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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.

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Wednesday, September 4 to 25, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Portraiture is a time-honored and essential tradition in art. Hone your skills in observation, color, light and shadow, and other technical foundations of the form in this class designed for all levels of painters.

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Friday, September 6 to 27, 2019 – 10:15 a.m­. to 1:15 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the history of this most luxurious and regal form of embroidery as you create a Tudor-style gilded acorn motif using materials from the goldsmith purveyors to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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Saturday, September 7 and 14, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

Event date
Saturday, September 7 to 28, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Using the Smithsonian gardens as inspiration, learn the secrets of plein air landscape and architectural painting on location. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, September 7 to 28, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Processing your own 35mm or 120mm black-and-white film is cost-effective, and typically provides better results. Get all the skills you need to begin at this information-packed, hands-on workshop.

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Saturday, September 7 and 14, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, September 8 and 15, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Get a taste of three of our most popular studio arts courses—in watercolor, drawing, and collage and mixed-media—for a single night each as you enjoy a glass of wine and stimulate the artist within.

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Thursday, September 12 to 26, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Step into the darkroom to create your own version of one the movement’s distinctive photo forms, the rayogram. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

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Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The traditional Log Cabin block offers a wonderful framework for exploring color and value contrast—and for spontaneous sewing. Learn an efficient flag-piecing technique, then finish your completed blocks as a throw or a table runner.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Whether you have never picked up a brush or haven’t painted in years, this 2-day workshop provides a solid foundation in the basics of working in oil. By the end of it, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

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Sunday, September 15 and 22, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join an orchid-care expert for an enjoyable and informative afternoon about America’s favorite household plant. The session is perfect for both experienced collectors and beginners, and you’ll take home an orchid you’ve learned to re-pot.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Capture the splendors of the Folger Shakespeare Library, one of Washington’s cultural treasures, with pencil and paper. This unique workshop offers a rare chance to practice perspective drawing, examine architectural details, and draw from masterworks in an extraordinary setting.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Spend two days investigating new techniques as you have fun creating papers for collage and other art projects. Take home a glorious collection of one-of-a-kind papers accented by acrylic, inks, stamps, and other printmaking materials.

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Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Pick up a silver stylus to learn a traditional drawing technique used by artists including da Vinci, Dürer, and Rembrandt-and that's now experiencing a revival.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Saturday, October 5 and 12, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery of Art from a knowledgeable artist. Viewings address historical and social context, as well as demystify technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Monday, October 7 to 28, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

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Thursday, October 10 to December 12, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 28)

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of cyanotypes, a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue and white print. Create your own in this unique studio arts program. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Friday, October 11, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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)

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Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

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.

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Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Use stained-glass and vitreous glass tiles to interpret a realistic image in mosaics. Learn to discern color values, identify shapes, and define planes to enhance your work.

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Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Students draw from Giambattista Tiepolo’s works to help them grasp the idea of gesture, movement, and the grouping of as well as apply their Tiepolo-inspired skills to contemporary images. All skill levels welcome. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Tuesday, October 15 and 22, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In this six-session course held at the instructor's Washington studio, explore the mysteriously compelling qualities of neon light and create your own illuminated object.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 22 to November 19, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

Event date
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Use stained-glass and vitreous glass tiles to interpret a realistic image in mosaics. Learn to discern color values, identify shapes, and define planes to enhance your work.

Event date
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

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.

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Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

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Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

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.

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Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

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.

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Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

Working in oil, acrylic, pastel, or watercolor, students focus on the purpose, approach, and techniques used to create compelling landscape paintings.

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Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

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.

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Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

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.

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Wednesday, October 16 to November 20, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

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).

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Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

The elegant and enduring Italic script has a venerable legacy. Begin your study of these versatile hand-written alphabets, which translate well into many practical and artistic applications.

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Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (no class Nov. 21 and 28)

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.

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Thursday, October 17 to November 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Get your feet and your brush wet in this course designed to introduce you to the art of painting without the intimidation of rules and methods. Students get acquainted with brushes and the watercolor medium using exercises designed by the instructor.

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Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 28)

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

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Thursday, October 17 to November 7, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

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Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 28)

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.

Event date
Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 28)

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.

Event date
Friday, October 18 to December 13, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 29)

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

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Friday, October 18 to December 13, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 29)

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)

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Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

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.

Event date
Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

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

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Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This two-session workshop offer quilters of all levels an opportunity to become familiar with the vocabulary of color and to learn how to use printed fabric to create spectacular color combinations.

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Saturday, October 19 and 26, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

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.

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Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

Create your own elegant portrait painting. Students are inspired by viewing the work of John Singer Sargent and James McNeil Whistler, combined with class lectures and demonstrations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

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.

Event date
Sunday, October 20 to December 15, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Dec. 1)

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Event date
Sunday, October 20 to December 15, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Dec. 1)

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

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Sunday, October 20 to December 15, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Dec. 1)

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.

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Sunday, October 20 to December 15, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Dec. 1)

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.

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Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 11 and Dec. 2)

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Event date
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

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.

Event date
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

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.

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Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

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.

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Monday, October 21, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This workshop focuses on the skills you need to make mittens and gloves, just in time for the holidays. Knitters learn knitting in the round; increases; using markers, using holders and counters; and how to knit thumbs and fingers. Various knitting techniques for decoration and design are discussed.

Event date
Monday, October 21 and 28, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

Event date
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

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.

Event date
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

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.

Event date
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

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)

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Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

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.

Event date
Wednesday, October 23 to November 20, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

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Thursday, October 24 to November 21, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The luminescence, rich color and texture, and quick-drying properties of encaustics have made this a favorite medium for painters for centuries. Get a solid introduction to its technical and creative possibilities as you apply the encaustic method to mixed-media projects.

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Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Showcase your writing or art in a book as unique as you are. Book artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides students as they work with a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials to craft one-of-a kind storybooks.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

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Monday, October 28 to December 2, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

This four­-session workshop 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)

Event date
Tuesday, October 29 to November 19, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Add three appliqué techniques to your quiltmaking skills as you create a fabric flower-garden wall hanging, and learn how a variety of edgings can give the perfect finishing touch to your projects.

Event date
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Take your iPhone camera skills to another level in a workshop that focuses on the ProCamera app and editing techniques; organizing, printing, and posting your photos; and a critique session on images you shoot during the day.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Working from still-life arrangements reminiscent of Cezanne’s in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Sunday, November 3 to 24, 2019 – 10:15 a.m.to  2:15 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and knit a scarf during and between classes.

Event date
Monday, November 4 and 18, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.

Event date
Wednesday, November 6 to 20, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Create three different chain designs using wire-working, forming, texturing, and fusing techniques, and take home a necklace or bracelet.

Event date
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Showcase a flat-backed stone or a personal treasure in a cold-connected pendant you design. Construct your mixed-metals piece with piercing, rivets, and a cut-and-folded prong setting.

Event date
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Sunday, November 10 and 17, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Tuesday, November 12 to Thursday, November 14, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Creating a unique bead-and-wire pendant is as easy as 1-2-3! The workshop is recommended for wire-workers of all levels.

Event date
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Create a stunning ring in textured sterling silver using a rolling mill, jeweler’s saw, and cold-connection riveting techniques.

Event date
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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.

Event date
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Working with piercing and riveting techniques, frame a favorite photo, small artwork, or even a special stamp in a pendant that’s perfect for gift-giving.

Event date
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery of Art from a knowledgeable artist. Viewings address historical and social context, as well as demystify technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Monday, November 18 to December 9, 2019 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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

Event date
Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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.

Event date
Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

Event date
Wednesday, December 11 and 18, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.