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Your newest link to our world of learning

Welcome to Smithsonian Associates Streaming, a new digital platform for the high-quality, engaging and varied programs that you’ve come to expect from us.

We invite you to join us from the comfort of your home as we present individual programs, multi-part courses, studio arts classes, and virtual study tours inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions. We’re excited to present this new aspect of our 55 years as the world’s largest museum-based educational program—and to have you be an important part of our future growth.

Explore all our offerings in this month's digital program guide.

Lecture/Seminar

Almost Lost to History: King Tut and His Tomb

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson examines the life and times of Tutankhamun, as revealed by the artifacts preserved in his tomb. She also uses the objects to uncover the scandalous heritage of the famous boy-king who was erased from Egypt’s own history, only to find immortality in the modern world.

Course

Great Composer-Pianists: Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin guides a unique series that explores the creative minds—and hands—of a quartet of piano pioneers celebrated for their prowess as composers and performers. Each lecture includes a live performance of a work by the spotlighted composer. This program focuses on Ludwig van Beethoven.

Studio Arts Course

Creating a Tunnel Book

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Learn paper cutting, collage, and other techniques as you create a 3-dimensional  tunnel book that tells its story through several layers.

Lecture/Seminar

Italian Olive Oil: From Sacred Grove to Contemporary Art

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Olive trees, their branches, and their fruit have been featured in the art of the Mediterranean for thousands of years. Join Italian artist Francesco Ciavaglioli, Rome-based curator Cornelia Lauf, and Luanne Savino O’Loughlin, an importer and retailer for Olio2Go, as they showcase the ancient bonds between agriculture and art in a lively visual journey that engages the senses.

Course

From William I to George VI: Five Kings who Shaped England and the Monarchy

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

The story of Britain can’t be told without its kings. William the Conqueror, Edward III, Henry VII, George III, and George VI stand out as pivotal figures who redefined and reset the future course of their country. Historian and Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger traces England’s history through the reigns of those transformative sovereigns.

Lecture/Seminar

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

When Billie Holiday stepped in front of a microphone, audiences heard more than a one-of-a-kind voice: She revealed a life, in all its pain and triumph. Jazz expert John Edward Hasse follows Holiday’s extraordinary journey from abused Baltimore girl to troubled but brilliant singer.

Lecture/Seminar

Overfed, Overpaid, Oversexed—Over there: Yanks in Britain in World War II

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Between 1942 and 1945, nearly two million young Americans were sent to Britain to join the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. There was an inevitable clash of cultures. Even so, the partnership worked. Historian Kevin Matthews explores what Winston Churchill called the “special relationship.”

Lecture/Seminar

Edward S. Curtis: A Complicated Photographic Legacy

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The North American Indian, Edward S. Curtis’s 20-volume collection of photographs and ethnography contains some of the finest images ever captured of Native Americans and the landscapes on which they practiced their traditional rites during the early 20th century. In recent years, though, Curtis has been accused of appropriating American Indian culture, manipulating and romanticizing his subjects, and transgressing the boundaries of the sacred. Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson explores Curtis’s 30-year project of a lifetime and the questions it raises today.  

Lecture/Seminar

Palladio: Designing the Renaissance

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Italian Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo explores the life and career of Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), arguably the most influential architect in the Western world. His works range from magnificent villas in the Veneto to churches in Venice. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Italy off the Beaten Path: Regions and Varieties for Your Vinous Radar

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Expand your knowledge of the world of wine as you sip along with sommelier Erik Segelbaum in an exploration of Italian wines, grapes, and regions that should be on every wine-lover's radar. Part of a 3-session spring series, this immersive program includes a curated personal tasting kit to enhance the experience.

Studio Arts Workshop

Introduction to iPhone Photography

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. Learn to make the most of your iPhone’s camera, starting with essential photography basics and moving on to some of the best apps, camera accessories, and low-cost tools for editing and image management.

Studio Arts Workshop

Fabric Printing with Natural Materials

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Use colorful Akua water-based printmaking ink to create evocative spring-themed prints on fabric.

Lecture/Seminar

How To Read Great Literature

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

The writings of authors from Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare to James Joyce, Marcel Proust, and Toni Morrison, among many others, have an enduring connection with readers. But how do we find our way into the worlds they create? Literature professor Joseph Luzzi offers a fascinating guide to reading and interpreting celebrated works, past and present.

Studio Arts Workshop

Coptic Binding and History

Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The nearly 2,000-year-old art of Coptic stich binding is still used in contemporary book binding. Create a Coptic-bound journal and learn about Coptic language, literature, and book culture in a class that is perfect for beginners interested in art, history, and bookbinding.

Course

The Intersection of Art and Literature: Édouard Manet and Émile Zola - A Portrait of a Friendship

Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

In this spring series, David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, examines how artists can find power in both words and images. This session looks at the revealing friendship of Édouard Manet and Émile Zola. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Lost Civilizations: The Goths

Monday, May 23, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

London-based historian David Gwynn examines the contradictory legacy of the Goths, portrayed as both barbaric destroyers and heroic champions of liberty. He brings together the interwoven stories of the original Goths and the diverse Gothic heritage, providing new insight into the complicated history of this great lost civilization.

Course

Indiana Jones: The Men Behind the Myth

Monday, May 23, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The Indiana Jones series is one of the most popular and iconic film franchises in the history of Hollywood. But just how accurate is it? In a 3-session series, historian Justin M. Jacobs explores the centuries of key figures and perspectives that influenced the creation of this cinematic hero, revealing how the films diverge or converge with historical realities. This session focuses on the Indiana Jones film francise compared to historical realities.

