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Teen Studio (Grades 9–12)

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Download the 2016-2017 schedule (PDF 1.3MB).

These workshops provide the opportunity to focus deeply on a topic in the Gallery’s collection through close looking, sketching, and conversation.

Teens enrolled in grades 9 through 12 are invited to participate. Taught by artists and museum educators, each two-and-a-half-hour workshop consists of conversation and hands-on drawing instruction in the galleries. The workshops are designed for all skill levels.

All workshops begin in the Founders Room, adjacent to the West Building Rotunda. Workshops are free, but preregistration is required. See the schedule below for program topics, times, and dates.

2016–2017 Schedule

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Georgia O'Keeffe, Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction - No. 5, 1930, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1987.58.4

American Modernism
December 4 from 1–3:30

This workshop is full. Click here to register for the waitlist.

Explore how twentieth-century American artists working in New York City experimented with abstraction. Register online beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

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Aelbert Cuyp, The Maas at Dordrecht, c. 1650, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1940.2.1

Dutch Seascapes
January 29 from 1–3:30

Dive into the sublime maritime scenes painted by seventeenth-century Dutch masters. Register online beginning at noon on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Shaw Memorial, 1900, patinated plaster, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire, X.15233

The Shaw Memorial
February 26 from 1–3:30

Examine Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s memorial to honor Civil War heroes Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the all-African American 54th Massachusetts regiment. Register online beginning at noon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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Jan Steen, The Dancing Couple, 1663, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection, 1942.9.81

Multilayered Narrative
March 5 from 1–3:30

Mine the richness of a seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting to experiment with storytelling, point of view, and symbolism. Register online beginning at noon on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

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Alexander Calder, Cascading Flowers, 1949, National Gallery of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1996.120.5.

Calder’s Mobiles
April 30 from 1–3:30

Experience the dynamic shapes and movement of Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Register online beginning at noon on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.


Previous Workshops

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Jasper Francis Cropsey, Autumn - On the Hudson River, 1860, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Avalon Foundation, 1963.9.1

Hudson River School
October 16 

Discover the landscapes and dramatic vision of a group of nineteenth-century American artists. 


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