Have you always wanted to explore the wide range of studio arts classes offered by the Smithsonian Associates but been afraid to commit to a full 8-week course in something you might not like? Here’s your chance to sample three of our most popular courses for a single night each—all while enjoying a glass of wine as you stimulate the artist within.
Whether you’re interested in diving into a new artistic medium or are an absolute beginner who has never set foot in a studio, this trio of fun and creative evenings provides a refreshing opportunity to explore, relax, and socialize.
Each class is taught by a professional artist and experienced member of our faculty, who will provide an introduction to the medium and get your creative juices flowing.
March 28 Relief Printing
The most sculptural of all printmaking techniques, woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. Relying on hand work, from carving the image to pressing it, woodblock and linocut are the most direct ways to create images because they don’t rely on mechanical processes. This evening is an introduction to the relief print, in which traditional printmaking techniques are used to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Instructor: Max-Karl Winkler
April 4 Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain
Popular theory on right-side brain activity holds that the right brain is primarily responsible for the intuitive understanding of visual and spatial relationships. Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, a set of visual exercises helps build the ability to draw. If you doubt your artistic ability or were told as a child that you couldn’t draw, here’s your opportunity to challenge that perception. Instructor: Shahin Shikhaliyev
April 11 Collage and Mixed-Media
Get an introduction to the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage. Structured for both the non-artist and those with experience, this class focuses on the variety of choices in this medium. Whether constructing a piece of personal history by using mementos or creating an abstract design, students learn to experiment with color, form, and design. Instructor: Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
3 sessions; 2.5 hours each
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)