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Daytime Programs
Richmond’s Museum District

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for a visit to Richmond’s famed Museum District, a day of guided in-depth tours of historical collections and art exhibitions, including stops at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the American Civil War Museum.

Date
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Photography: A Hands-on History

Trace the history of photography in this unique course led by art historian and photographer Patricia Howard. Sessions are enhanced by a hands-on component in which students create their own imagery using the techniques and processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, September 7 to 28, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term

Spend a morning getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court—including the courtroom where cases are argued. Then, a panel of top legal experts previews the issues that will come before the court when the new session begins in October.

Date
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Planes, Bikes, and Automobiles: A Transportation Infrastructure Tour

Discover some of the infrastructure solutions designed to combat the challenges of navigating the Washington region in a daylong tour that brings you in touch with transportation professionals at Reagan National Airport, within Arlington County, Virginia, and Capital Bikeshare.

Date
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Star Power: Inside the Michelin Guide

When the Michelin Guide, a powerful arbiter of taste, arrived in Washington in 2016, it was widely interpreted as validation of the city’s culinary pedigree. Hear about the newly selected Washington “stars” from Michael Ellis, Michelin’s international director. The program also features a conversation with several Washington chefs and a tasting.

Date
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:00 a.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, September 17 to November 5, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A Private Lunch at Sababa: Israeli Cool

Sababa is Hebrew slang for great or cool. It is also the name of a new contemporary Israeli restaurant in Cleveland Park. Sababa opens exclusively to Smithsonian guests for a family-style lunch and a glass of wine—and author and culinary expert Joan Nathan adds a dash of cultural context to the proceedings.

Date
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
Caught in the Act!

The best operatives never get caught—but some spies and insurgents get stopped in their tracks. Learn about notable arrests, captures, and expulsions from the 1960s through today from experts familiar with the maneuvers behind each successful catch.

Date
Wednesday, September 26 to October 17, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
White Canvas Over Blue Water: 500 Years of Sailing Adventure

Join transportation expert Scott Hercik in an immersive exploration into great sailing vessels, from those of the earliest explorers to today’s high-tech and high-performance speedsters. Highlights include the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, the Watermen’s Museum in historic Yorktown, and a 2-hour schooner sailing adventure. 

Date
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 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, October 4 to December 6, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Arlington National Cemetery: A Latino Legacy

The more than 400,000 service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery represent a cross-section of both the diversity of the American military and our nation itself. Jim Carr, a master Washington tour guide and author, leads a visit that focuses on Latino members represented in the cemetery.

Date
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Along the Anacostia

Kick off DC Outdoors, a new series of local hikes, by celebrating the centennial of Anacostia Park and the rich history of the riverfront community in Southeast Washington that borders it. The day includes hiking along some of the Anacostia’s most scenic spots.

Date
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 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
Tuesday, October 9 to December 4, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 20)
Verdi and the Transformation of Bel Canto Opera

Drawing on audio and video recordings, opera expert Saul Lilienstein demonstrates how the bel canto style evolved under the restless musical imagination of Giuseppe Verdi.

Date
Tuesday, October 9 to November 13, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 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
Tuesday, October 9 to December 4, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 20)
Mosaic Sugar Skulls

Bring together the art of mosaics with an iconic symbol of the Mexican Day of the Dead as you create a 2-dimensional sugar skull mosaic complete with its own hanging device.

Date
Tuesday, October 9 to December 4, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 20)
Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand

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.

Date
Tuesday, October 9 to December 4, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 20)
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, October 10 to December 5, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
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
Wednesday, October 10 to December 5, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
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, October 10 to December 5, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
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
Wednesday, October 10 to December 5, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
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, October 11 to November 15, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Arlington National Cemetery: A Latino Legacy

The more than 400,000 service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery represent a cross-section of both the diversity of the American military and our nation itself. Jim Carr, a master Washington tour guide and author, leads a visit that focuses on Latino members represented in the cemetery.

Date
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 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, October 12 to December 7, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
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, October 12 to December 7, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
Fall Landscape Photography on the Potomac: An Environmental Photography Experience

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 fall’s progress from both Maryland and Virginia locations in this beautiful and ecologically significant area.

Date
Friday, October 12 to December 7, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
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, October 12 to December 7, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
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
Friday, October 12 to December 7, 2018 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
Composition

This two­-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
Monday, October 15 to 29, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 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, October 18 to November 8, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
18th-Century Annapolis: Architecture and Decorative Arts

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for a tour of historic Annapolis, Maryland, to discover architectural gems and works of art from the eve of the American Revolution. Through visits to historic Georgian-style homes and an examination of the period’s decorative arts, Kuykendall offers a portrait of a vibrant capital city in which building, politics, art, and international commerce thrived.

Date
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Great War in Washington

Join historian and author Garrett Peck on a walk though wartime Washington. Its stops include Pershing Park, the First and Second Division monuments, the D.C. War Memorial, the spot where sheep grazed on the Ellipse, and the site where thousands of women volunteered for the American Red Cross.

Date
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Art of India: From the Indus Valley to Independence

The complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. Robert DeCaroli of George Mason University highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Thursday, November 1 to 29, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)
Self-Portraits: Painting

Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, this 3-session workshop examines the art of self-portraiture and puts techniques observed at the exhibition into practice to create beautiful, expressive self-portraits. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Monday, November 19 to December 3, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 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, November 19 and 26, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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
Monday, December 3 and 10, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.