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Adult Classes & Workshops

Woodmere Art Museum membership is not required for enrollment in studio classes, but Woodmere members receive discounted enrollment fees. All classes are held in the Widener Studio, which offers a professional setting with ample north light, easy access, and plenty of free parking. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes and workshops are taught by professional artists, living and working in the Philadelphia area. Woodmere Art Museum members receive discounts on enrollment fees.

You may register for any of our adult classes online here.

STUDIO OPEN HOUSE

September 13 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meet Woodmere’s incredible teaching artists who will give demonstrations in a variety of methods and materials throughout the afternoon. See examples of their finished work and discover new possibilities for creating your own.

Demonstrations:

11:00 am: Frances Galante, The Penetrating Gaze; Creating Mood
12:00 pm: Paul DuSold, Still Life, Portrait and Figure Painting
1:00 pm: Stefanie Lieberman, Oil painting
2:00 pm: To be announced

FALL WORKSHOPS

W1 The Painterly Approach: A Watercolor Workshop

Meets 4 times
Monday–Thursday, September 8–11
10:00 am–3:00 pm
Instructor: Jim McFarlane, President, American Watercolor Society
$230 ($200 members)

The adventure of application defines fine watercolor paintings.  Watercolor is the only medium that participates in the painting process, running fluidly across the paper, dripping, splattering and mingling with other colors on the page. This workshop focuses on strong design, dramatic calligraphy and vibrant, thoughtful color. Bring at least 20 landscape photos. No magazine photos, please.

 

W2 Gothic Calligraphy
Meets 3 times
Wednesdays, October 1, 8, and 15
10:00 am–3:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Kennedy
$120 ($90 members)

Gothic lettering, also known as Blackletter or Old English, dates back to medieval times but is still used today for decorative headings and formal text .  In this 3-week class, you will learn how to write a modernized Gothic hand and various ways to decorate these lovely letters.

 

W3 Printmaking Adventures
Meets 2 times
Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim
$150 ($130 members) $25 supply fee payable to the instructor

Monotype is an immediate way to create painterly prints. A monotype is a unique process in which a combination of painting and printmaking techniques is used to create a one of a kind, unique piece of art. Both beginners and advanced students are welcome. In addition, students who have taken solar etching can bring their plates and explore some advanced printing techniques in such as chine-collé, collage and color printing.

W4 Self-Expression in Drawing and Painting
Meets 3 times
Monday, November 3, 10, and 17
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Instructor: Nancy Halbert
$120 ($90 members) $25 supply fee payable to the instructor

This workshop will bridge traditional and experimental techniques to examine subject matter on a more intuitive level. Demonstrations will encourage experimentation with texture and application. Students will explore the impact of color, line and shape using still life, landscape and photograph and investigate artists from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism.  Spontaneity, observation, and collection of natural materials will prepare students for an open approach to painting that enables expressive and imaginative thinking.

 

EXHIBITION-RELATED WORKSHOPS

W5 The Penetrating Gaze
Meets 1 time
Saturday, September 20
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Instructor: Frances Galante
$90 ($60 members) $10 model fee payable to the instructor

This workshop will begin in the galleries, viewing and discussing the exhibition Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art. Participants will move into the studio and use Bernstein’s figurative artwork as inspiration for painting and interpreting a clothed model. Bernstein’s work will inspire an afternoon of exploring mood, color, composition,  brushwork  and relationships between pose and setting. Drawing experience recommended. Students may use any medium, but the materials list will be for oil paint. Meet in Woodmere Art Museum.

W6 Autumn Colors in the Landscape
Meets 4 times
Saturday, October 18
10:00 am–11:00 am (Tour of Schofield: International Impressionist)
Saturday, September 20
10:00 am–1:00 pm (Tour of Daniel Garber’s studio and paint at Cuttalossa Farm)
Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26
9:30 am – 12:30 p.m. (Painting at Valley Green)
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$120 ($90 members)

A tour of Woodmere’s exhibition, Schofield: International Impressionist will inspire all who enjoy painting on location, en plein air, and creating art in response to nature. Paint at the home and farm of famed Pennsylvania Impressionist Daniel Garber in Cuttaloosa, New Hope, PA. Spend the next weekend painting at sites in the Wissahickon Valley. Focus will be on completing a painting in one session, observing light, choosing subject matter and arranging composition. Travel details and meeting places will be given with registration. 

