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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We are The Smithsonian Associates, the cultural and educational outreach division of the Smithsonian Institution.

Mission: The Studio Arts Department of the Resident Associate Program has offered hands-on art classes for over 40 years. Designed for individuals age 16 and up, our courses cover a range of media, including Drawing, Painting, Fiber Arts, Photography, Digital Media, Ceramics, Beading, Calligraphy, and more. For most classes, students can come in as complete beginners, although some classes do require more advanced knowledge of a particular medium. The goal of each class is to help students develop their own artistic style and progress as artists. This involves teaching new or different ways of thinking about art, and allowing students to explore different tools and materials. Primarily housed in the S. Dillon Ripley Center, TSA Studio Arts classes are easily accessible and centrally located on the Mall. We offer over 200 classes and workshops per year and pride ourselves on the quality of instruction fostered within our intimate classroom settings. Our courses and workshops are taught by professional artists and experienced teachers, and focus on skill-building and creative exploration. We have over 20 active instructors, as well as special guests and visiting artists. Our variety of course offerings keep people coming back year after year. Whether you’re interested in diving into a new artistic medium or just want to keep your skills honed, our diverse selection of courses varies from season to season in order to provide refreshing opportunities to learn new mediums and techniques. As well as offering continuing instruction, our classes also provide a creative setting in which students can meet like-minded individuals and make connections that extend beyond the classroom.

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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

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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

For over 40 years, the Smithsonian Studio Arts program has offered opportunities for emerging and experienced artists to...
10/02/2020

For over 40 years, the Smithsonian Studio Arts program has offered opportunities for emerging and experienced artists to work alongside one another, guided by professional artists and instructors. Join our creative community this fall—sign up for a virtual class!

View the Fall 2020 course catalog: http://s.si.edu/FallArts2020

Spend this Friday afternoon with us learning how to create beautiful flower arrangements step by step.Sarah von Pollaro,...
09/09/2020
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Spend this Friday afternoon with us learning how to create beautiful flower arrangements step by step.

Sarah von Pollaro, founder of Urban Petals, will share tips on how to find the freshest flowers in your grocery store or local farmer’s market and how to prepare them so they last as long as possible. She'll assemble four beautiful centerpieces using simple techniques and you’ll be ready to make your own.

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

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09/01/2020

Smithsonian Associates

We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to Smithsonian Associates Streaming programs, and we couldn’t have imagined that this mode of presentation would attract new participants from Maine to Minnesota and from Connecticut to California.

In our September guide, you’ll find even more to explore with nearly 100 new streaming programs, including individual programs, multi-part courses, studio arts classes and virtual study tours!

View the guide: http://s.si.edu/Sept2020

Generations of women advocated for the vote, both before and after the passage of the 19th Amendment. To commemorate the...
08/27/2020

Generations of women advocated for the vote, both before and after the passage of the 19th Amendment. To commemorate the amendment's centennial, many Smithsonian buildings displayed the colors of the movement: purple, white and gold.

🗳 #ForwardIntoLight #BecauseOfHerStory

You won't want to miss this Micro-Macramé Cuff Bracelet workshop! You will learn the basic knotting techniques needed to...
08/26/2020

You won't want to miss this Micro-Macramé Cuff Bracelet workshop! You will learn the basic knotting techniques needed to create a beautiful cuff bracelet with beads of your choosing. Great for the fall! Register now at http://s.si.edu/MicroMacrame

Happy #WorldPhotographyDay! Check out this beautiful photograph by our instructor Joe Yablonsky. We're honored to have s...
08/19/2020

Happy #WorldPhotographyDay! Check out this beautiful photograph by our instructor Joe Yablonsky. We're honored to have such skilled photographers teach our students!

08/14/2020

It's a beautiful day in the (tiny) neighborhood! In our Tiny House Studio Arts Workshop last month our students created their own whimsical miniature dwellings.

Among the mini-residences constructed were Molly Pauker’s green bejeweled bungalow featuring a front balcony and a two fully furnished interior rooms. Jan Philower recreated her daughter’s bay-fronted Capitol Hill townhouse, filled with details including wrought-iron front steps topped by pot of flowers and her 2-year-old grandson waving from his bedroom window.

And our instructor Marcie Wolf-Hubbard used her own vintage Sears house in Arlington’s Woodside neighborhood as the starting point for a colorful interpretation.

View upcoming Studio Arts workshops: https://s.si.edu/StudioArtsFall2020

Looking for family-friendly, at-home activities? Smithsonian Education just launched a new monthly challenge series to s...
08/11/2020
Mini Exhibit, Big Stories

Looking for family-friendly, at-home activities? Smithsonian Education just launched a new monthly challenge series to spark creativity. The first challenge highlights exhibit design with Cooper Hewitt—learn how museum teams think about objects and the stories they tell, then create your own mini-exhibit.

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08/10/2020

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Today is our birthday! The Smithsonian was officially created on Aug. 10, 1846, and one of the first things on the to-do list was constructing a building.

This 1850 glass lantern slide is the earliest-known photo of our Smithsonian Institution Building, known as the Castle, and the only image we have of it under construction: s.si.edu/2mTzOtN

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07/31/2020

Smithsonian Associates

Our August program guide is here! If you are yearning to wander far beyond your backyard this summer, we invite you on virtual explorations of wondrous destinations—from the depths of the ocean to the galaxies above—to satisfy your desire to discover new places and ideas. Check out what’s new and see you on Zoom!

View the guide: https://s.si.edu/August2020

On the cover: The Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna, designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser

We’re seeing more and more family and friends connecting through our virtual classes! This month Arielle Ticho, who live...
07/23/2020

We’re seeing more and more family and friends connecting through our virtual classes!

This month Arielle Ticho, who lives in the District, and her mother Allison August, who lives in Newton, Massachusetts, took part in a collage and mixed-media class together.

Ticho, an elementary-school teacher at DC Bilingual charter school told us, "We’re always looking for new adventures and this class was the perfect opportunity to share our love of art together, even remotely." Her advice for anyone considering stepping into an online studio: "Go for it! It’s an awesome way to keep creative."

Pictured: Arielle Ticho and Allison August and their current works in progress from the collage class.

Check out what’s coming up: s.si.edu/streaming

Although our doors are closed, millions are visiting the Smithsonian each day online. Smithsonian Associates has reimagi...
07/13/2020

Although our doors are closed, millions are visiting the Smithsonian each day online. Smithsonian Associates has reimagined its offerings to share educational programs with people of all ages at home through Smithsonian Associates Streaming and Smithsonian Summer Adventures.

Please #SupportYourSmithsonian and help us continue to educate and inspire: https://s.si.edu/WeRelyOnYou

Have you signed up for one of our streaming Studio Arts classes yet?  Don't miss out on all the fun - we have new classe...
07/09/2020

Have you signed up for one of our streaming Studio Arts classes yet? Don't miss out on all the fun - we have new classes starting each week! www.smithsonianassociates.org
Pictured here: Collage and Mixed Media with Marcie Wolf-Hubbard.

As the country has faced new challenges, thousands of people have turned to the Smithsonian’s greatly expanded digital l...
07/08/2020

As the country has faced new challenges, thousands of people have turned to the Smithsonian’s greatly expanded digital learning resources as a trusted source of information, context—and hope.

During the same time, Smithsonian Associates has reached learners across the United States through Smithsonian Associates Streaming and Smithsonian Summer Adventures. Our ability to share educational programs with people of all ages is only possible with your support.

Play a direct role in expanding the Smithsonian’s reach and impact by demonstrating your support for Smithsonian Associates today.

#SupportYourSmithsonian

https://s.si.edu/WeRelyOnYou

07/08/2020
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“Your support is critical to everything we do.” Hear from our Smithsonian Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III, why reaching people everywhere is only possible with your help.

#SupportYourSmithsonian

https://s.si.edu/WeRelyOnYou

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III shares how we’ve responded to the needs of teachers, students and lifelong learners everywhere. Today we're asking you to #SupportYourSmithsonian and help power our mission: https://s.si.edu/2A3l1WC

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07/04/2020
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In an 1852 speech, Frederick Douglass emphasized that the history of American freedom cannot be separated from American slavery.

Read more about “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Our July program guide is here! Check out new studio arts classes available for streaming from the comfort of your home:...
07/01/2020

Our July program guide is here! Check out new studio arts classes available for streaming from the comfort of your home: https://s.si.edu/July2020

Our July program guide is here—with 91 new programs available for streaming from the comfort of your home!

Meet best-selling authors Erik Larson and Kathy Reichs, join us for Space Tuesdays and peer through George Mason University’s primary telescope, learn the art of forest bathing in your own backyard, discover the art of cheese pairing with Cheesemonster Studio, learn from the philosophical adviser to The Good Place, and explore the wines of South Africa in collaboration with the US Embassy South Africa.

Enrollees in our Smithsonian World Art History Certificate program can enjoy courses examining African Art and Vermeer, and our studio arts students can build a tiny house, learn crepe paper flower-making, photography, painting, and more.

Check out what’s new: https://s.si.edu/July2020

There's still time to celebrate Pride Month - in style!  Check out the amazing jewelry by LGBTQ+ designers featured in t...
06/26/2020
Spotlight on Pride- LGBTQ+ Histories in Jewelry Design

There's still time to celebrate Pride Month - in style! Check out the amazing jewelry by LGBTQ+ designers featured in this Smithsonian Learning Lab collection assembled by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

In this collection, learn about influential LGBTQ + designers and wearers of jewelry from past to present.

06/23/2020

On Tuesday, June 23 at 5 p.m. EST, join NPG’s Senior Historian Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and curators Jonathan Katz and David Ward for a discussion of the landmark exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" (2010). When Hide/Seek premiered ten years ago, it became the first major museum show to take on the issue of LGBTQ+ subjectivity in portraiture. It also spawned a censorship controversy when then Smithsonian leadership chose to remove one of the works from the exhibition. We will examine the intent behind the exhibition, discuss the process of bringing it to the public, the controversy that surrounded it, and its subsequent legacy. We will also talk about some of the art that made this exhibition so remarkable.

This program is part of the the Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia Conversation Series on LGBTQ+ portraiture and is presented by PORTAL, the National Portrait Gallery's Scholarly Center.

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06/23/2020

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06/20/2020
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Today marks #SummerSolstice, the longest day of the year! We're enjoying the first day of summer with this painting in Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery's collection.

William E. Norton, "Sunrise over Fishing Waters—Maine," 1880, oil on wood mounted on paperboard. Gift of Alice H. Rossin.

This year the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is hosting "Juneteenth: A Celebration ...
06/19/2020
Juneteenth

This year the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is hosting "Juneteenth: A Celebration Of Resilience" online with presentations, stories, photographs and recipes.

Juneteenth is a time to celebrate, gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future. The National Museum of African American History and Culture invites you to engage in your history and discover ways to celebrate this holiday. Social Media Toolkit We will begin this celebration wit...

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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!