Studio Arts: What's New
The Inspirational Quilts of Gee’s Bend

Explore the cultural history behind the vivid abstract quilts made in this distinctive rural Alabama community for generations, and try your hand at a quilting project in the Gee’s Bend spirit.

Date
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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, February 24, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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
Sunday, February 25 and March 4, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Composition
2-Session Daytime Course

This two-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
Wednesday, February 28 and March 7, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting
2-Session Evening Course

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
Wednesday, February 28 and March 7, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Collage and Mixed-Media: One-Day 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
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mixed-Media in the Style of Romare Bearden
2-Session Weekend Course

After an illustrated lecture on the work of Romare Bearden, best known for his bold mixed-media collages and photomontages, students respond by creating Bearden-inspired mixed-media compositions. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, March 3 and 10, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media Workshop
2-Session Weekend Course

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 4 and 11, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Paper Frenzy

Spend a day 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
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lightroom and Bookmaking
4-Session Evening Course

Rethink the traditional photobook as you explore print-on-demand and simple handmade bookmaking materials and methods. Use the latest version of Lightroom’s Book Module to select, develop, sequence, and lay out images as you produce your own books.

Date
Thursday, March 8 to 29, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Quilting for Beginners II: A Small Handmade Quilt, Continued
2-Session Weekend Course

Review the basics of hand-stitched quiltmaking and expand your skills while working on a small quilt of your choice in this two-session class.

Date
Saturday, March 10 and 17, 2018 - 12:00 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 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Image Transfers and Photo Alteration: 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
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to Lightroom Weekend Workshop
2-Session Course

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 17 and Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Children’s Book Illustration Workshop

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 18, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Spring Landscape Photography on the Potomac
8-Session Daytime Course

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
Monday, March 19 to May 7, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
An Orchid Afternoon

This entertaining and informative session with an orchid expert delves into many aspects of the beloved flower and our endless fascination with it. Learn about the flower’s history and lore; basic care; create a bark-mounted orchid to take home; and bring in one from your own collection for a question-and-answer session.

Date
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lightroom + Vision
7-Session Evening Course plus Weekend Field Trip

In this intensive workshop designed for intermediate photographers, students gain understanding and usage of Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules through several classroom sessions that include lectures, demonstrations, selected resources, hands-on practice, and location shoots.

Date
Class sessions: Monday, March 26 to May 7, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Field trip: Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Exploring Abstraction
9-Session Daytime Course

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 5 to May 31, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Continued Watercolor
7-Session Daytime Course

Go beyond the basics of paint application and learn how to construct strong, vibrant, personality-filled paintings as you hone your skills as a watercolor artist.

Date
Monday, April 9 to May 21, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Developing Your Sketchbook
6-Session Daytime Course

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 9 to May 14, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to Watercolor
7-Session Evening 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
Monday, April 9 to May 21, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
A Day with a Curator: Textile Treasures From the Montgomery History Collection

Get a rare close-up look some of the most important quilts, coverlets, and paisley shawls in the collection of the Montgomery County Historical Society. Curator and textile historian Elizabeth Lay considers the history, patterns, materials, and techniques reflected in these beautiful pieces. A private lunch highlights the day.

Date
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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, April 15, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Continued Pointed-Pen Calligraphy
8-Session Daytime Course

Further explore the versatility of the pointed pen as you expand your skills in working with the elegant Copperplate script.

Date
Monday, April 16 to June 11, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class May 28)
Beginning Drawing
8-Session Daytime 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
Monday, April 16 to June 11, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 28)
Color Theory
8-Session Evening Course

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 16 to June 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 28)
Continuing Black-and-White Photography
8-Session Evening Course

This course is designed for students who have completed Introduction to Black-and-White Photography and wish to refine their black-and-white printing skills and their understanding of 35mm camera operation.

Date
Monday, April 16 to June 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 28)
Continuing Studio Portraiture
8-Session Evening Course

This black-and-white photography course is designed as a follow-up to Introduction to Studio Portraiture for those who want to continue their study of portraiture, using the special lighting controls of the studio.

Date
Monday, April 16 to June 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class May 28)
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 16, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Painting Techniques From Impressionist Women: Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot
8-Session Daytime Course

Strong women, soft palettes, bold strokes: Explore the techniques that two prominent members of the impressionist movement used to achieve their signature effects. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, April 17 to June 5, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection
2-Session Daytime Course

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
Tuesday, April 17 and 24, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
8-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, April 17 to June 5, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock
8-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, April 17 to June 5, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Joy of Photography
8-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, April 17 to June 5, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Black-and-White Film Photography and the Darkroom
8-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
Tuesday, April 17 to June 5, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Continued Painting
8-Session Daytime Course

Working on a personal project or from still-life and model arrangements, participants move beyond the basics to focus on discovering and developing their own unique painterly language.

Date
Wednesday, April 18 to June 6, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Painting Is for Everyone
6-Session Daytime Course

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
Wednesday, April 18 to May 23, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Introduction to Photography
8-Session Daytime 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
Wednesday, April 18 to June 6, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media
8-Session Daytime 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, April 18 to June 6, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Continued Drawing
8-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
Wednesday, April 18 to June 6, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Collage, Assemblage, and Mixed-Media
8-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, April 18 to June 6, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition
5-Session Evening Course

Get a better practical understanding of elements such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting and how they can contribute to taking better and more unique photographs.

