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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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Thursday, April 25 to May 30, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 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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Saturday, April 27 and May 4, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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)

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Saturday, April 27 to May 18, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 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)

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Saturday, May 4 and 11, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.

Get an overview of everything you need to know to capture natural specimens in beautiful botanical illustrations. Examples from the Smithsonian’s archives and real plant specimens enhance the workshop experience.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Degas, Manet, and Cassatt achieved remarkable portraits by employing the strong line and luminous color of pastels. Participants in this workshop are introduced to methods for achieving similar results, through sketching or a detailed portrait study. Intermediate students work in the studio with a live model and focus on the elements of portraiture and pastel technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Beginning and experienced students work directly from still-life arrangements as they explore the techniques of cross-hatching and layering of color in this one-day workshop.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.