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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.

 

ADULT WORKSHOPS

EXHIBITION RELATED STUDIO CLASSES

Botanical Illustration
In conjunction with The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman
For teens and adults
6 classes
E1 Saturdays, Feb. 13-Mar. 19
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ginger Mimmo-Rohlfing
$180 ($150 members)
All levels

Be inspired by Eileen Goodman’s dramatic paintings and learn how to draw and paint flowers and plants in a new way. Enhance our drawing and painting skills and learn how to capture the colors, shapes, and textures of floral and plant parts. This class is designed to develop drawing skills based on observation that develop into a longer painting. A range of materials will be explored, including pencil, watercolor and ink.

Blending Abstraction with Realism
In conjunction with Look Both Ways: Art at the Crossroads of Abstraction and Realism
5 classes
E2 Thursdays, Mar. 17–Apr. 14
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lesa Chittendem Lim
$180 ($150 members)
All levels

Whether you’re drawn to representation or abstraction, this class will demonstrate the interconnection between both. We will explore the expressive qualities of a variety of materials (pastel, paint, drawing materials), focusing on color and light, drawing, brushwork, texture and composition. Demonstrations with traditional and experimental techniques will encourage students to examine subject matter in a new way.

ADULT STUDIO CLASSES

 

Studio Oil Painting

6 classes
1A Sundays, Jan. 17–Feb. 21
1B Sundays, Mar. 6–Apr. 17 (no class Mar. 27)
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

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

6 classes
2A Mondays, Jan. 11–Feb. 15
2B Mondays, Feb. 29–Apr. 11, (No class March 7)
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Freedman
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

2C Tuesdays, Jan. 12–Feb. 16
2D Tuesdays, Mar. 1–Apr. 12, (No class March 8)
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Freedman
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

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 and Beyond

6 classes
3A Mondays, Jan. 18–Feb. 22
3B Mondays, Feb. 29–Apr. 11
1:30–4:30 p.m. (No class March 7),
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

This class is for students who want to learn the basics of oil painting and for those who are already familiar with the medium and want to improve their skill level. The topics covered will be composing a picture, observing color relationships, mixing color, and application of paint. There will be lots of hands-on help in a relaxed and nurturing environment.

Fundamentals of Oil Painting

6 classes
4A Mondays, Jan. 18-Feb. 22
4B Mondays, Feb. 29–Apr. 11, ( No class March 7)
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

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.

Making Painting Personal with Color

6 classes
5A Tuesdays, Jan. 12–Feb. 16
5B Tuesdays, Mar. 1–Apr. 12, (No class March 8),
9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Novak
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

This class includes a unique series of studies designed to guide and encourage individual color exploration and to build confidence applying new color experiences. Develop a sensitive eye to color relationships, deepen your understanding of the expressive and symbolic nature of color. Build skills in paint application – find sensitivity and emotionality in your brushstrokes. Individual attention emphasized to identify and cultivate what makes your paintings your own. Students will paint from still life setups. Students may use painting medium of their choice.

Painting over the Line

6 classes
6A Wednesdays, Jan. 13–Feb. 17
6B Wednesdays, Mar. 2–Apr. 13, (No class March 9)
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
$330 ($300 members)
All levels

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.

Watercolor and Design

6 classes
7A Thursdays, Jan. 14–Feb. 18
7B Thursdays, Mar. 3–Apr. 14, (No class March 10),
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Howard Watson
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

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.

Art and Film: Painting as Visual Storytelling

5 classes
8 Thursdays, Jan. 21–Feb. 18
1:15–5:15 p.m.
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
$230 ($200 members)
All levels

What is a painting, if not visual storytelling? This course will examine the relationship between film and painting. By examining individual frames from a variety of films, students will translate the components that create a successful visual image in film into the composition of a painting. Students will develop skills using color, composition, tone and value in their personal artistic expression. Demonstrations will be given and students will receive individual attention.

Introduction to Portrait Painting

6 classes
9A Fridays, Jan. 15–Feb. 19;
9B Fridays, Mar. 4–Apr. 15 (no class March 25), 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$210 ($180 members), $45 model fee
All levels

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 Figure Painting

6 classes
10A Fridays, Jan. 15–Feb. 19;
10B Fridays, Mar. 4–Apr. 15 (no class March 25), 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$210 ($180 members), $45 model fee
All levels

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.