National Gallery of Art - PROGRAM AND EVENTS

Teen Programs

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun, c. 1805 Rosenwald Collection 1943.3.8999 Image: Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV, 1930 Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe 1987.58.3 Image: Berkeley No. 52, 1955 Gift of the Collectors Committee 1986.68.1 Image: Rippled Surface, 1950 Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt Collection All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 1974.28.39 Image: The Thinker (Le Penseur), model 1880, cast 1901 Gift of Mrs. John W. Simpson 1942.5.12 Image: No. 9, Nature Morte Espagnole, 1915 Gift of Katharine Graham 2002.19.1 Image: Self-Portrait, 1659 Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.72
Teen Studio Saturdays Teen Volunteer Program
Film Program for Children and Teens  

Teen Studio Saturdays

Spend a day at the National Gallery looking at works of art, experimenting with studio materials and techniques, and meeting other teens who are interested in art!

Led by artists and museum educators, each five-hour workshop includes gallery visits, group conversations, art instruction, and open studio time to experiment with materials and techniques and to create a work of art. Lunch and all materials are provided.

Teens in grades 9 through 12 are invited to participate. This program is free, but preregistration is required. Please note the online registration dates cited in the program descriptions.

Image:  Sign Language InterpretationSign language interpretation is available for Teen Studio Saturdays. Please request this service at least three weeks in advance in the comments field on the online registration form.

Questions? Call (202) 842-6252 or e-mail

February 2 from 10:00 to 3:30

Investigate wax sculptures by Edgar Degas, then construct a sculpture using a wire armature and clay. Led by Adam Davies and Nathalie Ryan. Online registration begins at noon on Wednesday, January 23.

February 16 from 10:00 to 3:30

Delve into elegant and avant-garde art inspired by literature, philosophy, and history in Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900—then learn a traditional bookbinding technique. Led by Sarah Diallo and Nathalie Ryan. Online registration begins at noon on Wednesday, January 30.

March 23 from 10:00 to 3:30

Discover the artistic devices used to alter photographs in the predigital era in Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop—then experiment with Polaroid transfer prints to create an altered image. Led by Adam Davies and Nathalie Ryan. Online registration begins at noon on Wednesday, March 6.

April 6 from 10:00 to 3:30

Examine the detailed renderings of Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer and learn techniques for figure drawing while sketching from a live model. Led by Eric Denker and Jeff Hensley. Online registration begins at noon on Wednesday, March 20.  

Teen Volunteer Program

The department of teacher, school, and family programs recruits local high school student volunteers for the fall term (September through December), spring term (January through May), and summer term (June through August).

Student volunteers assist with clerical and administrative tasks that support the department's education programs. Typical activities include preparing materials for art projects, data entry, photocopying, collating, filing, and assisting during teacher programs.

Candidates for the Teen Volunteer Program must be rising juniors or seniors with a mature, positive attitude and a strong work ethic. The schedule will vary weekly, based on the number of projects to be completed. The time commitment can range from four to eight hours per week, with periodic weekend work as well. Service hours will be documented and may be submitted for school-based community service credits.

Parking will not be provided.

Applications for the spring term must be postmarked by January 13, 2012. Applications for the summer term must be postmarked by May 4, 2012. Applications for the fall term must be postmarked by August 10, 2012. Please direct further inquiries to or to:

Teen Volunteer Program—DET
Division of Education
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

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