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Daytime Programs
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.
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, October 31, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.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
Wednesday, November 7 to December 5, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
An Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Enjoy the beauty of an autumn 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
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Home Cooking, Cuban-style: Hot Lunch at Cuba Libre

The best food in Cuba can be found in paladares, small private restaurants generally run out of family homes. Join chef and cookbook author Guillermo Pernot as he serves up a paladares-inspired meal at his D.C. eatery, Cuba Libre.

Date
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
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.
Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park: Philadelphia’s Historic 18th-Century Neighborhood

Three of the splendid “Charms” of Fairmount Park open their doors for a holiday-season guided tour, offering an intimate look at the lives of well-to-do Philadelphians of the Revolutionary period and the evolution of domestic architecture and interiors as the Federal era began. Bill Keene leads this tour.

Date
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wreaths with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wreaths with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
Centerpieces with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a centerpiece guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park: Philadelphia’s Historic 18th-Century Neighborhood

Three of the splendid “Charms” of Fairmount Park open their doors for a holiday-season guided tour, offering an intimate look at the lives of well-to-do Philadelphians of the Revolutionary period and the evolution of domestic architecture and interiors as the Federal era began. Bill Keene leads this tour.

Date
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.