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Studio Arts: What's New
Mandala Wall Hanging

Eastern sacred design meets Western textile techniques as students create a quilted mandala wall hanging based on the kolam tradition of Southern India.

Date
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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
Wednesday, October 24 to December 5, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 21)
Build Your Photographic Portfolio

Show off your photos like a pro and learn how to assemble a personal portfolio that reflects your best work and your distinctive vision as a photographer.

Date
Monday, October 29 to November 19, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 12)
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
Saturday, November 3 and 10, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Collage and Mixed-Media: Intensive Weekend Workshop

Explore the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage and assemblage as you create an artwork that’s uniquely yours. The 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
Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Colored Pencil Workshop

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
Saturday, November 3 and 10, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Log Cabin Quilt Improvisation

The traditional Log Cabin block offers a wonderful framework for exploring color and value contrast—and for spontaneous sewing. Learn an efficient flag-piecing technique, then finish your completed blocks as a throw or a table runner.

Date
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Digital Camera Basics

This hands-on digital media workshop covers topics such as obtaining a good exposure; making exposure adjustments on an image; controlling color and tone as files are captured; understanding resolution, picture quality, and file formats such as JPEG and RAW; transferring files to the computer; and organizing files with a browser.

Date
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 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
Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 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—and that’s now experiencing a revival.

Date
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Manuscript Illumination in the Medieval Tradition

Explore the rich history of manuscript illumination as you use fine-tip markers or colored pencils to produce your own tiny masterpiece in the spirit of the medieval scribes who created some of the most beautiful and imaginative examples of the form.

Date
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Cards: Making Memorable Masterpieces

Create one-of-a-kind holiday greeting cards while learning the tips and techniques of professional card making from expert crafter Karen Cadogan. Take home a generous assortment of supplies to design more greetings with your personal touch.

Date
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Self-Portraits: Painting

Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, this 3-session workshop examines the art of self-portraiture and puts techniques observed at the exhibition into practice to create beautiful, expressive self-portraits. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Monday, November 19 to December 3, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection

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

Date
Monday, November 19 and 26, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Art Deco Peacock Earrings

Create your own bit of peacock-inspired elegance with earrings that incorporate Swarovski crystals and wire-working techniques.

Date
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 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
Saturday, December 1 and 8, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Riveted Bangle Bracelets

Add a bit of jingle to your holiday season with a set of beautiful, made-by-you, bangle bracelets. The class is perfect for beginners and those with previous wire or metalsmithing experience.

Date
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 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
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A Riveted Ring

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

Date
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Needle Felting for the Holidays: Elves and Ornaments

Add some handcrafted accents to the season by making a sprightly “elf-on-a-shelf” and an ornament of your own design as you explore the basics of sculpting, embellishing, and painting with a felting needle.

Date
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Self-Portraits: Photography

Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Eye to Eye: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today exhibit, this two-part workshop focuses on the art of self-portraiture through studio photography. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, December 2 and 9, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Orchids for the Holidays

Take a break from the stress of the season to enjoy an entertaining and informative afternoon with an orchid expert and come away with an elegant holiday present to give to special someone on your list or to keep for yourself.

Date
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Exploring the Visual Foundations and Traditions of Art

Through lectures and drawing exercises, learn how Renaissance artists used the Golden Ratio, the Rule of Thirds, three-point perspective, and the Fibonacci spiral—as well as how these elements can provide dynamic visual interest to your own compositions, no matter the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Monday, December 3 and 10, 2018 – 2:00 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
Monday, December 3 to Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fabulous Findings and Dramatic Dangles

In this workshop, create one-of-a-kind necklaces and earring sets using wire. Students explore different designs and methods for headpins, clasps, ear wires, hoops, and charms.

Date
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pendant Necklaces: Stones and Bails

Learn how to create gorgeous designs using stone pendants with tricky hole placement. Experience with basic wirework, hand tools, and making open and closed loops is recommended.

Date
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Personalized Best-Friend Necklaces

Create the perfect unique gift for a friend or loved one—and get a beautiful necklace for yourself in the bargain: Using metal texturing, wire wrapping, and basic metal-stamping techniques, create a monogrammed silver pendant with a gemstone bead accent.

Date
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wreaths with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wreaths with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
Centerpieces with Smithsonian Gardens

Bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when you create a centerpiece guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

Date
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.