Lecture/Seminar

The Rise of Supertall Buildings

Monday, May 23, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The most tangible expression of the new urban age is “supertall” buildings, megastructures that are dramatically bigger, higher, and more ambitious than any in history. Author and architect Stefan Al, who has worked on some of the largest buildings in the world, reveals the advancements in engineering, design, and data science that have led to this worldwide boom.

Lecture/Seminar

Daily Life in Old English: Gems from a Long-ago Language

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Hana Videen has been collecting Old English words since 2013, when she began tweeting one a day to her now more than 20,000 followers. She opens her wordhord to reveal a fascinating trove of obsolete words and uses them to illuminate the lives of the earliest English speakers, a world where milk comes from a cu and you might grow up to be a laughter-smith.

Studio Arts Course

Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

Course

Great Composer-Pianists: Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin guides a unique series that explores the creative minds—and hands—of a quartet of piano pioneers celebrated for their prowess as composers and performers. Each lecture includes a live performance of a work by the spotlighted composer. This program focuses on Fryderyk Chopin.

Lecture/Seminar

Hans Christian Andersen: Tales That Enchant and Haunt

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman explore the strange, sometimes melancholy life of the man whose fairy tales the world grew to love, even though the recognition he craved often eluded him during his own lifetime. They examine his works, his literary influences, and his motivations, as well as why his enduring stories continue to be told—and re-told in modern adaptations.

Lecture/Seminar

Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Why do Americans care so much about statues? And who gets to decide which ones should stay up and which should come down?  Author Erin L. Thompson traces the turbulent history of American monuments and the complex mix of aesthetic, legal, political, and social issues involved in the contemporary battles they spark.

Lecture/Seminar

The Equal Rights Amendment: Shifting Meanings in American Politics

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The Equal Rights Amendment survives today as a cherished goal of many feminists, though some remain cool, and conservative opposition continues. Historian Robyn Muncy examines the wild twists and turns in the story of the ERA from 1923 to 2022.

Lecture/Seminar

Arlington National Cemetery: A History of Honor

Friday, May 27, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most sacred spaces in a region filled with memorials and monuments. Jim Carr, a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel, offers an overview of its history, traditions, and heritage and examines what sets Arlington National Cemetery apart from other cemeteries in the world.

Lecture/Seminar

Africa’s Struggle for Its Art: Reclaiming a Stolen Heritage

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

For decades, African nations have fought for the return of countless works of art stolen during the colonial era and placed in Western museums. Shortly after 1960, when 18 former colonies in Africa gained independence, a movement occurred to pursue repatriation. Art historian Bénédicte Savoy reveals this largely unknown but deeply important history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

The Cemeteries of World War II: How We Chose To Honor Our Dead

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Four hundred thousand Americans lost their lives during the Second World War, many of whom are buried in national cemeteries in the continental United States, as well as others across the globe. Historian Christopher Hamner surveys the design and character of several of those cemeteries and examines how decisions made in the late 1940s and ’50s helped shape the way Americans remember that conflict.

Lecture/Seminar

The Ritchie Boys, Nisei, and WWII: The Language of War

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

During World War II, two groups of unconventional recruits from the Military Intelligence Training Service brought invaluable linguistic skills to their work as translators, interpreters, and interrogators: young European Jewish refugees and second-generation Japanese Americans. Historian David Frey tells the story of their wartime contributions and their enduring effects on the culture and politics of the Cold War-era.

Course

Great Composer-Pianists: Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin guides a unique series that explores the creative minds—and hands—of a quartet of piano pioneers celebrated for their prowess as composers and performers. Each lecture includes a live performance of a work by the spotlighted composer. This program focuses on Johannes Brahms.

Studio Arts Workshop

Smithsonian Knits: The War Years

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Take a deep dive into the creation and accession of 6 knitted items from the Smithsonian collection—and discover the iconic fashions and fascinating histories they represent.

Studio Arts Course

Macro Photography

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take a much closer look at your photographic subjects through the art of macro photography. Get an introduction the technique’s aesthetics and design, as well technical tips on lenses, close-up focusing distance, depth of field, tripod use, lighting, and other key elements.

Lecture/Seminar

How to Travel Again 2.0: More Up-to-the-Minute Expert Tips

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The pandemic continues to upend the travel industry—and nearly everyone’s getaway plans. To assist aspiring travelers, Washington Post travel writer Andrea Sachs; Pauline Frommer, editorial director of Frommer’s Guidebooks; and a representative of the State Department offer a field guide to this new and sometimes-confounding landscape and share the best resources for staying safe, healthy, and well-informed so you can relax on your long-overdue trip.

Studio Arts Course

Landscape Quilting: The Virtual Vacation

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Re-create a vacation spot—real or imagined—in fabric. By hand or machine, appliqué basic shapes onto a pieced foundation, then add details with quilting, hand or machine embroidery, and embellishments.

Studio Arts Course

Focus and Depth of Field

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Sharpen your knowledge of focus and depth of field through in-class discussion and homework assignments. Gain a better understanding of focus modes, area modes, and hyperfocal distance/focusing. DSLR, mirrorless, and film cameras are welcome.

Studio Arts Course

Watercolor Workshop: Cinque Terre

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Working from images of the Italian Cinque Terre village, Vernazza, discover how to capture the essence of a complex scene as you paint.

Lecture/Seminar

Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

For decades, the specter of homosexuality haunted Washington: The mere suggestion someone might be gay destroyed reputations, ended careers, and ruined lives. James Kirchick discusses individuals who courageously decided that the source of their private shame could instead be galvanized for public pride.

Lecture/Seminar

Destination Cities: Santa Fe

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Santa Fe offers something for everyone, especially travelers interested in art, wellness, history, and outdoor adventures. PBS television host Darley Newman shares great tips for getting the most out of your visit and uncovers some of the locally loved hidden gems that you might overlook.

