Smithsonian Studio Arts

Smithsonian Studio Arts Studio arts classes, courses, and workshops at the Smithsonian Institution: www.SmithsonianAssociates.org Whether you’re interested in acquiring new skills or ready to further your artistic development, we have the studio arts class for you!
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Do you have a budding young artist, photographer, or digital expert in your life? They’ll love the Master Class offering...
05/11/2021

Do you have a budding young artist, photographer, or digital expert in your life? They’ll love the Master Class offerings that are part of Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures.

Designed for students in Grades 6 to 11, these weeklong studio courses help them develop specialized skills as they create personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections. Classes begin the week of June 28 and run throughout the summer, with daily two-hour sessions Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.


Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

Do you have a budding young artist, photographer, or digital expert in your life? They’ll love the Master Class offerings that are part of Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures.

Designed for students in Grades 6 to 11, these weeklong studio courses help them develop specialized skills as they create personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections. Classes begin the week of June 28 and run throughout the summer, with daily two-hour sessions Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.


Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

Before cameras, Japanese fishermen used the technique gyotaku to document a big catch when they were out at sea: They ap...
05/06/2021
Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

Before cameras, Japanese fishermen used the technique gyotaku to document a big catch when they were out at sea: They applied sumi ink to a fish, pressed it to newspaper, and then rinsed the fish in the water so it could be eaten.

This Saturday discover the wonderful shapes and patterns of fish and create several 12-by-18-inch gyotaku. Learn how to paint realistic fish eyes to bring your print to life, and cut masks to create realistic compositions. Registration closes on Friday.

Register: http://s.si.edu/GyotakuJapaneseArt

Using direct printing and water-based printing inks, create realistic looking schools of fish or a single artistic print simply by inking a whole fish and pressing it to paper.

05/05/2021

Our May program guide is here! This month we’re celebrating #AAPIHeritageMonth with a free series, CULINASIA, exploring the future of Asian food in America.

Food is a powerful lens revealing stories of history and culture. We’re sharing secrets of Black barbecue pitmasters, surveying the distinctive culinary landscape of Maryland, and welcoming back Lior Lev Sercarz to demonstrate the preparation of a spicy summer dinner showing how home cooks can easily use spices to elevate simple dishes (see page 5 for details).

View the guide: http://s.si.edu/May2021

Join us to discover a variety of methods for making and using image transfers and expanding your creative horizons with ...
04/29/2021
Image Transfers and Photo Alteration

Join us to discover a variety of methods for making and using image transfers and expanding your creative horizons with photo alteration. Both techniques can offer new dimensions and interest to your artworks. This 3-session evening workshop starts May 12!

Register: http://s.si.edu/Image_Transfers

Discover a variety of methods for making and using image transfers and expanding your creative horizons with photo alteration. Both techniques can offer new dimensions and interest to your artworks.

Inspired by Six-Word Memoirs, join us Saturday, May 1 for our studio arts workshop, "Flash Quilt Stories." Learn to capt...
04/23/2021
Flash Quilt Stories

Inspired by Six-Word Memoirs, join us Saturday, May 1 for our studio arts workshop, "Flash Quilt Stories." Learn to capture quick images of personal stories in quilted wall-hangings.

Fusing allows students to appliqué shapes quickly, while embroidered details emphasize essential ideas. Found objects like jewelry or trinkets may also be included.

Register: http://s.si.edu/FlashQuiltStories

Inspired by the 6-Word Memoir Project, learn to capture quick images of personal stories in quilted wall-hangings.

Imagine peace. For the first time Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree for Washington, DC" (2007) is being brought to life online. Now ...
04/19/2021

Imagine peace. For the first time Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree for Washington, DC" (2007) is being brought to life online. Now through April 30 post a photo of your handwritten wish and tag #WishTreeDC #YokoOno. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will share wishes online and tie many to Ono's artwork.

Photo: Yoko Ono, Wish Tree for Washington, DC, 2007. Installed at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Photo by Cathy Carver.

