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Best Free Art Activities In DC

November 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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The fall season casts its own unique beauty upon the district as leaves change colors and cover the ground in a tapestry of hues. This fall, enjoy the D.C. arts scene in a whole new light. Enhance your experience of the nation’s capital with free performances, art, workshops and tours that are sure to enrich your life without affecting your pocketbook.

Sidney Harman Hall
Happenings At The Harman

610 F St. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 547-1122
www.shakespearetheatre.org

Price: free
Date: Wednesdays at noon, now through June.

Enjoy new art right in the middle of the week. In fact, enjoy it on your lunch break. On Wednesdays at noon, come watch performances by local musicians, actors, dancers and puppeteers at Happenings at the Harman. Now through next June, bring your lunch and Happenings will bring the entertainment. For the past five years many have enjoyed artistic expression at these mid-day diversions. Be one of them.

Related: Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In The DC Area

Artisphere
Beth Baldwin: Artist-In-Residence
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 875-1100
www.artisphere.com

Price: free
Hours: Now through Dec. 15 — Fri. 6 to 10 p.m; Sat. noon to 6 p.m.

Experience the work of local artist Beth Baldwin during her six-month artist-in-residency stint at Artisphere. Baldwin will create her signature animals and houses from recycled materials during sessions that are open to the public. Throughout the residency, Baldwin and Artisphere will also develop programs surrounding her work that educate visitors about her philosophy and aesthetic. During studio hours, visitors may watch the artist in action as she produces her one-of-a-kind pieces. They are also encouraged to ask questions and may even purchase her unique creations.

Sketching: Draw and Discover
Luce Foundation Center for American Art

American Art Museum
Eight and F Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-7970
www.americanart.si.edu

Price: free
Date: Nov. 27 – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come be a part of a discussion about artists’ sketches, and then do some sketching of your own. This free art workshop sponsored by the Luce Foundation Center allows participants to sketch from more than 3,300 artworks on display. Come equipped with your creativity along with a small sketchbook and pencils. Interact with others who are interested in art and share your thoughts and opinions about the pieces on display and about today’s arts scene.

Related: Best Upcoming Art Competitions In DC


DC By Foot

Free Washington Walking Tours
1740 18th St. NW 304
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 370-1830
www.freetoursbyfoot.com

Price: free
Check here for a tour schedule.

If you haven’t taken a tour of D.C. by foot, now’s the time. This fall, enjoy a free and informative walking tour of the nation’s capital, which treks from the National Mall to Arlington National Cemetery to the Pentagon. Learn about the history, arts, culture and politics surrounding the center of the free world from expert tour guides who bring the city’s history to life in fun and engaging ways. Take in the nation’s historic scenery enhanced by the breathtaking beauty of fall.

Montrose Park
3220 N St. NW #304
Washington, DC 20007
www.montrosepark.prg

Price: free

This fall, experience the stunning park Sarah Louisa Rittenhouse helped establish for the “recreation and pleasure of the people.” Once owned by rope-making magnate Robert Parrott, the 10 artful acres and formal gardens of Montrose Park were designed by Beatrix Ferrand, but the land eventually fell into disrepair. It was later purchased by Congress after Rittenhouse petitioned the legislative body to do so. Today the park remains a natural display of art and beauty. Add it to your list of places to visit this fall season.

Kevin Porter is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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