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Indigo and Shibori

Japan and India have a long history of using brilliant blue indigo dye to apply dramatic patterns to fabric. Learn to work with this timeless natural color as you create one-of-a-kind silk scarves using the classic Japanese shibori resist-dyeing technique.

Date of event
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Off-the-Wall Assemblage

Learn to spotlight personal mementos, objects, photos, and other materials in a unique three-dimensional form that can stand alone or be wall mounted.

Date of event
Saturday, February 29 to March 21, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Palestinian Embroidery 101: Birds of Palestine on Aida Cloth

Learn the basic Palestinian cross-stitch to create a traditional bird motif on 11-count aida cloth, a project that provides insights into an artistic language created, used, and taught by women to women across the generations.

Date of event
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

Celebrating Bob Ross's Joy of Painting

No television show was more aptly named than Bob Ross’s long-running “Joy of Painting.” Join curator Eric Jentsch of the American History Museum and Sarah Strohl of Bob Ross, Inc., as they examine the artist’s continuing legacy. This program includes a morning painting class to bring home a distinctive Ross-style landscape of your own as well as a lunch break.

Date of event
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Celebrating Bob Ross's Joy of Painting

No television show was more aptly named than Bob Ross’s long-running “Joy of Painting.” Join curator Eric Jentsch of the American History Museum and Sarah Strohl of Bob Ross, Inc., as they examine the artist’s continuing legacy. This program includes a mid-afternoon painting class to bring home a distinctive Ross-style landscape of your own.

Date of event
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.

Touch Painting

This unique adult finger-painting class provides an opportunity for artist and non-artists alike to enjoy the relaxing benefits of creative art-making by getting messy with paint.

Date of event
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

Touch Painting

This unique adult finger-painting class provides an opportunity for artist and non-artists alike to enjoy the relaxing benefits of creative art-making by getting messy with paint.

Date of event
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 2:00 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.

Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting

Shooting a great photo is just the beginning. Get ready to show off your work by learning how to get your digital images printed accurately and to cut custom-sized windows in mat board. 

Date of event
Thursday, March 5 and 12, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Image Transfers and Photo Alteration

Discover a variety of methods for making and using image transfers and expanding your creative horizons with photo alteration. Both techniques can offer new dimensions and interest to your artworks.

Date of event
Friday, March 6 to 20, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A Bird-Helper's Basket

At nesting time, nature’s weavers love to use bits and pieces of fluff and string to add to their nests. Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students in creating a charming basket for the birds in your garden.

Date of event
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

Mandala Wall Hanging

Eastern sacred design meets Western textile techniques as students create a quilted mandala wall hanging based on the kolam tradition of Southern India.

Date of event
Saturday, March 7 and 14, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A Bird-Helper's Basket

At nesting time, nature’s weavers love to use bits and pieces of fluff and string to add to their nests. Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students in creating a charming basket for the birds in your garden.

Date of event
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.

Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media Intensive

Spend a day discovering the creative possibilities of the centuries-old encaustic method, which offers rich and luminous color and great compatibility with collage materials.

Date of event
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 10:30 a.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.

Introduction to iPhone Photography

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. Learn to make the most of your iPhone’s camera, starting with essential photography basics and moving on to some of the best apps, camera accessories, and low-cost tools for editing and image management.

Date of event
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date of event
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Introduction to iPhone Photography

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. Learn to make the most of your iPhone’s camera, starting with essential photography basics and moving on to some of the best apps, camera accessories, and low-cost tools for editing and image management.

Date of event
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Introduction to Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is now the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images, usable for both RAW and JPEG image files. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules for organizing and editing your files.

Date of event
Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Inspirational Quilts of Gee's Bend

Explore the cultural history behind the vivid abstract quilts made in this distinctive rural Alabama community for generations, and try your hand at a quilting project in the Gee’s Bend spirit.

Date of event
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:30 a.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.

Monoprints Without a Press

Love mixed media? This workshop offers the perfect way to expand your repertoire by creating an array of one-off prints using acrylic paints and other materials.

