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Studio Arts: What's New
Oil Pastels for Everyone
4-Session Evening Course

Both beginners and seasoned artists can learn to take advantage of the creative possibilities of this rich pigmented, vibrant, and versatile medium.

Date
Monday, July 9 to 30, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Continued Drawing
6-Session Evening Course

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
Monday, July 9 to August 13, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom
6-Session Evening Course

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
Monday, July 9 to August 13, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Flash Class
6-Session Evening Course

Lighting can make or break your work as a digital photographer. Learn the tech tips that will make your flash one of your most effective creative tools.

Date
Monday, July 9 to August 13, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
6-Session Evening Course

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
Tuesday, July 10 to August 14, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock
6-Session Evening Course

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
Tuesday, July 10 to August 14, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Joy of Photography
6-Session Evening Exploratory Course

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
Tuesday, July 10 to August 14, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Photography
6-Session Evening Course

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
Tuesday, July 10 to August 14, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media
4-Session Evening Course

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
Wednesday, July 11 to August 1, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition
5-Session Evening Course

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
Wednesday, July 11 to August 8, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Figure Painting
6-Session Evening Course

Working from live models, students are introduced to essential elements of technique and anatomy, with a focus on developing their observational painting skills.

Date
Wednesday, July 11 to August 15, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Beginning Oil Painting
6-Session Evening Course

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
Thursday, July 12 to August 16, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
6-Session Evening Course

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
Thursday, July 12 to August 16, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mall Crawl Photo Shooting
4-Session Daytime Course

In this intermediate to advanced photography class, explore the people and places of the National Mall through multiple photo shoot opportunities.

Date
Friday, July 13 to August 3, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Fundamentals of Art: From Drawing to Painting
6-Session Evening Course

Develop your artistic potential in a course that offers an introduction to two forms of expression, as students translate the principles of drawing into the process of painting.

Date
Friday, July 13 to August 24, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Image Transfers and Photo Alteration
2-Session Weekend Mixed-Media Workshop

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
Saturday, July 14 and July 21, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Quilting for Beginners: A Small Handmade Quilt
3-Session Weekend Course

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
Saturday, July 14 to July 28, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
6-Session Weekend Course

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
Saturday, July 14 to August 18, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 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
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Colored Pencil Workshop
2-Session Weekend Course

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, July 14 and July 21, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination
6-Session Weekend Course

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
Saturday, July 14 to August 18, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
6-Session Weekend Course

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
Saturday, July 14 to August 18, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 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, July 15, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
6-Session Weekend Course

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
Sunday, July 15 to August 19, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
The Joy of Photography
6-Session Weekend Exploratory Course

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
Sunday, July 15 to August 19, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
On-Location Photography
6-Session Weekend Course

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
Sunday, July 15 to August 19, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Figure Drawing and Independent Projects
6-Session Weekend Course

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

Date
Sunday, July 15 to August 19, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Introduction to Watercolor
6-Session Weekend Course

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

Date
Sunday, July 15 to August 19, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
4-Session Evening Course

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
Tuesday, July 17 to August 7, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mastering Exposure
5-Session Evening Course

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
Thursday, July 19 to August 16, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Lightroom
2-Session Weekend Workshop

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, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Animal Portrait in Collage

Capture the essence of your favorite animal or pet in a one-of-a-kind collage portrait filled with texture and color.

Date
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media
2-Session Weekend Workshop

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
Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Pastel Intensive Weekend Workshop: Impressionism in the Smithsonian Gardens
3-Session Weekend Course

Take your cue from Monet’s masterful techniques and your inspiration from the varied and vivid Smithsonian gardens as you explore the brilliant and subtle effects of pastels. 

Date
Saturday, July 28 to August 11, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Introduction to Mosaics in Glass
3-Session Evening Course

Develop a strong technical foundation in working with glass mosaic as you design and create a striking 8-inch-square home décor piece.

Date
Tuesday, July 31 to August 14, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Handmade Storybooks: Mixed-Media Workshop

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
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Handmade Storybooks: Mixed-Media Workshop

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
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Checkerboard-Patterned Basket Workshop

Under the guidance of a master basket weaver, create a boldly graphic basket that’s the perfect carrier for a lunch in the summer sun. 

Date
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Checkerboard-Patterned Basket Workshop

Under the guidance of a master basket weaver, create a boldly graphic basket that’s the perfect carrier for a lunch in the summer sun. 

Date
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oil Painting Boot Camp
2-Session Weekend Course

Whether you have never picked up a brush or haven’t painted in years, this 2-day workshop provides a solid foundation in the basics of working in oil. By the end of the weekend, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

Date
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.