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7 classes in-person in Washington, D.C. have spots left, and 8 classes live online are available.

Dupont Studio Night | Yayoi Kusama

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

Create polka dotted pumpkin art in the style of Yayoi Kusama!  Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most widely recognized and commercially successful living artists, most famous for her paintings and sculptures of pumpkins. Her style is characterized by polka dots, organic forms, and optical illusions. Learn about Kusama's artistic journey -- from her career as a young artist in Japan to international artistic stardom -- and create your own...

Thursday Oct 5th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Story-Telling at the Nat’l Museum of American History

Washington Photo Safari @ 5114 Ritchie Rd #644, Bealeton, VA , USA, Bealeton, VA 22712

Smartphone Photography: Story-Telling at the National Museum of American History This safari is especially designed for smartphone users! Her face says it all: “You can make me sit in a segregated part of this train, but you can’t break my spirit.” Her face is proud, resolute, her chin is held high, her lips are tight, her hands firmly clasped in her lap, as if to say: “Someday, one day, we will be able to sit anywhere we want. I might...

Saturday Dec 16th, 2–4pm Eastern Time

iPhone Photography - Getting Started

Capital Photography Center @ 4th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

Learn to use the iPhone camera and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision. Join us at the National Gallery of Art and tap into your creative side through mobile photography. Using our iPhone cameras, we’ll explore the Museum's offerings from abstract sculptures, colorful paintings and wall hangings, to the architecture of the building as well. We’ll find endless photographic...

Sunday Oct 22nd, 10:30am–2:30pm Eastern Time

Mural Art in The Shaw Neighborhood

Washington Photo Safari @ 800 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Guided by DC resident and WPS director E. David Luria, we will begin our photo Safari at 8th Street and Florida Avenue Northwest and make our way slowly through the streets, photographing all of the colorful mural art that greets us along the way. We will find, for example, a memorial to Duke Ellington, the famous jazz pianist who was born in a house in Shaw, we will find colorful swaths of paint on many of the building walls and alleys. Many of...

Sunday Oct 1st, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

EARLY Morning Architectural Photography Tour

Washington Photo Safari

EARLY Morning Architectural Photography Tour of Washington DC Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the country, both traditional and modern. The traditional architecture is rich in its symbolism of the nation’s history, and the city’s modern architecture draws upon the past as its creates unique new structures. On this 2 and 1/2 hour photo safari professional architectural photographer...

Thursday Oct 26th, 8:30–11am Eastern Time

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Street and Mural Art in The Shaw Neighborhood

Washington Photo Safari @ 5114 Ritchie Rd #644, Bealeton, VA , USA, Bealeton, VA 22712

Take a trek with WPS through the Shaw Neighborhood, the epicenter of mural art in Washington, DC! Guided by DC resident and WPS director E. David Luria, we will begin our photo Safari at 8th Street and Florida Avenue Northwest and make our way slowly through the streets, photographing all of the colorful mural art that greets us along the way. We will find, for example, a memorial to Duke Ellington, the famous jazz pianist who was born in a house...

Sunday Oct 1st, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

Digital Photography Live In-the-Field@US Botanic Garden

Digital Photo Academy @ 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20002

Our DPA instructor presented us with the challenge of editing dozens of his spectacular images of the property and the selection we made does not do justice to the wonder and splendor of Washington DC’s Botanic Gardens with an overwhelming array of floral, tree and plant subject matter in the various gardens, each peppered with charming winding pathways to add to your portfolio worthy images. On top of those photo ops you have architectural scenes...

Saturday Nov 18th, 11:30am–2:30pm Eastern Time

Abstraction for Drawing and Painting

92nd Street Y

Through a series of easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and carefully structured assignments and practical projects, we’ll create a series of abstract paintings and drawings together. We will explore how to use traditions and contemporary approaches to create a more effective and memorable experience for the viewer while also embracing the experimental. First, we'll discuss some fundamental concepts in the art historical context, and then...

Tuesday Nov 7th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Painting and Drawing with Mixed Media

New York School of the Arts @ Online Classroom

Experiment with a variety of mediums in combination with various types of surfaces. Students can use Graphite, Gouache, Watercolor, Oil paint and Colored Pencils in this class. The surface directly influences mark making whether your style is traditional or contemporary. Many different artists used mixed media such as Degas, Romare Bearden, Jasper John, Jim Dine, and Rauschenberg just to name a few. The combinations are endless, but the basic idea...

Thursday Nov 16th, 1–4pm Eastern Time

 (11 sessions)


11 sessions

Drawing & Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

92nd Street Y

Develop your creative drawing and painting practice from the comfort of your own home! Learn new techniques and discover the work of master artists through lectures, demonstrations, and lively class discussions in this intermediate/advanced level course.  Develop your observational drawing and painting skills though group and individual assignments and feedback. For the Supply List, please CLICK HERE

Thursday Nov 2nd, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

Drawing with Pastel (Online)

92nd Street Y

Discover the beautiful medium of soft pastel! Learn the fundamentals of color theory and develop your drawing skills. Get inspired by classic still-lifes, the figure, or photographs. Classes include demonstrations, lectures, and real time individual feedback. Supply list for Eva Nikolova:  1 box 60 or 30 half sticks (Recommended Brand: Rembrandt Soft Pastels). Do not buy oil pastels Prismacolor Nupastel set (this is an optional item but...

Thursday Nov 2nd, 10:30am–1pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Calling all beginners to drawing in this inspiring, fear-free drawing class that will unlock your inner-artist. Think you can't draw a straight line? Think again! Everyone can draw... including you, and we will guide you every step of the way in this fear-free drawing class as you learn to express yourself through drawing in our intimidation-free, non judgmental art-making space. Drawing is one of the most popular modes of artistic expression since...

Monday Oct 30th, 6–7pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Warm vs Cool: Mastering Temperature of Color

Prima Materia Institute @ Virtual Classroom

The concept of cool color vs. warm color in art is a notorious challenge. It is referred to as “temperature of color”. We’ve been getting requests from our students to explain temperature as it relates to painting. By popular demand, we are offering this 6-week course that will address this. In this course, you will learn a technique that will help you understand why and when to use cold and warm colors. It is important for expressing the difference...

Monday Sep 25th, 6–7:30pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Portrait and Figure Painting (All Levels)

92nd Street Y

Develop figure and portrait painting skills from observation of the live model.  Demonstrations in color mixing, establishing structure, proportion, and light and shadow theory will be presented in both gouache and oil mediums. Emphasis is on capturing the model’s gesture, likeness, and expression.  For Supply List please CLICK HERE. An access link will be emailed to you after purchase.

Monday Nov 6th, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Drawing for Beginners

92nd Street Y

This class focuses on the basics of drawing with pencil, eraser, and paper. Expert teachers guide students through the elements of art, including line, shape, shadow, value, tone, form and perspective, demonstrating and offering critiques of work. This course is ideal for beginner and intermediate-level students who seek a foundation in the fundamentals of drawing. Supply List

Tuesday Nov 7th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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