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Smithsonian Associates Online Programs

Join us from the comfort of your home as we present individual programs, multi-part courses, and studio arts classes on Zoom, inspired by the Smithsonian's research, collections, and exhibitions.

All upcoming Online programs

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Session 3 of 3
April 18, 2024

Find your sense of color confidence while learning to apply color to embroidery art as would a painter using pigments and a palette.

Session 3 of 8
April 18, 2024

Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create exciting, innovative works of art, using a series of drawing and painting exercises designed to examine nontraditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter.

April 18, 2024

When the Western Roman Empire collapsed in the fifth century, Germanic kingdoms dominated Italy, Gaul, and Spain. Yet only one of those kingdoms laid a foundation from which a modern country would arise. This was the achievement of the Franks, who conquered the lands that came to be known as France. The king who led their original conquests was Clovis, who reigned from approximately 481 to 511. Historian David Gwynn re-examines Clovis’ career and the factors that explain his remarkable success.

Session 1 of 2
April 18, 2024

Learn about different forms of charcoal as well as a variety of styes and techniques—including pressure, twisting, blending, and smudging—by doing exercises in class. Then create a more finished project of choice: portrait, landscape, or still life.

Session 1 of 4
April 18, 2024

Explore the basics of color theory, including temperature, value, and harmony-creating color schemes. In hands-on projects, learn to use a color wheel with tinting and toning, color charts, and color harmony studies.

Session 2 of 4
April 18, 2024

Enjoy a unique opportunity to explore four of England’s most beloved cities, each possessed of intriguing history, magnificent architecture, rare treasures, and famous residents. From York’s bustling medieval streets and Oxford’s beautiful colleges to the splendid vistas of Cambridge and the Georgian elegance of Bath, cultural historian Lorella Brocklesby showcases what has long made these cities unforgettable.

April 18, 2024

Abraham Lincoln, a staunch advocate of democracy, believed in the fundamental principles of the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Two leading Lincoln scholars, Allen C. Guelzo and Harold Holzer, discuss the intricacies of Lincoln's legacy, providing a dual perspective on the challenges and triumphs that defined the nation during the 19th century and drawing parallels to the complexities of the current one.

April 19, 2024

Explore the rich diversity of Walla Walla Valley as it celebrates 40 years since becoming an appellation. Sommelier Erik Segelbaum leads you in discovering the nuances in aroma, flavor profiles, and aging potential of select Walla Walla Valley wines and gaining a deeper appreciation for this renowned wine region of Washington State.

April 20, 2024

What makes Dante’s Inferno essential reading today, even though it was written seven centuries ago? Literature professor Joseph Luzzi sheds light on the fascinating world of Dante’s epic poem in all its cultural and historical richness. He highlights Dante’s relationship to his beloved hometown of Florence, lacerating experience of exile, and lifelong devotion to his muse, Beatrice.

Session 3 of 8
April 21, 2024

Beginning students explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.