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Streaming Programs

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

Botanical Gardens World Tour: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Eden Project

Sunday, February 5, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Indulge in a colorful midwinter escape as horticultural experts lead a series of virtual visits that highlight the beauty of notable botanical gardens. This program spotlights Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Eden Project.


Course

Jamestown: The First 100 Years

Monday, February 6, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

While the early days of Jamestown were marred with struggle, conflict, and tragedy, the settlement would survive as the first permanent English colony in North America, from which the seeds of the United States grew. Unearth the tumultuous first century of Jamestown with Mark Summers, the public historian for the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project, in this lecture series. This session focuses on events between 1622 to 1646, including an uprising by the Powhatans.


Studio Arts Course

The Art of Black-and-White Photography

Monday, February 6, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Through lecture, demonstration, and work sharing, harness today’s digital tools to create powerful black-and-white images with the emotive power seen in works by Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and Alfred Hitchcock.


Lecture/Seminar

The Geology of Western National Parks: Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands

Monday, February 6, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Join geologist Kirt Kempter as he explores the geology of Western National Parks over the course of 2023, with an in-depth look at one location every month. He kicks off the series with a focus on parks in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. This program spotlights Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands, both in New Mexico.


Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 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. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for five online workshops that spotlight a diverse range of visual art chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels to deepen their process and practice. This writing session is inspired by Alma Thomas’ colorful compositions, including Pansies in Washington.


Lecture/Seminar

The Second Middle Passage: America’s Domestic Slave Trade

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Historian Richard Bell takes you inside the domestic slave trade that flourished in the Upper South, tracking its rise and its impact on the expansion of slavery into new territories and states.


Lecture/Seminar

"The Chinese Question": Gold Rushes and Global Politics of Exclusion

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Historian and author Mae Ngai narrates the story of the thousands of Chinese who left their homeland in the mid-19th-century in pursuit of gold, and how they formed communities and organizations to help navigate their perilous new world. But they later found themselves excluded from immigration and citizenship.


Lecture/Seminar

Spices 101: Ginger

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Join Eleanor Ford, acclaimed food writer and author of The Nutmeg Trail: Recipes and Stories Along the Ancient Spice Routes as she explores ginger’s history, lore, science, and flavor, then turns to the kitchen where she shares how home cooks can use it to best effect.


Lecture/Seminar

Stonehenge: An Epic Enigma

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Modern scientists are slowly unlocking Stonehenge’s secrets, but the stone circle remains a uniquely iconic enigma. Kelly Beatty, senior editor at Sky and Telescope magazine, discusses these new developments and the enduring mystery of Stonehenge.


Studio Arts Course

The Art of Floral Design

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 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, and photographing your work are all among the practical areas covered. 


Lecture/Seminar

Marisol: A Pop Art Superstar

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Glamorous, sophisticated, worldly, and wickedly funny, Marisol Escobar, better known simply as “Marisol,” was the most famous and successful female Pop artist. Art historian Nancy G. Heller examines Marisol’s major works and career, with particular attention to the difficulties of a female Latinx artist in a world dominated by white men. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Studio Arts Workshop

Color Theory and Chroma-psychology Workshop

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to make color choices in your art to bring out a reaction from the viewer. Create combinations with colored pencils that illustrate how color theory works.


Lecture/Seminar

Astrology in Renaissance Art: Representation and Meaning

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The intersection of art and astrology played a key role during the Renaissance, particularly for patrons like the Medici family, who used astrological imagery to promote themselves and their increasing de-facto power in Florence. Art critic Claudia Rousseau examines the development of astrological practices during the period, their cultural importance, and the artworks they influenced. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

War and Pieces: The Met Cloisters and the Lens of History

Friday, February 10, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

When the Cloisters—the branch of the Metropolitan Museum devoted to the art of the medieval world—opened in 1938, not a word was spoken about the threat of war looming over Europe. Yet ironically, the Cloisters’ very foundations stand in witness to the devastating impact of centuries of war and revolution on artistic heritage. Barbara Drake Boehm, curator emerita of the Met Cloisters, examines the museum’s finest works of art against the backdrop of history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

The Regency World of Jane Austen: Art, Architecture, Culture

Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Emma Woodhouse, Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Elliot, and the Dashwood sisters may be fictional heroines, but their creator Jane Austen set their adventures in romance against the very real social and historical backdrop of Regency England. Art historian Bonita Billman brings the era to life as she surveys Regency manners and fashions, the personalities who dominated the public imagination, and the stylish spa town of Bath, where many of Austen’s characters made appearances. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

How To Find an Owl in Your Neighborhood

Sunday, February 12, 2023 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

There’s likely a cunning top-of-the-food-chain predator living close by you: the Great Horned Owl. Join naturalist Mark H.X. Glenshaw to learn how to find these amazing and beautiful animals and other owls in your own neighborhood.


Lecture/Seminar

Botanical Gardens World Tour: Singapore Botanic Garden and Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Sunday, February 12, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Indulge in a colorful midwinter escape as horticultural experts lead a series of virtual visits that highlight the beauty of notable botanical gardens. This program spotlights the Singapore Botanic Garden and Norfolk Botanical Gardens.


Course

Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series

Monday, February 13, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Join curator Elizabeth Lay as she hosts an image-rich series on decorative arts and design topics with guests. In this winter lunchtime program, Lay's guest is Rosemary Harden, senior curator and Fashion Museum Bath manager, who surveys the past, present, and future of this museum.


Course

Jamestown: The First 100 Years

Monday, February 13, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

While the early days of Jamestown were marred with struggle, conflict, and tragedy, the settlement would survive as the first permanent English colony in North America, from which the seeds of the United States grew. Unearth the tumultuous first century of Jamestown with Mark Summers, the public historian for the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project, in this lecture series. This session focuses on events between 1675 to 1699, including Bacon's Rebellion.


Lecture/Seminar

Ancient Art Collections of Rome

Monday, February 13, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Many of Rome’s lesser-known museums contain some of the world’s most significant Greco-Roman art. Rocky Ruggiero, an expert in Renaissance art, explores the ancient art collections of the Capitoline Museums, the Ara Pacis Museum, the Villa Giulia, and the Palazzo Massimo. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Course

Evocative Concert Music from Europe’s Northern Countries

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Geography, geology, wind and weather, legend and language: all play a role in shaping the artistic vocabulary of national identity, and none more so than the countries situated around the wild oceans of the Baltic, North, and Norwegian seas. Popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin draws on unique live piano demonstrations and fascinating film clips to explore both well- and lesser-known masterpieces by composers from this region.


Lecture/Seminar

Gothic Kingdoms: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

After the sacking of imperial Rome by the army of Alaric the Goth in 410, three centuries of Gothic kings ruled over southern France, Italy, and Spain. The unity imposed by the Roman empire gave way to the divided kingdoms and peoples that shaped medieval Europe. British historian David Gwynn explores the dramatic histories of those kingdoms.


Course

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The 1,154 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world provide fascinating glimpses into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. In a lavishly illustrated series, historian Justin M. Jacobs offers an in-depth overview of Samarra and the Abbasid Caliphate.


Studio Arts Course

Colored Pencils

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 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.


Studio Arts Course

Seeing More: Visual Fitness Workouts

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Through group discussions and imaginative studio activities, engage your creativity and boost insight in weekly eye-opening, hands-on, and interactive art "workouts".


