Note: As of early August, the Sept. 12 and 26 sessions have switched their artistic mediums.
Have you always wanted to explore the wide range of studio arts classes offered by 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.
Sept. 12 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
Sept. 19 Beginning Drawing
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. Students are guided through drawing exercises on understanding edges and space, relationships between objects, and light and shadow. This new way of seeing and working can be used to spark further exploration in the arts, or enhance your existing skills. Instructor: Eric Westbrook
Sept. 26 Watercolor
Watercolor is one of the most versatile and beautiful of mediums. Even if you’re never picked up a brush—or already have some experience—this evening offers a great way to explore the materials, techniques, and expressive possibilities of this style of painting. Instructor: Karen Norman
3 sessions; 2.5 hours each