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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

Studio Arts Course

Figures in Watercolor

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take the fear out of painting figures as you learn to see the important relationships between shape and color that help to make painting figures a breeze. All levels are welcome.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Watercolor

Sunday, July 10, 2022 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts Course

The Magic of Light and Shadow in Watercolor

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn to create patterns of light and dark in watercolor through demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

Studio Arts Course

Watercolor Techniques and Textures

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Take your paintings to the next level by learning watercolor techniques to create washes and contrasting textured areas using drybrush, splattering, lifting, and more.

Studio Arts Course

Color Stories Journal

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET

Explore your relationship to individual colors and how they connect to many facets of your life. Practice simple and playful acrylic painting techniques incorporating all the colors of the spectrum, plus black and white. Then, begin to record personal stories in a journal to use every day.

Studio Arts Course

Painting and Collage: Landscapes

Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Try your hand at a mixed-media approach to the popular subject of landscapes. Experiment with layering pre-printed and handmade papers, fabric, and textured materials to create vibrant compositions featuring natural and built environments.

Studio Arts Course

Watercolor Workshop: Colors of Collioure

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Explore the charming French Mediterranean coastal village of Collioure in watercolor. Focus on painting the variety of shapes and details of the ever-present fishing boats and their colorful watery reflections.

Studio Arts Course

Botanical Illustration: Watercolor Flowers

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Learn watercolor techniques specific to botanical illustration, including dry brushing and creating small details, while working from sketches or photos of real flowers.

Studio Arts Course

Abstract Watercolor for Beginners

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Learn to embrace and celebrate the unpredictability, versatility, and beauty of watercolor. Class discussions cover supplies; color theory, palettes and pigment control; and various exercises and experiments to achieve different effects.

Studio Arts Course

Animal Portraits

Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Capture the essence of your favorite animal or pet in a one-of-a-kind acrylic portrait filled with color, personality, and affection.

Studio Arts Course

Fall Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oil - In Person

Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 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.