Print The Smithsonian offers fun and challenging and sometimes mind-blowing! These programs build confidence and skills of self-expression, communication, leadership, and provide college and career preparation, in extraordinary museum environments. It provides a direct line for youthful perspectives to Smithsonian leadership, through in-person and virtual meetings, with SSYAC members serving all Smithsonian youth by representing their ideas and concerns. Teen members receive special tours at Smithsonian museums, and gain invaluable life and leadership experience, in collaborative dialogue with other youth and the Smithsonian Secretary. Gain practical experience through a hands-on internship with Smithsonian science staff, take exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and field trips, attend creative studio workshops, participate in a college preparatory program and create a community outreach project about their science experience.
Since all students work individually, trial students always fit in well. Teachers and students get to know each other with teachers learning about that student's goals and interests, and determining at which level that student will start in the program. Students learn basic drawing skills utilizing whole shapes underlying all imagery, and learning tools to A skillfully see what each shape looks like, B what size it is in comparison to other shapes, and finally, C where it is placed in a composition. Students are introduced to still-life and realistic subject matter, using charcoal, pastel, watercolors and acrylics, with the emphasis being on being able to see lights and darks with accuracy.