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High School Studio Workshops

Single museum visit, 2.5 hours
Grades 9–12

These multifaceted, half-day workshops include an in-depth examination and discussion of works of art in the galleries followed by behind-the-scenes access to the Education Studio, where students will create a related art project.

During the workshop, National Gallery of Art educators will encourage students to look carefully at art and share their responses, to formulate theories based on observation, and to make connections between processes and results. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with materials and create a work of art in the studio.

Modern Materials

This year’s topic focuses on the use of materials by modern artists as represented by works of art in the East Building and in the temporary exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art. Participants will learn about innovative techniques and unconventional materials used by some modern artists, place art in the context of American social history, and examine definitions of art. Students should come to the workshop prepared to participate in group discussion.

Drawing on what they see in the galleries, students will create their own work of art in the form of a pieced quilt.

A minimum of 15 participants is required to reserve a date; up to 30 students may participate in a single workshop. A single school may request no more than two workshop dates. Registration is open from August 1, 2017 to February 9, 2018.


Workshops are held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Teachers may register to bring their students on the following dates:

February 12, 13, 15, 23, 26, 27, 28

March 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15

April 9, 10, 11, 12, 13


Registration for this workshop is now closed.

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Please address questions to [email protected].

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