Studio Arts Course

Color Theory for Embroidery Artists

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Find your personal sense of color confidence while learning to apply color to embroidery art as would a painter using pigments and a palette.

Studio Arts Workshop

Cards for Dads

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

In this workshop, create cards that celebrate all of life’s events with a nod to the masculine. Attention is given to card construction, sentiments, a bit of masking, and statement embellishments. Beginners and experienced card makers are welcome

Studio Arts Workshop

Hands-On History of Photography: The Cyanotype 

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of cyanotypes, a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue and white print. Create your own in this unique studio arts program. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Upcycled Jewelry with Alternate Materials

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn to convert scraps of metal, fabric, and paper destined for the trash (or recycling) bin into unique pieces of wearable art as you add new techniques to your jeweler’s toolbox.

Studio Arts Course

Sustainable Closet: Mending and Darning

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Find out how to make your clothes last longer by using a host of sustainable fiber practices. They are one part of a new lifestyle that embraces a “regenerative” economy rather than an extraction-based one. Consider taking this class as a step in the right direction for our world and future generations.

Lecture/Seminar

Lost Civilizations: The Phoenicians

Monday, June 6, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The Phoenicians might not have survived the turmoil of antiquity, but their legacy endures. Yet, despite their many achievements, they remain an enigma. Author and lecturer Vadim S. Jigoulov, addresses the questions surrounding Phoenician identity, describes the scope of their maritime exploits, and discusses their portrayals in works by Greek and Jewish authors.

Lecture/Seminar

Dangerous Music

Monday, June 6, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Too political, too sensuous, too crude, too abstract: Works by even the most celebrated of composers—including Mozart, Beethoven, and Stravinsky—became targets for outrage and censorship. Lecturer and concert pianist Rachel Franklin looks at several once-controversial musical works and the uproars, scandals, and even brawls they inspired during their times.

Course

Seeing History Through Artists’ Eyes

Monday, June 6, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Artists such as Picasso, David, and Goya came to grips with the political upheavals of their day with heroic and searing images that elicit our admiration or moral outrage. Art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the complex interplay between artistic expression and social and political content through the centuries. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Image Transfers and Photo Alteration

Monday, June 6, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Discover a variety of methods for making and using image transfers and expanding your creative horizons with photo alteration. Both techniques can offer new dimensions and interest to your artworks.

Lecture/Seminar

From the Hays Code to X-Rated Movies: A History of Hollywood Censorship

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

From its beginnings, motion pictures have delighted the public—and upset civic and religious authorities who felt that movies needed to be regulated to protect “innocent” minds and discourage immorality. Media expert Brian Rose surveys years of movie censorship and the many ways Hollywood has tried to deal with this ever-evolving issue.

Lecture/Seminar

Dead Sea Scrolls: Determining Their Legitimacy

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

After supposed fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls purchased by wealthy evangelical collectors were discovered to be fake, questions about the methods and ethics involved in validating ancient textual fragments have divided scholars and institutions. Colette Loll, a leading art-fraud expert, explains new scientific protocols designed to restore confidence in the arcane world of authenticating textual artifacts and delves into how ideological biases affect the way collectors and experts view important religious materials.

Studio Arts Workshop

Mosaic and Architectural Treasures of Barcelona

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald offers a close-up and colorful look at Barcelona’s beautiful mosaic installations and unique architecture, spotlighting buildings in Antonio Gaudi’s signature modernist style and works by Catalan architect and artist Lluis Domènech i Montaner.

Studio Arts Course

Botanical Illustration: Succulents and Cacti in Graphite

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Use traditional botanical illustration techniques such as continuous tone, parallel line, and scumble to build 3D shading and texture, to create a realistic line drawing working with graphite.

Lecture/Seminar

The Presence of Mister Rogers: Preserving Humanity in the Digital Age

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Fred Rogers’ extraordinary capacity to connect with his audience made him an endearing figure to the millions of children (and grown-ups) who watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over its 33-year run. Steven M. Emmanuel of Virginia Wesleyan University examines how Rogers was able to create a personal presence that radiated care, compassion, and humanity in the impersonal medium of television—and finds lessons for today.

Lecture/Seminar

The War that Made the Roman Empire

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

After Julius Caesar’s assassination, Romans wondered who would rule Rome? Would it be his former lieutenant, Mark Antony, or chosen heir Octavian? Historian Barry Strauss shines a new light on the campaign that proved pivotal for the leadership of Rome, as well as the three players at the heart of a fascinating narrative of jealousy, violence, love, deception, and desperation.

Studio Arts Course

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this workshop, which provides a solid introduction to these cameras’ features and potential.

Lecture/Seminar

Papal Avignon

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

The first pope’s arrival in Avignon in 1309 changed both the papacy and this French city on the Rhône forever—and not always for the better. Charlie Steen, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, explores this alternative court and how lavish expenditure on art, architecture, and entertainment by popes created a hedonistic rather than a pious environment.

Lecture/Seminar

Palimpsests: Hidden Texts Revealed by Technology

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET

Palimpsests—parchment manuscripts that have had their original text scrubbed off and overwritten—are now sharing long-held secrets through technologies adapted from satellite imaging, medicine, and other fields. Michael B. Toth of R. B. Toth Associates leads a fascinating scientific and historical trek as he reviews how he and his teams have brought forgotten early texts to light in projects that span that globe.

Lecture/Seminar

Reptiles and Amphibians: A Closer Look

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Join naturalist and salamander enthusiast Matt Felperin for an introduction to the fascinating world of herpetofauna, or “herps.” Otherwise known as reptiles and amphibians, these largely misunderstood animals are more interesting than you have probably imagined them to be.

