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Studio Arts: What's New

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Join mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald for an inside look at a variety of mosaic treasures at notable public sites, contemporary spaces, and federal and private buildings that contain unexpected gems in Washington, DC.

Thursday, September 3 and 10, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Erase those memories of the ’70s as you discover that micro-macramé is actually a beautiful and contemporary way of creating intricate-looking earrings, pendants, and bracelets. In this 2-part class, learn the basic knotting techniques needed to make an attractive cuff bracelet with beads of your choosing. 

Thursday, September 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take command of your photographic vision as you learn the basics of your camera’s exposure functions. Learn to control the properties of your images through the understanding of apertures, shutter speeds, depth of field, shutter motion effects, equivalent exposures, and exposure modes.

Sunday, September 6 and 13, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this two-day class, which discusses the technical elements of composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Tuesday, September 8 to 29, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Get an introduction to stylized lettering, including altered block letters, botanical borders, and illuminated initials with vines and flourishes.

Tuesday, September 8 to 29, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

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.

Wednesday, September 9 to 30, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

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)

Wednesday, September 9 to September 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Love mixed-media? Expand your repertoire by creating an array of one-off prints using acrylic paints on gel plates. Gel plates provide endless opportunities for layering patterns, color, and texture on various types of art and other found papers.

Wednesday, September 9 to 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

This 4-session course, a valuable introduction for beginners, teaches the basic skills for a strong foundation in drawing. Working with charcoal and graphite, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective.

Thursday, September 10 to 24, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Explore the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage and assemblage as you create an artwork that’s uniquely yours. The 3-session workshop, ideal for both nonartists and those with experience, is a great way to spark your creativity in two forms that offer wide possibilities for inventive expression.

Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

You don’t necessarily need great light to make a great photo. Understand the essentials  of night photography and tripods as you learn to manage longer exposure times and exposure modes and compensation, choose the right tripod, work with remote shutter-release triggers, use your camera’s self-timer, and more.

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Using direct printing and water-based printing inks, create realistic looking schools of fish or a single artistic print simply by inking a whole fish and pressing it to paper.

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Join an orchid-care expert for an enjoyable, informative, and interactive afternoon focused on America’s favorite household plant. The session is perfect for both experienced collectors and beginners and features a hands-on activity that teaches how to re-pot an orchid at home.

Thursday, September 17, 2020—6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Though flashes can be intimidating, just a bit of knowledge can make yours an invaluable photographic tool. Understand the essential basics of TTL (through-the-lens) flash photography as you learn about modes, bounce flash, exposure compensation, and using accessories.

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Textile historian Elizabeth Lay examines a trio of 19th-century British women whose exceptional skills elevated embroidery to fine-art status. Afterward, fabric artist Lauren Kingsland leads a studio project in which participants create their own Arts and Crafts–inspired embroidered needle case.

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Bring to life a tulip bouquet that requires no water, won’t be eaten by deer, and will last months or even years. Learn the skills and techniques to create realistic crepe-paper flowers petal by petal.

Monday, September 21 to Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

In this three-night workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Selecting substrates, materials, and adhesives that can endure weather year-round is the secret to successful exterior mosaics. Learn how to make those choices and find inspiration in fantastic examples of works by artists from around the world.

Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Light can make or break your photos. Understand the essentials of shooting in a natural-light setting as you learn to gauge the direction of light; recognize degree of diffusion; minimize (or emphasize) lens flare; control conditions with lens hoods, and more.