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Summer 5 | Botanical Illustration (Inside)

Price:
$100 ($70 members)
Day:
Wednesdays
Thursdays - Meets 2 times
Date Range:
August 11 - August 12, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Learn how to capture the variety of shapes, colors and forms of plants and flowers with the free flow of watercolor. Students will sharpen their observational skills, create interesting compositions, and develop ways of mixing and layering color to encourage self-expression. Demonstrations will be given with a lot of individual attention.

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Drawing paper to begin: 9” x 12” drawing pad (approximate Size) is good

Watercolor paper for a longer painting, either 8x10 or 11x14 in size

Pencils for drawing: 2B, 4B, 6B, HB

Erasers: kneaded are great

Watercolor pencils and a watercolor set

Fine watercolor brushes (it is great to have a few very fine and medium brushes) 

 

 

 

W1 | Landscape and Beyond: Observation and Invention (Outdoors)

Instructor:
Mindy Flexer
Price:
$160
Day:
Saturdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
September 18 - October 30, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
(no class Oct. 2)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Workshop offered in partnership with MALT (Mt. Airy Learning Tree)

Enjoy Philadelphia's fall in a beautiful place with a vibrant community of artists! Use Woodmere's grounds as a starting point for drawing or painting. Students have a range of choices and may work from observation to create traditional landscapes that explore deep space and/or up-close details of botanical images, and anything in between. Or work from your imagination or from references to place figures and objects in whatever real or imagined space you create.

This class will be highly individualized, to meet the interests of each artist, with plenty of freedom and how-to support. All levels are welcome.

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DRAWING AND PAINTING MATERIALS
You get to choose what materials you would like to use for this class. I will list some possibilities, with pros and cons. Please don’t feel obligated to get everything! You can choose a material to start with, and then add as you are ready.

Things everyone will need:
A pencil, eraser, and some kind of sketchbook. I like 9”x 12”, but you might like bigger or smaller.
Sunscreen and/or a big hat, comfortable shoes, and plenty of water!

POSSIBLE DRAWING MATERIALS
Color Pencils
Pros: You get a huge, beautiful range of colors, with maximum control of color and placement.
Cons: It’s very labor intensive to build up dense colors, and you work in layers, so it’s not very spontaneous.
Recommended brand: Prismacolor. A set of 24 is nice, but you can do a lot with 12.
Paper: 9” x 12” is probably a good size for this material, and any dry media paper is fine.

Oil Pastels
Pros: You can create vibrant color really quickly, with a lot of freedom to smudge and blend.
Cons: Oil pastels are hard to control and to be precise with.
Recommended brands: Caran D’Ache and Sennelier are beautiful but expensive. Pentel and Sakura are good quality and reasonably priced. Sargent is lower quality. A set of 24 is nice, but you can do a lot with 12 or 16.
Paper: You can easily make 12” x 18” drawings with oil pastels, and they work for smaller sizes, too. Any dry media paper is fine.

Chalk Pastels
Pros: You can create vibrant color really quickly with chalk pastels, too, and you have a lot of freedom to mix colors by blending or layering.
Cons: Chalk pastels are dusty!!! I only use them outdoors. You will also need to use fixative on your drawings to preserve them.
Recommended brands: Sennelier is beautiful but expensive. NuPastel and Rembrandt are good quality and reasonably priced. Sargent is lower quality. A set of 24 is nice, but you can do a lot with 12. Bigger sets are very luxurious!
Paper: Be sure to use pastel or charcoal paper with chalk pastels. You can make really big drawings with it if you want to, like 22” x 30” ! They are great for smaller drawings, too.

Other things you will need for drawing:
a drawing board
clips to hold your paper on
hand wipes are nice but not necessary

ABOUT PAINTING MATERIALS:
General pros: Paint has an enormous, flexible range for creating color and texture, and detail and large color fields.
General cons: Learning to control paint takes some practice, and painting outside might be a lot to juggle if you have never painted before. But if you are up for an adventure, it’s fine to dive in!!

