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Studio Arts: Drawing Classes
Drawing with Silverpoint

Pick up a silver stylus to learn a traditional drawing technique used by artists including da Vinci, Dürer, and Rembrandt—and that’s now experiencing a revival.

Date
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Children’s Book Illustration

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.

Date
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to Pastel: Cezanne-Inspired Still Life Compositions

Working from still-life arrangements reminiscent of Cezanne’s in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, March 17 to 31, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Colored Pencils

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.

Date
Saturday, March 23 and 30, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Developing Your Sketchbook

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 1 to May 6, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 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, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)
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
Sunday, April 14 to June 16, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 26)
Figure Drawing and Independent Projects

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

Date
Sunday, April 14 to June 16, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 26)
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
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
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
Wednesday, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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, April 25 to May 30, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Colored Pencils

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.

Date
Saturday, April 27 and May 4, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drawing in Museums

Learning the art of copying and develop your rendering and composition skills at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, American Art Museum, and Natural History Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 27 to May 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to Pastels: Cezanne-Inspired Landscapes

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)

Date
Saturday, May 4 and 11, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Draw Like Tiepolo

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)

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