Studio Arts Course

Rustic European Doorways in Watercolor

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Old, weathered doorways lining many of Europe’s passageways are perfect subjects for a watercolor painting. In this class, students learn to capture brick-, stone-, and stucco-covered old walls, textured wooden doors, window dressings, and glass panes.


Lecture/Seminar

Discovering Türkiye

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

PBS television host Darley Newman shares great places to discover in Türkiye (the now-official name for Turkey) and how to get the most out of your travels, whether you’re visiting bustling bazaars in Istanbul or venturing off the beaten path. Discover the most intriguing places to experience food, culture, adventure, and history in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Anatolia, Antalya, and the Aegean Coast.


Lecture/Seminar

Road Trip: Wines of the Iberian Coast

Friday, February 17, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Whether the Atlantic coast of Portugal or the Mediterranean coast of Spain, Iberian vineyards near the water are benchmarks for extraordinary quality. Trade the winter blues for emerald waves as sommelier Erik Segalbaum guides an immersion into some of the most exciting wines of western Europe. This immersive program includes a curated personal tasting kit to enhance the experience.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Lightroom

Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 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.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to iPhone Photography

Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to use a well-designed secondary camera app to assist iPhone cameras in creating and capturing more sophisticated images.


Studio Arts Workshop

Orchids for Beginners

Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 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

Botanical Gardens World Tour: Temple Gardens of Kyoto, Japan

Sunday, February 19, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

Indulge in a colorful midwinter escape as horticultural experts lead a series of virtual visits that highlight the beauty of notable botanical gardens. This program spotlights the Temple Gardens of Kyoto, Japan.


Studio Arts Course

Sumi-e Watercolor for Beginners

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Working with watercolor, employ beautiful and minimal brush strokes to depict the wonders of the natural world in the style of Sumi-e, meant to convey the Ch’i or vital energy of what it depicts.


Studio Arts Course

Mosaics for Beginners

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Weekly lectures, demonstrations, and work-along periods provide a solid creative and technical foundation to working with mosaics. Select from 8 unique patterns designed by the instructor with the option to work either in glass tiles or unglazed porcelain.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Scientific Illustration - Watercolor and Ink

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Learn to see like a scientist as you use watercolor and ink to illustrate specimens from nature. Experienced students develop their skills in applying key techniques such as composition, working with color, and recording fine detail in nature journaling, watercolor painting, drawing, and creating stand-alone biological illustrations.


Lecture/Seminar

The Grapes of Wrath

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Novelist John Steinbeck's great work of American fiction, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), depicts the treatment of migrant farm workers in California's Central Valley during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson leads a spirited discussion of The Grapes of Wrath and why its deeply felt themes resonate today.


Lecture/Seminar

An Anatomy of Addiction

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Medical historian Howard Markel traces the careers of two brilliant young doctors—Sigmund Freud, neurologist, and William Halsted, surgeon—showing how their powerful addictions to cocaine shaped their enormous contributions to psychology and medicine. He also examines the physical and emotional damage caused by the then-heralded wonder drug, and how each man ultimately changed the world in spite of it.


Course

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The 1,154 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world provide fascinating glimpses into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. In a lavishly illustrated series, historian Justin M. Jacobs offers an in-depth overview of Angor Wat.


Lecture/Seminar

Wildfire: The Life and Works of Edmonia Lewis

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Nineteenth-century artist Edmonia Lewis, the daughter of a Black man and a Native American woman, overcame poverty and racial and gender-based discrimination to become an enormously successful professional sculptor based in Rome. Art historian Nancy G. Heller discusses Lewis’s place within the broader context of American Neoclassicism and African American art history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

Gene Kelly: Singing and Dancing in the Rain

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Gene Kelly, one of the most engaging and influential dancers to ever set foot in Hollywood, emerged as a star at a time when most movie dancing was basically a showcase for elegant partners in motion. In a program illustrated with video clips, Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, surveys Kelly’s remarkable achievements and examines his enduring impact on Hollywood dancing.


Studio Arts Workshop

The Art of Paste Painting

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Paste painting, a surface design technique, uses mark-making tools to manipulate pigmented paste to create beautiful decorative papers. These sheets can be used in books, collage, cards, and more.


Lecture/Seminar

I Do Solemnly Swear: A History of Supreme Court Nominations

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Join historian Christopher Brooks as he surveys the history of the Supreme Court, its nominations process, and the politics that have played a role in shaping the Court into what we see today.


Lecture/Seminar

Frederick Douglass: Autobiographer

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

During the 19th century, the great civil rights leader Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) was a celebrated orator, editor, and writer. Join Douglass scholar Robert S. Levine as he focuses on Douglass the autobiographer and considers the significant changes and additions he made to his later autobiographies, My Bondage and My Freedom and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.


Studio Arts Course

Creative Instagram Content for Artists and Entrepreneurs

Friday, February 24, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Optimize your Instagram profile and create fun and engaging posts using the Canva platform and Lifelapse (stop motion) apps.


Lecture/Seminar

Scotland and England: An Imperfect Union?

Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Though Scotland is the only part of the island of Britain never to have been conquered by England, the country has always had to reckon with its powerful southern neighbor. Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the remarkable story of the struggle to define Scottish identity over the past thousand years, as the country went from proudly independent kingdom to junior partner within Great Britain.


Studio Arts Workshop

Accordion Book Structures

Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Create two finished accordion books that can be used as blank canvasses for drawings, mixed media work, collage, or as a model for a more complex, printed-book edition.


Studio Arts Course

The Language of Textiles

Monday, February 27, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

From high fashion to traditional folk art, textiles have a language of their own that tells the story of who created them. Learn how to express your own designer’s voice through techniques including pleating, hand and machine stitching, and applique to create unique forms and embellishments for your textiles.


Studio Arts Course

Composition

Monday, February 27, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

This course examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Course

Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series

Monday, February 27, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Join curator Elizabeth Lay as she hosts an image-rich series on decorative arts and design topics with guests. In this winter lunchtime program, Lay's guest is textile historian Natalie F. Larson, who uses primary sources to look at the variety of sleeping arrangements from slave dwellings and Indigenous populations to the homes of middle-class and upwardly aspiring Virginians.


Lecture/Seminar

Back from the Brink: Lessons from Wildlife Species Defying Extinction

Monday, February 27, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Against the bleak backdrop of wildlife species moving toward extinction, there are also glimmers of hope and lessons to be learned from animals that have defied these global trends. Christopher J. Preston, author of Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think About Animals, reveals the mysteries and challenges at the heart of these resurgences.


Studio Arts Course

Vision, Craft, Expression: A Photographic Seminar

Monday, February 27, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. ET

If you are looking for ways to optimize your camera usage, improve your eye, and develop a thoughtful editing approach with your photographs, this class will help you explore ways to express your artistic ideas.


Course

Understanding Contemporary Art: From Pop to Pluralism

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

The work of American artists today explores an enormous range of materials, techniques, and styles—a  pluralistic experimentation that encompasses forms from conceptual and super-realist art to environmental and performance art. Art historian Nancy G. Heller surveys the roots and later influences of radical American art from the last five decades. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

1966: Black Power Challenges the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Journalist and author Mark Whitaker examines the dramatic events of 1966, in which a new sense of Black identity expressed in the slogan “Black Power” challenged the nonviolent civil rights philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. He also discusses why the lessons from 1966 still resonate today.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Bobbin Lace

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 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.


Course

Exploring Ancient Anatolia: A Turkish Odyssey

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Anatolia’s colorful history has left a windfall of riches—ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, supremely elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces. In an illustrated series, Serif Yenen, a Turkish-born tour guide and author, highlights the heritage and splendor of ancient Turkey through an examination of some of its cultural gems.


