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Welcome to Smithsonian Associates In-Person Programs

Join us in person on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, for a variety of programs and studio arts classes and workshops, as well as a range of local and regional destinations in our walking tours, full-day study tours, and overnight tours.

All upcoming In-Person programs

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March 3 to March 4, 2024
In-Person
$630 - $945

There’s no better way to sweep away winter than with an overnight escape to the horticultural paradise that’s the Philadelphia Flower Show. And with a theme of “United by Flowers,” the 2024 edition is sure to provide plenty of color and extravagance. Horticulturist Chelsea Mahaffey leads the tour.


Session 5 of 6
March 3, 2024
In-Person
$195 - $225

Great shoots start with great locations—and Washington, D.C. 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.


Session 7 of 8
March 5, 2024
In-Person
$255 - $285

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.


Session 7 of 8
March 5, 2024
In-Person
$255 - $285

Participants refine and expand their drawing skills through studio practice in traditional media. Sessions focus on classic subject areas such as landscape, portrait, and figure.


Session 7 of 8
March 5, 2024
In-Person
$215 - $245

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.


Session 7 of 8
March 5, 2024
In-Person
$235 - $265

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.


Session 7 of 8
March 5, 2024
In-Person
$225 - $255

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.


Session 4 of 6
March 6, 2024
In-Person
$155 - $185

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.


March 7, 2024

Discover what it takes to keep the Smithsonian’s many gardens and interior plant displays looking their best all year. Smithsonian horticulturist Vickie Dibella takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations facility in Suitland, Maryland, whose greenhouses provide plants for the institution’s gardens and horticultural exhibits.


Session 6 of 8
March 7, 2024
In-Person
$265 - $295

In this course, gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter. Working from museum masterpieces, still-life arrangements, or your favorite photos, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing.