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Beginning Acrylic Painting

8-Session Evening Course

Monday, January 28 to March 18, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Code: 1K00FG

Please Note: The class has an adjusted schedule (originally Jan. 7 to March 18, 2019 with 2 date skips).

The January 28 session of this class will meet at the instructor's studio located at 3706 Otis St, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.

  • The studio is located in an industrial building with front and rear entrances; the studio entrance is located in the rear of the building. Signs will be posted and a Smithsonian staff member will be present to direct you.
  • There is ample free parking in the rear of the building, next to the studio entrance.

“Seeing is already a creative operation and that demands an effort.” –Henry Matisse

Are you ready to pick up a paint brush? Painting is as much about how you think as it is the process of putting colors on canvas. This beginning-level course introduces both the skills needed to paint, and how to observe and reflect the world around you like an artist. Learn how to make the mental shift to a different way of seeing to create a "painterly representation" of what you see.

Participants are introduced to composition, color, and value management and the process of visual selection, and experiment with these concepts by painting a series of still-life set ups. They also learn how to develop painting techniques by researching a favorite American painter from the Smithsonian collections.

Basic drawing skills are helpful but not necessary.

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Instructor: Shahin Talishkhan

8 sessions; 3 hours each

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3038/39
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)