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Daytime Programs
Paper Frenzy

Spend two sessions 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.

Date
Friday, March 1 and 8, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your landscape and still-life paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

Date
Monday, March 4 and 11, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Philadelphia Flower Show

Inspired by the theme Wonders of Water, the 2018 edition of the world’s largest indoor flower exhibition—all 10 colorful acres of it—celebrates the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. The legendary show is the perfect place for gardeners and flower enthusiasts to spend a day filled with beauty.

Date
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Orchids: Amazing Adaptations

Escape the winter cold and step into a floral oasis in the Kogod Courtyard with Orchids: Amazing Adaptations, featuring hundreds of stunning varieties. Join a Smithsonian Gardens staff member for a private view of the lush blooms before the space opens to the public.

Date
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
British Women Novelists: The Times of Their Lives

The fictional heroines of Fanny Burney, Jane Austen, Anne Bronte, and Elisabeth Gaskell navigate a world in which their choices, status, and freedom are in the hands of the men who rule it. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited commentary and informal discussions about four novels in which women find new ways to define themselves in England during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Date
Thursday, March 7, April 11, May 9, June 6, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.
Montgomery Meigs in Washington: Beyond the Civil War

From the Capitol dome to the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, the work of architect and builder Montgomery Meigs is still part of our region’s landscape—and our daily lives. Spend a day focused on Washington history and architecture to discover the many facets and achievements of the former Civil War officer who helped define and develop an enduring vision of the capital city.

Date
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Orchids: Amazing Adaptations

Escape the winter cold and step into a floral oasis in the Kogod Courtyard with Orchids: Amazing Adaptations, featuring hundreds of stunning varieties. Join a Smithsonian Gardens staff member for a private view of the lush blooms before the space opens to the public.

Date
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Orchids: Amazing Adaptations

Escape the winter cold and step into a floral oasis in the Kogod Courtyard with Orchids: Amazing Adaptations, featuring hundreds of stunning varieties. Join a Smithsonian Gardens staff member for a private view of the lush blooms before the space opens to the public.

Date
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 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
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 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
Monday, April 1 to May 6, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 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
Thursday, April 4 to May 30, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Spring Landscape Photography on the Potomac

Described as a national treasure, the 15-mile stretch of the Potomac River from River Bend Park to Roosevelt Island is the focus of shooting assignments in this course. After a classroom orientation session, photographers record spring’s progress from both Maryland and Virginia locations in this beautiful and ecologically significant area.

Date
Friday, April 5 to June 7, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)
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
Friday, April 5 and 12, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 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
Monday, April 8 to May 20, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A Spring Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Enjoy the beauty of a spring morning on the 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around Roosevelt Island, focusing on its woodlands, wildlife, and history.

Date
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland, home of Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations. Discover what it takes to keep the many gardens and interior plant displays looking their best all year round.

Date
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland, home of Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations. Discover what it takes to keep the many gardens and interior plant displays looking their best all year round.

Date
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Collage, Assemblage, 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
Wednesday, April 10 to May 29, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Capital Cheers: A DC Brew Tour

Washington has always been a thirsty town, with a brewing tradition stretching back centuries. Spend a day tracing its past and sampling its present as local historian Garrett Peck leads a bus tour of brew-related sites.

Date
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 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
Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)
Tapestry Weaving: Learn to Paint with Yarn

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
Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)
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
Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)
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
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Understanding Wagner

No composer changed the aesthetic landscape of the 19th century as thoroughly as did the influential and controversial Richard Wagner (1813–1883). Popular Smithsonian music lecturer Saul Lilienstein illuminates aspects of Wagner’s life, works, influence, and achievements.

Date
Tuesday, April 16 to May 21, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 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.

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition. Critiques of class and home assignments enhance the technical skills you learn. At least two photoshoot excursions outside of the classroom are scheduled.

Students must have a camera with manual controls, and a tripod is needed for the class. Bring your camera and manual to the first session.

Instructor: Andargé Asfaw

 

8 sessions; 2.5 hours each

Date
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Create a Mosaic Tapestry

Create beautiful 12-by-20-inch mosaic tapestries using glass and ceramic tiles, ball chain, costume jewelry, glass, and beads, and other items that spark the imagination.

Date
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Introduction to Drawing and Painting

In this combination course, students work from still life, architectural interiors, and landscape to translate the world of three dimensions to two through the arts of drawing and painting.

Date
Wednesday, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 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
Wednesday, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
George Washington in Alexandria

No other location is as associated with George Washington as Alexandria, a place he considered his hometown. Join author and historian Garrett Peck as he follows Washington’s footsteps through Old Town’s alleyways, rustic taverns, churches, 18th-century houses, and historic waterfront.

Date
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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
Wednesday, April 24 to May 29, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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
Thursday, April 25 to May 30, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Discovering Glass in Philadelphia

See Philadelphia in a new light as museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker opens doors to unsuspected opportunities to view glass in a wide variety of places and forms. She guides participants to three special sites: a museum, a spectacular 19th-century Masonic landmark, and a glass artist’s studio.

Date
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.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
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Knitting Circle

Expand your knitting skills and your creativity as you work with the instructor on a project, technique of special interest that intrigues you.

Date
Friday, April 26 to June 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (no class May 24)
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
Monday, April 29 and May 6, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
John Eaton: A 40th Anniversary Celebration

The pianist, vocalist, and humorist extraordinaire pays tribute to the composers whose work defines the Great American Songbook.

Date
Wednesday, May 1 to 22, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Encaustic and Mixed-Media: Elements of Nature

The encaustic method of painting combines the luminescence of watercolor, the rich color and thickness of oils, and the quick-drying benefits of acrylic. The medium can be molded, sculpted, combined with collage materials, and reworked at any time. In this workshop, ideal for all experience levels, learn to capture vibrant pigments using heated beeswax and damar resin, as well as fusing and carving in wax.

Date
Friday, May 3, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Friday, May 10 and 17, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Composition

This three­-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)

Date
Tuesday, May 7 to 21, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Draw Like Tiepolo

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)

Date
Monday, May 13 and 20, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Out and About with an Artist

Join painting instructor Adrienne Wyman for a “behind-the-easel” perspective on French and impressionist paintings exhibited at four of Washington’s leading art museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, May 16 to June 6, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
An Immersion in Nature: Japanese “Forest Bathing”—Urban Style

Learn the benefits of quiet time spent in touch with nature as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing, leads a 2-hour walk in the Smithsonian’s beautiful Enid A. Haupt Garden.

Date
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Paper Frenzy

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.

Date
Friday, May 31 and June 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.