, explore the elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition.

Date of event
Saturday, May 16 to June 27, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class May 23)

Decorative Lettering

Get an introduction to stylized lettering, including altered block letters, botanical borders, and illuminated initials with vines and flourishes.

Date of event
Thursday, May 28 to June 18, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.