W7 Photography Workshop: A Day in the Life of the Wissahickon
Meets 2 times
Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, November 2
7:00 am–4:00 pm
Instructor: Ron Tarver
$280 ($250 members)

This two-day workshop offers the unique opportunity to sharpen your photographic skills while capturing the changing light of the breathtaking Wissahickon Valley during the fall. Photographers will have their work presented in an exhibition in Woodmere’s galleries and compiled in a hard-bound book. Daily critiques will be offered to help understand the challenges of photographing the landscape, particularly in the Wissahickon. Meeting places and other details upon registration.

W8 Learn Calligraphy and Watercolor
Meets 1 time
Saturday, November 22
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Instructor: Deena Gu
$60 ($30 members)

Join Deena Gu and learn the art ancient Chinese art of calligraphy and watercolor painting using traditional tools and techniques.  Using bamboo brushes and Sumi ink, create your own painting inspired by Gu’s exhibition Journey in Watercolor.

 

ADULT STUDIO CLASSES: September-December

stefanie lieberman

All Media Studio Painting

Meets 6 times
1A Sundays, September 14 – October 19
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
1B Sundays, November 2 – December 14 (no class November 30)
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
$210 ($180 members)

Students may work from a still life set up or from photographs using the media of their choice: watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel or any type of painting stick. The emphasis of this class is will be on composition, color balance and discovering the possibilities within their particular medium. All skill levels are welcome

stefanie lieberman, studio oil painting

Studio Oil Painting
Meets 6 times
2A Sundays, September 14 – October 19
2B Sundays, November 2 – December 14 (no class November 30)
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
$210 ($180 members)

In this class, students use photographs as source material to organize and create a painting. Designed to help students execute a painting of their own subject matter, the class focuses on composition, perspective, color mixing, and painting techniques. Students may devote the entire session to one piece or work on multiple pieces. Individual instruction is given during each session. All levels are welcome.

Drawing and Painting I and II
Meets 6 times
3A Mondays, September 15 – October 20
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Freedman
Levels: Beginner
$210 ($180 members)

Meets 7 times
3A
 Mondays, November 3 – December 15
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Freedman
Levels: Beginner
$240 ($210 members)

Students learn basic drawing and painting techniques, elements of line, composition, color, volume, and perspective. Beginning painters learn about color theory and mixing, handling paint, composition, and basic techniques. More advanced students hone their skills through painting from real life as well as copying other artists’ work. Drawing II students explore line, tone, and perspective with an emphasis on composition. Demonstrations and individual instruction are given.

Introduction to Oil Painting
Meets 6 times
4 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Frances Galante
Levels: Beginner
$210 ($180 members)

This class will introduce students to painting in oil. The topics covered will be materials, composing a picture, how to start a painting, observing color relationships, mixing color, and application of paint on canvas. There will be demonstrations, specific exercises, and lots of hands-on help in a relaxed and nurturing environment.

Fundamentals of Oil Painting
Meets 6 times
5A Mondays, September 15 – October 20
5B Mondays, November 3 – December 8
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
Levels: All
$210 ($180 members)

In this class, students use photographs as source material to organize and create a painting. Designed to help students execute a painting of their own subject matter, the class focuses on composition, perspective, color mixing, and painting techniques. Students may devote the entire session to one piece or work on multiple pieces. Individual instruction is given during each session. All levels are welcome.

frances galante, creating a mood with still lifeCreating Mood in Your Work
Meets 6 times
6A Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Frances Galante
Levels: All
$210 ($180 members)

Meets 7 times
6B
 Tuesdays, November 4 – December 16
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Frances Galante
Levels: All
$240 ($210 members)

By painting in oil from still life setups, photographs, or subject matter of your choice, students will deepen their understanding of color and tonal relationships and learn to create a sense of space and mood. Students enhance their observational powers, improve their drawing skills, expand their knowledge of materials and techniques, refine their compositional sense, and strengthen their vision and style. Individual attention, demonstrations, and brief lectures are provided. All levels are welcome.

