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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

 

Art Dive: Visits to Philadelphia Artist Studios In conjunction with We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s–1970s

Thursdays, October 15, November 12, and January 7, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
$30 per visit ($25 per visit members)

Visit the studios of contemporary artists James Brantley, Kathleen Spicer, and Barbara Bullock with art historian Jennifer Zarro, PhD. Studio visits and discussions with the artists will lead to a deeper appreciation and understanding of their art. Light refreshments will be served.

James Brantley
October 15

Kathleen Spicer
November 12

Barbara Bullock
January 7

Address and details will be provided upon registration. Contact Woodmere’s Education department at education@woodmereartmuseum.org or 215-247-0948.

Intro to Illustration: Make a CD or Book Cover

Meets 3 times
Open to teens
W1 Wednesdays, October 7, 14, and 21
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Helen Wortham
$150 ($120 members)
All levels

Ever choose a book or CD just for its cover art? Interested in exploring why? In this workshop you will learn to create an illustration for a book, or music CD cover. Stretch your creative muscles by designing original art for a specific audience while brainstorming with exercises to broaden your imagination and learn the secrets behind illustration.

Painting the Landscape in Plein Air

Meets 4 times
W2 Saturdays and Sundays, October 10, 11, 24, and 25
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$190 ($160 members)
All levels

Paint on location, en plein air, and create art in response to nature. Focus will be on completing a painting in one session, observing light, choosing subject matter and arranging composition. Meeting places will be given with registration.

Painting Fall in Watercolor

Meets 2 times
W3 Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Deena Gu
$110 ($80 members)
All levels

Explore traditions in Chinese watercolor painting and learn how to capture the distinctive beauty of fall. Will use bamboo brushes, Sumi ink and pulp paper.

Decorative and Expressive Bookmaking

In conjunction with We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s–1970s
Meets 2 times
W4 Saturday and Sunday, October 31 and November 1
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Martina Johnson-Allen
$110 ($80 members)
All levels

Join Martina Johnson-Allen, one of the artists in Woodmere’s exhibition, We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s-1970s, in the studio to explore ways of creating books as three-dimensional sculptures. Use self-decorated painted, collaged, dyed, manipulated and altered papers and fibers as well as commercially designed paper to make a hinge book with accordion folded papers. Books become an expressive artwork as you incorporate self-decorated papers, shapes, forms and textures within the structure of the book.

Getting Better at Everyday Photography

Meets 3 times
W5 Saturdays, November 7, 14, and 21
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Ron Tarver and Rob Graham
$150 ($120 members)
All levels

Learn the basics of photography to get great results for the ways we use photography every day. Discover best practices for photographing indoors and shooting portraits of friends and family, gatherings and celebrations, keepsakes and objects, as well as outside sporting events, people in the street, the landscape, sky, buildings and more. This workshop will help you snap the photographs you’ve always wanted.

Constructive Feedback for Watercolor Artists

In conjunction with The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman
Meets 1 time
W6 Saturday, November 21
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Eileen Goodman
$40 ($20 members)
All levels

Look at your watercolor paintings with artist Eileen Goodman and discover new possibilities. Gain insight into your own work with constructive feedback. Begin in the studio and then walk through Woodmere’s galleries exploring the unique qualities of Goodman’s approach to watercolor.

 

ADULT STUDIO CLASSES

Studio Oil Painting
Meets 6 times
1A Sundays, September 20–October 25
1B Sundays, November 8–December 20 (no class November 29)
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.

Drawing and Painting I and II

Meets 6 times
2A Mondays, September 21–October 26
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Freedman
$210 ($180 members)
Meets 7 times
2B Mondays, November 2–December 14
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Freedman
$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.

stefanie lieberman

Introduction to Oil Painting

Meets 6 times
3A Mondays, September 21–October 26
3B Mondays, November 9–December 14
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
$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
4A Mondays, September 21–October 26
4B Mondays, November 9–December 14
6:30–9:30 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.

Making Painting Personal

Meets 6 times
5A Tuesdays, September 22–October 27
5B Tuesdays, November 10–December 15
9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Novak
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

Be more expressive, find a more personal painting style with fun and experimental techniques. Drink a cup of tea while you paint the cup of tea. Smell the aroma of a flower and paint a still life: stretch your imagination and create by painting the unseen senses. Each class will begin with music, poetry, taste – with one sensory stimuli – used as a jumping off point. 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. Demonstrations and brief lectures provided. Students will paint from still life setups; also some photographs, collage, & drawing will be incorporated. Students may paint with oils or watercolor.

Drawing and Painting I and II

Meets 6 times
6A Tuesdays, September 22–October 27
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Freedman
$210 ($180 members)
Meets 7 times
6B Tuesdays, November 3–December 15
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Freedman
$240 ($210 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.

One a Day: Creating a Still Life in One Sitting

Meets 6 times
7A Wednesdays, September 16–October 28 (no class September 23)
7B Wednesdays, November 11–December 16
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

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.

Paint Like an Impressionist: Intro to the Palette Knife
In conjunction with Raymond Theel: Making a Big Impressionism
Meets 6 times
8 Wednesdays, September 16–October 28 (no class September 23)
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Maggie Leiby
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

Visit Woodmere’s exhibition Raymond Theel: Making a Big Impressionism and be inspired by his use of the palette knife in painting large-scale, sensuous, impressionistic landscapes. In the studio, learn new methods and the effects of painting with a palette knife to create the exciting vibration of color and texture. Students will follow a sequential application of paint, explore color combinations, mixing techniques and working in an impressionistic style. Still-life set ups and photo references will help students interpret what they see into paint.

Fun with Watercolor

Meets 5 times
9 Wednesdays, November 11–December 16 (no class on November 25)
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim
$180 ($150 members), $10 supply fee payable to instructor
All levels

A great way to explore watercolor! Learn about the many types of water-based media such as watercolor pencils, crayons, and paints. Demonstrations in every class will show how to work with the various water-based mediums. You’ll discover new and fun ways of painting. Work from photographs or still life set-ups. Paper, watercolors paint, pencils and crayons will be provided.

Watercolor and Design

Meets 7 times
10A Thursdays, September 17–October 22
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Howard Watson
$240 ($210 members)
Meets 6 times
10B Thursdays, November 5–December 17 (no class November 26)
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.

Painting Over the Line

Meets 7 times
11A Thursdays, September 17–October 22
1:15–4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
$240 ($210 members)
Meets 6 times
11B Thursdays, November 5–December 17 (no class November 26)
1:15–4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

Explore lively brushwork, color layering, focal points, and balance between calm and busy. Discover howto 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.

Introduction to Portrait Painting

Meets 6 times
12A Fridays, September 18–October 23
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$210 ($180 members), $45 model fee
Meets 6 times
12B Fridays, November 6–December 18 (no class November 27)
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 the Figure

Meets 6 times
13A Fridays, September 18–October 23
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$210 ($180 members), $45 model fee
Meets 6 times
13B Fridays, November 6–December 18 (no class November 27)
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! This is because 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.