An exploration of the scientific and artistic developments that surfaced during the Renaissance can offer valuable insights for contemporary artists and viewers. Through lectures and drawing and composition exercises, learn how the period’s artists used the Golden Ratio, the Rule of Thirds, three-point perspective, and the Fibonacci spiral—as well as how these elements can provide dynamic visual interest to your own compositions, no matter the medium.
Using the techniques and principles that guided Renaissance masters—still in use today—participants produce simple outline analytical drawings to gain a fuller understanding of visual language. They also learn to analyze form and composition in art works by identifying and discussing the elements of classic paintings. The process reveals how artists of the Renaissance as well as other periods blended the rational, the spiritual, and the emotional to produce some of greatest art ever created.
Both beginning and more advanced artists in all mediums can benefit from the workshop, which also offers non-artists a new way of looking at paintings. Experience in drawing is not required.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
This class will be recorded. Please see our FAQ for recording terms and conditions.
- The instructor is Chester Kasnowski.
- 2 sessions, 2 hours each
- This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.
- All Studio Arts classes require a ticket for each participant so that the instructor can provide individual attention to every student listed on the roster.
- If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
- Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program.
- Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org.
- Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
- View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.
*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.