Drawing and Painting I and II
Meets 6 times
7A Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Linda Freedman
Levels: Beginner
$210 ($180 members)

Meets 7 times
7B
 Tuesdays, November 4 – December 16
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Linda Freedman
Levels: Beginner
$240 ($210 members)

Students learn basic drawing and painting techniques, elements of line, composition, color, volume, and perspective. Beginning painters learn about color theory and mixing, handling paint, composition, and basic techniques. More advanced students hone their skills through painting from real life as well as copying other artists’ work. Drawing II students explore line, tone, and perspective with an emphasis on composition. Demonstrations and individual instruction are given.

One a Day: Creating a Still Life in One Sitting
Meets 6 times
8A Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
8B Wednesdays, November 5 – 17 (no class November 26)
9:30 am – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold
Levels: All
$210 ($180 members)

Students paint a new still life in each session of this class. This alla prima method of painting a picture is a wonderful way for students to learn to be more decisive and relaxed in their painting. Individual attention is given, guiding each student to make efficient decisions about developing the painting. Students learn about color relationships, compositional choices, and capturing light and shadow. All levels are welcome.

Watercolor and Design
Meets 5 times
9A Thursdays, September 18 – October 23 (no class September 25)
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Howard Watson
$180 ($150 members)

Meets 6 times
9B
 Thursdays, November 6 – December 18 (no class November 27)
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Howard Watson
$210 ($180 members)

This class teaches students to develop rural, shore, and city motifs by working from the instructor’s photographs as well as their own. Students learn to design a successful composition and then apply the media in a successful, expressive manner. Demonstrations and class critiques are included. All levels are welcome.

Painting Over the Line
Meets 5 times
10A Thursdays, September 18 – October 23 (no class September 25)
1:15 am – 4:15 pm
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
$180 ($150 members)

Meets 6 times
10B
 Thursdays, November 6 – December 18 (no class November 27)
1:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
$210 ($180 members)

Explore lively brushwork, color layering, focal points, and balance between calm and busy. Discover how to work around imperfections and accidents and view them as opportunities. Work from imagination, pictures, or other means to find your voice and visual language. Individual support and examples from contemporary artists will serve to broaden and inform your understanding of innovative painting.

Spontaneous Abstract Painting
Meets 5 times
11A Thursdays, September 18 – October 23 (no class September 25)
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
$180 ($150 members)

Meets 6 times
11B
 Thursdays, November 6 – December 18 (no class November 27)
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
$210 ($180 members)

Many artists feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This class will focus on different techniques which will enable you to start a painting with confidence and tap into your intuitive process and inspiration more easily. Learn how to paint spontaneously and gather inspiration from observation, pictures or simply by brainstorming on the canvas. Demonstrations and individual and group critiques will enhance your knowledge of the painting process. All levels.

Introduction to Portrait Painting
Meets 5 times
13A Fridays, September 19–October 24 (no class September 26)
9:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$180 ($150 members) plus $45 model fee

Meets 6 times
13B Fridays, November 7–December 19 (no class November 28)
9:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$210 ($180 members) plus $45 model fee

This class is for those who have always wanted to paint portraits but have been afraid to try, as well as those who want to improve their skills. Students will learn how to get a likeness every time by focusing on head structure rather than accumulating detail. The emphasis of this class is learning to see color more sensitively when looking at the model and mixing color more confidently when painting a portrait. Demonstrations in both drawing and painting will be given. Students will receive individual attention.

Introduction to the Figure
Meets 5 times
13A  Fridays, September 19 – October 24 (no class September 26)
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$180 ($150 members), plus $45 model fee

Meets 6 times
13B
 Fridays, November 7 – December 19 (no class November 28)
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$210 ($180 members), plus $45 model fee

Painting the nude human figure is the classic art school experience! By learning to paint the figure, students gain an understanding of how to look and explore natural forms and deepen their insight and knowledge for all ways of painting including abstraction. The emphasis in this class is on learning fundamentals of proportion, gesture and color harmony.  Demonstrations will be given. This class is for students of all levels, including those who have never painted the figure.