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Studio Arts: General Art Classes

Composition

This class examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Thursday, February 20 to March 12, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Exploring the Visual Foundations and Traditions of Art

Through lectures and drawing exercises, learn how Renaissance artists used the Golden Ratio, the Rule of Thirds, three-point perspective, and the Fibonacci spiral—as well as how these elements can provide dynamic visual interest to your own compositions, no matter the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Thursday, March 5 and 12, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Out and About With an Artist: National Gallery of Art

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the National Gallery from Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts painting instructor Adrienne Wyman. Viewings address historical and social context, the artists’ lives, and demystifying the techniques and materials used to create the works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, March 9 to 30, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Out and About With an Artist: National Gallery of Art

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the National Gallery from Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts painting instructor Adrienne Wyman. Viewings address historical and social context, the artists’ lives, and demystifying the techniques and materials used to create the works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, March 9 to 30, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A Creative Writing Workshop at the Freer

Slow down and savor the experience of looking at art. Join Mary Hall Surface, founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, as you engage in detailed observations of works in the Freer’s collection and frame your reactions through descriptive writing and poetry.

Date of event
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Adult Art Camp

If you’ve always wanted to be an artist but never had the chance to make it a reality, this workshop is made for you. Recapture the yearning to create as you let loose and produce your own original artwork, explore a variety of media, and have plenty of fun.

Date of event
Saturday, April 4 to Monday, April 6, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Color Theory

Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experimentation, students enhance their experience of color as they learn about the color wheel, the Munsell color chart, and the attributes of value, chroma, and hue. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, April 13 to June 8, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 25)

Out and About with an Artist: The National Gallery of Art

In artist-led tours and talks, Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts painting instructor Adrienne Wyman offers a “behind-the-easel” perspective of masterworks at the National Gallery, focusing on portraiture and impressionism and post-impressionism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, April 25 to May 16, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Composition

This class examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Tuesday, April 28 to May 19, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Exploring the Visual Foundations and Traditions of Art

Through lectures and drawing exercises, learn how Renaissance artists used the Golden Ratio, the Rule of Thirds, three-point perspective, and the Fibonacci spiral—as well as how these elements can provide dynamic visual interest to your own compositions, no matter the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, May 2 and 9, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.