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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.
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, May 19, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.
Nuno-Felted Scarf Workshop

The nuno process, which bonds wool to other fabrics, creates lightweight, drapeable felt ideal for clothing and accessories. Learn this unique and versatile technique as you create a one-of-a-kind scarf.

Date
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 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.
A Day of Drawing at Congressional Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery’s 35 acres of rolling grounds and picturesque vistas along the Anacostia River provide the perfect springtime setting in which to find inspiration during an instructor-led drawing excursion.

Date
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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.
Hat Making with a Master Milliner

Spend a fascinating afternoon exploring the art and the magic of hats—for both women and men—as you create a one-of-a-kind seasonal topper under the guidance of noted D.C. milliner Anthony Gaskins.

Date
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hat Making with a Master Milliner

Spend a fascinating afternoon exploring the art and the magic of hats—for both women and men—as you create a one-of-a-kind seasonal topper under the guidance of noted D.C. milliner Anthony Gaskins

Date
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
An Orchid Evening

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 basic care, special considerations when moving a plant outside for the summer, and how to re-pot an orchid to take home.

Date
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode

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

Date
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.
Landscape Painting at Brookside Gardens
4-Session Daytime Course

Beautiful landscapes, fountains, and flowers provide inspiration for painters in this intensive morning course held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual experimentation, students explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques, composition, and perspective.

Date
Monday, June 18 to Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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.
Pastel Portraits

Degas, Manet, and Cassatt achieved remarkable portraits by employing the strong line and luminous color of pastels. Participants in this workshop are introduced to methods for achieving similar results, through sketching or a detailed portrait study. Intermediate students work in the studio with a live model and focus on the elements of portraiture and pastel technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Still-Life in Pastel

Beginning and experienced students work directly from still-life arrangements as they explore the techniques of cross-hatching and layering of color in this one-day workshop.

Date
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.