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Smithsonian Associates
S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Offering hands-on studio arts courses for over 40 years
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"Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa” is on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (NMAA) through January 2, 2017. The exhibit shows six internationally renowned African artists’ films that explore the ways that the human body experiences and produces time. Sound like an odd and intriguing concept? I thought so, too. The exhibition is co-curated by Karen E. Milbourne, curator at the NMAA, and Mary “Polly” Nooter Roberts, professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. Roberts also works with African art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA),... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at S+ART
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Yesterday was the final Drawing in Museums class that I wrote about last week and the week before. For the finale, we sketched sculptures of heads in the American Gallery. First, Paul inspired us with books full of incredible drawings by master artists, such as Michelangelo and Hans Holbein the Younger. Before class: Paul shares drawing books in the Kogod Courtyard After Paul's demo-sketch in the gallery, we spent the rest of class sketching. Paul encouraged us to warm-up by drawing various angles of the head we chose, “keeping it loose and light.” Here are photos of Paul teaching and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at S+ART
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Last night was the last graffiti class! It was a blast. We met at Brookland Artspace and Lofts, a multi-use facility with residential and studio space for artists and their families. First we warmed up with crayons and paint markers on paper, then we made our own “tags,” or graffiti personal signatures, on canvas boards. For the latter half of class, we went outside to practice with spray-paint cans on cardboard and wooden boards set up to form a temporary wall. Our instructor, Rajan, demonstrated how to make different lines and effects. It was exciting to learn about this unique... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at S+ART
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Yesterday was the third Drawing in Museums class, which is flying by. Next week is our final session, and I will certainly miss it! Yesterday we all drew the same sculpture, The Dying Tecumseh. The sculpture sits below a winding, wide staircase. We all drew from different perspectives according to where we sat. I chose to sit on the floor by the sculpture’s feet, right here: Other students ventured up and sat up on various spots on the staircase. No matter where you sat, the sculpture provided an exciting and challenging subject to draw. Our instructor, Paul, encouraged us throughout... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at S+ART