Daytime Programs
Composition
2-Session Daytime Course

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
Wednesday, February 28 and March 7, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Collage and Mixed-Media: One-Day Workshop

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 2, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Reading the Neapolitan Quartet
4-Session Daytime Course

The novels of Elena Ferrante’s rich, intense Neapolitan Quartet have captivated readers as they follow two friends whose lives change over the course of 60 years after World War II. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about these compelling books.

Date
Monday, March 5, April 9, May 7, and June 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Paper Frenzy

Spend a day 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
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour

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 7, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Art and Kingship in Southeast Asia
5-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism, with a focus on the royal arts of the great civilizations that arose in the region. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, March 7 to April 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Feel Like an American: How the History of Emotions Reveals National Character
4-Session Daytime Course

The history of emotions is a relatively new area of study that offers a valuable tool to examine social developments and cultural trends. Historian Peter Stearns of George Mason University highlights some of the field’s core ideas as he looks at 250 years of American history through the lenses of happiness, love, shame and guilt, and anger and fear.

Date
Thursday, March 8 to 29, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour

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
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Image Transfers and Photo Alteration: Mixed-Media Workshop

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
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow
Morning Tour

One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your paths indoors and out. Get a preview of what spring will  look like on the National Mall with a visit to the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Date
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Spring Landscape Photography on the Potomac
8-Session Daytime Course

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
Monday, March 19 to May 7, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow
Afternoon Tour

One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your paths indoors and out. Get a preview of what spring will  look like on the National Mall with a visit to the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Date
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Exploring Abstraction
9-Session Daytime Course

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 5 to May 31, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia
All-Day Tour

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Ursula Wolfman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Continued Watercolor
7-Session Daytime Course

Go beyond the basics of paint application and learn how to construct strong, vibrant, personality-filled paintings as you hone your skills as a watercolor artist.

Date
Monday, April 9 to May 21, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Developing Your Sketchbook
6-Session Daytime Course

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 9 to May 14, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spring Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Enjoy the magic of a spring morning as author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac.

Date
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A Day with a Curator: Textile Treasures From the Montgomery History Collection

Get a rare close-up look some of the most important quilts, coverlets, and paisley shawls in the collection of the Montgomery County Historical Society. Curator and textile historian Elizabeth Lay considers the history, patterns, materials, and techniques reflected in these beautiful pieces. A private lunch highlights the day.

Date
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Continued Pointed-Pen Calligraphy
8-Session Daytime Course

Further explore the versatility of the pointed pen as you expand your skills in working with the elegant Copperplate script.

Date
Monday, April 16 to June 11, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class May 28)
Beginning Drawing
8-Session Daytime Course

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
Monday, April 16 to June 11, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 28)
Painting Techniques From Impressionist Women: Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot
8-Session Daytime Course

Strong women, soft palettes, bold strokes: Explore the techniques that two prominent members of the impressionist movement used to achieve their signature effects. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, April 17 to June 5, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev
6-Session Daytime Course

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire.

Date
Tuesday, April 17 to May 22, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection
2-Session Daytime Course

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
Tuesday, April 17 and 24, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood
4-Session Daytime Course

Acclaimed pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations, and performs selections from some of America’s legendary composers of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, in this engaging and entertaining series. And, of course, he always takes requests!

Date
Wednesday, April 18 to May 9, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Continued Painting
8-Session Daytime Course

Working on a personal project or from still-life and model arrangements, participants move beyond the basics to focus on discovering and developing their own unique painterly language.

Date
Wednesday, April 18 to June 6, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Painting Is for Everyone
6-Session Daytime Course

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.

Date
Wednesday, April 18 to May 23, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Introduction to Photography
8-Session Daytime Course

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, April 18 to June 6, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media
8-Session Daytime Course

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 18 to June 6, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Oil Pastels for Everyone
6-Session Daytime Course

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 19 to May 24, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Introduction to Drawing and Painting
8-session Daytime Course

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
Friday, April 20 to June 15, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class May 25)
Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain
8-Session Daytime Course

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, April 20 to June 15, 2018 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class May 25)
Tempered Glass Mosaic Collage
8-Session Daytime Course

Tempered glass is a versatile material that when used as an overlay adds a shimmer to modern mosaic art works. Students use it, as well as stained glass and other glass products, to produce sophisticated compositions filled with unexpected visual interest.

Date
Tuesday, April 24 to June 12, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Spring at the National Arboretum
All-Day Tour

Enjoy a spring day at the Arboretum, during what is usually the peak blooming time for azaleas, dogwoods, and seasonal wildflowers. The day includes a combination walking and bus tour to visit popular collections on the Arboretum grounds, a picnic box lunch on site, and special guided tours of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum and the National Herb Garden.

Date
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media One-Day Workshop

Spend a day discovering the creative possibilities of the centuries-old encaustic method, which offers rich and luminous color and great compatibility with collage materials.

Date
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Giants of the Sea: Norfolk’s Naval Heritage
All-Day Tour

Transportation expert Scott Hercik guides an immersive day at the Port of Norfolk focused on some of the world’s greatest ships and the men and women who sail them.

Date
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Composition
2-Session Daytime Course

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
Tuesday, May 15 and 22, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.