Studio Arts Course

Mind-and-Body Centering Through Art

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Traditional circular patterns have long been used around the world in contemplation and relaxation practices. Learn how to create calming geometric designs that emphasize the connection among the mind, the body, and the spirit.


Course

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The 1,154 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world provide fascinating glimpses into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. In a lavishly illustrated series, historian Justin M. Jacobs offers an in-depth overview of Philippine Rice Terraces of Ifugao.


Studio Arts Course

Architecture and Public Art Photography 

Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to take great photographs of architecture and public art. Class discussions include techniques and camera settings for cityscapes, individual buildings, architectural details, contemporary public art, monuments and memorials, and more.


Lecture/Seminar

Spring in the South of France: A Virtual Tour of the Region’s History, Culture, and Sights

Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

With its lavender-laced valleys, seashores, medieval hill towns, and lively cities, the south of France is downright seductive. Travel writer Barbara Noe Kennedy offers a 4-part virtual tour of Provence and the Côte d’Azur and a guide to the regions’ most intriguing sights, historical aspects, food and wine, and art. This session highlights Marseille and Aix-en-Provence.


Studio Arts Course

Mixed-Media Art Warmups

Friday, March 3, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Art warmups enable students to jump right into their projects knowing there are no “wrong answers.” Students work with positive and negative space, quick sketches, go beyond the color wheel, and use mixed-media techniques to build layers and texture.


Studio Arts Course

iPhone Photography II

Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Take your iPhone camera skills to another level in a two-day workshop that focuses on the ProCamera app and editing techniques; organizing, printing, and posting your photos; and a critique session on images.


Studio Arts Course

Photography Next Steps: The Personal Project 

Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

This class is for photographers who would like to advance or refine a body of work. Students view the work of other photographers—historical and contemporary—and that of fellow students as they begin creating an effective photographic series.


Studio Arts Workshop

When Good Patterns Go Bad: Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes

Sunday, March 5, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Tangled up in a knitting problem? From dropped stitches to difficult pattern instructions to twisted stitches and more, learn a protocol to follow when you’re stuck on a project.


Lecture/Seminar

The Geology of Western National Parks: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Monday, March 6, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Join geologist Kirt Kempter as he explores the geology of Western National Parks over the course of 2023, with an in-depth look at one location every month. He kicks off the series with a focus on parks in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. This program spotlights the Grand Canyon in Arizona.


Studio Arts Course

Newsprint Collage (Continued)

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

This program is for students who have completed the Newsprint Collage Workshop and want to continue exploring and expressing their ideas about current and world affairs through collage.


Studio Arts Course

Weaving Plaid on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Learn to warp the ridged heddle loom for a plaid design and create a woven structure with a repeating sequence. Students will work on a scarf or table runner during the class.


Course

What Does It Mean To Live a Good Life?

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Explore how some of the greatest philosophers have approached one of the central questions of the Western tradition—how to define and lead a good life—and how the question lives on today. Philosophy professor Michael Gorman examines the precepts of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, as well as the viewpoints of more modern thinkers in an insightful 4-session series.


Lecture/Seminar

The Oscars

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Washington City Paper film critic Noah Gittell is back for an evening that focuses on all things Oscar, from Academy Awards history and trivia to discussions of this year’s nominations and behind-the-scenes stories. He sorts through all of the story lines, rumors, and gossip, so that when the telecast begins, you'll be the most knowledgeable guest at your Oscar party.


Studio Arts Course

Photographing Pets and People

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn to create photo portraits of family, friends—and passers-by—and their pets. Draw on tips from photojournalism and street photography for shooting in various situations.


Course

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The 1,154 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world provide fascinating glimpses into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. In a lavishly illustrated series, historian Justin M. Jacobs offers an in-depth overview of Sacred Sites of Tibet.


Lecture/Seminar

Masterworks by Matisse at the Barnes Foundation

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Drawing on the riches of one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world and remarkable high-definition Deep Zoom technology, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that closely examine the paintings and lives of 3 artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art. This session focuses on the gallery's collection of Henri Matisse artworks. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Studio Arts Course

Color Theory for Embroidery Artists

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 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

Children's Book Illustration

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Join author and illustrator Lori VanKirk Schue as she leads you through the foundations of interpreting a story through pictures.


Studio Arts Course

Creating a Sustainable Arts Practice

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Through instructor-led discussion and hands-on exercises, take an inventory of personal art supplies and evaluate their use. Explore the possibilities for creating work that is sustainable in every sense of the word: for you, your art, your community, and the earth.


Lecture/Seminar

Cuban History: Cycles of Hopes and Heartaches

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

From the wars for independence through the revolution and beyond, Cubans have often felt on the verge of fulfilling their nation’s destiny, only to find their hopes were misplaced or betrayed. Historian Michael J. Bustamante charts these ups and downs from 19th-century Cuba to the present, as well as the ways its citizens have experienced what has been termed cycles of “desire and disenchantment” in their lifetimes.


Lecture/Seminar

American Women and the Fight for Equality

Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

After what Susan B. Anthony called “the long, hard fight,” the Nineteenth Amendment enfranchising 26 million white and Black women, was added to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. Join author Elisabeth Griffith as she focuses on a diverse cast of characters, some notable, many unknown, as she highlights how the diversity of the women’s movement mirrors America.


Studio Arts Course

Felted Jewelry

Friday, March 10, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Explore the creative possibilities of combining wool with other decorative elements such as metal, beads, and stones to make distinctive necklaces, rings, pendants, earrings, and other jewelry.


Lecture/Seminar

Ancient Egypt Through its Art and Architecture

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The secret to understanding the daily life and culture of ancient Egypt under its great rulers and pharaohs is right before our eyes—in its art and architecture. Using evidence from the most recent archaeological discoveries, Egyptian specialist Jacquelyn Williamson surveys the social and historical realities of this civilization from its early pyramids through its art created under King Akhenaten, who upended centuries of tradition to create new artistic conventions. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


Studio Arts Course

Quick-Sketch European Tour: France and Spain

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Capture scenes from France and Spain in flowing watercolors on your virtual journey through Europe’s historic cities and rustic landscapes.


Course

Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series

Monday, March 13, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Join curator Elizabeth Lay as she hosts an image-rich series on decorative arts and design topics with guests. In this winter lunchtime program, Lay's guest is textile conservationist Julia M. Brennan, who has built cultural bridges to preserve textile heritage.


Lecture/Seminar

Feminist Fairy Tales: Who Needs a Prince?

Monday, March 13, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

You might have heard something like this: Fairy tales are so sexist. All these girls needing a prince to save them!" But the politics of gender in fairy tales are much more complicated. Folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman explore the roots of fairy-tale studies and illustrate how scholarly discussions of sex and gender have transformed the art of the fairy tale as we know it.


Lecture/Seminar

The Tale of Shuten Doji

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The 14th-century Japanese legend The Tale of Shuten Doji was a popular subject in visual and performing arts during the Edo period. Art historian Yui Suzuki examines the illustrated tale in depth, focusing on both the conventional and cryptic meanings that the artworks convey. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

Edith Wilson: The First (Unelected) Woman President

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

While this nation has yet to elect its first woman president, just over a century ago Edith Bolling Galt Wilson effectively acted as one when her husband Woodrow Wilson was incapacitated. Rebecca Boggs Roberts, a leading historian on women’s suffrage and power, examines the complicated figure whose personal quest for influence reshaped the position of first lady into one of lasting political prominence.


