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When Good Patterns Go Bad: Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes

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.

Date
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fair Isle Knitting Technique

Peries, XOX, and Boarders. These may sound like the names of rock bands, but in fact they are the patterns found in Fair Isle knitting. Students in this workshop focus on learning this stranding color technique.

Date
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00 a.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
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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, February 23, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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 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
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Paper Frenzy

Spend two sessions 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
Friday, March 1 and 8, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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
Friday, March 1 to 22, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Felted Jewelry

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.

Date
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Penland Pottery Basket

Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students of all levels in creating a round spoke basket in a pattern that combines twining and braiding techniques.

Date
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 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, March 3, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nuno-Felted Scarf

Nuno, the Japanese word for fabric, lends itself to the name of one of the newest textile trends. Create a one-of-a-kind nuno-felted scarf and explore variations on this unique and versatile technique used to create accessories, jewelry, wall hangings, curtains, and other projects.

Date
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media

The encaustic method of painting combines the luminescence of watercolor, the rich color and thickness of oils, and the quick-drying benefits of acrylic. The medium can be molded, sculpted, combined with collage materials, and reworked at any time. In this workshop, ideal for all experience levels, learn to capture vibrant pigments using heated beeswax, as well as fusing and carving in wax.

Date
Sunday, March 3 and 10, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Continued Quilting: Appliqué 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
Sunday, March 3 and 10, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 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, March 4 and 11, 2019 – 2:00 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, March 10, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 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, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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
Saturday, March 16 and 23, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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
Sunday, March 17 to 31, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 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
Saturday, March 23 and 30, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sip and Sample: Try Your Hand at Three Studio Arts Classes

Get a taste of three of our most popular studio arts courses—in printmaking, drawing, and mixed-media—for a single night each as you enjoy a glass of wine and stimulate the artist within.

Date
Thursday, March 28, April 4, and April 11, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oil Painting Boot Camp

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, March 30, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Developing Your Sketchbook

Boost your creativity and record your thoughts and visual observations of the world around you—and in the process transform your sketchbook into a powerful expression of your inner self.

Date
Monday, April 1 to May 6, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 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
Thursday, April 4 to May 30, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Spring Landscape Photography on the Potomac

Described as a national treasure, the 15-mile stretch of the Potomac River from River Bend Park to Roosevelt Island is the focus of shooting assignments in this course. After a classroom orientation session, photographers record spring’s progress from both Maryland and Virginia locations in this beautiful and ecologically significant area.

Date
Friday, April 5 to June 7, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)
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
Friday, April 5 and 12, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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
Friday, April 5 to May 3, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class April 19)
Laundry to Legacy: Repurposing Treasured Garments Into Memory Quilts

In a hands-on workshop, quilt-maker Lauren Kingsland shares new way to use T-shirts and other garments of sentimental value: Transform them into usable quilts to give as gifts or to preserve cherished memories.

Date
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
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
Saturday, April 6 to June 8, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class April 20 and May 25)
Pysanky: A Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating Workshop

Learn about the tradition of pysanky, the colorful Ukrainian Easter eggs, as you master the egg-waxing and dyeing processes used to create them.

Date
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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
Saturday, April 6 to June 8, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 20 and May 25)
Handmade Cards: Mother’s Day and More

Spend an afternoon creating springtime holiday cards, as well as those to express thank-yous, congratulations, or birthday wishes, all in a memorably personal way.

Date
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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
Monday, April 8 to May 20, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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
Monday, April 8 to May 20, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 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
Wednesday, April 10 to May 29, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 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
Wednesday, April 10 to May 29, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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
Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)
Tapestry Weaving: Learn to Paint with Yarn

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
Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)
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
Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 19 and May 24)
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
Friday, April 12 to June 14, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class April 19 to May 24)
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

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, April 14, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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
Sunday, April 14 to June 16, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 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
Sunday, April 14 to June 16, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 26)
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
Sunday, April 14 to June 16, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 26)
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
Sunday, April 14 to June 2, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class April 21 and May 26)
Orchid Afternoon: Orchids for Beginners

Learn from an orchid-care expert how orchids grow in their native environments, and pick up care instructions to keep your orchids blooming.

Date
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Knitting for Beginners: Learning the Basics

Learn the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and may start a knitting project during class.

Date
Monday, April 15 to May 20, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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
Monday, April 15 to June 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 27)
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
Monday, April 15 to June 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 27)
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
Monday, April 15 to June 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 27)
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
Monday, April 15 to June 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 27)
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
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
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.

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. Critiques of class and home assignments enhance the technical skills you learn. At least two photoshoot excursions outside of the classroom are scheduled.

Students must have a camera with manual controls, and a tripod is needed for the class. Bring your camera and manual to the first session.

Instructor: Andargé Asfaw

 

8 sessions; 2.5 hours each

Date
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Create a Mosaic Tapestry

Create beautiful 12-by-20-inch mosaic tapestries using glass and ceramic tiles, ball chain, costume jewelry, glass, and beads, and other items that spark the imagination.

Date
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Smalti Mosaics

Learn the history and nuances of working with smalti, a traditional enameled-glass mosaic material, as you create a 10" x 10" mosaic artwork.

Date
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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
Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Drawing and Painting

In this combination course, students work from still life, architectural interiors, and landscape to translate the world of three dimensions to two through the arts of drawing and painting.

Date
Wednesday, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
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
Wednesday, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 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, April 17 to May 29, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (no class May 15)
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
Wednesday, April 17 to June 5, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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
Thursday, April 18 to May 16, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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
Thursday, April 18 to June 6, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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
Thursday, April 18 to June 6, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting

Shooting a great photo is just the beginning. Get ready to show off your work by learning how to get your digital images printed accurately and to cut custom-sized windows in mat board.

Date
Monday, April 22 and 29, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Painting Is for Everyone

If you’ve ever wanted to paint, here’s a class that offers the perfect introduction to the art—and will have you ready to pick up your brush with confidence.

Date
Wednesday, April 24 to May 29, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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
Wednesday, April 24 to May 22, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Oil Pastels

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

Date
Thursday, April 25 to May 30, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 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
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Knitting Circle

Expand your knitting skills and your creativity as you work with the instructor on a project, technique of special interest that intrigues you.

Date
Friday, April 26 to June 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (no class May 24)
Abstract Silver and Gemstone Earrings

Learn metalsmithing techniques while making a pair of asymmetrical statement earrings that are guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind.

Date
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
English Precious-Metal Embroidery: A Customized Gilded Monogram

Learn the art—and history—of English precious-metal embroidery as you create a richly embroidered monogram on dupioni silk.

Date
Saturday, April 27 and May 11, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
From Dashes to Dots: Techniques of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists

Study the lives, art, and techniques of famous impressionist and post-impressionist artists as you use the same materials and colors to learn their working methods of paint application and brushstroke. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 27 to May 18, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 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
Saturday, April 27 and May 4, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drawing in Museums

Learning the art of copying and develop your rendering and composition skills at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, American Art Museum, and Natural History Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 27 to May 2019 – 1:30 p.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, April 27, 2019 - 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 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
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Jewelry Workshop: Charming Designs

Use simple wire-working techniques to create charms from mixed metals and stones. Instructions for a necklace, wrap bracelet, or pair of fringed earrings are provided.

Date
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Build a Tiny House

It takes a village! In a 2-day workshop, students construct their own tiny houses, which they personalize working in paper-mache, acrylics, and mixed media.

Date
Sunday, April 28 and May 5, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hammered Hoop Earrings

Create two pairs of earrings by hammering thick wires into a look reminiscent of sheet metal. Leave with one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

Date
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 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, April 29 and May 6, 2019 – 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
Tuesday, April 30 to Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Encaustic and Mixed-Media: Elements of Nature

The encaustic method of painting combines the luminescence of watercolor, the rich color and thickness of oils, and the quick-drying benefits of acrylic. The medium can be molded, sculpted, combined with collage materials, and reworked at any time. In this workshop, ideal for all experience levels, learn to capture vibrant pigments using heated beeswax and damar resin, as well as fusing and carving in wax.

Date
Friday, May 3, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Friday, May 10 and 17, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 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, May 4, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Introduction to Pastels: Cezanne-Inspired Landscapes

Working in Smithsonian gardens, use chalk or oil pastel to capture vibrant colors in nature and their interaction with light--in the style of impressionist Paul Cezanne. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, May 4 and 11, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fabric Printing Using Natural Materials

Use colorful Akua water-based printmaking ink to create evocative spring-themed prints on fabric.

Date
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

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, May 5, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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, May 6 to 20, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Composition

This three­-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
Tuesday, May 7 to 21, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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
Tuesday, May 7 to 28, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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
Friday, May 10 to June 7, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 24)
Confidence with Color in Quilting

This two-session class 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
Saturday, May 11 and 18, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 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
Monday, May 13 and 20, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Out and About with an Artist

Join painting instructor Adrienne Wyman for a “behind-the-easel” perspective on French and impressionist paintings exhibited at four of Washington’s leading art museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, May 16 to June 6, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Introduction to Lightroom 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, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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
Friday, May 31 and June 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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 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, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 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
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Oil Painting Boot Camp

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, June 8 and 15, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

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, June 9, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.