Date of event
Friday, March 27 and April 3, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.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.

Paper Easter Eggs

Learn a fun and fast way to create Easter eggs to decorate your home for spring. Paper dots, small pins, and an overlapping paper-piecing technique are the elements behind these delightful one-of-a-kind eggs.

Date of event
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

Paper Easter Eggs

Learn a fun and fast way to create Easter eggs to decorate your home for spring. Paper dots, small pins, and an overlapping paper-piecing technique are the elements behind these delightful one-of-a-kind eggs.

Date of event
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Pysanky: A Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating

Learn about the tradition of pysanky, the colorful Ukrainian Easter eggs, as you master the egg-waxing and dyeing processes used to create them.

Date of event
Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy

The elegant script commonly known as Copperplate is unmatched in its usefulness for social stationery. Beginning with basic tools and mechanics, students discover how to develop their skills and to recognize the small details that make this style of writing so appealing.

Date of event
Monday, April 13 to June 8, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class May 25)

Figure Sculpture

Learn clay techniques and gain an understanding of the human body, gestures, and expressions as you sculpt a portrait, torso, or full-figure piece by working from life.

Date of event
Monday, April 13 to June 8, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class May 25)

Tapestry Weaving

Develop skills in a range of weaving techniques as you design and create a one-of-a kind miniature tapestry on a small-frame loom.

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

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)

Beginning Sculpture

Students work in clay to create portraits from plaster casts and a live model as they develop a basic understanding of the principles and techniques of sculpture.

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

Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom

This course provides a thorough introduction to the 35mm camera and the basics of photo darkroom techniques. Students learn how to use the camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print.

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

Introduction to Studio Portraiture

This photography course is designed for those who want to learn how to create portraits of men and women, using the special lighting controls of the studio.

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

Portrait Drawing

In this class, students will be introduced to the basic steps of how to create a convincing portrait using charcoal or graphite. All levels of experience welcomed.

Date of event
Monday, April 13 to May 18, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Introduction to Photography II

Whether you work digitally or on film, this course is ideal for students who are familiar with their cameras but are interested in expanding their understanding of photography fundamentals.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Techniques in Modernist Painting

Experiment with a variety of painting styles such as cubism, suprematism, and abstract expressionism to learn practical applications of the concepts and techniques of modernism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Mosaics: Broken-Dish Portraiture

The timeless and popular technique of picassiette offers a wonderful opportunity to resurrect a chipped or damaged family heirloom by giving it a new life as the material for a mosaic portrait.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Beginning Drawing

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Contemporary Mosaics: From the Bottom Up

Students of all skill levels find inspiration in both the ancient art of mosaics and the form’s international movement as they are guided through the process of creating a mixed-media abstract mosaic.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Introduction to Photography

Whether you want work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Two on-location shoots offer chances to put your new skills into practice.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock

Woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. This course is an introduction to the relief print, from techniques of design and transfer through cutting and printing the block. Students design and produce their own editions, using nontoxic materials and employing both one-color and two-color techniques.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain

Popular theory on right side brain activity holds that the right brain is primarily responsible for the intuitive understanding of visual and spatial relationships. Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, this class provides a set of visual exercises to help build the ability to draw.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Introduction to Photography

Whether you want work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Two on-location shoots offer chances to put your new skills into practice.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Altered Books: Drawing and Painting in Collage and Mixed-Media

Create your own story as you learn to upcycle book pages as surfaces for drawing, painting, and collage using gelatin plate prints, textures, photo transfers, drawing, painting, and text redaction.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Introduction to Calligraphy: The Foundational Hand

The elegance of hand-lettered calligraphy is unmatched by machine. This class gives students a chance to learn the basics of this graceful and stylish art in a relaxed and supportive setting.

Date of event
Wednesday April 15 to June 10, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class May 20)

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, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Continued Drawing

As an investigation of drawing beyond the introductory level, this course offers practice in using traditional media. Sessions focus on the four traditional subjects of drawing (still-life, landscape, portrait, and figure).

