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Throughout its millennial history, Sicily’s complex culture, language, art and architecture, customs, and masterful cuisine have been shaped by a myriad of settlers and colonizers. In a richly illustrated day-long seminar, art historian Nigel McGilchrist, reconstructs and analyzes the intricate web that unites these disparate influences, which make Sicily for many the most seductive and fascinating destination in Europe. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Learn to make three types of crepe paper filler greenery, running the gamut from single stems to complex branches. During class, produce at least 6 of each stem: lavender, eucalyptus, and pine.
Students are introduced to the world of the photo surrealists and explore how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Create a surrealist collage as part of the experience. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Try your hand at a mixed-media approach to the popular subject of landscapes. Experiment with layering pre-printed and handmade papers, fabric, and textured materials to create vibrant compositions featuring natural and built environments.
Students get inspiration from images of both historic quilts and current improv quilts. They then practice the technical sewing skills needed and discuss design and color choices.
Students discover the history, origins, and special characteristics of the Textura style of Blackletter calligraphy, one of the major typefaces in the history of Western typography. Learn the use of proper proportions and construction of minuscule and majuscule letters, numbers, and punctuation marks.
The 46th season of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the late 16th century to the cusp of the 21st, played on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments in a 7-concert series held mostly on Saturdays. This concert features suites and sonatas of J.S. Bach with the Smithsonian Chamber Players.
Beginning students explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.
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.
Over the course of the last century, the work of two architectural giants, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, responded to nature in very different ways influencing other architects as well as builders and clients. In a three-part series, architectural professionals examine how contemporary architecture draws on the legacies of these groundbreakers in structures that integrate nature and eco-friendly considerations into their designs. This session highlights Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)