Studio Arts Course

Palestinian Embroidery, Storytelling, and Resilience

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Palestinian embroidery, or tatreez, is centuries-old textile art traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea. Explore the history and evolution of traditional costuming, the transformation of the art form, and the preservation and study of Palestinian embroidery today.

Studio Arts Course

Animal Portraits

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.

Lecture/Seminar

When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

In June 1940, German tanks entered Paris, the first militant step in what would stretch into four years of foreign occupation. Historian and author Ronald C. Rosbottom examines the era from the first days through the last as he reveals details of daily life in a wartime city under military and civilian occupation, and the brave people who fought against it.

Lecture/Seminar

Beer: A Taste of American History

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Theresa McCulla, curator of the American Brewing History Initiative at the National Museum of American History, traces the development of American beer through artifacts from Smithsonian collections and offers a guided tasting of four beer styles that flow through brewing history from the 1700s to today.

Lecture/Seminar

Royal Rivals: The Cartiers and Fabergé

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

When the French jewelry firm Cartier and Russian Carl Fabergé decided to open showrooms abroad—on the same street in London—the scene was set for an epic international battle. Join curator Kieran McCarthy, a Fabergé specialist, and author Francesca Cartier Brickell, a Cartier descendant, for a sumptuously illustrated talk about the relationship and rivalry between two of the greatest names in luxury in the early 20th century.

Studio Arts Course

Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Explore the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage and assemblage as you create an artwork that’s uniquely yours. The two-day workshop, ideal for both nonartists and those with experience, is a great way to spark your creativity in two forms that offer wide possibilities for inventive expression.

Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Mary Hall Surface, founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, leads three online workshops that spotlight a diverse range of artworks chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels. This session focuses on memory, identity, and setting.

Lecture/Seminar

Art + History: Evening Encores

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

If you’ve not experienced Paul Glenshaw’s dynamic series Art + History, in which he examines great works of art in their historical context, now’s your chance. In this summer series, he reprises six of his earlier daytime sessions in livestreamed evening programs. In this session, Glenshaw discusses Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

The History of Vaccines

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Though humanity has benefited from them for more than two centuries, the pathway to effective vaccines has been neither neat nor direct. Medical historian Howard Markel traces the history of vaccines and immunization from its late-18th-century beginnings and how it may inform long-term solutions to contemporary problems with vaccine research, production, and supplies.

Lecture/Seminar

La Brea Tar Pits: Peril and Promise

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

In the heart of Los Angeles, geologic processes created the La Brea Tar Pits, the richest Ice Age fossil site on Earth. Learn what happened to this lost world, and what it means for our planet today, in a virtual tour of the site that covers 20 million years, from ancient seabed to LA’s modern car culture.

Course

Women Who Shaped the Musical World

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Throughout the history of Western music, men have claimed most of the spotlight, with scores of brilliant creative women relegated to the less brightly lit corners of the musical word. In programs featuring live piano performances, Rachel Franklin places them center stage as she examines their talent, grit, intellect, and drive, without which many of the most celebrated musical figures might have been significantly less successful.

Studio Arts Workshop

Hardy Orchids 101

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Hardy orchids are able to survive outdoors in winter. Learn how you can incorporate them into your orchid collection and successfully grow them in your backyard.

Studio Arts Workshop

Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

You’ve got a great portfolio of photos. What’s next? This valuable session covers how to prepare your images to exhibit or sell, get them seen by the public, and effectively market your work.

Lecture/Seminar

Yayoi Kusama at the Hirshhorn: Presenting "Eternity"

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden set records with its 2017 exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, which featured the Japanese artist’s acclaimed polka dots and spellbinding visions. Now, the museum has opened One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection, which debuts new acquisitions by Kusama, including two of her renowned Infinity Mirror Rooms. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

The Manhattan Project’s Long Shadow

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The creation of the top-secret Manhattan Project in 1941 led to the first atomic bomb in 1945, which fundamentally changed the nature of American life and international relations. Explore the Manhattan Project’s history with historian Allen Pietrobon and how the existence of nuclear weapons forever changed the world.

Course

Art and Fiction: When Words and Art Commune

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

In this summer series, discover a “novel” way to explore the arts. Independent art historian Heidi Applegate explores the artists—Leonardo da Vinci, Judith Leyster, and Camille Pissarro—and paintings that inspired three works of art-focused historical fiction. This session discusses Laura Morelli's The Night Portrait. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

A Gourmet's Ireland

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Bloomsday is a good day to join food historian Francine Segan in a celebration of Ireland’s culinary treats. She sprinkles her conversation with fun trivia on topics from shamrocks to leprechauns and limericks—and tips on traveling to Ireland to taste for yourself!

Studio Arts Workshop

Photo 101: Photography from A-Z

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Are you an absolute beginner in photography? Consider this class the place to start: 26 topics in 180 minutes, from A (apertures) to Z (zebra stripes)—and in a relaxed atmosphere with a community feel.

Lecture/Seminar

Judy Garland: A 100th Birthday Tribute

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Her decades of stardom and struggle were marked by bouts of alcohol and drug abuse, multiple divorces, and career swings, but Judy Garland remains one of the greatest interpreters of American popular song. American music specialist Robert Wyatt explores highlights from her extraordinary life with clips from her movies and television specials.

Lecture/Seminar

On the Female of the Species

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: Join zoologist and author Lucy Cooke as she introduces the remarkable animals that are revolutionizing our understanding of what it means to be female and challenging longstanding ideas about evolutionary biology.

Program

Women in Jazz: On and Off the Concert Stage

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

In a lecture-concert presentation, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra's artistic director Charlie Young highlights the contributions of some of the leading women in jazz as the SJMO performs music they’ve made famous.

