Adult Classes and Workshops

Adult Classes and Workshops


Woodmere Art Museum membership is not required for enrollment in studio classes, but Woodmere members receive discounted enrollment fees.  Youth and Family membership levels, as well as student scholarships, are available. 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. 

You may register for any of our adult classes online here or by calling (215)-247-0948.

Please note there is an additional $10 convenience fee added to the price of online registration.


Woodmere accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and personal checks. Payment is not processed until the beginning date of the class. Students will receive receipts for payment via mail. Payment must be received in order to confirm your space

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made at least one week prior to the start date of the class. A $40 processing fee will be issued for cancellations up to one week prior to the class starting date. No refunds after the first class.

Museum Cancellation

Woodmere reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment. In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified and no charges will be made.





Gentle Yoga

8 classes 
Y1 Mondays through Dec 4, (no class Oct. 16 or Nov. 6)  
6:30-7:30 p.m.
$190 ($160 members) or $25/session
Instructor: Cari Reilly

A gentle yoga practice perfect for all levels and abilities. Each class will flow with an intention and an opportunity to explore inner awareness of our mind, body, and breath as we practice together. Being inspired by the beautiful environment of Woodmere’s galleries, we will stretch our bodies, as we develop strength, flexibility, and balance. We will use enhanced breathing practices and meditation to support stress reduction and a sense of inner balance. Modifications will be offered to support all students. The class is taught by a Certified Yoga Therapist who offers a holistic approach to teaching.

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




Color Matters

2 classes
W1 Saturdays, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
$185 ($155 members)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi

Explore the power of color in your work and investigate how it creates mood and atmosphere, movement, drama, contrasts, beautiful harmonies and delicate subtleties. Students are encouraged to experiment with color saturation and changes in intensity, color temperatures (warm and cool), complements and contrasts, muted tones, color values, and applications of thick and thin paint. Demonstrations and individual attention will aid students in their personal investigation of color in their work.


Painting Explorations

4 classes
W2 Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
$185 ($155 members)
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim

Love to paint but want to explore new techniques? This is the class for you! Students will explore the expressive qualities of a variety of materials including watercolor, pastel, and various drawing materials to experiment with color, drawing, brushwork, texture, and composition. Demonstrations with traditional and experimental techniques will encourage students to examine subject matter in a new way. Students can work in oil, acrylic, watercolor or pastel. An in depth discussion of various media and paper will be included. Great for beginners as well as experienced artists.


Visual Storytelling: The Art of Collage Illustration
In conjunction with Woodmere’s exhibition, A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance

2 classes
W3 Saturdays, Nov. 11, 18, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
$110 ($80 members)
Instructor: Jaimee Newman

A contemporary approach to illustration. Use collage to learn how a narrative and text are translated into a powerful illustration or sequential series. Explore materials such as hand-made and tissue papers, painted papers, found materials, wood, and cutting, tearing, layering and pasting methods. Book design and children’s illustration will be explored. Demonstrations and individual attention will help students learn fascinating and inventive ways for creating collage illustration.

Open to teenagers.


Anti-Workshop Poetry/Performance Workshop

1 class
W4 Saturday, Jan. 13, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
$35 ($30 members)
Instructor: Ursula Rucker
All levels welcome

Join spoken word, performance artist, Ursula Rucker in an exploration of word, sound, music, emotion, thought, and theme that will guide you in the poetry writing and performance process. Rucker refers to this as “Anti-Workshop” to focus on providing participants with a safe and nonrestrictive space. Writers and non-writers will feel comfortable in facing discomfort with the newness of ideas, music, public speaking/performance, the writing process, and non-censorship of self. Ursula hopes to open up a whole new world of thinking, feeling and expression via writing and performing/sharing poetry. The sound/music-guided writing exercises, especially, provide fertile ground for free-thought, creativity and poem production.

Bring a journal and writing instruments.

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




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


Studio Oil Painting

6 classes
1A Sundays, Sept. 10–Oct. 22 (no class Oct. 1);
1B Sundays, Nov. 5–Dec. 17 (no class Nov. 26), 1:30–4:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members)
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman

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

6 classes
2A Mondays, Sept. 18–Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2B Tuesdays, Sept. 19–Oct. 24, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
$220 ($190 members)
7 classes
2C Mondays, Nov. 6–Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
2D Tuesdays, Nov. 7–Dec. 19, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
$250 ($220 members)
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

7 classes
3A Mondays, Sept. 11–Oct. 23;
3B Mondays, Nov. 6–Dec. 18, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
$250 ($220 members)
Instructor: Stefanie Lieberman

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.


Exploring Abstraction

6 classes
4ATuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 31 (No class on Oct. 3) ;
4B Tuesdays, Nov. 14–Dec. 19, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members)
Instructor: Val Rossman

This class offers a combination of open studio space and instruction, allowing students to explore, take chances, develop critical thinking, and cultivate their artistic voices. Participants investigate basic color theory, learn how to create strong compositions, and develop technical skills. The choice of medium is up to each individual, with specific assignments and demonstrations encouraging students to pursue their personal styles and growth.


One a Day: Creating a Still Life in One Sitting

7 classes
5A Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Oct. 25;
5B Wednesdays, Nov. 8–Dec. 20, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$250 ($220 members)
Instructor: Paul DuSold

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.


The Expressive Figure

6 classes
6 Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members) plus $45 model fee
Instructor: Nancy Halbert

This class will radically change your way of thinking about figure painting. Whether you are a realist, think abstractly, or stuck in rut with color, proportion, environment, or pose, this class will open your eyes to new ways of working with materials, such as charcoal, watercolor, ink, oil and acrylic paint. We will focus on the figurative artists of the San Francisco Bay, such as, Joan Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Nathan Oliveri, and other’s who changed the perception of figurative art. This class will help you build confidence in completing an honest re-interpretation of the figure.


Watercolor and Design

6 classes
7A Thursdays, Sept. 14–Oct. 26, (no class Sept. 21);
7B Thursdays, Nov. 9–Dec. 21 (no class Nov. 23), 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members)
Howard Watson

This class teaches students to develop a variety of motifs such as rural, shore, and city landscapes and still life subjects by working from the instructor’s photographs as well as their own. Students learn to design a successful composition and then apply the watercolor media in a successful, expressive manner. Demonstrations and class critiques are included.


Painting Over the Line

6 classes
8A Thursdays, Sept. 14–Oct. 26, (no class Sept. 21);
8B Thursdays, Nov. 9–Dec. 21 (no class Nov. 23), 1:00–5:00 p.m.
$280 ($250 members)
Kassem Amoudi

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

6 classes
9A Fridays, Sept. 15–Oct. 27, (no class Sept. 22);
9B Fridays, Nov. 10–Dec. 22 (no class Nov. 24), 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members) plus $45 model fee
Paul DuSold

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, Sept. 15–Oct. 27, (no class Sept. 22);
10B Fridays, Nov. 10–Dec. 22 (no class Nov. 24), 1:30–4:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members) plus $45 model fee
Paul DuSold

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.

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