Fri, Aug 23
11:30am - 1:30pm
4 classes have spots left
Made for museum lovers and skeptics alike, our Un-Highlights tour of the National Gallery of Art will show you a side of the National Gallery you’ve never seen before! Join our renegade tour guides on a high-energy, two-hour group tour through these historic halls with a “tasting menu” approach as you learn the crazy true stories behind...
Friday Aug 23rd, 11:30am - 1:30pm
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Washington DC’s National Mall is the showcase of the nation’s capital, home to its most famous and historic monuments. One of the best ways to see it is through the viewfinder of your own tripod-mounted camera at twilight and at night, guided by a professional architectural photographer. After giving an orientation on the basic techniques of nighttime...
Friday Aug 30th, 8pm - 10:30pm
The introductory flower design is a great course to expand your skills into the world of flower designing covering approximately 10 different styles of design. We go from American to European to bridal. The course consist of many projects all done in class. All hands on with all your flowers and containers included. We also discuss the marketing...
Monday Oct 14th, 9am - 4pm(2 sessions)
Our Design Star comprehensive is a week packed full of learning and designing. It takes you from beginner to designer. We’ve seen amazing things in this class as on the last day we design our own mock wedding and some of the most beautiful work has come out of that final class. It’s approximately 24 styles of design covering every area of designing...
Monday Oct 14th, 9am - 4pm(5 sessions)
Want to deepen your understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Join Joanna Marsh, senior curator of contemporary interpretation, for this ongoing series of gallery talks. Marsh uses a single artwork from the museum’s collection to spark conversation and encourage a closer look.
Join Sarah Newman, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, as she discusses the Kara Walker exhibition and the artist’s provocative take on images of the Civil War.
Deputy Chief Curator E. Carmen Ramos traces Rufino Tamayo’s artistic development, from his urban-themed paintings to his dream-like canvases, highlighting the crosscurrent of cultural exchange between the American art world and this Mexican modernist.
SAAM celebrates renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo and the exhibition Tamayo: The New York Years. Bring the entire family for a day of Mexican cultural performances, crafts, and art! Take a trip through Tamayo’s New York with a scavenger hunt, make your own cityscapes with vivid colors and geometric shapes, and use your imagination to create...
Explore the Nutshell Studies with objects conservator Ariel O’Connor and learn about the fascinating parallels between art conservation and forensic science. Discover how the condition of the materials might change your interpretation of the clues.
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Students will study the basics of figure drawing with a model, learning how to capture a human form in space. We will explore drawing techniques including gesture, contour and value, using a variety of drawing materials.
Learn a variety of basic drawing skills from contour and scribble to building volume and shading. Students will experiment with a variety of media including graphite, conte crayon and ink
Learn to draw and paint human faces using shape, proportion, sighting techniques, contour and cross-contour line. Students learn to mix warm and cool flesh tones from fresh washes of watercolor pigment and define features with clean, descriptive shadow shapes. Correct placement of the features is taught to capture not only the likeness but the spirit...
This class provides beginning/intermediate students with an understanding of gesture drawing. Working from models, students learn to draw using contour, rhythm, mass, and shape. Participants also learn how to draw quickly and more efficiently. Using a modernist approach, students learn to be economical and spirited when capturing the pose. Any model...
From Drawing to Painting: Fundamentals of Figure & Still Life Learn a variety of basic drawing skills from contour and scribble to building volume and shading. Students will experiment with a variety of media including graphite, conte crayon and ink
Join photographer Corinne Botz on a tour through the Nutshells where she discusses what drew her to photograph these detailed miniature crime scenes. Book signing follows.