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Tour NPR’s state-of-the-art headquarters in DC’s vibrant NoMa neighborhood. Since its incorporation in 1970, NPR has evolved from a radio broadcaster into the nation’s largest media network. You will view the open, two-story newsroom and broadcast studios where news and programming staff produce their stories.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, April 24 to May 29, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

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Thursday, April 25 to May 30, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

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Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 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.

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Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

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Friday, April 26 to June 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (no class May 24)

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)

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Monday, April 29 and May 6, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

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Wednesday, May 1 to 22, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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.

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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.

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)

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Tuesday, May 7 to 21, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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. This session discusses Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.

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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Monday, May 13 and 20, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vessels that fought in WWII and the Spanish­-American conflict, one of the most beautiful ocean liners ever built, and lunch on a four-masted windjammer are among the attractions of a fascinating day focused on Philadelphia’s history as one of America’s great ports.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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)

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Thursday, May 16 to June 6, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.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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Friday, May 31 and June 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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. This session discusses Elisabeth Gaskell’s North and South.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.

Did you know there is rural beauty nearby to Washington that rivals the English countryside or Provence? Spend a June day with author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley as she shares some of her favorite places in a slice of paradise bordering the Frederick County line.

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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Beautiful landscapes, fountains, and flowers provide inspiration for painters in this intensive morning course held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual experimentation, students explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques, composition, and perspective.

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Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 20, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.