Lecture/Seminar

Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

During the Civil War, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was the site of fierce conflicts, both on and off the battlefield. The region’s strategic location meant that enslaved and free African Americans navigated a borderland that changed hands frequently. Author Jonathan Noyalas continues the story and reveals the challenges African Americans faced from former Confederates during the Civil War Era.


Lecture/Seminar

Lost Opportunities: The Troubled History of African American and Irish Relations

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

The histories of African Americans and Irish Americans have each been fraught with discrimination and hardship. Though both groups faced oppression and societal scorn as second-class citizens, they often found themselves at odds during the 19th century, with the competition for housing and jobs creating racial tensions. Historian Christopher Brooks discusses these parallel histories and how natural allies became historical rivals.


Course

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The 1,154 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world provide fascinating glimpses into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. In a lavishly illustrated series, historian Justin M. Jacobs offers an in-depth overview of Brasilia, the Utopian Capital of Brazil.


Lecture/Seminar

How the Internet Changed the Media

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, examines the many ways the internet has radically transformed the “old” media of newspapers, magazines, the recording industry, film, radio, and television. He traces how this digital revolution took place in such a short period of time, and what lies ahead in the continually changing era of “new” media.


Lecture/Seminar

Masterworks by Renoir at the Barnes Foundation

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Drawing on the riches of one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world and remarkable high-definition Deep Zoom technology, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that closely examine the paintings and lives of 3 artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art. This session focuses on the gallery's collection of Pierre-August Renoir artworks. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

The Heart of John Brown

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

John Brown’s attack on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry—the first salvo in his battleplan to destroy American slavery—went wrong almost immediately and would eventually cost him his life. Historian Richard Bell examines how Brown’s execution made him a martyr and paved the way for Lincoln’s unprecedented election, the secessions crisis, and the coming of the Civil War.


Lecture/Seminar

Island Time: Exploring Wines from the World's Best Island Regions

Friday, March 17, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

No wine is an island, but many world-class wines are from islands. Sommelier Erik Segalbaum examines various island winemaking regions and how a proximity to oceans and seas leads to consistent flavor elements in the finished products. This immersive program includes a curated personal tasting kit to enhance the experience.


Lecture/Seminar

Tudor London: A Dynasty’s Imprint on History

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The rule of three generations of Tudor monarchs became inextricably linked with the growth and identity of London as a powerful urban center. Historian Cheryl White examines how the dynasty created an indelible Tudor imprint on history—and the city—across the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.


Studio Arts Workshop

Handmade Cards: Hello, Friend

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Don’t be caught at the last minute looking for the right card for family members and friends. Create simply elegant greeting cards while learning tips and techniques of card making from paper crafter Karen Cadogan


Studio Arts Workshop

Floral Compositions for Painting and Drawing

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Discover new layout plans and confidently bypass old ways of thinking as you create inspiring floral compositions. Color, the principles of design, and elements of art are covered in the workshop.


Course

A Celebration of French Music

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

In many ways, the history of French music is also the history of Western music. But what makes French music French? In a 4-part series, lecturer and concert pianist Rachel Franklin combines presentations and piano demonstrations to explore the social, political, religious, and cultural influences that shaped the output of France’s great composers and presents a selection of the greatest works in the literature.


Course

The History of Western Architecture

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET

Architectural movements and styles mark distinct moments in history. By examining four periods in Western architecture, Rocky Ruggiero, an architectural historian and expert in Renaissance art, traces the development of styles, traditions, trends, and forms beginning in the ancient world and continuing through to the present day. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

Magna Carta: A Blueprint for Democracy

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Learn the fascinating story of how a failed 13th-century peace treaty between King John of England and his barons became a foundational cornerstone of citizens’ rights in this country with law professor, Thomas J. McSweeney.


Lecture/Seminar

Thomas Gainsborough: Beyond the Blue Boy

Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Thomas Gainsborough, one of the most important British artists of the second half of the 18th century, was also one of England’s earliest homegrown geniuses. Art historian Bonita Billman examines Gainsborough’s lush painterly technique, iconic masterworks (especially those in America), and his influence on painting. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

Masterworks by Cézanne at the Barnes Foundation

Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Drawing on the riches of one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world and remarkable high-definition Deep Zoom technology, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that closely examine the paintings and lives of 3 artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art. This session focuses on the gallery's collection of Paul Cézanne artworks. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

True Tales from the Life of Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In a rollicking, richly illustrated presentation, popular speaker Paul Glenshaw—in conversation with historian Callan Shea—peels back the fascinating layers and history of an iconic photograph featuring a presidential wild child, an electric car, and the first military airplane.


Lecture/Seminar

“See You in Orbit?”: A History of Space Tourism

Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Though millions of dreamers have anticipated their chance to travel in space, fewer than 650 earthlings have viewed our planet from a spaceship. Alan Ladwig, former manager of NASA’s Space Flight Participant Program, examines the promise, expectations, principal personalities, and milestones surrounding space tourism and reviews what has remained constant for decades: our motivation to float among the stars.


Lecture/Seminar

Sears Houses of Arlington

Monday, March 27, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

In the early decades of the 20th century, Sears Roebuck & Co. sold more than 70,000 prefabricated Modern Homes kits, offering all Americans the chance to own an up-to-date house. Historian Dakota Springston draws on period and contemporary images to lead a virtual tour through several historic Northern Virginia neighborhoods that boast a wide range of these distinctive houses, followed by a Q&A with a Sears Homes expert.


Lecture/Seminar

Barbra Streisand: She’s All That

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

She’s all-daring and all-voice, magnificent and maddening, improbable and irreplaceable. You’ll be saying “Hello, Gorgeous” when you join documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson, whose commentary and abundant sampling of clips set the stage for a fun night to spend with La Streisand.


Lecture/Seminar

A Journey Through the Potomac Gorge

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

One of the most biologically diverse and ecologically significant landmarks in America, the Potomac Gorge, near Washington, D.C., has held an important place in human history since the Ice Age. Naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a virtual journey along the most dramatic section of the 405-mile-long river: the 15-mile stretch in which it originates at Great Falls in Maryland and Virginia and flows, often through dramatic cliffs and bluffs, to Theodore Roosevelt Island in the District.


Lecture/Seminar

An Enemy of the People? Niccolò Machiavelli in Context

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Author Ross King reveals why Florentine statesman Niccolò Machiavelli’s writings are more sophisticated than even the most Machiavellian passages of The Prince would seem to suggest. King offers a portrait of a perceptive writer who is far from being an enemy of the human race, and whose lessons on leadership, liberty, virtue, and good government are worth re-examining today.


Lecture/Seminar

Black Holes 101

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Though the concept of black holes can be traced back to the late 1700s, the quest to understand their nature and how they shape our universe continues. Kelly Beatty, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, discusses how cosmologists still grapple with precisely what black holes are and how best to study them.


Lecture/Seminar

J.M.W. Turner and the Art of the Sublime

Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

British artist J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) is known for innovative landscape paintings that captured nature’s power and drama. Tim Barringer, a professor of art history at Yale University, places a selection of Turner’s works in historical context.


Lecture/Seminar

Assateague: A Natural History Primer

Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Join Keith Tomlinson, garden educator and naturalist, on a virtual tour of Assateague Island National Seashore and neighboring Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.


