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Studio Arts: Other Media Classes

Contemporary Glass Mosaics: Realism

Use stained-glass and vitreous glass tiles to interpret a realistic image in mosaics. Learn to discern color values, identify shapes, and define planes to enhance your work.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Contemporary Glass Mosaics: Realism

Use stained-glass and vitreous glass tiles to interpret a realistic image in mosaics. Learn to discern color values, identify shapes, and define planes to enhance your work.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock

Woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. This course is an introduction to the relief print, from techniques of design and transfer through cutting and printing the block. Students design and produce their own editions, using nontoxic materials and employing both one-color and two-color techniques.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Sogetsu Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging

The elegance and aesthetic harmony of ikebana—Japanese flower arranging—have inspired poets and artists since its founding. In this course for beginning and continuing students, participants learn basic styles of ikebana as taught by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Japan.

Date of event
Wednesday, October 16 to November 20, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand

The elegant and enduring Italic script has a venerable legacy. Begin your study of these versatile hand-written alphabets, which translate well into many practical and artistic applications.

Date of event
Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (no class Nov. 21 and 28)

Decorative Lettering

Get an introduction to stylized lettering, including altered block letters, botanical borders, and illuminated initials with vines and flourishes.

Date of event
Thursday, October 17 to November 7, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. Guided by a graduate of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, explore the elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition.

Date of event
Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

Jewelry Workshop: Creative Chains

Create three different chain designs using wire-working, forming, texturing, and fusing techniques, and take home a necklace or bracelet.

Date of event
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Jewelry Workshop: Stone Settings with Cold Connections

Showcase a flat-backed stone or a personal treasure in a cold-connected pendant you design. Construct your mixed-metals piece with piercing, rivets, and a cut-and-folded prong setting.

Date of event
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alexander Calder and His Marvelous Mobiles

Enjoy a creative afternoon with sculptor Kevin Reese, exploring the colorful world of Alexander Calder’s moving art and making mobiles of your own.

Date of event
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Introduction to Beading

In this three-night workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills.

Date of event
Tuesday, November 12 to Thursday, November 14, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Wirework Workshop: An Abacus Pendant

Creating a unique bead-and-wire pendant is as easy as 1-2-3! The workshop is recommended for wire-workers of all levels.

Date of event
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Riveted Ring

Create a stunning ring in textured sterling silver using a rolling mill, jeweler’s saw, and cold-connection riveting techniques.

Date of event
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Picture Frame Pendant

Working with piercing and riveting techniques, frame a favorite photo, small artwork, or even a special stamp in a pendant that’s perfect for gift-giving.

Date of event
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Have fun as you learn the fundamentals of floral design from Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist Sarah Tietbohl. She shares design techniques as well as handy tips and tricks as you create a stunning centerpiece for your holiday dinner table, foyer, or living room.

Date of event
Monday, November 25, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Orchids for the Holidays

Take a break from the stress of the season to enjoy an entertaining and informative afternoon with an orchid expert and come away with an elegant holiday present to give to special someone on your list or to keep for yourself.

Date of event
Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Pysanky for the Holidays: Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Learn about the tradition of pysanky, the colorful Ukrainian Easter eggs, as you master the egg-waxing and dyeing processes used to create them.

Date of event
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wreath Making 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 of event
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wreath Making 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 of event
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.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 of event
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.