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Studio Arts: General Art Classes

Authentic, Revival, or Reproduction? A Day with a Curator at Dumbarton House

Whether you collect, live with antiques, or simply appreciate the beauty of fine craftsmanship, this special day at one of Georgetown’s most significant historic homes offers an expert-led opportunity to expand your knowledge of the history and construction of American and British furniture and its influences from 1790 to 1840.

Date of event
Friday, July 17, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.


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.