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Plein Air Workshop with Valerie Craig @ Sandy Spring Museum
Oct 25 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm

Capture the beauty of autumn light on canvas while painting in the historic village of Sandy Spring. Master plein air artist Valerie Craig will emphasize simplification and organization of shapes, use of color temperature, atmospheric perspective and the benefits of painting on location. Students will learn what to select and what to omit to create a strong design. Participants will receive lots of individual attention and direction. Painters may work in oil, acrylic or pastel and demonstrations will be offered in oil. Come with your plein air supplies, lunch and a drink. This is a two-day workshop, but you can sign up for one day if necessary.

Known for her impressionist approach to color and light, Craig’s subject matter includes urban and rural landscapes as well as intimate still life paintings, and figures within a landscape. Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date, painting in both watercolor and oils. Like most artists, Craig continues to be a student of art, always reaching for a higher level of excellence, while discovering and expressing her own voice.

In order to focus on her own painting, Craig is hosting fewer workshops than in the past. You won’t want to miss this one. Registration is limited to 15 people.

Techniques of Medical Illustration at the Medical Museum: Pen & Ink @ National Museum of Health and Medicine
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Techniques of Medical Illustration at the Medical Museum: Pen & Ink @ National Museum of Health and Medicine

Join museum staff for an introduction to historic medical illustrations from the museum’s Otis Historical Archives and try your hand at making illustrations, using pen and ink, of specimens and artifacts from the museum’s collections. Supplies will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own materials. This program is most suitable for high school students and adults. Event is free but reservations are required. Call (301) 319-3312 to register or visit to learn more.

Veterans Day Tour at the Medical Museum @ National Museum of Health and Medicine
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Veterans Day Tour at the Medical Museum @ National Museum of Health and Medicine

Join us for a special Veterans Day Tour at the National Museum of Health and Medicine: “The Nation’s Medical Museum — Meeting Challenges through Innovation.” This free, docent-led introductory tour highlights the remarkable changes in American medicine over the past 150 years, with a special focus on military medicine. This tour is open to the public with no RSVP required. For more information call (301) 319-3303 or visit

Afternoon Autumn Tea @ Dumbarton House
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Excited for fall? Us too!! Celebrate the coming chill with a cozy autumn tea! Begin your afternoon with a lovely self-guided tour of Dumbarton House Museum and enjoy the fall color in the gardens before settling into a full high tea with friends, old and new. You will delight in our assortment of fall themed tea goodies including scones, sweets and tea sandwiches.
Is your tea buddy unavailable? Have no fear! Simple games and conversation topics at each table will make mingling and making new friends stress free!
Date: November 16th
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Cost: $30 general admission; $25 museum member admission
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