Imagine peace. For the first time Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree for Washington, DC" (2007) is being brought to life online. Now through April 30 post a photo of your handwritten wish and tag #WishTreeDC #YokoOno. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will share wishes online and tie many to Ono's artwork.

Photo: Yoko Ono, Wish Tree for Washington, DC, 2007. Installed at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Photo by Cathy Carver.

Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain starts in one week! Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on...
04/14/2021

Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain starts in one week! Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, this class provides a set of visual exercises to help build the ability to draw. Reserve your spot in this 8-session morning virtual course that meets on Wednesdays.

Also starting soon:

Try Linoleum Printmaking Without a Press (4/19)
Gain a deeper understanding of art by developing skills in decoding and encoding visual meaning in Seeing More: Art, Virtues, and Our Lives (4/19)
Take better and more unique photos in Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition (4/21)
Spark your creativity in two forms with Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive (4/23)

See all our offerings here: http://s.si.edu/StudioArtsClasses

Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain starts in one week! Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, this class provides a set of visual exercises to help build the ability to draw. Reserve your spot in this 8-session morning virtual course that meets on Wednesdays.

Also starting soon:

Try Linoleum Printmaking Without a Press (4/19)
Gain a deeper understanding of art by developing skills in decoding and encoding visual meaning in Seeing More: Art, Virtues, and Our Lives (4/19)
Take better and more unique photos in Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition (4/21)
Spark your creativity in two forms with Collage and Mixed-Media Intensive (4/23)

See all our offerings here: http://s.si.edu/StudioArtsClasses

Explore our Spring Studio Art classes! Get in touch with your creative side in Photo Creativity, Linoleum Printmaking, S...
04/09/2021

Explore our Spring Studio Art classes! Get in touch with your creative side in Photo Creativity, Linoleum Printmaking, Sculptural Relief, Drawing, Collage, and more.

Our small-size online classes allow for highly personalized one-on-one guidance from instructors and make our programs unique and valuable. We’ve heard from participants that they love both the creative and social aspects of sharing the experience with people from across the country!

Learn more: http://s.si.edu/StudioArtsClasses

Explore our Spring Studio Art classes! Get in touch with your creative side in Photo Creativity, Linoleum Printmaking, Sculptural Relief, Drawing, Collage, and more.

Our small-size online classes allow for highly personalized one-on-one guidance from instructors and make our programs unique and valuable. We’ve heard from participants that they love both the creative and social aspects of sharing the experience with people from across the country!

Learn more: http://s.si.edu/StudioArtsClasses

03/31/2021

Our April program guide is here—with 180 individual programs, multi-part courses, studio arts classes, and virtual study tours! Featured on the cover this month is our April 15 program with California Academy of Sciences coral reef biologist Rebecca Albright. She’ll join us to highlight opportunities to address creative solutions for oceans in crisis. See page 28 for details.

View the guide: http://s.si.edu/April2021

Standing Together Against Hate - Standing Together Against Hate
03/23/2021
Standing Together Against Hate - Standing Together Against Hate

Standing Together Against Hate - Standing Together Against Hate

#StopAsianHate Standing Together Against Hate The Smithsonian Institution mourns the loss of eight people—seven of them women, six of whom were of Asian descent—who were killed last week when a gunman opened fire inside three spas located in Georgia. We extend our condolences and stand in compas...

03/01/2021

Our March program guide is here—with over 200 programs available for streaming from the comfort of your home! Featured on our cover this month is The Philadelphia Flower Show, which will be held outdoors in June for the first time. We’re hosting a preview of the show in a streaming program on May 26.

A feature in this month’s program guide spotlights Jeffrey Post, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, who joins us May 18 to share surprising stories behind the jewels in the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection. See page 30 for details.

See what’s new: http://s.si.edu/March2021

02/01/2021

Our February program guide is here! Featured on our cover is our Feb. 21 expert-led geologic tour of three iconic national parks: the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce. And in recognition of Black History Month, this program guide invites you to examine individuals, movements and events that have shaped America’s past and a wide variety of aspects of our culture today—see page 1 for details.