Date
Wednesday, April 18 to May 16, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Knitting for Beginners: Learning the Basics
6-Session Evening Course

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
Wednesday, April 18 to May 23, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sogetsu Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging
6-Session Evening Course

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 18 to May 23, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Oil Pastels for Everyone
6-Session Daytime Course

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 19 to May 24, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Beginning Oil Painting
8-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, April 19 to June 7, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
8-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, April 19 to June 7, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Drawing and Painting
8-session Daytime Course

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
Friday, April 20 to June 15, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class May 25)
Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain
8-Session Daytime Course

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
Friday, April 20 to June 15, 2018 – 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class May 25)
Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain
8-Session Evening Course

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
Friday, April 20 to June 15, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (no class May 25)
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
Friday, April 20 to May 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cascade Earrings

Find your flow in a gorgeous pair of three-tiered cascade earrings created from textured and oxidized metal shapes.

Date
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 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, April 21, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Laundry to Legacy Marathon: Repurposing Treasured Garments Into Memory Quilts

Spend a day learning how to create your own small T-shirt quilt. Some sewing experience and familiarity with your own sewing machine and the rotary cutter is helpful.  

Date
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Introduction to Pastel: Still-Life Compositions
3-Session Weekend Course

Working from still-life arrangements in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of pastels.

Date
Saturday, April 21 to May 5, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Painting Techniques From Impressionist Women: Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot
8-Session Weekend Course

Strong women, soft palettes, bold strokes: Explore the techniques that two prominent members of the impressionist movement used to achieve their signature effects. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 21 to June 16, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class May 26)
Open Darkroom Plus
8-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, April 21 to June 16, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class May 26)
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, April 21 and 28, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus
8-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, April 21 to June 16, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 26)
Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces
8-Session Weekend Course

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
Saturday, April 21 to June 16, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class May 26)
Calder Mobile Earrings

Make a colorful statement that’s lighter than air when you draw inspiration from the mobiles of Alexander Calder to create a pair of wirework-and-paper earrings. 

Date
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 2:00 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 22, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Pierced-Metal and Leather Cuff Bracelet

Learn the basics of metal piercing, texturing, and oxidizing techniques as you create a sterling-silver statement cuff that will quickly become your everyday adornment of choice. 

Date
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
8-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, April 22 to June 17, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class May 27)
The Joy of Photography
8-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, April 22 to June 17, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class May 27)
Figure Drawing and Independent Projects
8-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, April 22 to June 17, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 27)
On-Location Photography
8-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, April 22 to June 17, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no class May 27)
Introduction to Beading
3-Session Evening Course

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, April 23 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tempered Glass Mosaic Collage
8-Session Daytime Course

Tempered glass is a versatile material that when used as an overlay adds a shimmer to modern mosaic art works. Students use it, as well as stained glass and other glass products, to produce sophisticated compositions filled with unexpected visual interest.

Date
Tuesday, April 24 to June 12, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contemporary Mosaics: Mixed-Media Abstract Compositions
8-Session Evening Course

Explore the creative interplay of the ancient art of mosaics and contemporary abstract design as you create a unique mixed-media mosaic from traditional materials and natural elements—and anything else you choose.

Date
Tuesday, April 24 to June 12, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A Micro-Macramé Cuff Bracelet
2-Session Evening Course

In a two-session class, learn the basic knotting techniques needed to create a beautiful, intricate-looking cuff bracelet with the beads of your choice.

Date
Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27, 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, April 26 to May 24, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media One-Day Workshop

Spend a day discovering the creative possibilities of the centuries-old encaustic method, which offers rich and luminous color and great compatibility with collage materials.

Date
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 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, April 28, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Multi-strand Necklace with Patinated Findings

Explore the beautiful depth and color produced by creating a patina on metal  as you design and create a multi-strand necklace using crimping techniques and a sliding-knot finish.

Date
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 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, May 5 to 19, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Children’s Book Illustration Workshop

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
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 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, May 6, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Photography: A Hands-on History
6-Session Weekend Course

Trace the development of photography in this unique course led by art historian and photographer Patricia Howard. Sessions are enhanced by a hands-on component in which students create their own imagery using the techniques and processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Sunday, May 6 to June 17, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class May 27)
Rustic Woven Tray Workshop

A master basket weaver guides students in creating a beautiful tray full of rustic color and texture. Weavers of all skill levels are welcome.

Date
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Composition
2-Session Daytime Course

This two­-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 15 and 22, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Introduction to Lightroom Weekend Workshop
2-Session Course

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 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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, May 19, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Neon Light Sculpture
6-Session Evening Course

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
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 29 to June 26, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Build Your Photographic Portfolio
3-Session Evening Course

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
Wednesday, May 23 to June 6, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting
2-Session Evening Course

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
Thursday, May 31 and June 7, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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
Friday, June 1 to 22, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Inspirational Quilts of Gee’s Bend

Explore the cultural history behind the vivid abstract quilts made in this distinctive rural Alabama community for generations, and try your hand at a quilting project in the Gee’s Bend spirit.

Date
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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, June 10, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Boot Camp for Quilters

In this hands-on workshop, practice some fundamental techniques to help create the quilts you want, including piecing, applique, embellishment, finishing and binding, quilting, and nontraditional fabrics. 

Date
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Developing Black-and-White Film at Home

Processing your own 35mm or 120mm black-and-white film is cost-effective, and typically provides better results. Get all the skills you need to begin at this information-packed, hands-on session.

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.