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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

Silk Painting

This 2-day introduction offers the rare opportunity of working in the home studio of artist Diane Tuckman, who helped introduce this ancient Chinese art to America, to learn basic techniques while creating several beautiful painted silk pieces.

Date of event
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Landscape Painting at Brookside Gardens

Beautiful landscapes, fountains, and flowers provide inspiration for painters in this intensive morning course held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual experimentation, students explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques, composition, and perspective.

Date of event
Monday, June 15 to Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Beautiful Landscapes in Watercolor and Ink

Develop your technical skills in painting landscapes that vividly capture the atmosphere and elements of a scene.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 7 to August 11, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Painting Is for Everyone

If you’ve ever wanted to paint, here’s a class that offers the perfect introduction to the art—and will have you ready to pick up your brush with confidence.

Date of event
Wednesday, July 8 to 29, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces

Explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today as you practice the skills of the masters, using their exact colors, canvas types, and paint applications. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Thursday, July 9 to August 13, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sur la Plage: Painting the Beach

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.

Date of event
Saturday, July 11 to 25, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to Watercolor

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

Date of event
Sunday, July 12 to August 16, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Oil Painting Boot Camp

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 the weekend, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

Date of event
Saturday, August 8 and 15, 2020– 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Botanicals in Watercolor

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.

Date of event
Tuesday, September 8 to 29, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.