Lecture/Seminar

Florence: Where the Renaissance Began

Friday, June 17, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Florence is replete with frescoes, paintings, sculpture, and architecture created in an era in which art was the cornerstone of cultural activity. From her home in Tuscany, art historian Elaine Ruffolo traces the history of this jewel of a city from the dawn of the Renaissance to the era of the Medici dukes. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

The Beethoven String Quartets

Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Though not as well-known as his symphonies or piano sonatas, Beethoven's string quartets are among the classical repertory's most sublime masterpieces. Join musicologist Daniel Freeman as he explores the history and genius of Beethoven’s string quartets. 

Course

Four Pivotal American Women Artists

Monday, June 20, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

The lives of the disparate Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Nevelson, and Cindy Sherman share one thing: the desire to ignore society’s dictates and live and work according to their own. Art historian Nancy G. Heller examines how these controversial American creators helped ignite some of the most important and radical developments in modern and contemporary art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Mary Hall Surface, founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, leads three online workshops that spotlight a diverse range of artworks chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels. This session focuses on sunlight, shadow, and story.

Lecture/Seminar

American Presidents in Popular Culture: From Reverence to Respect to Ridicule

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

It has become harder for presidents to generate a positive image in popular culture. The respect the position once enjoyed has been increasingly replaced by skepticism and often ridicule. Veteran White House correspondent Ken Walsh looks at how presidents—both real and fictional—have been portrayed in popular culture and how they’ve handled the barbs directed at them.

Lecture/Seminar

Women Astronomers Reach for the Stars

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

For much of the 20th century, the doors of opportunity stayed closed to women in astronomy, but after decades of difficult struggles they are closer to equality than ever before. Virginia Trimble, co-editor of the new anthology The Sky Is for Everyone, is joined by two of the book’s contributors to discuss the stories of the tough and determined women who shaped a transformative era in astronomy.

Lecture/Seminar

Longwood Gardens: A Close-up Look

Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

In a virtual tour of Longwood Gardens grounds and newly reopened Orchid House with orchid expert Barb Schmidt, learn how it’s more than beautiful flower displays…it’s an important center for horticultural science.

Lecture/Seminar

What Is the Universe Made Of?

Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Though we know a great deal about the universe, its history, and its composition, there’s still more to learn. Physicist Michael Dine explores the great mysteries that drive much current research in theoretical and experimental physics and astrophysics.

Lecture/Seminar

Ancient Assyria: Art and Empire

Friday, June 24, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Between the ninth and seventh centuries B.C., the rulers of Assyria, a small kingdom in what is today northern Iraq, expanded through conquest to dominate the area from Egypt to Iran and created a series of magnificent royal cities adorned with palaces and temples. Paul Collins, a leading authority on the art of ancient Mesopotamia, leads a journey through these palaces to reveal how they were designed to ensure that Assyrian kingship would exist for all eternity. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Unexpected Australia: Game-Changing Wines and Vines Down Under

Friday, June 24, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Expand your knowledge of the world of wine as you sip along with sommelier Erik Segelbaum in an exploration of the unexplored side of Australian wine. Part of a 3-session spring series, this immersive program includes a curated personal tasting kit to enhance the experience.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Lightroom

Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Adobe Lightroom is the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images, usable for both RAW and JPEG image files. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules for organizing and editing your files.

Lecture/Seminar

Vermeer: In Praise of the Ordinary

Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Explore the legacy of painter Johannes Vermeer, a master of light and color whose paintings captured the beauty and meaning of everyday life, with art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Geraldine Brooks on the Heart of a Horse: A Novelist's Portrait

Monday, June 27, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: Pulitzer Prize–winning author Geraldine Brooks discusses her newest novel, Horse, which explores art and science, the bond between people and animals, and the continuing story of race and injustice.

Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Mary Hall Surface, founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, leads three online workshops that spotlight a diverse range of artworks chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels. This session focuses on surprise, connect, and experiment.

Lecture/Seminar

The Holy Sepulchre: Circles of Faith and Art

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Join Barbara Drake Boehm, the Paul and Jill Ruddock curator emerita of the Met Cloisters, to explore the remarkable Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the rhythms of history and intersecting circles of faith have given shape to an extraordinary artistic monument and a unique and vital place of worship worthy of close attention. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Art + History: Evening Encores

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

If you’ve not experienced Paul Glenshaw’s dynamic series Art + History, in which he examines great works of art in their historical context, now’s your chance. In this summer series, he reprises six of his earlier daytime sessions in livestreamed evening programs. In this session, Glenshaw discusses The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Los Angeles: An Emerging Megalopolis

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture, examines developments from the 1930s onward that shaped Los Angeles as a magnet for population migration and a major center of industry.

Lecture/Seminar

The Cradle of American Gardening: 300 Years of Philadelphia Horticultural History

Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

The Philadelphia region enjoys a tradition of horticulture that goes back to the city's inception in the late 17th century. Explore the cultural, political, economic, and even religious factors that influenced the surprising evolution of gardening and the establishment of world-class horticultural institutions in the region.

Lecture/Seminar

The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty

Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

After spending time with Jazz, a feisty, four-year-old female Harris’s hawk, naturalist Sy Montgomery shares what these magnificent birds of prey can teach us about nature, life, and love.

Lecture/Seminar

Smithsonian Secretaries: 175 Years of Challenges and Achievements

Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Throughout its history, the Smithsonian Institution has been shaped by just 14 secretaries, each interpreting and adapting founder James Smithson’s educational mandate in the context of their times. Smithsonian historian Pamela Henson focuses on five leaders who have left the largest imprints, from Joseph Henry, the institution’s first head, to Lonnie G. Bunch III, the current—and first African American—secretary.

