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Studio Arts: General Art Classes

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
Wednesday, September 9 to 30, 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
Monday, September 14 and 21, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.