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Beginning Acrylic Painting

8-Session Evening Course

Monday, January 7 to March 11, 2019 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18)
Code: 1K00FG

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“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 Shikhaliyev

8 sessions; 3 hours each (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18)

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