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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

 

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.

Building a Beachhead of Visual Dream Space
In conjunction with Look Both Ways
3 classes
W1. Friday, May 13, 6:30–8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Stuart Shils
$575 ($550 members)

This studio class will focus on the nature of perception and will examine the function of structure and design, color, and drawing. The presentation on Friday evening will explore essential themes related to how we see and interpretation. On Saturday, we will use a model (in a variety of outfits) to consider the anatomy of perception and the structure of the working space in response to how we see. On Sunday, we will work from reproductions of important paintings with a guided series of exercises that build an understanding of abstraction—composition with color and shape—as the foundation for all painting.

Sequential Artwork
In conjunction with Complete Set
W2. Tuesday–Friday, June 21–24,
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Steve Teare
$160 ($130 members)

Students will use comic book panels to develop compelling narrative works. We will study and discuss the rising movement of “art comics” and experiment with formats to create our own styles of imagery in sequence.

Spontaneous Abstract Painting and Drawing

2 classes
W3. Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$190 ($160 members)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
All levels

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.

 

Art Dive: Visits to Philadelphia Artist Studios
$30 ($25 members) per visit

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit the studios of contemporary artists. Art historian Jennifer Zarro, PhD, will lead discussions with the artists to provide a deeper appreciation and understanding of their art. Light refreshments will be served.

Cindi Ettinger, C. R. Ettinger Studio
Thursday, June 2, 6:00–7:30 p.m.

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


ADULT STUDIO CLASSES

 

Artful Lettering Cancelled

5 sessions
1. Tuesdays, April 19-May 17
6:30– 9:00 p.m.
$160 ($130 members), $12 supply fee to instructor
Instructor: Meg Kennedy
All levels

This class is for those who’d like to incorporate text into their artwork, enhance their artist journals, or simply play with letters. Be introduced to about a dozen techniques using ink, paint, colored pencils, markers, embossing tools, craft foam, and lots of other “stuff.” We’ll experiment with letter forms of many types and create a pop-up book that displays examples of each technique.  No experience necessary, except knowledge of the alphabet! Instructor will provide materials and tools.

Studio Oil Painting

6 classes
2A. Sundays, Apr. 24-June 19 (no class May 15, 29, June 6);
2B. Sundays, Jun. 26-Aug.7 (no class July 3),
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
$220 ($190 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

8 classes
3A. Mondays, Apr. 18-Jun. 13 (no class May 30FULL
9:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
$280 ($250 members)
All levels

9 classes
3B. Tuesdays, April 19-June 14
1:00–4:00 p.m.
$310 ($280 members)
All Levels

4 classes
3C. Monday-Thursday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$155 ($125 members)
All levels

Instructor: Linda Freedman

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

6 classes
4A. Mondays, May 2-June 13 (no class May 30);
4B. Mondays, June 27-Aug. 8 (no class July 4)
1:30–4:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members)
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
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
5A. Mondays, May 2-June 13 (no class May 30)
5B. Mondays, June 27-Aug. 8 (no class July 4)
6:30–9:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members)
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
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 Cancelled

7 classes
6. Tuesdays, Apr. 26-June 7,
9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
$250 ($220 members)
Instructor: Amy Novak
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.

One a Day: Creating a Still Life in One Sitting

7 classes
7. Wednesdays, Apr. 27-June 8
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$250 ($220 members)
Instructor: Paul DuSold
All levels

 

Watercolor and Design

7 classes
8. Thursdays, May 5-June 16
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$250 ($220 members)
Instructor: Howard Watson
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

7 classes
9. Thursdays, Apr. 28-June 9
1:00-5:00 p.m.
$320 ($290 members)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
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.

Introduction to Portrait Painting

7 classes
10. Fridays, Apr. 29-June 10
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$250 ($220 members) plus $45 model fee
Instructor: Paul DuSold
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

7 classes
11. Fridays, Apr. 29-June 10
1:30–4:30 p.m.
$250 ($220 members) plus $45 model fee
Instructor: Paul DuSold
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.

Asian Stab-Bindings

4 sessions
12. Tuesdays, May 24-June 14
6:30-9:00 p.m.
$140 ($110 members) $10 supply fee to instructor
Instructor: Meg Kennedy
All levels

These charming structures with decorative stitches use single sheets of paper, instead of folded sheets, so artists can assemble their work into a book to create a collection or visual narrative. Instructor will provide all the materials and loan the tools.  Will learn and create 3 bindings and a soft case for the books.