POSSIBLE PAINTING MATERIALS:
Acrylic paint:
Pros: This opacity of this paint makes it very forgiving, and it’s great for building up texture. It also dries really quickly, for painting over and for transport. You can thin it down and clean your brushes with water.
Cons: The short drying window can be a disadvantage for reworking and blending. Acrylic paint also dries slightly darker than it looks when it’s wet. It’s a newer material in the history of art, and some people think it looks like plastic. Others love it! It does not come out of clothing.

Oil paint:
Pros: Oil paint has all the pros of acrylic paint, but a longer working window. Oil paint has a long and venerable tradition in Western art.
Cons: Oil paint takes a long time to dry, so you have to be up for transporting wet paintings. Traditionally, people use solvents with it, but this can avoided. However, you will need to use oil, not water, for thinning oil paint down, so it can get messy. Like acrylic paint, it stains clothing.

You can’t mix acrylic paint and oil in the same painting. 

For either kind of paint:
Colors you will need:
White:
Titanium white
(If you already have zinc white you can use that too, but it’s not as powerful)

Prismatics:
Cadmium yellow light (leans towards orange, but close to the middle)
(Cadmium yellow lemon: leans towards green)

Cadmium red light or cad red medium or naphthol red or another orangish red 
Permanent rose or permanent alizarin crimson or another maroonish red 

Cerulean blue, phthalo blue , or manganese blue (a greenish blue)
Ultramarine blue (a purple-ish blue)

Earth colors: 
These are nice to have and less expensive than the prismatics, but not necessary, especially at the beginning: 
Yellow ochre
Venetian red, Indian red, terra rossa or any other earth red 
Burnt sienna
Burnt umber
Ivory  black

Medium, if you are using oil paint:
I recommend against solvents, since they are so toxic. Instead, use:
Safflower oil or walnut oil
A glass jar or metal jar with a lid to keep it in
At home, you can use Palmolive to wash your brushes.

Brushes:
I like Princeton Art and Brush Company synthetic bristle brushes, because they are easy to clean, and a reasonable price and quality. Utrecht brushes are cheaper, but don’t hold up as well. You can also look at the other possibilities. To start, it is good to have:
Filberts or flats in small, medium, and large. #4 is my favorite size.
Medium bright
Large bright if possible
Small round brush
Don’t worry about having the perfect thing---- make your best guess, and you’ll keep adding to your brush collection over time.

Other things you will need:
Palette: I think  a 12” x 18” disposable palette paper is easiest, but you can also use a 
wooden or glass one.
Palette knife: there are many different kinds. See what feels comfortable to you.
Absorbent paper towel or rags.
A plastic bag for throwing them away.
Latex gloves if you are concerned about chemicals in the paint--- some people are and some people are not.
Something to carry everything in: you can use a rolling cart, backpack, or paint box.

Painting surfaces:
You can use canvas paper, a canvas pad, canvas board, or stretched canvas, depending on your budget, how durable you want the finished work to be, and whether you like painting on something with a “bounce” or on something solid. For now, a few smallish surfaces would be good to have, like 8” x 10”, 9” x 12”, or 11” x 14”

IF YOU WANT TO USE WATERCOLOR PAINT:
Pros: Watercolor’s transparency has a beautiful, sparkling quality, and it’s less messy to work with than oil and acrylic paint. 
Cons: The transparency that is beautiful also makes watercolor unforgiving--- it’s hard to change what you’ve already put down. You will need to either be really strategic or totally open to the happy accident.
Recommended brands: Winsor Newton and Daler-Roney are a good value.
Other notes: You can get pan sets, or use tubes and a watercolor palette. Be sure to get real watercolor paper and brushes. 