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Collage and Mixed-Media

Students are introduced to the materials, tools, and technologies used in collage and assemblage. They find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Open Darkroom Plus

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sogetsu Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging

The elegance and aesthetic harmony of ikebana—Japanese flower arranging—have inspired poets and artists since its founding. In this course for beginning and continuing students, participants learn basic styles of ikebana as taught by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Japan.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to May 20, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Oil Pastels

Both beginners and seasoned artists can learn to take advantage of the creative possibilities of this rich pigmented, vibrant, and versatile medium.

Date of event
Thursday, April 16 to May 21, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploring Abstraction

Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create exciting and innovative works of art, using a series of drawing and painting exercises designed to examine non-traditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter.

Date of event
Thursday, April 16 to June 4, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Beginning Oil Painting

In this course combining lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation, gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing.

Date of event
Thursday, April 16 to June 4, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Open Darkroom Plus

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date of event
Thursday, April 16 to June 4, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Figure Drawing and Independent Projects

Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure. Open to all levels.

Date of event
Friday, April 17 to June 12, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class May 22)

Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive

Explore the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage and assemblage as you create an artwork that’s uniquely yours. The 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.

Date of event
Friday, April 17 and 24, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Women of the Arts and Crafts Movement

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.

Date of event
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 1:00 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
Saturday, April 18 to June 13, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class May 23)

Open Darkroom Plus

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date of event
Saturday, April 18 to June 13, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class May 23)

Knitting in Living Color

Ready to take your knitting to the next creative level? Spend a day exploring color techniques with expert Ann Richards and find inspiration for your new projects.

Date of event
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:15 a.m.

Open Darkroom Plus

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date of event
Saturday, April 18 to June 13, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 23)

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date of event
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Beginning Drawing

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

Date of event
Sunday, April 19 to June 14, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class May 24)

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, April 19 to June 14, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class May 24)

On-Location Photography

Great shoots start with great locations—and Washington offers plenty of unbeatable visual inspiration. Learn to capture this vibrant city and sharpen your way of thinking about shooting outdoors as you deploy a minimal amount of equipment and a lot of fresh perspective.

Date of event
Sunday, April 19 to June 14, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 24)

Native Orchids

Join an orchid-care expert for a fun, informative afternoon about the native orchids that grow in the northeastern United States, where to find them in nature, and how to grow hardy orchids in your backyard.

Date of event
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Developing Your Sketchbook

Boost your creativity and record your thoughts and visual observations of the world around you—and in the process transform your sketchbook into a powerful expression of your inner self.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 21 to May 26, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Introduction to Beading

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.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 21 to Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hammered Hoop Earrings

Create two pairs of earrings by hammering thick wires into a look reminiscent of sheet metal. Leave with one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

Date of event
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Introduction to Beading Intensive

In this one-day 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.

Date of event
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

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.

Fabulous Findings and Dramatic Dangles

In this workshop, create one-of-a-kind necklaces and earring sets using wire. Students explore different designs and methods for headpins, clasps, ear wires, hoops, and charms.

Date of event
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Build a Tiny House

It takes a village! In a 2-day workshop, students construct their own tiny houses, which they personalize working in paper-mache, acrylics, and mixed-media.

Date of event
Sunday, April 26 and May 3, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Crepe Paper Flower Making

This spring, 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.

Date of event
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 1:00 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
Monday, April 27 to June 15, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class May 25)

Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media Intensive

Discover the creative possibilities of the centuries-old encaustic method, which offers rich and luminous color and great compatibility with collage materials.

Date of event
Monday, April 27 and May 4, 2020 – 10:30 a.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.

Mastering Exposure

Take your skills beyond auto mode as you explore a myriad of your digital camera’s exposure options and features in this workshop designed for intermediate photographers.

