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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

Techniques in Modernist Painting

Experiment with a variety of painting styles such as cubism, suprematism, and abstract expressionism to learn practical applications of the concepts and techniques of modernism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Painting is For Everyone

If you’ve ever wanted to paint, here’s a class that offers the perfect introduction to the art—and will have you ready to pick up your brush with confidence.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Beginning Oil Painting

In this course combining lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation, gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing.

Date of event
Thursday, April 16 to June 4, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces

Explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today as you practice the skills of the masters, using their exact colors, canvas types, and paint applications. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, April 18 to June 13, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class May 23)

Introduction to Watercolor

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Date of event
Sunday, April 19 to June 14, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class May 24)

Introduction to Watercolor

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Date of event
Monday, April 27 to June 15, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class May 25)

Silk Painting

This 2-day introduction offers the rare opportunity of working in the home studio of artist Diane Tuckman, who helped introduce this ancient Chinese art to America, to learn basic techniques while creating several beautiful painted silk pieces.

Date of event
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Landscape Painting at Brookside Gardens

Beautiful landscapes, fountains, and flowers provide inspiration for painters in this intensive morning course held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual experimentation, students explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques, composition, and perspective.

Date of event
Monday, June 15 to Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Botanicals in Watercolor

In this workshop open to all levels, students discover the versatility and fluidity of working in watercolors while exploring the functional and aesthetic elements of color and design found in plants.

Date of event
Tuesday, September 8 to 29, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.