 

 


 

W2 | T'ai Chi (Outdoors)

Instructor:
Vicki Mehl
Price:
$24/session; $48/both sessions
Day:
Sundays - Meets 2 times
Date Range:
September 19 - September 26, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
(Rain date Oct. 10)
Medium:
Movement
Level:
All levels

Workshop offered in partnership with MALT (Mt. Airy Learning Tree)

Enjoy t'ai chi on the grounds of the Woodmere Art Museum. MALT instructor Vicki Mehl will give a demonstration of the Cheng Man Ch'ing Short Form and teach some warm-up exercises that utilize the primary t'ai chi principles. No prior t'ai chi experience needed. After the workshop enjoy a free visit to the museum and explore their exhibits

Vicki Mehl has studied T'ai Chi since 1995.  She enjoys T'ai Chi because of its innumerable physical and mental health benefits, and because there is always more to learn.

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W3 | Wild Foodies: In Search of Food Beneath our Feet (Outdoors)

Instructor:
Lynn Landes
Price:
$24
Day:
Sundays - Meets 1 time
Date Range:
September 26 - September 26, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Rain date Oct. 10)
Medium:
Nature
Level:
All levels

Workshop offered in partership with MALT (Mt. Airy Learning Tree)

Take a walk on the wild side with Lynn Landes from Wild Foodies of Philly! Join us for a guided stroll of the beautiful grounds surrounding the Woodmere Art Museum where we’ll be tasting and learning about edible plants, as well as how to steer clear of the plants we don’t want to pluck! After the workshop enjoy a free visit to the museum and explore their exhibits.

Instructor Lynn Landes is a Philadelphia-based writer, researcher, reporter, and activist in the fields of politics, health, and the environment.  Lynn runs the Philadelphia Wild Foodies, www.WildFoodies.org, working to educate the public on the many uses of wild plants and animals for food, fiber, and medicine.

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1A | Studio Oil Painting (In-Studio)

Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Sundays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
September 12 - October 24, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
(No class Oct. 3)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Students can use photographs as source material to organize and create a painting. Designed to help students execute a painting of their own subject matter, this 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.

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Oil Colors

Yellow: cadmium yellow pale or indian yellow

Blue: cerulean blue, ultramarine

Red: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson

Green: sap green, viridian

Earth: raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre or transparent yellow oxide

White: titanium

Brushes: flat brushes in a variety of sizes; include a few soft, synthetic or sable, a few rounds and at least one 2" or larger soft, flat brush for glazing. Make sure these are not watercolor brushes.

Palette knife - flexible, cranked shaft at least 3in long.

Palette, wood or paper (toned gray paper is preferable)

Linseed oil

Turpenoid or odorless paint thinner - NOT TURPENOID NATURAL!

Containers for linseed oil and turpenoid

Stretched canvas/gessoed panel

Paper towels/painting rags

If using photos for source material, Students must provide their own photos.

 

 

 

1B | Studio Oil Painting (In-Studio)

Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Sundays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
November 7 - December 19, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
(No class Nov. 28)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Students can use photographs as source material to organize and create a painting. Designed to help students execute a painting of their own subject matter, this 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.

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Oil Colors

Yellow: cadmium yellow pale or indian yellow

Blue: cerulean blue, ultramarine

Red: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson

Green: sap green, viridian

Earth: raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre or transparent yellow oxide

White: titanium

Brushes: flat brushes in a variety of sizes; include a few soft, synthetic or sable, a few rounds and at least one 2" or larger soft, flat brush for glazing. Make sure these are not watercolor brushes.

Palette knife - flexible, cranked shaft at least 3in long.

Palette, wood or paper (toned gray paper is preferable)

Linseed oil

Turpenoid or odorless paint thinner - NOT TURPENOID NATURAL!

Containers for linseed oil and turpenoid

Stretched canvas/gessoed panel

Paper towels/painting rags

If using photos for source material, Students must provide their own photos.

