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Introduction to Lightroom
2-Session Weekend Workshop

Adobe Lightroom is now the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules.

Date
Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Draw Like Tiepolo

Students draw from Giambattista Tiepolo’s works to help them grasp the idea of gesture, movement, and the grouping of as well as apply their Tiepolo-inspired skills to contemporary images. All skill levels welcome. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Animal Portrait in Collage

Capture the essence of your favorite animal or pet in a one-of-a-kind collage portrait filled with texture and color.

Date
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Exploring Encaustic and Mixed-Media
2-Session Weekend Workshop

The luminescence, rich color and texture, and quick-drying properties of encaustics have made this a favorite medium for painters for centuries. Get a solid introduction to its technical and creative possibilities as you apply the encaustic method to mixed-media projects.

Date
Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Pastel Intensive Weekend Workshop: Impressionism in the Smithsonian Gardens
3-Session Weekend Course

Take your cue from Monet’s masterful techniques and your inspiration from the varied and vivid Smithsonian gardens as you explore the brilliant and subtle effects of pastels. 

Date
Saturday, July 28 to August 11, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Introduction to Mosaics in Glass
3-Session Evening Course

Develop a strong technical foundation in working with glass mosaic as you design and create a striking 8-inch-square home décor piece.

Date
Tuesday, July 31 to August 14, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Handmade Storybooks: Mixed-Media Workshop

Showcase your writing or art in a book as unique as you are. Book artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides students as they work with a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials to craft one-of-a kind storybooks.

Date
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Handmade Storybooks: Mixed-Media Workshop

Showcase your writing or art in a book as unique as you are. Book artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides students as they work with a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials to craft one-of-a kind storybooks.

Date
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Checkerboard-Patterned Basket Workshop

Under the guidance of a master basket weaver, create a boldly graphic basket that’s the perfect carrier for a lunch in the summer sun. 

Date
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Resin Inlay Workshop: Jewelry Inspired by Burning Man

Create colorful pendants and earrings inspired by the Burning Man event’s 2018 art theme, iRobot. Using cloisonné-based techniques, students use epoxy resin to create texture, color, and pattern without relying on high-fired enamels.

Date
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Checkerboard-Patterned Basket Workshop

Under the guidance of a master basket weaver, create a boldly graphic basket that’s the perfect carrier for a lunch in the summer sun. 

Date
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera Moving: Beyond Auto Mode

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Metal Texturing Workshop: Jewelry Inspired by Burning Man

Create unique jewelry inspired by the Burning Man event’s 2018 art theme, iRobot. Develop skills in two metal-texturing techniques as you craft a 3-inch posable copper robot perfect to wear as a pendant, drape from a rear-view mirror, or enjoy as a desk toy.

Date
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Oil Painting Boot Camp
2-Session Weekend Course

Whether you have never picked up a brush or haven’t painted in years, this 2-day workshop provides a solid foundation in the basics of working in oil. By the end of the weekend, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

Date
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open Darkroom Plus

This darkroom-focused class is geared for photographers with basic darkroom skills and beyond, who are interested in taking their work to the next level. Students benefit from small-group lectures, individual instruction, and independent work to gain confidence in a specific area.

Date
Thursday, September 6 to 27, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Photography: A Hands-on History

Trace the history of photography in this unique course led by art historian and photographer Patricia Howard. Sessions are enhanced by a hands-on component in which students create their own imagery using the techniques and processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Friday, September 7 to 28, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
On-Location Photography: DC’s Public Sculpture and Architecture

Learn to capture this vibrant capital city and sharpen your way of thinking about shooting outdoors. Class sessions include lectures, field trips, loosely structured assignments, and critique sessions in which students develop strategies to meet the challenges of an outdoor shoot.

Date
Saturday, September 8 to 22, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Paper Frenzy

Spend two days investigating new techniques as you have fun creating papers for collage and other art projects. Take home a glorious collection of one-of-a-kind papers accented by acrylic, inks, stamps, and other printmaking materials.

Date
Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera: Moving Beyond Auto Mode

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this one-day class, which includes a shooting session on the Mall; and an in-the-field discussion of technical elements along with composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sip and Sample: Try Your Hand at Three Studio Arts Classes

Get a taste of three of our most popular studio arts classes—in watercolor, collage and mixed-media, and mosaics—for a single night each as you enjoy a glass of wine and stimulate the artist within.

Date
Thursday, September 13 to 27, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is now the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules.

Date
Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Introduction to iPhone Photography

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. This one-day workshop helps you make the most of your iPhone’s camera—and create great images.

Date
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Figure Drawing Marathon

No matter what your skill level is, challenge your artistic endurance in a fun-filled, 7-hour figure-drawing marathon, featuring a work station for quick poses and one for extended work. A variety of male and female models are featured at each area, and artists may move freely between each.

Date
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fall Plein Air Painting

Using the Smithsonian gardens as inspiration, learn the secrets of plein air landscape and architectural painting on location. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 15 to October 6, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Introduction to iPhone Photography

Put away your point-and-shoot camera. This one-day workshop helps you make the most of your iPhone’s camera—and create great images.

Date
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Haute-Couture Embroidery: An Extravagant History

Embroidery is more than just silk floss on fabric. In a fascinating and visually stunning program, learn about the history of haute couture's opulently embroidered fashions from the late 19th century to this season’s runways. Afterward, create your own haute-couture-style embroidered buttons.

Date
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to Watercolor

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through classroom demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Date
Monday, September 17 to November 5, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Haute-Couture Embroidery: An Extravagant History

Embroidery is more than just silk floss on fabric. In a fascinating and visually stunning program, learn about the history of haute couture's opulently embroidered fashions from the late 19th century to this season’s runways. Afterward, create your own haute-couture-style embroidered buttons.

Date
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Quilting for Beginners: A Small Handmade Quilt

Learn the basics of hand-stitched quilt-making—including piecing, applique, and finishing techniques—as you work on a small-scale piece that can be used as a doll quilt or a wall hanging.

Date
Sunday, September 23 and 30, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pencils and Beyond: An Introduction to Materials and Processes for Drawing

Spend a day expanding and reinvigorating your drawing practice by exploring a range of conventional and unconventional media and processes. Topics covered include graphite, charcoal, tools, and alternative processes.

Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Developing Black-and-White Film at Home

Processing your own 35mm or 120mm black-and-white film is cost-effective, and typically provides better results. Get all the skills you need to begin at this information-packed, hands-on session.

Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.