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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

Studio Arts Workshop
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Discover how to quickly capture a variety of subjects with loose lines and painterly colors using instructor Cindy Briggs’ quick sketch watercolors method. This “go with the flow” technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art.

Studio Arts Workshop
Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

If you venture outside the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, you discover a walkway filled with marble statues of Renaissance masters including Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Ravello. Bring a bit of Italy to your artwork as you learn to capture the likeness of a sunlit sculpture in watercolors. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Learn the secrets of plein air landscape oil painting working in the beautiful surroundings of Rock Creek Park. Students learn how to capture the spirit and essence of a fall landscape while developing strong observational painting techniques on location.

Studio Arts Workshop
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

The American West’s beautiful landscapes are best appreciated beneath expansive dark skies. Using watercolor, learn how to capture light and shadow in a nighttime scene, work with gouache to create highlights and stars, and mix colors to portray the region’s unique red-rock landscapes.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Whether you are traveling, exploring, or just adventuring through your daily life, draw the things that are important to you and start noticing the small details around you. Learn to create illustrated art journals on paper, with drawings in pen and watercolors.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Say goodbye to flat and boring painting as you learn to create patterns of light and dark in watercolor. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you’ll gain confidence in creating these contrasting elements which add magic, excitement, and drama to your work. 

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation introduce the medium of oils. Working from museum masterpieces, still-life arrangements or your own favorite photos, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing to gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore new materials and techniques in watercolor painting.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to paint expressive portraits as you improve your observational skills, the ability to see angles and shapes, and your understanding of color and value. The class emphasizes how to define a subject’s unique features by determining shapes of light and shadow.