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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.

All upcoming Streaming programs

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Session 7 of 8
February 27, 2024

Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition.


February 27, 2024

For nearly a century, Hollywood has been captivated by the allure of the Broadway musical. Most of the Great White Way’s biggest hits have made the transfer to the movie theater, though sometimes the journey has yielded damaged goods. Media historian Brian Rose looks at this colorful history, including glorious reinterpretations like Milos Forman’s Hair and Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story.


Session 5 of 5
February 27, 2024

Franz Josef Haydn (1732­–1809) proved that music could be both serious and joyful—at the same time. In an engaging series, classical music and opera expert Saul Lilienstein demonstrates the range of Haydn’s innovative genius in almost every field of musical endeavor. Each session is highlighted by music recordings and video performances of Haydn’s great works.


Session 2 of 5
February 27, 2024

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


Session 4 of 4
February 27, 2024

The evolution of Russian art is inextricably bound to the rich cultural exchanges between East and West. In a 4-part series, art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine traces this fascinating blend of diverse visual languages and styles, from the late-medieval icons and frescos indebted to Byzantium to the great avant-garde experiments of the early part of the 20th century that developed alongside the currents of European modernism. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)


Session 8 of 8
February 27, 2024

If you’ve always wanted to learn the language and elements of musical notation and composition, this interactive online course led by music educator and conductor Ernest Johnson offers the perfect opportunity. Johnson guides exercises and assignments geared to developing the foundation every musician needs: the aural and visual understanding of pitch, rhythm, harmony, and form.


February 27, 2024

During the 1830s, many thousands of Native Americans were expelled from their homelands in the Southeast and forced to migrate to land west of the Mississippi. An estimated one-fourth of the 16,000 people on the 800-mile journey of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma died, one reason the Cherokees remember the “Trail of Tears.” Historian Rowena McClinton discusses the chain of events behind this forced removal.


Session 4 of 6
February 28, 2024

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.


Session 1 of 3
February 28, 2024

Is it possible that Neoclassicism, with its focus on order and the enduring values of Greece and Rome, can co-exist with Romanticism, with its emphasis on exotic scenes, and studies of sublime nature? Yes it can—and did—in the 18th- and 19th-century art world. Art historian Joseph Paul Cassar explores the artistic and cultural highlights of Neoclassicism and Romanticism from the Enlightenment to the Age of Revolution and the movements’ lasting impact on Western artists. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Session 2 of 5
February 28, 2024

Using watercolor, learn the strategies Morisot, Turner, Monet, and Cézanne employed to harness light in their images. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)