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Smithsonian Associates Streaming

Your newest link to our world of learning

Welcome to Smithsonian Associates Streaming, a new digital platform for the high-quality, engaging and varied programs that you've come to expect from us.

We invite you to join us from the comfort of your home as we present individual programs, multi-part courses, studio arts classes, and virtual study tours inspired by the Smithsonian's research, collections and exhibitions. We're excited to present this new aspect of our 55 years as the world's largest museum-based educational program-and to have you be an important part of our future growth.

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Explore all our offerings in this month's digital program guide.

Getting Started with Zoom

We use Zoom for all our streaming programs. Most of the large format programs do not require you to download the Zoom application, however, some of the interactive programs utilizing the meeting function require it. You can download Zoom here.

Streaming Programs

Shenandoah National Park: Natural History Highlights
Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET
Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music
Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Sears Houses of Arlington
Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
History Film Forum: MLK/FBI
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. ET
Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Techniques in Modernist Painting
Tuesday, January 19 to March 9, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Linoleum-Block Printmaking Without a Press
Tuesday, January 19 to February 16, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Tuesday, January 19 to March 9, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Tapestry Weaving
Tuesday, January 19 to February 23, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
The Joy of Photography
Tuesday, January 19 to February 9, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Mr. President: An Evening with Martin Sheen
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Botanicals in Watercolor
Wednesday, January 20 to February 24, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Botanicals in Watercolor II
Wednesday, January 20 to February 24, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Beginning Drawing
Wednesday, January 20 to March 3, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Artists in Depth at the Barnes Foundation: Modigliani and Soutine
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET
Mozart: The Reign of Love
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Exploring Abstraction
Thursday, January 21 to February 25, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Introduction to Beading
Thursday, January 21 to February 4, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Photo 101: Night Photography and Tripods
Thursday, January 21, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
A Lab of One's Own: Overcoming Sexism in Science
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
How To Succeed in 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Siena: A Gothic Dream
Friday, January 22, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Handmade Storybooks
Friday, January 22 and 29, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera
Saturday, January 23 and 30, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish
Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Russell Gammon's Africa: Take a Virtual Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Today’s Quilts by Hand
Saturday, January 23 to February 13, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Painting and Collage
Saturday, January 23 to February 13, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Gyotaku II: Fish-printing Hawaiian Style
Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Introduction to Watercolor
Sunday, January 24 to March 14, 2021 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET
Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music
Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Developing Your Sketchbook
Monday, January 25 to February 8, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Decorative Glass "Stringer" Plate
Monday, January 25, 2021 – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET and Monday, February 22, 2021 – 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
Beginning Drawing
Monday, January 25 to March 22, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET (no class Feb. 15)
Painting is for Everyone
Monday, January 25 to March 8, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET (no class Feb. 15)
Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Introduction to Photography
Tuesday, January 26 to March 16, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Behind the White Picket Fence: American Suburbs in the 1950s
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Creativity Boosters
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Freestyle Embroidery on Kimono Silk
Wednesday, January 27 to February 17, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Introduction to Photography II
Wednesday, January 27 to March 17, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Mindful Stitching
Wednesday, January 27 to February 17, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
The Dawn of Flight in Washington, DC
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Collage and Mixed-Media: Animals and Nature
Wednesday, January 27 to March 17, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Collage and Mixed-Media
Wednesday, January 27 to March 17, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Introduction to Photography II
Wednesday, January 27 to March 17, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition
Wednesday, January 27 to February 24, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Thank You for the Laughs! Comedians at the Kennedy Center Honors
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
When Good Patterns Go Bad: Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes
Thursday, January 28, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Mastering Exposure
Thursday, January 28 to February 25, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
America and Iran: From Allies to Adversaries
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
The Lost Art of Scripture
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series
Friday, January 29, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination
Sunday, January 31 to March 21, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music
Sunday, January 31, 2021 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Paper Frenzy
Monday, February 1 and 8, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Contemporary Mosaics: From the Ground Up
Tuesday, February 2 to March 9, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
You Must Remember This: Favorite Movies and Their Times
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
The Jews of Florence: From the Medici to Mussolini
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Beginning Oil Painting
Thursday, February 4 to March 25, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
The Battle of Saratoga: "The Compleat Victory"
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Knitting Mittens and Gloves
Friday, February 5 to 19, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Florence: Where the Renaissance Began
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive
Friday, February 5 to 19, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Wines of Northern California: A Top Sommelier's Guide
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. ET
A History of Arlington County, Virginia
Saturday, February 6 to 27, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET
Handmade Cards: From Happy Birthday to Get Well Soon
Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Mosaic Jewelry
Saturday, February 6, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
The Arts of Islam: Majesty and Beauty
Monday, February 8, February 22, March 1, and March 8, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Forensic Science: Investigating the Real Profession
Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Music City, DC
Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
The President’s Neighborhood: Lafayette Park
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET
The Real Dish on Pizza: Two Experts Spill the Ingredients
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Food and Family in The Godfather: A Banquet of Power
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera
Wednesday, February 10 to 24, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
An Evening with Matthew McConaughey
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Seeking the Invisible: Detecting Supermassive Black Holes in Space
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Art + History: Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
A Smithsonian Panorama: Perspectives on a National Treasure
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Gaudy Nights and Criminal Endeavors: The Murder Mysteries of Oxford
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Art Nouveau: New Style for a New Century
Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Introduction to Afghan Geometric Design
Sunday, February 14 to March 21, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Great Monuments of the Ancient World: Ancient Thebes