 

 

2A | Drawing and Painting I and II (In-Studio)

Instructor:
Linda Freedman
Price:
$270 ($240 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
September 13 - October 25, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Enjoy painting, drawing or a combination of both. Beginners will be taught how to “see” and not just look. Questions like “where do I start?” will be answered. You will learn what makes an interesting composition, how to shade, and how to give your pictures character and depth. Beginning painters will learn color theory and mixing, how to handle paint, composition and basic techniques. More advanced students will continue to hone their skills through a combination of painting from real life as well as the classic method of artistic learning: copying from other artworks (including paintings and photography).  Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given to each student. You will progress at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Disposable palette pad

Canvas pad (approximately 12 x 15”), OR two small canvases: Make sure the canvas pad says " REAL " canvas

Paper Towels (Bounty is good)

1 Can (for water or turpenoid)

1 Can turpenoid only. NOT Turpentine.

Brushes – sizes 4, 6, 8 to begin

Oil Paint Colors:  White, Black, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow, French Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna.

 

 

2B | Drawing and Painting I and II (In-Studio)

Instructor:
Linda Freedman
Price:
$300 ($270 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 8 times
Date Range:
November 1 - December 20, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Enjoy painting, drawing or a combination of both. Beginners will be taught how to “see” and not just look. Questions like “where do I start?” will be answered. You will learn what makes an interesting composition, how to shade, and how to give your pictures character and depth. Beginning painters will learn color theory and mixing, how to handle paint, composition and basic techniques. More advanced students will continue to hone their skills through a combination of painting from real life as well as the classic method of artistic learning: copying from other artworks (including paintings and photography).  Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given to each student. You will progress at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Disposable palette pad

Canvas pad (approximately 12 x 15”), OR two small canvases: Make sure the canvas pad says " REAL " canvas

Paper Towels (Bounty is good)

1 Can (for water or turpenoid)

1 Can turpenoid only. NOT Turpentine.

Brushes – sizes 4, 6, 8 to begin

Oil Paint Colors:  White, Black, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow, French Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna.

 

 

3A | Magic in Watercolor (Online)

Instructor:
Diane Hark
Price:
$170 ($140 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
September 13 - October 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
Beginners

This watercolor class will enrich those looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. Step by step demonstrations and easy to learn methods will appeal to beginners as well as more advanced artists. Sharpen your observation skills, color and value awareness, and design principles while gaining confidence with the medium and magic of watercolor.

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140 lb. watercolor block or single sheets of Fabriano paper, any size; other preferences, hot, cold, soft press

2 brushes: one large ROUND POINT #10 and #6. Can be sable synthetic or  any other watercolor brush

Large jar or plastic container for water with lid.

Roll of paper towels

Tube paints of student grade (Cotman) or professional grade.

Start with primary colors:

                             Cobalt blue

                             Alizarin Crimson

                             Aurelian (yellow)

Add later:

                             Burnt Sienna

                             Permanent Sap Green

                             Violet

Palette with lid for paints and mixing colors

Erasers, pencils, and notebook

Table easel to prop paper on an angle

Spray bottle for water spritzing (optional)

 

 

3B | Magic in Watercolor (Online)

Instructor:
Diane Hark
Price:
$195 ($165 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
November 1 - December 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This watercolor class will enrich those looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. Step by step demonstrations and easy to learn methods will appeal to beginners as well as more advanced artists. Sharpen your observation skills, color and value awareness, and design principles while gaining confidence with the medium and magic of watercolor.

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140 lb. watercolor block or single sheets of Fabriano paper, any size; other preferences, hot, cold, soft press

2 brushes: one large ROUND POINT #10 and #6. Can be sable synthetic or  any other watercolor brush

Large jar or plastic container for water with lid.

Roll of paper towels

Tube paints of student grade (Cotman) or professional grade.

Start with primary colors:

                             Cobalt blue

                             Alizarin Crimson

                             Aurelian (yellow)

Add later:

                             Burnt Sienna

                             Permanent Sap Green

                             Violet

Palette with lid for paints and mixing colors

Erasers, pencils, and notebook

Table easel to prop paper on an angle

Spray bottle for water spritzing (optional)

 

 

4A | Introduction to Oil Painting and Beyond (In-Studio)

Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
September 13 - October 18, 1:30 pm - 4:30 am
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
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.

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Oil Colors

Yellow: cadmium yellow pale or indian yellow

Blue: cerulean blue, ultramarine

Red: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson

Green: sap green, viridian

Earth: raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre or transparent yellow oxide

White: titanium

Brushes: flat brushes in a variety of sizes; include a few soft, synthetic or sable, a few rounds and at least one 2" or larger soft, flat brush for glazing. Make sure these are not watercolor brushes.

Palette knife - flexible, cranked shaft at least 3in long.

Palette, wood or paper (toned gray paper is preferable)

Linseed oil

Turpenoid or odorless paint thinner - NOT TURPENOID NATURAL!

Containers for linseed oil and turpenoid

Stretched canvas/gessoed panel

Paper towels/painting rags

If using photos for source material, Students must provide their own photos.

 

 

4B | Introduction to Oil Painting and Beyond (In-Studio)

Price:
$270 ($240 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
November 1 - December 13, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
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.

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Oil Colors

Yellow: cadmium yellow pale or indian yellow

Blue: cerulean blue, ultramarine

Red: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson

Green: sap green, viridian

Earth: raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre or transparent yellow oxide

White: titanium

Brushes: flat brushes in a variety of sizes; include a few soft, synthetic or sable, a few rounds and at least one 2" or larger soft, flat brush for glazing. Make sure these are not watercolor brushes.

Palette knife - flexible, cranked shaft at least 3in long.

Palette, wood or paper (toned gray paper is preferable)

Linseed oil

Turpenoid or odorless paint thinner - NOT TURPENOID NATURAL!

Containers for linseed oil and turpenoid

Stretched canvas/gessoed panel

Paper towels/painting rags

If using photos for source material, Students must provide their own photos.

 

 

5A | Exploring Abstraction (In-Studio)

Instructor:
Val Rossman
Price:
$205 ($175 members)
Day:
Tuesdays - Meets 5 times
Date Range:
October 12 - November 9, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This class offers a combination of instruction and open studio practice 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. Supportive individual and group critiques, specific assignments and demonstrations will encourage students to pursue their personal styles and growth. 

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The choice of medium is up to each individual student.  You may use pastels, acrylics, or oils.

Pastels: Assorted colors of soft pastels - instructor prefers Schmeinke and Sennelier, However, it is up to the student to choose. Rembrandt are moderately priced and are good for beginners

Paper – instructor prefers Arches 140 lb. cold pressed

Old toothbrush

Acrylics and Oils

Painting surface – student’s choice –canvas, board, metal, paper

Paints, assorted colors

Palette – paper, glass, plexiglass, paper plate, etc.

Brushes, palette knife, and any other implements of student’s choice

Painting Mediums – for acrylics, instructor prefers Acrylic Glazing Liquid by Golden; for oils, instructor prefers Windsor Newton Painting Medium; any others can be added depending on desired effect

 

 

 

5B | Exploring Abstraction (In-Studio)

Instructor:
Val Rossman
Price:
$205 ($175 members)
Day:
Tuesdays - Meets 5 times
Date Range:
November 16 - December 14, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This class offers a combination of instruction and open studio practice 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. Supportive individual and group critiques, specific assignments and demonstrations will encourage students to pursue their personal styles and growth. 

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The choice of medium is up to each individual student.  You may use pastels, acrylics, or oils.

Pastels: Assorted colors of soft pastels - instructor prefers Schmeinke and Sennelier, However, it is up to the student to choose. Rembrandt are moderately priced and are good for beginners

Paper – instructor prefers Arches 140 lb. cold pressed

Old toothbrush

Acrylics and Oils

Painting surface – student’s choice –canvas, board, metal, paper

Paints, assorted colors

Palette – paper, glass, plexiglass, paper plate, etc.

