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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)
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 on Sundays. This concert features suites and sonatas of J.S. Bach with the Smithsonian Chamber Players.
Break down the basics of this intricate art form originating in the 16th century as you learn to wind bobbins and follow patterns, constructing four small bobbin lace projects of your own with expert guidance from your instructors.
In an artist-led series designed to provide a tranquil midday break, create small but satisfying works of art as a way to hit “pause” and incorporate a bit of creativity into your at-home routines.
The disenchantment of modern times is often reflected in art that mires the spirit in darkness. But artists of other eras chose to confront the dark side of their world with the compelling force of wonder despite the inequality, poverty, and violence that surrounded them. Art historian Liz Lev highlights how creators like Giotto, Bernini, and Monet wrestled with their own catastrophic times to instill hope and spark amazement. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
This class presents the most basic sewing skills needed for hand quilting as well as practice in design and color choices. Participants then design and create their own quilts.
This class is designed for students interested in sharpening their figure drawing skills by focusing on the basics of how to render the head and face and ends with expressive and experimental interpretations.
This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.