Workshops and Classes

Summer Workshops & Short Classes at Washington Studio School

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Photo courtesy of Washington Studio School.

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Drawing at the Zoo
Wednesday, June 28 from 10am-3pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$100
Animals at the zoo are fantastic models! They are large, small, graceful, awkward, on the ground, in the air, active, and still – they swing, leap, slither, climb, flap their wings, and sometimes they are sound asleep.

Combined with the varieties of vegetation, the architecture of the structures, and the gestures of the people who come to visit the zoo, there is enough out there to easily fill a sketchbook or two with exciting marks. Enjoy a day capturing the gestures, movement and form of a variety of animals in their zoo habitat.

Figure Drawing

  • Session 1: Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 from 7pm to 10pm
    Instructor: Diane Wilson
    $215
  • Session 2: Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 10, 23 from 7pm to 10pm
    Instructor: Diane Wilson
    $215
  • Both sessions: $400

This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

In the Moment: Drawing Fast and Slow
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 1 from 2pm to 5pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$240
Those moments in the studio when time seems to disappear, ‘chatter’ is put aside, perceptions are heightened, actions seem effortless, and process is unimpeded are what we all hope for. We call it entering the ‘zone’, or flow. That flow can establish itself while working fast, boldly and intuitively, or while working slowly, deliberately and meditatively. This workshop will straddle the processes of working fast and working slow, from observation, with drawing materials and some acrylic paint in order to find the flow in each.

Drawing for Absolute Beginners

  • Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 from 2pm to 5pm
    Instructor: Milena Spasic
    $275
  • Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 from 7pm to 10pm
    Instructor: Milena Spasic
    $275

Learning to draw means learning to see. This short class will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, gesture, negative/positive space, proportion, planes, and the use of basic drawing materials as we look carefully at still life and interior space. This course is designed for beginning students.

Tolerating Chaos
Mondays, July 10 and 17 from 10am to 5pm
Instructor: Trevor Young
$215
When we look at a painting it is sometimes hard to appreciate the hidden layers of construction that are beneath the final skin of exposed paint. Unexpected color, and a circuitous path of decisions can hide beneath the painting that we see. WSS is pleased to offer this exciting workshop by renowned DC painter Trevor Young whose surprising underpaintings lead to surfaces that radiate light and sense of place. Using still life and figure together, students will learn to construct a painting in a radical and dynamic way using underpainting, as well as how to control color saturation through the painting process and how to use temperature to create intense light in the painting. Previous painting experience recommended.

Painting for Beginners
Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 from 7pm to 10pm
Instructor: Brian Kelley
$215
This short class introduces students to some basic painting concepts and skills. Topics covered will include materials and surfaces, light/dark value relationships, shape relationships, planes, placement within the rectangle, basic color mixing, and paint handling. Using a limited palette of colors, students will work from still life and interior space.

The Experimental Sketchbook: Observation and Invention
Tuesdays, July 11 and July 18 from 11am to 5pm
Instructor: Carolyn Reece-Tomlin
$190
Students will work on experimental drawings with a variety of materials. This includes a discussion of drawing papers in various small sketchbooks. Drawing from life, from memory, and from inventing the image through spontaneous mark making will be explored. By moving from line to idea, the emphasis in this workshop will be on moving the student into a world of freedom and spontaneous discovery that reflects on the student’s more studied work of painting and sculpture. The goal is to develop a long-term approach to drawing that is integrated with the student’s life, encouraging freedom, and even fun, as part of the daily drawing experience.

The Moving Still Life
Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16 from 11am-5pm
Instructor: Susan Yanero
$190
Fun, dynamic and instructive! Does a still life have to stay still? What happens when one object is moved in front of another, or is taken away? How do things change when the lighting is altered? Using an amusing collection of colorful, unconventional objects in a fun and lively environment, the class will use still life to explore visual dynamics in a playful way. With a variety of drawing materials (including color) students will push the boundaries of still life both visually and conceptually.

Nocturnes: Painting Night
Mondays, July 17 and 24 (rain date July 31) from 7pm to 10pm
Instructor: Brian Kelley
$120
Nocturne, originally a term for musical compositions on the theme of night, is also a term for paintings, especially landscapes of the night. Plein air nocturne paintings offer unique elements and challenges to artists that are distinct from daytime plein air painting, as well painting the subject of night while in the illuminated studio. Technical issues like lighting on the palette and canvas, the color of light, the need for limited palettes, and the lack of clarity in shadows will be addressed, as well as compositional and content issues such as mood through color and emphasis, and lost-and-found edges. Painting will take place in locations very close to the school.

On Markus Lupertz
Tuesday, August 1 from 11am to 4pm
Instructor: Joanne Kaufman
$90
This summer, exhibitions of work by neo-expressionist painter Markus Lupertz will take place at both the Phillips Collection and the Hirshhorn, as well as in NYC. Who is this painter, and why is his work suddenly making such a widespread appearance? Join us at the Phillips Collection to view the show together. We’ll then return to WSS to enjoy our brown bag lunches together and engage in discussion about the work and related readings that will be distributed in advance. This is a great opportunity for critical discourse, asking questions, challenging assumptions and learning a piece of art history.

Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S. St. NW. For more information, call 202.234.3030 or visit www.washingtonstudioschool.org.