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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

In this course combining lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation, gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing.

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Wednesday, July 10 to August 14, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The light, movement, and colors of the beach have long been an inspiration for artists. In this workshop, explore the techniques of masters of seaside painting as preparation for creating your own beach memory.

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Saturday, July 13 and July 20, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

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Sunday, July 14 to August 18, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your landscape and still-life paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

In this workshop open to all levels, students discover the versatility and fluidity of working in watercolors while exploring the functional and aesthetic elements of color and design found in plants.

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Thursday, August 8 to 22, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Portraiture is a time-honored and essential tradition in art. Hone your skills in observation, color, light and shadow, and other technical foundations of the form in this class designed for all levels of painters.

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Friday, September 6 to 27, 2019 – 10:15 a.m­. to 1:15 p.m.

Using the Smithsonian gardens as inspiration, learn the secrets of plein air landscape and architectural painting on location. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, September 7 to 28, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Whether you have never picked up a brush or haven’t painted in years, this 2-day workshop provides a solid foundation in the basics of working in oil. By the end of it, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

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Sunday, September 15 and 22, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.