Studio Arts Course

The Art of Floral Design

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Explore the spectrum of floral design. Sourcing (with a focus on sustainability), making the most of seasonal flowers, creating centerpieces, wiring techniques, bouquet-making, and photographing your work are all among the practical areas covered.

Studio Arts Course

Today's Quilts By Hand Continued

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Hand stitching is a great way to reduce stress, and the portability of handwork projects makes them ideal take-alongs. Expand your skills while working on a small quilt of your choice.

Studio Arts Course

Build a Tiny House

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

It takes a village! In this class, students construct their own tiny houses, which they personalize working in paper-mache, acrylics, and mixed-media.

Studio Arts Course

Collage and Mixed-Media

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Students are introduced to the materials, tools, and technologies used in collage and assemblage. They find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green.

Lecture/Seminar

Mediterranean Exchanges: Rome, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Alexandria

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

For thousands of years the Mediterranean Basin has nurtured creative and powerful cultures. Alice C. Hunsberger, a professor of Islamic culture, explores Rome, Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Alexandria as key cities around the Mediterranean where the interplay of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam flourished in rich and complex cultures during the millennium between 500 and 1500 A.D.

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.

Lecture/Seminar

Paris: A Virtual Adventure of the Right Bank

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

The storyline of Paris can be followed along its iconic River Seine. Journey with travel writer Barbara Noe Kennedy as you discover the city’s most intriguing sites, historical aspects, and art on the Right Bank in this virtual series that uses maps, photos, videos, and other visuals.

Studio Arts Course

Log Cabin Improvisation

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

The beginning quilter can use the simple and familiar log cabin block as the framework for exploring color, value contrast, and spontaneity in piecing. Projects may vary in size from that of a table runner to a bed-sized quilt, depending on the student’s experience.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Beading

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

In this class, 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.

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

Artful Mind, Tranquil Mind

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

In an artist-led series designed to provide a tranquil mid-day break, create small but satisfying works of art as a way to hit “pause” and incorporate a bit of creativity into your at-home routines.

Studio Arts Course

Basic Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Acquire the basic skills to work with the versatile and portable rigid heddle loom—a great entryway into weaving scarves, placemats, dishtowels, and more.

Lecture/Seminar

Western and Asian Religious Views of Humanity

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Charles Jones, a professor of religion at Catholic University of America, explores the differences in how Western and Asian religions embrace dissimilar concepts of humanity—and how that plays into specific problems of moral reasoning and ideas about human destiny with unexpected outcomes.

Studio Arts Course

Beginning Drawing

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

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.

Lecture/Seminar

Art + History: Evening Encores

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

If you’ve not experienced Paul Glenshaw’s dynamic series Art + History, in which he examines great works of art in their historical context, now’s your chance. In this summer series, he reprises six of his earlier daytime sessions in livestreamed evening programs. In this session, Glenshaw discusses The 3rd of May by Francisco Goya. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Photography

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Photography II

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Whether you work digitally or on film, this course is ideal for students who are familiar with their cameras but are interested in expanding their understanding of photography fundamentals.

Studio Arts Course

Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

This intermediate-level photography course offers a better understanding of compositional elements and practices—such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting—that promote taking better and more unique photographs.

Lecture/Seminar

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Everyone makes mistakes. But were the signature theories of great scientists like Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein free of blunders? Absolutely not. Distinguished astrophysicist Mario Livio demonstrates that mistakes are an essential part of scientific progress.

Lecture/Seminar

Historic Congressional Cemetery: Stories to Tell

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Congressional Cemetery’s grounds, stones, and people buried there all have stories to tell—the stories of American history. Learn the cemetery’s fascinating stories and unique history with the cemetery's president, Jackie Spainhour.

Studio Arts Course

Color Theory for Embroidery Artists

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Find your personal sense of color confidence while learning to apply color to embroidery art as would a painter using pigments and a palette.

Studio Arts Course

Mastering Exposure

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take your skills beyond auto mode as you explore a myriad of your digital camera’s exposure options and features in this course designed for intermediate photographers.

Lecture/Seminar

60 Years of Bond, James Bond

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

You’ll be shaken, if not stirred, by this multimedia presentation—unredacted and for your eyes only!—where the mission is to crack the code behind the high-tech glamour, globetrotting excitement, and enduring popularity of the 007 film cycle.

Lecture/Seminar

Paris: A Virtual Adventure of the Left Bank

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

The storyline of Paris can be followed along its iconic River Seine. Journey with travel writer Barbara Noe Kennedy as you discover the city’s most intriguing sites, historical aspects, and art on the Left Bank in this virtual series that uses maps, photos, videos, and other visuals.

Lecture/Seminar

Caravaggio and Bernini: Loves and Rivalries in the Age of the Baroque

Friday, July 15, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

The Baroque period is characterized by the spirit of competition among great painters, sculptors, and architects. Art historian Aneta Georgievska Shine explores the spirit of admiration and rivalry that shaped the work of Caravaggio and Bernini, both in relation to Michelangelo and their own contemporaries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this workshop, which provides a solid introduction to these cameras’ features and potential.

Lecture/Seminar

Planning Your Dream African Safari: Tips from Safari Guide Russell Gammon

Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Putting together a wildlife-focused visit to Africa can be a daunting experience. Turn to veteran safari guide and National Geographic Expeditions leader Russell Gammon as he unravels the often-bewildering array of destinations, accommodation options, activities, and lesser-known spots that you won’t want to miss in Southern and East Africa.

Studio Arts Course

Surrealism: Hands-On History of Photography

Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Create your very own surrealist collage as part of the experience. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Calligraphy: The Foundational Hand

Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

The elegance of hand-lettered calligraphy is unmatched by machine. This class gives students a chance to learn the basics of this graceful and stylish art in a relaxed and supportive setting.