Brushes, palette knife, and any other implements of student’s choice

Painting Mediums – for acrylics, instructor prefers Acrylic Glazing Liquid by Golden; for oils, instructor prefers Windsor Newton Painting Medium; any others can be added depending on desired effect

 

 

 

6 | Introduction to Drawing (In-Studio)

Instructor:
Marta Sanchez
Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Tuesdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
September 14 - October 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This class is designed to introduce the essential elements of drawing by working from the landscape and still life setups. Students will experiment with a variety of charcoals and pencils and explore form and space through tone, scale, and color relationships to create unified drawing compositions.

Drawing will take place inside and outside the studio. Students will be inspired by drawings in the Museum’s galleries, in-class demonstrations, and YouTube videos.

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The Evolution of Painting: The Philadelphia Tradition (Online)

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$160/13 classes, $90/6 classes, $18/1 class
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 13 times
Date Range:
September 15 - December 15, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
(No class Nov. 24)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Watch the recreation of a master painting from start to finish. In this series, artist Paul DuSold will copy and discuss examples of the work of three 20th century Philadelphia painters, Arthur DeCosta, Seymour Remenick, and Rose Naftulin.

These artists were influenced by the three great traditions of Western Painting: Classicism, Romanticism and Impressionism. Arthur DeCosta (1921-2004) was a figure painter strongly influenced by the works of Titian and Poussin. Seymour Remenick (1925-2005) was a landscape and still life painter, who was inspired by the paintings and ideas of Corot. Rose Naftulin (1925-2005) was motivated by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. These three artists were committed to their influences even as those traditions were being dismissed by ideas of Modernism.

By watching Paul copy artworks by DeCosta, Remenick, and Naftulin, the viewer experiences each painting with much greater understanding! Artists who knew and studied with these three artists will also be in the sessions to offer their first-hand knowledge.

Participants are allowed to ask questions at the end of each session.

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7A | Botanical Illustration and Watercolor (In-Studio)

Price:
$170 ($140 members)
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
September 15 - October 20, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Learn how to capture the variety of shapes, colors and forms of plants and flowers with the free flow of watercolor. Students will sharpen their observational skills, create interesting compositions, and develop ways of mixing and layering color to encourage self-expression. Demonstrations will be given with a lot of individual attention.

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Drawing paper to begin: 9” x 12” drawing pad (approximate Size) is good

Watercolor paper for a longer painting, either 8x10 or 11x14 in size

Pencils for drawing: 2B, 4B, 6B, HB

Erasers: kneaded are great

Watercolor pencils and a watercolor set

Fine watercolor brushes (it is great to have a few very fine and medium brushes) 

 

 

 

7B | Botanical Illustration and Watercolor (In-Studio)

Price:
$170 ($140 members)
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
November 3 - December 15, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
(No class Nov. 24)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Learn how to capture the variety of shapes, colors and forms of plants and flowers with the free flow of watercolor. Students will sharpen their observational skills, create interesting compositions, and develop ways of mixing and layering color to encourage self-expression. Demonstrations will be given with a lot of individual attention.

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Drawing paper to begin: 9” x 12” drawing pad (approximate Size) is good

Watercolor paper for a longer painting, either 8x10 or 11x14 in size

Pencils for drawing: 2B, 4B, 6B, HB

Erasers: kneaded are great

Watercolor pencils and a watercolor set

Fine watercolor brushes (it is great to have a few very fine and medium brushes) 

 

 

 

8A | Blending Abstraction and Representation (Online)

Price:
$205 ($175 members)
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 5 times
Date Range:
September 22 - October 20, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
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, focusing on color and light, drawing, brushwork, texture, and composition. You can work in the medium of your choice (acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing mediums). The class includes group and individual critiques in addition to power point presentations. This class will specifically explore Asian art, particularly Japanese work from the last two centuries.

Demonstrations with traditional and experimental techniques will be based on students’ interests.

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Supply List

Please have ideas for the paintings you want to make. E.g.