Date of event
Thursday, April 30 to May 28, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Indigo and Shibori

Japan and India have a long history of using brilliant blue indigo dye to apply dramatic patterns to fabric. Learn to work with this timeless natural color as you create one-of-a-kind silk scarves using the classic Japanese shibori resist-dyeing technique.

Date of event
Friday, May 1, 2020 - 10:00 a.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.

Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

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.

Date of event
Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition

This intermediate-level photography course offers a better understanding of compositional elements and practices—such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting—that promote taking better and more unique photographs.

Date of event
Monday, May 4 to June 8, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 25)

Indigo and Shibori

Japan and India have a long history of using brilliant blue indigo dye to apply dramatic patterns to fabric. Learn to work with this timeless natural color as you create one-of-a-kind silk scarves using the classic Japanese shibori resist-dyeing technique.

Date of event
Friday, May 8, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Quilting for Beginners: A Small Handmade Quilt

Learn the basics of hand-stitched quilt-making—including piecing, applique, and finishing techniques—as you work on a small-scale piece that can be used as a doll quilt or a wall hanging.

Date of event
Saturday, May 9 and 16, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Colored Pencils

Get a hands-on overview of how versatile colored pencils can bring illustration or fine art alive with rich, vibrant color and a range of effects.

Date of event
Sunday, May 9 and 16, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement

Create a beautiful and unique floral gift for Mom while learning the fundamentals of floral design from Smithsonian Gardens horticulturists Sarah Tietbohl and Sarah Dickert.

Date of event
Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

Painting and Printing: Leaves Two Ways

Transform contour drawings of leaf shapes into transparent watercolor paintings. Then, use a walking press to make leaf prints on a variety of papers using water-based ink.

Date of event
Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Back-to-Basics Boot Camp for Knitters

Whether you know how to knit a scarf but not much more, used to knit but now feel rusty, or are confident in your beginning knitting skills but want to make sure you're ready for an intermediate class or project, this workshop is for you.

Date of event
Friday, May 15, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. Guided by a graduate of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, explore the elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition.

Date of event
Saturday, May 16 to June 27, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class May 23)

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date of event
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Decorative Lettering

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

Date of event
Thursday, May 28 to June 18, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 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
Thursday, May 28 to June 18, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is now the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images, usable for both RAW and JPEG image files. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules for organizing and editing your files.

Date of event
Saturday, May 30 and May 31, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Colored Pencils II

This one-day workshop is for students who have attended the Colored Pencil workshop or for those with experience who feel their skill may need a boost with this versatile medium.

Date of event
Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

Nuno-Felted Scarf

Nuno, the Japanese word for fabric, lends itself to the name of one of the newest textile trends. Create a one-of-a-kind nuno-felted scarf and explore variations on this unique and versatile technique used to create accessories, jewelry, wall hangings, curtains, and other projects.

Date of event
Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 10:15 a.m.

Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

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.

Date of event
Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Children’s Book Illustration

Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Learn the foundations of bringing a story to life through pictures.

Date of event
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs

You’ve got a great portfolio of photos. What’s next? This valuable session covers how to prepare your images to exhibit or sell, get them seen by the public, and effectively market your work.

Date of event
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

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.

Necktie Quilts: Repurposed Finery

Get a jump on Father’s Day by giving a new life to the fabulous silks found in men’s neckties in both traditional pieced-quilt patterns and contemporary art quilts.

Date of event
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting

Shooting a great photo is just the beginning. Get ready to show off your work by learning how to get your digital images printed accurately and to cut custom-sized windows in mat board.

Date of event
Tuesday, June 9 and 16, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Knitted Botanicals

Capture the color, texture, and grace of plants and flowers in your knitting. This workshop teaches techniques to make flowers, leaves, and vines, all perfect to use in your next knitted garment or art project. 

Date of event
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date of event
Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Figure Drawing One-Day Marathon

No matter what your skill level is, challenge your artistic endurance in a fun-filled, 7-hour figure-drawing marathon, featuring a work station for quick poses and one for extended work. A variety of male and female models are featured at each area, and artists may move freely between each.

Date of event
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.