Studio Arts Course

Sketchbook Habit: The Art of Everyday Life

Sunday, July 17, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Create a personal and powerful record of experiences by drawing and painting moments from your life that you include in your sketchbook.

Lecture/Seminar

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Sunday, July 17, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Historian Laura A. Macaluso traces the development of George Washington’s Mount Vernon from a traditional Virginia farmhouse to a splendid Georgian mansion. She addresses the workings of Mount Vernon both as a house and as part of an 8,000-acre plantation on which more than 300 enslaved men, women, and children lived and worked.

Course

African Art Through the Centuries

Monday, July 18, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Art historian Kevin Tervala explores the vibrant artistic expressions of African art through an examination of the continent’s historical trajectory. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

A Geologic Tour of Switzerland

Monday, July 18, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Join a geologist for an overview of the fascinating geology of Switzerland, birthplace of the science of glaciology, as he surveys the evolution of the Alps and the Ice Age glaciation that sculpted the country’s landscape.

Lecture/Seminar

All Shook Up: Hollywood Learns To Rock

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Rock music exploded on the big screen in 1955 when Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” played behind the opening credits of Blackboard Jungle. Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, looks at rock movies’ first decade and how Hollywood benefited from the power of this music—and its target audience—around the world.

Lecture/Seminar

King Arthur: Fact and Fiction

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Historian Jennifer Paxton examines the evidence for and against the existence of a 5th-century warrior leader named Arthur and traces the growth of his legend.

Lecture/Seminar

The Hudson River School

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Beginning in the early 19th century, the Hudson River School—a loose fraternity of American landscape artists—was neither a school nor confined to the Hudson River Valley. Art historian Bonita Billman examines the work and influence of Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole, Frederic E. Church, Asher B. Durand, and others. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Mediterranean Exchanges: Cordoba, Venice, Cairo

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

For thousands of years the Mediterranean Basin has nurtured creative and powerful cultures. Alice C. Hunsberger, a professor of Islamic culture, explores Cordoba, Venice, and Cairo as key cities around the Mediterranean where the interplay of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam flourished in rich and complex cultures during the millennium between 500 and 1500 A.D.

Course

Art and Fiction: When Words and Art Commune

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

In this summer series, discover a “novel” way to explore the arts. Independent art historian Heidi Applegate explores the artists—Leonardo da Vinci, Judith Leyster, and Camille Pissarro—and paintings that inspired three works of art-focused historical fiction. This session discusses Carrie Callaghan's A Light of Her Own. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Voices of Freedom: Poets of the Abolitionist Movement

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

By 1830, Washington, D.C. was one of the nation’s most important sites for the interstate slave trade. In response, the region’s abolitionist movement became particularly important. Join poet and author Kim Roberts as she traces the abolitionist history of the region and highlights writers whose poems were seen as unique forms of moral persuasion on the subjects of slavery and abolition.

Lecture/Seminar

Understanding the Krebs Cycle: The Deep Chemistry of Life and Death

Friday, July 22, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The Krebs cycle generates the building blocks of life and fuels the furnace of respiration. Biochemist Nick Lane offers an overview of this complex pathway within our cells that could answer questions from the origins of life to the devastation of cancer.

Lecture/Seminar

Naming a Secret: The Underground Railroad

Monday, July 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

How and why did the 19th-century network of clandestine routes to freedom come to be known as the Underground Railroad when in reality it was neither? Historian Richard Bell examines the term’s mysterious origins and its effectiveness in building public support for the antislavery movement and in pushing the cause of Black freedom to the center of national debate by the eve of the Civil War.

Studio Arts Course

The Joy of Photography

Monday, July 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or mirrorless camera as a creative tool, students will gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Lecture/Seminar

Art + History: Evening Encores

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

If you’ve not experienced Paul Glenshaw’s dynamic series Art + History, in which he examines great works of art in their historical context, now’s your chance. In this summer series, he reprises six of his earlier daytime sessions in livestreamed evening programs. In this session, Glenshaw discusses Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Shooting Stars and Space Rocks

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Meteors, or shooting stars, are among the night sky’s most captivating phenomena. Kelly Beatty, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, provides an introductory overview of meteors and meteorites along with tips on where, when, and how to watch for annual meteor showers such as the Perseids and Leonids.

Lecture/Seminar

The Story of the House of Windsor: What’s in a Name?

Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger explores the history of the House of Windsor, including its four monarchs, the royal family's German heritage, and its image in modern times.

Lecture/Seminar

Art, Architecture, and Ambition in Aragonese Naples

Friday, July 29, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The fall of Naples in 1442 not only brought Spanish rule, it transformed the city into a vital center of artistic production. Join Sophia D’Addio, a lecturer in art history at Columbia University, in an exploration of paintings, sculptures, medals, and architecture commissioned by the Aragonese rulers of Naples, most notably the commissions and collections of King Alfonso of Aragon. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Caravaggio: The Cursed Painter

Monday, August 1, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Caravaggio (1571–1610) not only revolutionized painting at the turn of the 16th century with his hyper-realistic style, he often turned Rome on its head with his criminal behavior. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, traces Caravaggio’s works and how they are intimately tied to his personal demons.  (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

“Into the Jaws of Death”: Fighting the Crimean War

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

The brutal Crimean War exemplified the kind of competition among mighty European nations seen through much of the 18th and 19th centuries. Historian Christopher Hamner provides an overview of this war, emphasizing the ways it straddled the traditional and the modern ways to wage war—and informed other nations’ preparations for future conflicts.