  • Sketch book
  • Photographs
  • Still life setups in your studio

Supplies:

All students may want a notebook to record ideas/thoughts from demonstrations and discussions.

Experienced students can utilize the medium and materials you typically use.

Beginning students may want to work in watercolor or drawing materials:

For Watercolor

  • Brushes.  Some student grade round (size 2, 4, and/or 6) and flat (one stroke, size 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4”) watercolor brushes are a good way to start. Usually synthetic. Winsor & Newton Cotman brushes are one brand that works well.  Filberts and other brushes/sizes can be added as needed.
  • Paper. Canson Watercolor Pads Cold Press work well. 11X15 or 7X10” and 9X12” wire bound.
  • Paint.
    • Tube paint Winsor & Newton Cotman student grade are economical. Cotman has a set of 6 tubes of varying colors or tubes can be purchased individually. Artist grade paints are more expensive but have more pigment and intensity. Winsor & Newton, Sennelier, Schmincke Horadam are  good brands.
    • Pan paint. Crayola Educational watercolor pans work suprising well and are very economical. Winsor & Newton, Sennelier are both good brands. Cotman is the student grade brand of Winsor & Newton.
    • Palette or freezer paper to layout paint.

- Plastic or tin containers for water.  Old butter, yogurt, or tuna fish cans work well.

  • Board to mount paper. Foam core board or hardboard panels work well. Good sizes include 11X14” or 14X18” depending on your paper.
  • Pencil and kneaded eraser.
  • Paper towel
  • Artist tape to adhere paper to your board.

-Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons (make sure they are the water-soluble not wax crayons) These are fun but not necessary.

For Drawing

  • Pencils  (various hardnesses HB, 2B,4B,6B)
  • Colored pencils can be fun. Watercolor pencils add a new dimension.
  • Pens. Micron is one type that makes an interesting line.
  • Kneaded eraser.
  • Paper. Any paper with a weight greater than 90 lb works.  (watercolor, drawing ) 140 lb is a good weight if you plan on using water based medium.
  • Board to mount paper. Foam core board works well.
  • Artist tape to adhere paper to your board.
  • Sketchbooks are a nice alternative and don’t require a board or tape to mount paper.

-Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons (make sure they are the water-soluble not wax crayons) These are fun but not necessary.

Supplies can be purchased from:

www.dickblick.com

www.jerryartarama.com

 

 

8B | Blending Abstraction and Representation (Online)

Price:
$205 ($175 members)
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 5 times
Date Range:
November 3 - December 8, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(No class Nov. 24)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
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, focusing on color and light, drawing, brushwork, texture, and composition. You can work in the medium of your choice (acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing mediums). The class includes group and individual critiques in addition to power point presentations. This class will specifically explore Asian art, particularly Japanese work from the last two centuries.

Demonstrations with traditional and experimental techniques will be based on students’ interests.

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Supply List

Please have ideas for the paintings you want to make. E.g.

  • Sketch book
  • Photographs
  • Still life setups in your studio

Supplies:

All students may want a notebook to record ideas/thoughts from demonstrations and discussions.

Experienced students can utilize the medium and materials you typically use.

Beginning students may want to work in watercolor or drawing materials:

For Watercolor

  • Brushes.  Some student grade round (size 2, 4, and/or 6) and flat (one stroke, size 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4”) watercolor brushes are a good way to start. Usually synthetic. Winsor & Newton Cotman brushes are one brand that works well.  Filberts and other brushes/sizes can be added as needed.
  • Paper. Canson Watercolor Pads Cold Press work well. 11X15 or 7X10” and 9X12” wire bound.
  • Paint.
    • Tube paint Winsor & Newton Cotman student grade are economical. Cotman has a set of 6 tubes of varying colors or tubes can be purchased individually. Artist grade paints are more expensive but have more pigment and intensity. Winsor & Newton, Sennelier, Schmincke Horadam are  good brands.
    • Pan paint. Crayola Educational watercolor pans work suprising well and are very economical. Winsor & Newton, Sennelier are both good brands. Cotman is the student grade brand of Winsor & Newton.
    • Palette or freezer paper to layout paint.