Lecture/Seminar

Spring in the South of France: A Virtual Tour of the Region’s History, Culture, and Sights

Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

With its lavender-laced valleys, seashores, medieval hill towns, and lively cities, the south of France is downright seductive. Travel writer Barbara Noe Kennedy offers a 4-part virtual tour of Provence and the Côte d’Azur and a guide to the regions’ most intriguing sights, historical aspects, food and wine, and art. This session highlights Avignon and the Vrai Provence.


Lecture/Seminar

From Towers to Palaces: An Architectural Tour of Medieval Florence

Friday, March 31, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Florentine architecture in the 13th and 14th centuries was characterized by soaring towers, massive fortress-like palaces, breathtakingly beautiful basilicas, and public buildings that set an important precedent for the future palace builders of wealthy patrician families. From her home in Tuscany, art historian Elaine Ruffolo traces how the built environment of medieval Florence clearly reflects the historical development of the city at the dawn of the Renaissance. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

Wonder Tales from Japan

Monday, April 3, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Like their Western fairy tale counterparts, Japan’s fantastical stories—otogi-banashi—are part of the body of stories folklorists call “wonder tales.” Folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman explore these traditional tales from Japan, the ghosts and spirits that haunt them, and how contemporary creators translate their supernatural enchantments into genres like anime (animation) and manga (comics).


Lecture/Seminar

Spring's Awakening: A Reflective Writing Workshop

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover the power of reflective writing guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface. Inspired by works of art by Vincent van Gogh and poetry by Mary Oliver, writers of all levels explore the lessons that the season of spring offers us when we slow down, look closely, and reflect.


Course

Art and Fiction

Friday, April 7, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

A picture is not only worth a thousand words: It can sometimes inspire a whole invented world. Independent art historian Heidi Applegate explores the art and artists behind three works of historical fiction. Gain new perspectives on Renaissance portraiture; Dutch still lifes, genre painting, and a cabinet house; and the Frick Collection in New York City by delving into the novels, followed by Applegate’s examination of the factual background along with the fiction. This is a “novel” way to explore the arts.


Lecture/Seminar

J. Robert Oppenheimer: Genius, Tragedy, Ethics, and the First Atomic Bomb

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Robert Oppenheimer never really thought about the ethics of the atomic bomb until the successful test of a plutonium device at Alamogordo, New Mexico, in July 1945. Then, one of the most highly educated men of the 20th century felt an inrush of ethical anguish and spent the rest of his life trying to come to terms with what he, what America, and what humankind had done. Historian Clay Jenkinson examines the gated world of Los Alamos, the race to build the bomb, Oppenheimer’s ethical quandry about nuclear warfare—and the price he paid for it.


Studio Arts Course

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 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

What Were They Thinking?: The Philosophies of Maimonides and Aquinas

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Maimonides and St. Thomas Aquinas, the two pre-eminent Jewish and Christian thinkers of the medieval period, shared a passion for applying the rationalist methods of Aristotle to questions of belief. Ori Z. Soltes, author and Georgetown University professor, considers how these two gigantic thinkers differ and where they share common ground, both generally and in particular, and how they offer relevance to our own world of thought and action.


Lecture/Seminar

Art Crimes: Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Expert on art fraud, author, and former FBI agent Robert Wittman draws from his book The Devil’s Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich to recount his 2013 recovery of the long-lost private diary of the Nazi Party’s chief ideologue, who laid the philosophical foundations for the Holocaust. Rosenberg’s diary had been lost for more than 60 years and its long-hidden contents offer first-person insights into the Nazi rise to power, the genesis of the Final Solution, and Germany’s brutal occupation of the Soviet Union.


Studio Arts Course

Portrait Painting in Oil and Acrylic

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 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.


Studio Arts Course

Exploring Abstraction

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create exciting and innovative works of art, using a series of drawing and painting exercises designed to examine non-traditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter.


Course

Introduction to American Art

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

From the glorious vistas of American landscape painting to the bold splashes and strokes of Abstract Expressionism, American artists have captured the nation’s enormous energy and tumultuous growth. Art historian Bonita Billman introduces major artists and movements in American painting from the late 18th century to the present, revealing the connections between historical changes and artistic choices. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

The Changing Face of Television: YouTube, Bingeing, Streaming, and Beyond

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Television is changing in front of our eyes. More and more viewers prefer to watch new online-only channels like Netflix or Disney+. An entire generation of younger viewers has given up on the TV set altogether. Drawing on video clips to illustrate his talk, media expert Brian Rose explains why the old days of simply “watching TV” are fast disappearing.


Lecture/Seminar

Literature's Nobel Prize: Who won, who didn't, and why it matters

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Leo Tolstoy, Marcel Proust, and James Joyce never won the Nobel Prize in Literature, but Bob Dylan did. Joseph Luzzi, a professor of comparative literature at Bard College, delves into controversial decisions by the Nobel Prize committee and the history of the prize since it was first awarded in 1901.


Course

Artists and Friends in the World of Manet: Cézanne and Pissarro, van Gogh and Lautrec

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Before Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne created their celebrated works in Provence, these outsiders had profound experiences and friendships in Paris that would alter their artistic paths. In a 3-session course, popular Smithsonian Associates speaker Paul Glenshaw examines two such relationships: Cézanne’s friendship with Camille Pissarro and van Gogh’s with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the vibrant avant-garde art scene pioneered by Édouard Manet. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

The Uffizi Gallery: An Unrivaled Collection

Friday, April 14, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The Uffizi Gallery has long been regarded as one of the most important museum collections in the world, boasting some of the greatest masterpieces of the Florentine Renaissance. From her home in Tuscany, art historian Elaine Ruffolo leads a lively two-part virtual walk through the Uffizi as she discusses its history, architecture, Medici connections, and an in-depth examination of the best of the remarkable painting collection. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

Traditional Roots of Modern China: How an Ancient Worldview Drives Today’s Foreign Policy

Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The relationship between the United States and China has never been easy. Currently, Beijing and Washington view each other with profound distrust and both sides are planning for conflict even as they say they hope to avoid it. China scholar Robert Daly traces China’s 21st-century drive for wealth, power, and status to beliefs, geographic influences, and social and cultural practices rooted in its earliest dynasties.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to iPhone Photography

Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to use a well-designed secondary camera app to assist iPhone cameras in creating and capturing more sophisticated images.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Afghan Geometric Design

Sunday, April 16, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

For centuries, religious and secular Islamic manuscripts have contained beautiful geometric decorations. Explore the history and construction of these traditional designs with Sughra Hussainy, a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. Then, create designs with graph paper and a compass.


Studio Arts Course

Artful Mind, Tranquil Mind

Monday, April 17, 2023 - 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.


Lecture/Seminar

How Culture Works: Driven by the Intersection of Peoples

Monday, April 17, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Two faculty members of Harvard University, Martin Puchner, a professor of English and comparative literature, and Maya Jasanoff, a professor of history, converse on how humanity has sought to understand and transmit to future generations the meaning and purpose of our existence, as expressed in art, architecture, religion, and philosophy.


Studio Arts Course

Curating a Life: Art as Memoir

Monday, April 17, 2023 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Keep a visual-thinking journal and learn to see like an artist and create personally meaningful works of art in terms of form, theme, and context. Use text, images, and newly developed visual thinking skills to create a “memoir museum”—a handmade map that traces where you’ve been in your life and where you have yet to explore.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Watercolor

Monday, April 17, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

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


Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 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. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for three online workshops that spotlight a diverse range of visual art chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels to deepen their process and practice. This writing session is inspired by Vanessa Bell’s A Conversation.


Studio Arts Course

Botanicals in Watercolor I

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

In this class 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.


Lecture/Seminar

Three Masterpieces of Etruscan Art

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The Etruscans hold a reputation for mystery, but the truth is we know a lot about these creative ancient Italians and their remarkable contributions to the history of art. Art historian and author Laura Morelli takes a deep dive into the heart of ancient Italy as she examines three masterworks of painting, sculpture, and metalwork that reflect Etruscan culture’s unique place in the Mediterranean world. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Course

Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

With his soaring melodies, rich harmonies, and rhythmic vigor, Johannes Brahms is among the immortals, his name linked with Bach’s and Beethoven’s as one of the “Three B’s” of classical music. Opera and classical music expert Saul Lilienstein examines the breadth of Brahms’ extraordinary career, from his teenage years playing piano in the brothels of Hamburg to his sweeping triumphs in Vienna and international recognition as the greatest living symphonist.


Studio Arts Course

Botanicals in Watercolor II

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Build on your botanical painting skills in this next-level class as you create vibrant watercolors inspired by nature.  Learn to focus on the texture and detail of botanical subjects including flowers, fruits, and vegetables.


Lecture/Seminar

Rasputin: The Man Who Would Not Die

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

More than 100 years after his death, few figures in Russian history evoke as much fascination as Gregori Rasputin, often portrayed as the “Mad Monk” who became the political power behind Tzar Nicholas II and his family. Historian Ralph Nurnberger explores the labyrinth of stories surrounding the life and death of one of the early-20th century’s most intriguing characters.


Lecture/Seminar

The Sun: Front and Center
A Grand Tour of the Solar System

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET

The Sun, the 4.5-billion-year-old star at the center of the solar system, is the glue that holds it together, and its activity provides a protective bubble that shields the planets from damaging galactic radiation. Astrophysicist and cosmologist Hakeem Oluseyi shines a light on this special star.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Photography

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 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. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition.


Course

More Stories from the American Songbook

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Here are more of those wonderful songs we love, and the stories behind their long lives. In an afternoon series, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson combines lively lectures with a wide variety of film clips as she traces how favorite songs by each composer came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something new but still the same. This session spotlights songs by Irving Berlin.


Studio Arts Course

Collage and Mixed-Media: Animals and Nature

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn to sketch animals and objects found in nature, then combine your drawings with painting and additional elements and textures to create whimsical or serious mixed media art.


Studio Arts Course

Collage and Mixed-Media

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 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 Greene.


Studio Arts Course

Taking Better Photos

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn to develop your photographic vision and take better photos by learning a more deliberate approach to composition, balance, lighting conditions, and ”keeping it simple.”


Lecture/Seminar

Renaissance Cabinets of Curosity: Collecting All Sorts of Wonders

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

A narwhal tusk and a meticulous painting of a tulip might seem to have little in common, but they were among the wonders of nature and artifice displayed proudly in Renaissance collections of marvels. These early private collections, or cabinets of curiosity, ultimately led to the genesis of the modern museum. Biologist Kay Etheridge describes how this passion for collecting provided naturalists with centers of study and source material for their quest to find order in nature.


Studio Arts Course

Tapestry Weaving

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Develop skills in a range of weaving techniques as you design and create a one-of-a kind miniature tapestry on a small-frame loom.


Studio Arts Workshop

Photo 101: Aspect Ratios

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Gain an understanding of aspect ratios (digital sensors and film). The class explores changing the aspect ratio in your camera, aspect-ratio constraints in cropping and post-production, and use of the Photoshop image size and canvas size commands.


Studio Arts Course

Principles of Abstraction

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Discover the basic elements of abstraction, a very important element of the visual arts, and create your own exciting and innovative works.


Lecture/Seminar

The French Wars of Religion, 1559-1598: Reform and Conflict

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

During the second half of the 16th century, France was near anarchy, torn apart by vicious cycles of violence between Catholics and Protestants. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze discusses the complex origins of the Wars of Religion in France and provides concise analysis of the wars, their social and economic toll, and the lasting impact of political ideas that they generated.


Lecture/Seminar

In a New York State of Wine

Friday, April 21, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

The vineyards surrounding New York’s Finger Lakes have proven time and time again to produce wines on a world-class scale. Sommelier Erik Segelbaum leads a tasty, in-depth session focused on the red and white varieties that grow best in the state, as well as some up-and-coming varieties that are being pioneered in New York's appellations.


Lecture/Seminar

Cultural Heritage Sites of India

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

From India’s elaborately decorated Ajanta Caves to the splendor of the Taj Mahal, UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites offers a spectacular window into South Asia’s past. Art historian Robert DeCaroli highlights palaces, grand temples, royal mausoleums, and more that showcase the subcontinent’s abundant historically and culturally significant destinations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Lightroom

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 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.


Studio Arts Workshop

Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Using direct printing and water-based printing inks, create realistic looking schools of fish or a single artistic print simply by inking a whole fish and pressing it to paper.


Lecture/Seminar

From Coronation to Committal: Traditions and Ceremonies that Shape the British Monarchy

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

In September 2022, the world watched the pageantry of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, including the committal ceremony, during which the emblems of royalty were taken from her coffin and placed on the altar. In May. the coronation of King Charles III and his wife, Camilla, will be celebrated. Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger explores the protocols and traditions that continue the monarchy from one individual to the next.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The elegant script commonly known as Copperplate is unmatched in its usefulness for social stationery. Beginning with basic tools and mechanics, students discover how to develop their skills and to recognize the small details that make this style of writing so appealing.


Studio Arts Course

Beginning Drawing

Sunday, April 23, 2023 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 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.


Lecture/Seminar

The Supreme Court’s Role in Our Constitutional Democracy

Monday, April 24, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Recent years have seen increasing controversy around the Supreme Court—contentious appointments, divisive opinions, and even leaks from inside. Kermit Roosevelt, a constitutional law professor, former Supreme Court clerk, and member of President Biden’s Supreme Court Reform Commission, assesses the court’s role in our democratic system, the forces driving the recent controversies, and what, if anything, we can do to make things better.


Lecture/Seminar

The Spanish in the American Revolution

Monday, April 24, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Between 1779 and 1782, Spanish rangers from the region around San Antonio herded more than 10,000 cows over 500 miles to Louisiana to help feed Spanish soldiers fighting the British in the American Revolutionary War. Spain had joined the war on the patriots’ side in 1779 and would spend the next four years contributing a deluge of soldiers, sailors, ships, and cows to the war effort. University of Maryland historian Richard Bell reveals the hidden history of Spain’s participation in the American Revolution.


Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 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. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for three online workshops that spotlight a diverse range of visual art chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels to deepen their process and practice. This writing session is inspired by Cecilia Beaux’s Sita and Sarita.


Lecture/Seminar

Mario Livio on What Makes Us Curious

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Curiosity drives basic scientific research, is the engine behind creativity in all disciplines, and provides a necessary ingredient in every form of storytelling. Astrophysicist Mario Livio interprets cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience that explores the origin and mechanisms of human curiosity. His own curiosity on the topic led him to interview linguist Noam Chomsky and the virtuoso lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, Brian May (who holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics).


Studio Arts Course

Drawing Light… and How the Masters Did It   

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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


Lecture/Seminar

20th-Century Oceanic Art

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

For over 40,000 years, people have lived and traveled among the islands that dot the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, establishing thriving and interconnected states and societies and creating artworks that express the excitement and vitality of their lives. Art historian Kevin Tervala surveys the artistic practice across 20th-century Oceania, examining the ways that European colonization and decolonization, the Pacific theater of World War II, and the increasingly globalized nature of the economy transformed the work that artists did and the forms that they produced. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

Isabella Stewart Gardner: A Global Vision of Art

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Isabella Stewart Gardner assembled an extraordinary collection of art from diverse cultures and eras and built a Venetian-style palazzo in Boston to share her exquisite treasures with the world. Diana Seave Greenwald, assistant curator of the collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, shines new light on Gardner as a trailblazing patron and collector who created a museum unprecedented in its curatorial vision. She also discusses how Gardner’s far-flung journeys to fill that museum—recorded in her exquisitely crafted collaged travel albums—reveal the global influences of this legendary collector. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Studio Arts Course

Written in Fabric: Memory Messages Through Quilts

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Create your own memory block through writing prompts, mindfulness practices, and design and color principles for fiber artists. Learn techniques from hand piecing and machine and hand appliqué, to creating text using needle and thread.


Lecture/Seminar

Gods and Mortals: A Modern Look at Ancient Greeks Myths

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Gripping tales that abound with fantastic characters and astonishing twists and turns, Greek myths confront what it means to be mortal in a world of powerful forces beyond human control. In a journey from the origin of the cosmos to the aftermath of the Trojan War, classicist Sarah Iles Johnston takes an engaging and entertaining new look at some of the best-known tales—as well as others that are seldom told—and highlights the rich connections among the characters and stories, draws attention to the often-overlooked perspectives of female characters, and stays true both to the tales and to the world in which ancient people lived.


Lecture/Seminar

Alcatraz: 250 Years on the Rock

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Alcatraz is America’s most notorious island, and its most misunderstood. Former National Park ranger and historian John Martini uncovers its fascinating multilayered history, including the island’s infamous past as a federal penitentiary, its role in American popular culture (especially the movies); the evolution of Alcatraz as a National Park site; its now-resurgent natural life; and the challenges of preserving its aging infrastructure.


Studio Arts Course

The Art of Floral Design

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 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, and photographing your work are all among the practical areas covered.


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Bobbin Lace

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 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

Chasing Plants

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Chris Thorogood clambers over cliffs and up erupting volcanoes and treks through typhoons--it’s just part of the job for this field botanist. He shares details of hair-raising excursions, brings his travels to life with his vivid paintings, and explains the vital work he and other botanists are doing to protect the world’s plants.


Studio Arts Course

Mastering Exposure

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 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.


Studio Arts Workshop

Fabric Printing Using Natural Materials

Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 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.


Studio Arts Course

Wirework Intensive: Creative Chains

Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn to create three different chain designs for a pendant or to wear alone as a unique piece of jewelry.


Studio Arts Course

Composition

Monday, May 1, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

This course examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Lecture/Seminar

Private Art Collections of Rome, Part 1

Monday, May 1, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Many of Rome's greatest art treasures are displayed in the private collections of historically influential Roman families. Fortunately, a number of these art collections are now museums open to the public. Rocky Ruggiero, an expert in Renaissance art, surveys four of these private collections and explains how the artworks held there helped shape the Italian Renaissance. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Course

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 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. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for three online workshops that spotlight a diverse range of visual art chosen to inspire writers of all experience levels to deepen their process and practice. This writing session is inspired by Canaletto’s Entrance to the Grand Canal from the Molo, Venice.


Lecture/Seminar

Taking a New Look at Historical Objects: Interdisciplinary Technology Studies Unveil Insights

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET

Using powerful sensors and computers—and even a repurposed particle accelerator—cultural heritage researcher Michael B. Toth and his colleagues in humanities and science mine everything from ancient manuscripts to fossils to lacquerware panels for new information about their content and creation. Past projects include the earliest known copy of work by Archimedes, Gutenberg and other early Bibles, and Muslim manuscripts.


Course

More Stories from the American Songbook

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Here are more of those wonderful songs we love, and the stories behind their long lives. In an afternoon series, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson combines lively lectures with a wide variety of film clips as she traces how favorite songs by each composer came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something new but still the same. This session spotlights songs by Johnny Mercer.


Lecture/Seminar

Moviegoing in America: From Nickelodeons to Movie Palaces to IMAX to Streaming

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

The silver screen has changed drastically since its beginnings in the 19th century. Media expert Brian Rose looks at the history of movie theaters and considers what might happen next in the age of streaming services. BYOP—bring your own popcorn!


Lecture/Seminar

Spring in the South of France: A Virtual Tour of the Region’s History, Culture, and Sights

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

With its lavender-laced valleys, seashores, medieval hill towns, and lively cities, the south of France is downright seductive. Travel writer Barbara Noe Kennedy offers a 4-part virtual tour of Provence and the Côte d’Azur and a guide to the regions’ most intriguing sights, historical aspects, food and wine, and art. This session highlights Côte d’Azur.


Studio Arts Course

Visual Journaling: Creativity Intensive

Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In three intensive sessions focused on artistic experimentation, create a journal using prompts and focused practices.


Lecture/Seminar

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Re-examining a Moment of Extreme Danger

Monday, May 8, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Many Americans recall the Cuban Missile Crisis as an American-Soviet faceoff that the United States won. Allen Pietrobon, a global affairs professor at Trinity Washington University, disagrees. He argues that the crisis consisted of two sides that came perilously close to destruction and pulled through mostly due to both luck and fear. He examines some close calls and assesses what lessons the crisis can teach about the potential for future nuclear armed conflicts.


Lecture/Seminar

Mercury: Small but Mighty Interesting
A Grand Tour of the Solar System

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET

Mercury, the innermost planet in the solar system, remained relatively unexplored until NASA’s MESSENGER probe orbited and studied it from 2011 to 2015. Physicist Ronald J. Vervack Jr., who worked on the MESSENGER mission, highlights how Mercury provides insight into the formation, evolution, and current state of the solar system.


Lecture/Seminar

Virgil’s Aeneid: An Inside Look into Ancient Rome’s Greatest Epic Poem

Thursday, May 11, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Two millennia after it was composed, Virgil’s Aeneid remains one of the most influential and remarkable works in Western literature. Joseph Luzzi, a professor of comparative literature at Bard College, delves into what makes Virgil’s great work tick.


Lecture/Seminar

Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo: Contrasts in Greatness

Saturday, May 13, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Leonardo and Michelangelo: These towering geniuses of Western art disliked each other intensely. But their fraught relationship was fueled by a secret mutual fascination and a fierce competition that spurred them to new levels of artistic achievement. Art historian Nigel McGilchrist depicts the two men as perfectionists and brilliant craftsmen of radically different kinds who revolutionized painting and sculpting. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


Course

More Stories from the American Songbook

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Here are more of those wonderful songs we love, and the stories behind their long lives. In an afternoon series, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson combines lively lectures with a wide variety of film clips as she traces how favorite songs by each composer came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something new but still the same. This session spotlights songs by Burt Bachrach.


Lecture/Seminar

Wein-derlust: Exploring Austrian Wine

Friday, May 19, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Austria has a long and storied history of producing extraordinary, high-acid, and fresh wines. Sommelier Erik Segelbaum spotlights the best of its exceptionally food-friendly whites (think bone-dry Rieslings or Austria's heritage grape, Grüner Veltliner) as well as native reds and international varieties like Pinot Noir.


Lecture/Seminar

George Gershwin: Our Love Is Here to Stay

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

George Gershwin is one of the giants of American music, unique in that he was a brilliant composer of both popular songs (“Swanee,” “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”) and more serious music, including Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and Porgy and Bess. Pianist and Gershwin authority Robert Wyatt explores the composer’s much too short life (he died at age 38) and legacy. S’wonderful!


Lecture/Seminar

The Art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Outdoors, Outsized, and Out of the Ordinary

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

The public art projects of Christo Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (better known as Christo and Jeanne-Claude) used acres of colorful fabric to cover an entire building, line a path, or surround islands. They took years to accomplish but remained in place for no more than two weeks. Art historian Nancy G. Heller analyzes the couple’s most important works and their long-lasting influence. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Watercolor

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

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


Lecture/Seminar

Venus, Shrouded in Mystery
A Grand Tour of the Solar System

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET

In this solar system, Venus is the planet most like Earth in size and density, yet it has a toxic atmosphere and is the hottest planet, contrasting with habitable Earth. Astrophysicist Stephen Kane reveals clues that point to a possible habitable past of Venus and discusses how its environment might have become hostile to life.


Lecture/Seminar

Spring in the South of France: A Virtual Tour of the Region’s History, Culture, and Sights

Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

With its lavender-laced valleys, seashores, medieval hill towns, and lively cities, the south of France is downright seductive. Travel writer Barbara Noe Kennedy offers a 4-part virtual tour of Provence and the Côte d’Azur and a guide to the regions’ most intriguing sights, historical aspects, food and wine, and art. This session highlights some of the South of France’s lesser-known charms.


Course

Understanding Modern Art

Friday, June 9, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

The radical innovations made by European and American painters and sculptors between 1900 and 1960 forever altered the way we think about visual art. In a richly illustrated course, art historian Nancy G. Heller discusses major works by the period’s seminal painters and sculptors, emphasizing their broader socio-political and aesthetic contexts. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Soldiers and Dioramas: WWII Omaha Beach, 1944

Grades 6 to 9
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Omaha was one of the five beach landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Split between the American 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions, the primary objective was to secure a 5-mile beachhead to link Omaha Beach with the nearby Gold and Utah landing sites. Campers enjoy using miniature soldiers, wargames, and films to learn about the D-Day invasion and its significance to World War II. They investigate miniatures and terrain boards to learn about this important battle and stimulate ideas for building their own dioramas. Campers receive 1/72-scale plastic soldiers that they can trade with one another and paint, then make a terrain board for display or wargaming with their soldiers.


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Mastering the Masters

Grades 4 to 6
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Ever look at a piece of art in a museum and wonder what went into its creation? Young artists get the answers through virtual visits to collections at the American Art Museum, African Art Museum, the Hirshhorn, and the National Gallery of Art. Works by the great masters offer understanding of  their inspirations and methods. Adventurers set up a home studio as they use their imaginations to create many different types of art influenced by what they’ve seen.


Lecture/Seminar

Deutschland Entkokt: Uncorking Germany’s Best

Friday, June 23, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Germany has some of the world's most challenging vineyards to maintain, but the effort is well worth it. Erik Segelbaum reveals why the country’s wines are mainstays of any sommelier's toolkit for food-and-wine pairings in a delicious exploration of the wines of Germany and their rich histories.


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Conservation Heroes

Grades 4 to 6
Monday, June 26, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Plant and animal species and ecosystems across the globe are endangered by human activity and climate changes—but there are scientists working to save them, including at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Professionals from the field and an interactive online tour of conservation success stories inspire the Earth optimist within. Adventurers research endangered species, engineer solutions to habitat management issues, and develop a campaign to spread the word.


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Soldiers and Dioramas: WWII Stalingrad, 1942–1943

Grades 6 to 9
Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

In the summer of 1942, German forces launched a campaign to siege the city of Stalingrad in the Soviet Union. A major turning point in the European Theater of World War II, this massive battle saw a monumental retreat of German and Axis powers after they could not hold the city through the harsh winter and Soviet military resistance. Campers enjoy using miniature soldiers, wargames, and documentaries to learn about World War II’s Eastern Front, with particular focus on Germany’s extended siege of Stalingrad. They investigate miniatures and terrain boards to learn about this important battle and stimulate ideas for building their own dioramas. Campers receive 1/72 scale plastic soldiers that they can trade with one another and paint, then make terrain boards for display or wargaming with their figures.


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Underwater Worlds

Grades 4 to 6
Monday, July 3, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

How can something that covers 71% of the Earth’s surface be so vulnerable to damage by humans? Adventurers join leagues of scientists, including some from the Smithsonian, in efforts to keep the world’s oceans healthy. They take on ocean exploration and study, marine preservation, and sustainability efforts with virtual visits to the Natural History Museum; conduct research on the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal; and participate in ocean cleanup challenges right from home.


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Space Station Smithsonian

Grades 4 to 6
Monday, July 10, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Suit up and strap in to virtually experience a week as astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Adventurers encounter artifacts from historic missions during online visits to the Air and Space Museum, the Udvar-Hazy Center, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. They read star charts, design and conduct experiments that have been (and could be) done aboard the ISS, build miniature satellites, and create space-inspired artworks.


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Soldiers and Dioramas: The Mongol Invasion of Japan, 1281

Grades 6 to 9
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

In 1281, Kublai Khan (son of Genghis Khan) launched a Mongol naval attack on Japan, only to have his ships—and hopes of conquest—dashed by massive typhoons. Campers enjoy using miniature soldiers, wargames, and film to learn about the invasion. A detailed representation of an attacking Mongol fleet and Samurai defenders offers them insights into the battle and stimulates ideas for building their own dioramas. Campers receive 1/72-scale plastic soldiers that they can trade with one another and paint, then make a terrain board for display or wargaming with their soldiers.


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Timeline Travelers

Grades 4 to 6
Monday, July 17, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Pack your bags and choose a date in history! Adventurers hop into a time machine and travel to a different past civilization each day. Virtual visits to view Egyptian mummies in the Natural History Museum and ancient Chinese artifacts in the Asian Art Museum immerse them in the arts, games, and history of civilizations around the world and across time. Where—and when—will you go next?


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Soldiers and Dioramas: Tet Offensive, Hue and Lang Vei, 1968

Grades 6 to 9
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

On January 30, 1968, Northern Vietnamese forces launched a coordinated attack on more than 100 targets in South Vietnam, sparking a major turning point in the Vietnam War. A large portion of the intense series of battles took place in the city of Hue, where the Viet Cong were met with a three-week long battle that ravaged the city and its ancient citadel. Campers enjoy using miniature soldiers, wargames, and documentaries to learn about the Tet Offensive, with particular emphasis on battles the cities in Hue and Lang Vei. They investigate miniatures and terrain boards to learn about this important battle and stimulate ideas for building their own dioramas. Campers receive 1/72 scale plastic soldiers that they can trade with one another and paint, then make terrain boards for display or wargaming with their figures.


Smithsonian Virtual Adventure

Innovative Art

Grades 4 to 6
Monday, July 24, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

How do science and art fit together to improve our lives? An artist’s influence can be found in all kinds of objects, like tools, furniture, cars, and technology. In this week-long exploration, Adventurers investigate the collections at the Renwick Gallery, the Hirshhorn, Cooper Hewitt, and the National Gallery of Art to find inspiration for STEAM-inspired challenges and creative projects. What kind of amazing and functional art will you create?