View the guide: http://s.si.edu/Feb2021

Smithsonian Folklife just launched a new online Festival Marketplace! Head over to their page where they are sp...
01/28/2021
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Marketplace

Smithsonian Folklife just launched a new online Festival Marketplace!

Head over to their page where they are spotlighting artisans from past Folklife Festival programs who are now offering their handmade crafts for sale in the new #FolklifeMarketplace.

Shop products from Folklife Festival artisans and others around the world.

Smithsonian Associates
01/12/2021
Smithsonian Associates

Smithsonian Associates

Experience a year of art at the Smithsonian through our World Art History Certificate program! Now offered online, the program forgoes exams and papers and focuses instead on a flexible, personalized approach to expanding your knowledge and appreciation of art.

Happy New Year! It's 2021, and our January program guide is here—with 168 individual programs, multi-part courses, studi...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year! It's 2021, and our January program guide is here—with 168 individual programs, multi-part courses, studio arts classes, and virtual study tours available for streaming from the comfort of your home!

See what’s new: http://s.si.edu/Jan2021

Don't miss this free panel discussion next week!
12/05/2020
Smithsonian Associates

Don't miss this free panel discussion next week!

How can Americans come together to examine some of the most vital issues that connect—and often separate us—as a nation today? The Smithsonian’s new initiative Race, Community and Our Shared Future, supported by Bank of America, will explore how we currently understand, experience, and confront race; its impact on communities; and how that impact is shaping the nation’s future.

Two free online panels serve as a prelude to the initiative’s official launch in 2021. The first on Wednesday, Dec. 9 focuses on women, wellness, and the arts, and features Joy Harjo, poet laureate of the United States, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, founder of Creative Justice Initiative, co-founder of Corredor Afro, and founder and former president and CEO of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and Lisa Sasaki, director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Smithsonian Associates
12/01/2020

Smithsonian Associates

This year of unprecedented challenge and change allowed us to create something we never could have imagined at the start of 2020: Smithsonian Associates Streaming. People across the country are connecting with us and telling us how much they appreciate the high quality and the convenience of experiencing our educational programs right from their homes.

And you’re likely not aware that unlike the Smithsonian museums, Smithsonian Associates receives no federal funding. That’s why on #GivingTuesday, we’re asking you to consider a tax-deductible year-end gift so that we can continue to bring you outstanding programs no matter where you are in life—or where you live.

Thanks to you, together we have much to look forward to. s.si.edu/SupportSA

Delightful and detailed prints on paper can be made using real fish! Using direct printing and water-based printing inks...
11/09/2020

Delightful and detailed prints on paper can be made using real fish! Using direct printing and water-based printing inks, create realistic looking schools of fish or a single artistic print simply by inking a whole fish and pressing it to paper. The result is a gyotaku, a term derived from the Japanese words for fish (gyo) and print (taku).

Discover the wonderful shapes and patterns of fish and create several 12-by-18-inch gyotaku. Learn how to paint realistic fish eyes to bring your print to life, and cut masks to create realistic compositions Nov. 15.

Register: http://s.si.edu/PrintingwithFish

Grab your camera and get ready to explore the joy of photography with our 4-session course starting tomorrow evening! Th...
11/09/2020

Grab your camera and get ready to explore the joy of photography with our 4-session course starting tomorrow evening! This program is perfect for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or mirrorless camera as a creative tool and gain technical skills to create stunning images.

Register: http://s.si.edu/JoyofPhotography

Explore the creative possibilities of combining wool with other decorative elements such as metal, beads, and stones to ...
11/07/2020

Explore the creative possibilities of combining wool with other decorative elements such as metal, beads, and stones to make distinctive necklaces, rings, pendants, earrings, and other jewelry.

Progress from crafting the basic forms of cords, beads, balls, geodes, and rings to building the technical skills needed for more challenging work, including the incorporation of precious stones. This 2-session workshop begins Nov. 13 and is suitable for both beginners and more experienced felters.

Register: http://s.si.edu/Felted

The most traditional form of embroidery guidance used by Palestinian embroideries for at least the last two centuries is...
11/05/2020

The most traditional form of embroidery guidance used by Palestinian embroideries for at least the last two centuries is waste canvas. Learn how to implement waste canvas for small to medium projects, use it and remove it, learn the running and traditional cross-stitch, transfer a medium-sized pattern onto fabric using waste canvas, develop your own style, stitching strategies to execute the cleanest outcome on fabric, and learn tips and tricks unique to the motif and size of fabric.

This 2-session workshop begins Nov. 10 and is open to all skill levels.

Register: http://s.si.edu/WasteCanvas

11/04/2020
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

"I'm an artist that paints with paper." - Mark Bradford

In "Pickett's Charge," Bradford worked with a combination of colored paper and reproductions of historic imagery to create a series of eight powerful abstract paintings. Each painting has between 5-10 layers, that he then cuts, tears, scrapes, and even burns to get his final surface. Explore more about his exhibition: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/exhibitions/mark-bradford-picketts-charge/

CREATE: Layer a mixture of papers together, find scraps from magazines and newspapers, and staple them together at the edges. Rip and tear away to reveal colors and textures beneath.

Share your creation with #HirshhornInsideOut!

Learn the basics of drawing letters from scratch and create a finished hand-lettered piece worthy of framing in a 4-sess...
11/03/2020

Learn the basics of drawing letters from scratch and create a finished hand-lettered piece worthy of framing in a 4-session class beginning Nov. 5. Explore the basic structure and technique of drawing several different forms of typography and how to combine them in a balanced composition. Use simple tools and tactics to apply a hand-drawn touch to any written piece.

Register: http://s.si.edu/Lettering

Our November program guide is here—with over 100 programs available for streaming from the comfort of your home!From her...
10/29/2020

Our November program guide is here—with over 100 programs available for streaming from the comfort of your home!

From her farmhouse in Italy, art historian and culinary expert Elaine Trigiani culinary travel leads Pontormo and Pasta: Live from Tuscany; geologist Callan Bentley offers a virtual field guide to the geology of Glacier National Park; and a naval historian and three retired U.S. Navy officers take us inside the Cuban Missile Crisis.

You can sip along at home during a guided tasting with sommelier Erik Segelbaum or explore the culinary history of America with historian Allen Pietrobon.

Enrollees in our Smithsonian World Art History Certificate program can learn about the life and art of Frida Kahlo or discover the art of Paul Cézanne with Deep Zoom technology live from The Barnes Foundation. Our studio arts students can make handmade holiday cards, paint an animal portrait, or try their hand at felted jewelry or fabric painting.

See what’s new: http://s.si.edu/Nov2020

Smithsonian Associates
10/13/2020

Smithsonian Associates

Explore one of a kind art, jewelry, pottery, fashion and crafts to add to your personal collection while supporting the Smithsonian. The annual Smithsonian Craft Show will take place virtually from October 13-25. Visit online artists shops to explore and buy recent works from 100+ of the country’s top craft and wearable artists and bid live for your favorite items with celebrity guest chef Carla Hall on October 21.
https://smithsoniancraftshow.org

Ready to try something new with your knitting? Make something in bold and beautiful color while taking your technique to...
10/09/2020

Ready to try something new with your knitting? Make something in bold and beautiful color while taking your technique to the next level. Explore knitting as art, not just a craft during a 3-session evening workshop, Oct. 21 - Nov. 4. The workshops will provide you with the opportunity to learn new styles and color techniques in a supportive, no-pressure atmosphere.

Register: http://s.si.edu/KnittingInColor

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Enjoyed learning under Max-Karl Winkler. He's an amazing artist and fantastic teacher.
Dear Smithsonian, I love taking your art classes! I've learned so much.... my only problem is I live quite a distance away (Pennsylvania), and it ends up being quite costly to attend weekly programs, as many of your art classes tend to be. Have you ever considered partnering up with local hotels and/or Amtrak, to offer packages?
Really enjoyed our first night of Ikebana with Jane Redmon tonight!
My finished Penland basket! Thanks Lori, great class!