Studio Arts Course

Creativity Seminar

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Students in any studio art practice can spark the next step of their creative growth in this unique ideas-focused seminar. Exchange ideas, build confidence, give and receive feedback, and deal with common issues such as procrastination, creative blocks, flow, problem solving, and completion.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Bobbin Lace

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basics of weaving handmade bobbin lace, from winding the bobbins to making four small lace projects.

Lecture/Seminar

How the Ninth Street Women Conquered the Art World

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

In the 1950s, the spotlight on New York City’s abstract expressionist movement nearly always fell on male painters. But a group of female abstract expressionists called the “Ninth Street Women” were also making important contributions. Art historian Nancy G. Heller examines these women’s art and lives, their relationships with their male counterparts, and the gender-related obstacles they had to overcome to claim their place in a changing art world. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Mediterranean Exchanges: Toledo, Palermo, Granada, Istanbul

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

For thousands of years the Mediterranean Basin has nurtured creative and powerful cultures. Alice C. Hunsberger, a professor of Islamic culture, explores Toledo, Palermo, Granada, and Istanbul as key cities around the Mediterranean where the interplay of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam flourished in rich and complex cultures during the millennium between 500 and 1500 A.D.

Lecture/Seminar

The Mystical Core in Traditional Religions

Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Using sacred texts, music, art, and other forms of expression, Graham M. Schweig examines the meaning, role, and practice of mysticism. In the process, he discusses what mystical traditions reveal about the relationship between humans and the divine.

Studio Arts Course

Color Theory and Practice

Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Explore the basics of color theory including temperature, value, and harmony-creating color schemes. In three hands-on projects, learn to use a color wheel with tinting and toning, color charts, and color harmony studies.

Lecture/Seminar

The Artistic Legacy of Ancient Greece

Saturday, August 6, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Without the gift of ancient Greece our world would be a very different place. Explore this unique legacy with author Nigel McGilchrist and follow its ongoing influence through the universal appeal of the humanity of its art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Studio Arts Workshop

Freestyle Embroidery Basics

Saturday, August 6, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In this workshop, beginners are introduced to surface freestyle hand embroidery. In this style, the stitches are applied freely, disregarding the weave or structure of the ground cloth. Students learn how to select and prepare fabric using a simple design, ready their hoop, and begin stitching.

Studio Arts Workshop

Orchids for Beginners

Saturday, August 6, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn from an orchid-care expert how orchids grow in their native environments and beginner care instructions to keep your orchids blooming.

Lecture/Seminar

Hopper and Hitchcock: Spectatorship and Voyeurism in Art and Film

Sunday, August 7, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Alfred Hitchcock and American painter Edward Hopper, an unlikely artistic pair, shared a rich and complex vision deeply affected by the traditions of film noir. Using film stills and paintings, David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, explores the formal and thematic links between these artists. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

The French Revolution and the Birth of Modernity

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

The French Revolution, starting in 1789, was one of the most significant upheavals in world history. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze examines this pivotal moment that continues to serve as an inspiration of the finest principles of modern democracy.

Studio Arts Course

Drawing Light…and How the Masters Did It

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

In this 4-session class, learn the strategies artists such as Rembrandt, Cézanne, Turner, and Degas used to harness light and unify, intensify, and give dimension to their images. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Complete Colored Pencils

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Colored pencil, an often-over-looked dry medium, is coming into its own. Whether used in fine art or illustration, they can enliven work with rich, vibrant color and a dizzying range of effects. Learn basic to intermediate methods and strategies with colored pencils.

Lecture/Seminar

Great Gothic Cathedrals of the High Middle Ages: Awe, Wonder, and Imagination

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Explore the fascinating connections between local medieval communities and the construction of great Gothic monuments to faith, believed to be the purest expression of shared life with historian Cheryl White. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

French Fairytales

Monday, August 15, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Once upon a time, fairy tales were not the short, simple children’s stories we all know. Instead, they often carried subtle messages or warnings, or ridiculed powerful figures. Folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman explore these mostly forgotten tales and their deeper meanings.

Lecture/Seminar

Art + History: Evening Encores

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

If you’ve not experienced Paul Glenshaw’s dynamic series Art + History, in which he examines great works of art in their historical context, now’s your chance. In this summer series, he reprises six of his earlier daytime sessions in livestreamed evening programs. In this session, Glenshaw discusses The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Portrait Drawing

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

In this class, students will be introduced to the basic steps of how to create a convincing portrait using charcoal or graphite. All levels of experience welcomed.

Lecture/Seminar

Seeking the Lost Colony of Roanoke

Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

This first attempt by the English to settle the New World ended in the disappearance of 115 people in 1587 on what is now the North Carolina coast. It still remains an unsolved mystery. Andrew Lawler, a longtime science journalist, examines both old archival material and new archaeological data to provide up-to-date insights on the Roanoke settlers.

Lecture/Seminar

Art + History: Evening Encores

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

If you’ve not experienced Paul Glenshaw’s dynamic series Art + History, in which he examines great works of art in their historical context, now’s your chance. In this summer series, he reprises six of his earlier daytime sessions in livestreamed evening programs. In this session, Glenshaw discusses Gassed by John Singer Sargent. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Course

Art and Fiction: When Words and Art Commune

Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

In this summer series, discover a “novel” way to explore the arts. Independent art historian Heidi Applegate explores the artists—Leonardo da Vinci, Judith Leyster, and Camille Pissarro—and paintings that inspired three works of art-focused historical fiction. This session discusses Alice Hoffman's The Marriage of Opposites. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lecture/Seminar

Medieval England's Art and Archaeology

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Historian Cheryl White examines four significant monuments of art and archaeology of medieval England—the Sutton Hoo ship burial, the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Bayeux Tapestry, and Canterbury Cathedral—each of which points to a specific turning point in the historical narrative of the 7th through 14th centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)