- Plastic or tin containers for water.  Old butter, yogurt, or tuna fish cans work well.

  • Board to mount paper. Foam core board or hardboard panels work well. Good sizes include 11X14” or 14X18” depending on your paper.
  • Pencil and kneaded eraser.
  • Paper towel
  • Artist tape to adhere paper to your board.

-Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons (make sure they are the water-soluble not wax crayons) These are fun but not necessary.

For Drawing

  • Pencils  (various hardnesses HB, 2B,4B,6B)
  • Colored pencils can be fun. Watercolor pencils add a new dimension.
  • Pens. Micron is one type that makes an interesting line.
  • Kneaded eraser.
  • Paper. Any paper with a weight greater than 90 lb works.  (watercolor, drawing ) 140 lb is a good weight if you plan on using water based medium.
  • Board to mount paper. Foam core board works well.
  • Artist tape to adhere paper to your board.
  • Sketchbooks are a nice alternative and don’t require a board or tape to mount paper.

-Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons (make sure they are the water-soluble not wax crayons) These are fun but not necessary.

Supplies can be purchased from:

www.dickblick.com

www.jerryartarama.com

 

 

9A | Portrait Painting and Drawing (In-Studio)

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Thursdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
September 9 - October 21, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(No class Sept. 16)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This class will guide students in a process of learning how to achieve a likeness in a portrait drawing and painting.  The instructor will provide weekly demonstrations recreating Old Master portrait drawings, paintings and photographs of models.  Students will spend time every week on basic exercises to develop fundamental skills and learn how likeness is created through head structure and the relationship of features.  Understanding of light and shadow will be emphasized as well as achieving illusions of different textures such as hair, skin and fabrics. Time will be given during class for individual instruction to help students develop their drawings or paintings in class and as homework assignments (homework is optional).

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Supply List

Pencils, #’s HB, 2B, 4B and 8B

Vine Charcoal, Soft

Kneaded Eraser

Drawing Pad, 12” x 16”  or 14” x 18”  or equivalent size

 

 

 

9B | Portrait Painting and Drawing (In-Studio)

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$270 ($240 members)
Day:
Thursdays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
October 28 - December 16, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(No class Nov. 25)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This class will guide students in a process of learning how to achieve a likeness in a portrait drawing and painting.  The instructor will provide weekly demonstrations recreating Old Master portrait drawings, paintings and photographs of models.  Students will spend time every week on basic exercises to develop fundamental skills and learn how likeness is created through head structure and the relationship of features.  Understanding of light and shadow will be emphasized as well as achieving illusions of different textures such as hair, skin and fabrics. Time will be given during class for individual instruction to help students develop their drawings or paintings in class and as homework assignments (homework is optional).

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Supply List

Pencils, #’s HB, 2B, 4B and 8B

Vine Charcoal, Soft

Kneaded Eraser

Drawing Pad, 12” x 16”  or 14” x 18”  or equivalent size

 

 

 

10A | Spontaneous Abstraction (Online)

Instructor:
Kassem Amoudi
Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Thursdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
September 9 - October 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(No class Sept. 16)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Have you ever felt unsure how to start a painting, or discouraged by a blank white canvas? This class focuses on techniques that enable you to paint with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Discover how unplanned marks and passages of paint become artistic breakthroughs; communicate movement and emotion through mixing color, creating texture, and building journeys through line and space. Demonstrations will allow you to explore new possibilities, work instinctively and enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. One-on-one critique every session.

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Supply List

Here is a list of supplies you will need for class: 

  • Acrylic colors preferred but oil is ok if it is what you use.
  • Colors:  black, white, red, blue, yellow and any other colors you have.
  • Acrylic Gel medium for fixing charcoal.
  • