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Studio Arts: What's New

Children’s Book Illustration

Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Learn the foundations of bringing a story to life through pictures.

Date of event
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A Day of Drawing at the Folger

Capture the splendors of the Folger Shakespeare Library, one of Washington’s cultural treasures, with pencil and paper. This unique workshop offers a rare chance to practice perspective drawing, examine architectural details, and draw from masterworks in an extraordinary setting.

Date of event
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Paper Frenzy

Spend two days investigating new techniques as you have fun creating papers for collage and other art projects. Take home a glorious collection of one-of-a-kind papers accented by acrylic, inks, stamps, and other printmaking materials.

Date of event
Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Drawing with Silverpoint

Pick up a silver stylus to learn a traditional drawing technique used by artists including da Vinci, Dürer, and Rembrandt—an ancient art that's now experiencing a revival.

Date of event
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Quilting for Beginners: A Small Handmade Quilt

Learn the basics of hand-stitched quilt-making—including piecing, applique, and finishing techniques—as you work on a small-scale piece that can be used as a doll quilt or a wall hanging.

Date of event
Saturday, October 5 and 12, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date of event
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Out and About With an Artist

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery of Art from a knowledgeable artist. Viewings address historical and social context, as well as demystify technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, October 7 to 28, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Exploring Abstraction

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.

Date of event
Thursday, October 10 to December 12, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 28)

Photography: A Hands-on History of Cyanotypes

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

Date of event
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Drawing in Museums: The National Gallery, Freer Gallery, and American Art Museum

Spend Saturday afternoons developing your rendering and composition skills, and learn the art of copying, by drawing paintings and classical sculptures displayed in the museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 12 to November 23, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 9)

Techniques in Modernist Painting

Experiment with a variety of painting styles such as cubism, suprematism, and abstract expressionism to learn practical applications of the concepts and techniques of modernism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Introduction to Photography

Whether you want work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Two on-location shoots offer chances to put your new skills into practice.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Contemporary Glass Mosaics: Realism

Use stained-glass and vitreous glass tiles to interpret a realistic image in mosaics. Learn to discern color values, identify shapes, and define planes to enhance your work.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Draw Like Tiepolo

Students draw from Giambattista Tiepolo’s works to help them grasp the idea of gesture, movement, and the grouping of as well as apply their Tiepolo-inspired skills to contemporary images. All skill levels welcome. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 and 22, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Neon Light Sculpture

In this six-session course held at the instructor's Washington studio, explore the mysteriously compelling qualities of neon light and create your own illuminated object.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 22 to November 19, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Beginning Drawing

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.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Contemporary Glass Mosaics: Realism

Use stained-glass and vitreous glass tiles to interpret a realistic image in mosaics. Learn to discern color values, identify shapes, and define planes to enhance your work.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock

Woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. This course is an introduction to the relief print, from techniques of design and transfer through cutting and printing the block. Students design and produce their own editions, using nontoxic materials and employing both one-color and two-color techniques.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

The Joy of Photography

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain

Popular theory on right side brain activity holds that the right brain is primarily responsible for the intuitive understanding of visual and spatial relationships. Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, this class provides a set of visual exercises to help build the ability to draw.

Date of event
Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

Introduction to Photography II

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

Date of event
Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

Landscape Painting

Working in oil, acrylic, pastel, or watercolor, students focus on the purpose, approach, and techniques used to create compelling landscape paintings.

Date of event
Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media

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

Date of event
Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

Sogetsu Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging

The elegance and aesthetic harmony of ikebana—Japanese flower arranging—have inspired poets and artists since its founding. In this course for beginning and continuing students, participants learn basic styles of ikebana as taught by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Japan.

Date of event
Wednesday, October 16 to November 20, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media

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

Date of event
Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

Continued Drawing

As an investigation of drawing beyond the introductory level, this course offers practice in using traditional media. Sessions focus on the four traditional subjects of drawing (still-life, landscape, portrait, and figure).

Date of event
Wednesday, October 16 to December 11, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)

Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand

The elegant and enduring Italic script has a venerable legacy. Begin your study of these versatile hand-written alphabets, which translate well into many practical and artistic applications.

Date of event
Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (no class Nov. 21 and 28)

Botanicals in Watercolor

In this workshop 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.

Date of event
Thursday, October 17 to November 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Painting Is for Everyone

Get your feet and your brush wet in this course designed to introduce you to the art of painting without the intimidation of rules and methods. Students get acquainted with brushes and the watercolor medium using exercises designed by the instructor.

Date of event
Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 28)

Decorative Lettering

Get an introduction to stylized lettering, including altered block letters, botanical borders, and illuminated initials with vines and flourishes.

Date of event
Thursday, October 17 to November 7, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Beginning Oil Painting

In this course combining lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation, gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing.

Date of event
Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 28)

Open Darkroom Plus

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date of event
Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 28)

Beginning Drawing

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.

Date of event
Friday, October 18 to December 13, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 29)

Figure Drawing and Independent Projects

Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure. Open to all levels.

Date of event
Friday, October 18 to December 13, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 29)

Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces

Explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today as you practice the skills of the masters, using their exact colors, canvas types, and paint applications. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

Open Darkroom Plus

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date of event
Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive

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

Date of event
Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Confidence with Color in Quilting

This two-session workshop offer quilters of all levels an opportunity to become familiar with the vocabulary of color and to learn how to use printed fabric to create spectacular color combinations.

Date of event
Saturday, October 19 and 26, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. Guided by a graduate of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, explore the elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition.

Date of event
Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

Open Darkroom Plus

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date of event
Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

Lessons in Portrait Painting from Sargent and Whistler

Create your own elegant portrait painting. Students are inspired by viewing the work of John Singer Sargent and James McNeil Whistler, combined with class lectures and demonstrations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

Beginning Drawing

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.

Date of event
Sunday, October 20 to December 15, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Dec. 1)

The Joy of Photography

This non-darkroom course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Date of event
Sunday, October 20 to December 15, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Dec. 1)

Introduction to Watercolor

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

Date of event
Sunday, October 20 to December 15, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Dec. 1)

On-Location Photography

Great shoots start with great locations—and Washington offers plenty of unbeatable visual inspiration. Learn to capture this vibrant city and sharpen your way of thinking about shooting outdoors as you deploy a minimal amount of equipment and a lot of fresh perspective.

Date of event
Sunday, October 20 to December 15, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class Dec. 1)

Tapestry Weaving

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.

Date of event
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 11 and Dec. 2)

Introduction to Watercolor

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

Date of event
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

Beginning Drawing

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.

Date of event
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

Figure Sculpture

Learn clay techniques and gain an understanding of the human body, gestures, and expressions as you sculpt a portrait, torso, or full-figure piece by working from life.

Date of event
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs

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

Date of event
Monday, October 21, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Knitting Mittens and Gloves

This workshop focuses on the skills you need to make mittens and gloves, just in time for the holidays. Knitters learn knitting in the round; increases; using markers, using holders and counters; and how to knit thumbs and fingers. Various knitting techniques for decoration and design are discussed.

Date of event
Monday, October 21 and 28, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Beginning Sculpture

Students work in clay to create portraits from plaster casts and a live model as they develop a basic understanding of the principles and techniques of sculpture.

Date of event
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom

This course provides a thorough introduction to the 35mm camera and the basics of photo darkroom techniques. Students learn how to use the camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print.

Date of event
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

Introduction to Studio Portraiture

This photography course is designed for those who want to learn how to create portraits of men and women, using the special lighting controls of the studio.

Date of event
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

Color Theory

Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experimentation, students enhance their experience of color as they learn about the color wheel, the Munsell color chart, and the attributes of value, chroma, and hue. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

Open Darkroom Plus

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date of event
Wednesday, October 23 to November 20, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Mastering Exposure

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

Date of event
Thursday, October 24 to November 21, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media Intensive

The luminescence, rich color and texture, and quick-drying properties of encaustics have made this a favorite medium for painters for centuries. Get a solid introduction to its technical and creative possibilities as you apply the encaustic method to mixed-media projects.

Date of event
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Handmade Storybooks

Showcase your writing or art in a book as unique as you are. Book artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides students as they work with a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials to craft one-of-a kind storybooks.

Date of event
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Painting and Printing: Leaves Two Ways

Transform contour drawings of leaf shapes into transparent watercolor paintings. Then, use a walking press to make leaf prints on a variety of papers using water-based ink.

Date of event
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition

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

Date of event
Monday, October 28 to December 2, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

Composition

This four­-session workshop 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)

Date of event
Tuesday, October 29 to November 19, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to iPhone Photography

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

Date of event
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Silk Painting

This 2-day introduction offers the rare opportunity of working in the home studio of artist Diane Tuckman, who helped introduce this ancient Chinese art to America, to learn basic techniques while creating several beautiful painted silk pieces.

Date of event
Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Children's Book Illustration

Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Learn the foundations of bringing a story to life through pictures.

Date of event
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Quilting: Applique and Edges

Add three appliqué techniques to your quiltmaking skills as you create a fabric flower-garden wall hanging, and learn how a variety of edgings can give the perfect finishing touch to your projects.

Date of event
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

iPhone Photography II

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

Date of event
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Pastel: Cezanne-Inspired Still Life Compositions

Working from still-life arrangements reminiscent of Cezanne’s in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Sunday, November 3 to 24, 2019 – 10:15 a.m.to  2:15 p.m.

Exploring Book Arts: Themes and Variations

Guided by book artist Sushmita Mazumdar, learn techniques to create three standard types of handmade books, then experiment with creative variations inspired by books she has made at workshops at Smithsonian museums.

Date of event
Sunday, November 3 to 17, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Knitting for Beginners: Making a Scarf for the Holidays

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and knit a scarf during and between classes.

Date of event
Monday, November 4 and 18, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Image Transfers and Photo Alteration

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

Date of event
Wednesday, November 6 to 20, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Jewelry Workshop: Creative Chains

Create three different chain designs using wire-working, forming, texturing, and fusing techniques, and take home a necklace or bracelet.

Date of event
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date of event
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jewelry Workshop: Stone Settings with Cold Connections

Showcase a flat-backed stone or a personal treasure in a cold-connected pendant you design. Construct your mixed-metals piece with piercing, rivets, and a cut-and-folded prong setting.

Date of event
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Colored Pencils

Get a hands-on overview of how versatile colored pencils can bring illustration or fine art alive with rich, vibrant color and a range of effects.

Date of event
Sunday, November 10 and 17, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alexander Calder and His Marvelous Mobiles

Enjoy a creative afternoon with sculptor Kevin Reese, exploring the colorful world of Alexander Calder’s moving art and making mobiles of your own.

Date of event
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Introduction to Beading

In this three-night workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills.

Date of event
Tuesday, November 12 to Thursday, November 14, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Wirework Workshop: An Abacus Pendant

Creating a unique bead-and-wire pendant is as easy as 1-2-3! The workshop is recommended for wire-workers of all levels.

Date of event
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Riveted Ring

Create a stunning ring in textured sterling silver using a rolling mill, jeweler’s saw, and cold-connection riveting techniques.

Date of event
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

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.

Date of event
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Picture Frame Pendant

Working with piercing and riveting techniques, frame a favorite photo, small artwork, or even a special stamp in a pendant that’s perfect for gift-giving.

Date of event
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Out and About With an Artist

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery of Art from a knowledgeable artist. Viewings address historical and social context, as well as demystify technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, November 18 to December 9, 2019 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Lightroom

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

Date of event
Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Have fun as you learn the fundamentals of floral design from Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist Sarah Tietbohl. She shares design techniques as well as handy tips and tricks as you create a stunning centerpiece for your holiday dinner table, foyer, or living room.

Date of event
Monday, November 25, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date of event
Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Memoir: Art From Life

Join Mary Hall Surface, instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for a close look at Joan Miró’s The Farm to discover how memory informs the painting and can inspire your own reflective writing.

Date of event
Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monoprints Without a Press

Love mixed media? This workshop offers the perfect way to expand your repertoire by creating an array of one-off prints using acrylic paints and other materials.

Date of event
Wednesday, December 11 and 18, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.