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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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Woodmere students received 30% off supplies at Plaza Artist Materials in University City

 

EXHIBITION-RELATED WORKSHOPS

 

Learn Calligraphy and Watercolor
Be inspired by Journey in Watercolor: The Art of Deena Gu
Meets 1 time
W1 | Sunday, January 11
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Instructor: Deena Gu
$60 ($30 members)
All levels

Explore traditions in Chinese watercolor painting with Deena Gu. Learn the art of calligraphy and watercolor painting using bamboo brushes, Sumi ink and pulp paper.

 

 Kapustin_DoubleKapussy_croppedThe Art of Animals
Be inspired by Journey in Watercolor: The Art of Deena Gu
Meets 1 time
W2 | Saturday, February 28
10:00 am– 4:00 pm
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman
$90 ($60 members)
All levels, some drawing experience recommended.

We’ll begin in the galleries at Woodmere viewing and discussing the animals and art exhibition, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Then we’ll move into the studio and paint animals. Bring photographs or images of your favorite creatures or use the works on exhibition as inspiration.

In the Footsteps of Others
Be inspired by Keeping It Real: Recent Acquisitions of Narrative and Realist Art
Meets 2 times
W3 | Saturday, March 14
10:00 am–11:00 pm
Saturday, March 21
9:30 am – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$80 ($50 members)
All levels

Join Paul DuSold on the first session for a tour of Keeping It Real: Recent Acquisitions of Narrative and Realist Art. Return the following week to set up your paints and canvases in the galleries and strengthen your artistic training as the masters did—by copying artwork. Discover how painting from other artists’ images fosters your own creativity and technical growth.

ADULT WORKSHOPS

Special Valentine Project:
Decorative Paper Technique and Bookmaking

Meets 1 time
W4 | Friday, January 16
10:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Meg Kennedy
$80 ($50 members)
All levels
Get an early start for Valentine’s Day. Learn decorative paper techniques such as paper batik, embossing, frottage, simple marbling, pochoir, (stencil), and faux gilding. Make an extraordinary Valentine book that can be displayed with all the pages showing and create an impressive declaration of love for someone special!

Kaseem Amoudi paintingSpontaneous Abstract Painting
Meets 2 times
W5 | Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1
10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Kassem Amoudi
$150 ($120 members)
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.

Fun with Watercolors
Meets 2 times
W6 | Tuesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 5
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Lesa Chittenden Lim
$90 ($60 members) | $10 materials 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.

The Art of Gilded and Illuminated Letters
Meets 2 times
W7 | Wednesday, March 4 and Friday, March 6
10:00 am - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Meg Kennedy
$130 ($100 members)
All levels

The hand-written manuscript pages of long ago were adorned with golden letters, decorative borders, and intricate illustrations. Learn to draw these “versal” letters, gild them with 23 kt. gold leaf, and construct various decorative borders and background designs that were seen in Celtic, Medieval and Renaissance European manuscripts.  Using modern tools and techniques, we’ll produce beautiful illuminated initials that can be framed. No calligraphic experience is necessary for this class.

Paint Like an Impressionist: Intro to the Palette Knife
Meets 3 times
W8 | Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Meg Kennedy
$130 ($100 members)
All levels

Enjoy learning new methods and the effects of painting with a palette knife. Learn how 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. Use still life set ups and photo references for interpreting the landscape.

Art Uncorked/Art Made Simple: Paint into Spring
Meets 1 time
W9 | Friday, March 20
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Stefanie Lieberman
$35 ($30 members)
All levels

Sip wine and make art with your friends. Create a work of art in a fun and social atmosphere. Stroke by stroke, mark by mark, create a painting of flowers on canvas to hang on your wall.

Step-by-step instruction. All art materials are included. Registration required. A refund or credit will be given to individuals canceling with at least 24 hours’ notice. No-shows without prior notification will not be issued refunds.

ADULT STUDIO CLASSES

Studio Oil Painting
Meets 6 times
1A | Sundays, January 18 – March 1 (no class February 1)
1B | Sundays, March 8 - April 19 (no class April 5)
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, January 19 - February 23
2B |  Mondays, March 16 – April 20
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
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.

stefanie liebermanFundamentals of Oil Painting
Meets 6 times
4A |
 Mondays, January 19 - February 23
4B |  Mondays, March 9 – April 13
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.

Exploring Color
Meets 6 times
5A |
 Tuesdays, January 20 - February 24
5B |  Tuesdays, March 10 – April 14
9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Instructor: Amy Novak
$210 ($180 members)
All levels

Develop a sensitive eye to color relationships through painting. Deepen your understanding of the expressive and symbolic nature of color. Class will include a unique series of studies designed to guide and encourage individual color exploration and to build confidence applying new color experiences. Paint abstractly or from still life setups, photographs, and subject matter of your choice. Enhance your observational powers, expand your knowledge of materials, refine your compositional sense, and strengthen your vision and style. Individual attention, demonstrations, and brief lectures are provided. Students may use painting medium of their choice (i.e. Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache).

Drawing and Painting I and II
Meets 6 times
6A |
 Tuesdays, January 20 - February 24
6B |  Tuesdays, March 17 – April 21
1:00 - 4:00 pm
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.

paul dusoldOne a Day: Creating a Still Life in One Sitting
Meets 6 times
7A |
 Wednesdays, January 21 - February 25
7B |  Wednesdays, March 11 – April 15
9:30 am - 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. All levels are welcome.

Printmaking: Explore Fun Ways to Create Images
Meets 5 times
8 |
 Wednesdays, January 21- February 25 (no class February 11)
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim
$180 ($150 members) | supply fee of $15 payable to the instructor
All levels

Turn your drawings, photographs and computer-generated images into beautiful prints and make multiple copies of your work. Create with the textures unique to printmaking. Learn the fun process of solar printmaking, a versatile way to make painterly prints without using chemicals. Demonstrations and step by step instructions will be given for this surprisingly simple and exciting process. The possibilities are endless.

Watercolor and Design
Meets 6 times
9A | ThursdaysJanuary 22 - February 26
9B |  Thursdays
March 12 – April 16
9:30 am - 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 6 times
10A | ThursdaysJanuary 22 - February 26
10B |  Thursdays
March 12 – April 16
1:15 – 4:15 pm
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
$210 ($180 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.

Introduction to Portrait Painting
Meets 6 times
11A | FridaysJanuary 23 - February 27
11B | Fridays
March 13 – April 24 (no class April 3)
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$210 ($180 members) | plus $45 model feel
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.

paul dusold figure classIntroduction to the Figure
Meets 6 times
15A | FridaysJanuary 23 - February 27
15B | Fridays
March 13 – April 24 (no class April 3)
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Paul DuSold
$210 ($180 members) | plus $45 model feel
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.