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Seeds of Destruction: The Road to World War II in Europe
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Geological Wonders of Iceland
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 6:45 p.m ET
The Art of Floral Design
Thursday, February 18 to March 25, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Watercolor Magic Tips and Tricks
Thursday, February 18, 2021 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
The Eternal Struggle To Own the Land
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
In the Footsteps of Piero della Francesca
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Introduction to Lightroom
Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Slavery and the American Revolution
Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
The Watercolor Portrait Simplified
Saturday, February 20 and 27, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.
Woodcut Printmaking Without a Press
Monday, February 22 to March 22, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Contemporary Art as a Commodity
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Music City, DC
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Russian Concert Masterworks: A Vibrant Tradition Part I
Tuesday, February 23 to March 16, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
The Flash Class
Tuesday, February 23 to March 16, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Archetypes of American Film
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Great Monuments of the Ancient World: Persepolis
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Found-Fabric Journals
Wednesday, February 24 to March 24, 2021 – 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Irving Berlin: The Last of the Troubadours
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
The National Zoo's New Giant Panda Cub: Mei Xiang Delivers a Miracle
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Edgar Degas: The Reluctant Impressionist
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Quick-Sketch Watercolors
Thursday, February 25 and March 4, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Advice from the Blue Zones on Living Longer with WebMD's John Whyte
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Searching for Life on Mars
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Mucha at Poster House: Designs That Dazzled a New Age
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Fair Isle Knitting Technique
Friday, February 26 to March 12, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Felted Jewelry
Friday, February 26 to March 12, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series
Friday, February 26, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Charlie Parker: A Centennial Spotlight
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. ET
The History of Ireland: Four More Turning Points
Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
White-Line Woodblock Printing
Saturday, February 27, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Beautiful Destinations: Botanical Gardens of the World
Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET
Artful Mind, Tranquil Mind
Monday, March 1 to 22, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
A History of the British Monarchy: Early Legends to Modern Monarchs
Monday, March 1 to Friday, March 5, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Composition
Monday, March 1 to 22, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Dissecting Design with Abstract Collage
Monday, March 1 to 22, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Sculptural Relief
Tuesday, March 2 to 23, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Intermediate Tapestry Weaving
Tuesday, March 2 to 23, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Great Monuments of the Ancient World: Acropolis
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Beautiful Landscapes in Watercolor
Wednesday, March 3 to 24, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Lightroom Tune-up
Wednesday, March 3 to 17, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
You Must Remember This: Favorite Movies and Their Times
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Beautiful Landscapes in Watercolor
Wednesday, March 3 to 24, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Tom Stoppard: A Life
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 5:00 p.m. ET
Introduction to Scientific Illustration – Watercolor and Ink
Thursday, March 4 to 25, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Build Your Photographic Portfolio
Thursday, March 4 to 18, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Yale's Treasures: Architecture, Art, and Collections
Friday, March 5 to 26, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Creative Sculptural Composition
Friday, March 5 to 26, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
The Maya: Ancient Splendors, Modern Legacies
Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Fin-de Siècle Vienna: The Cradle of Modernity
Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET
Crepe Paper Flower: The Amaryllis
Saturday, March 6, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Native Orchids
Saturday, March 6, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera
Sunday, March 7 and 14, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Music City, DC
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Great Monuments of the Ancient World: Teotihuacan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Henri Matisse: An Enduring Fascination
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Photo 101: Apertures, Shutter Speeds, and Exposure Modes
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Forced Into War: How Impressment Fueled the Royal Navy
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Inside the Historic Arts Club of Washington
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Book Arts: Standards and Creative Variations
Thursday, March 11 to 25, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Sculpting with Color and Light
Thursday, March 11 and 18, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Botticelli: Visual Poet of the Renaissance
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series
Friday, March 12, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
The Barnes Foundation: A Collector's Vision
Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET
Log Cabin Building Blocks
Saturday, March 13 and 20, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Beautiful Destinations: Botanical Gardens of the World
Sunday, March 14, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET
Marie Antoinette at Versailles: Life, Art, and Myth
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection
Tuesday, March 16 and 23, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
A World Tour of Mesmerizing Mosaics
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET
Cole Porter: Sophisticate of American Song
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
American TV in the 1950s: A Medium's "Golden Age"
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Search and Rescue: Back from the (Creative) Edge
Wednesday, March 17 and 24, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Photo 101: Basic Flash Photography
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
The Future of Humanity in Space
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
A Fiddler on the Roof: The Art of Chagall
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
France During World War II: Occupation and Resistance
Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Introduction to iPhone Photography
Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Nicholas Winton: Britain's Schindler
Monday, March 22, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Russian Concert Masterworks: A Vibrant Tradition Part II
Tuesday, March 23 to April 13, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Understanding Contemporary Art: From Pop to Pluralism
Wednesday, March 24 to April 21, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Photo 101: Understanding ISO
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
The River That Made Paris
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Grammatical Gaffes: A Linguist Looks at Language Peeves
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Photo 101: Exposures and Histograms
Thursday, March 25, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Forgotten No More: Rediscovering Remarkable Women
Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Beautiful Destinations: Botanical Gardens of the World
Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET
A World on the Wing: The Wonder of Avian Migration
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Italian Renaissance Art
Tuesday, March 30 to April 20, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Artisanal Bread Making: Innovation Is on the Rise
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Mantua: Power, Patronage, and the Renaissance
Friday, April 2, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Wines of the Oldest World: A Top Sommelier's Guide
Friday, April 9, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. ET
Beautiful Destinations: Botanical Gardens of the World
Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET
Beautiful Destinations: Botanical Gardens of the World
Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET
Beautiful Destinations: Botanical Gardens of the World
Sunday, May 9, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET