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Studio Arts: Drawing Classes

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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Monday, July 8 to 29, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

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Tuesday, July 9 to August 20, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class July 30)

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

Event date
Wednesday, July 10 to 31, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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.

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Thursday, July 11 to August 15, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure. Open to all levels.

Event date
Thursday, July 11 to August 15, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

In this class, students will be introduced to the basic steps of how to create a convincing portrait using charcoal or graphite. All levels of experience welcomed.

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Friday, July 12 to 26, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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.

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Sunday, July 14 to August 18, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Working in Smithsonian gardens, use chalk or oil pastel to capture vibrant colors in nature and their interaction with light--in the style of impressionist Paul Cezanne. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Saturday, August 17 and 24, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

No matter what your skill level is, challenge your artistic endurance in a fun-filled, 7-hour figure-drawing marathon, featuring a work station for quick poses and one for extended work. A variety of male and female models are featured at each area, and artists may move freely between each.

Event date
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Get a hands-on overview of how versatile colored pencils can bring illustration or fine art alive with rich, vibrant color and a range of effects.

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Sunday, September 8 and 15, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Learn the foundations of bringing a story to life through pictures.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Capture the splendors of the Folger Shakespeare Library, one of Washington’s cultural treasures, with pencil and paper. This unique workshop offers a rare chance to practice perspective drawing, examine architectural details, and draw from masterworks in an extraordinary setting.

Event date
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.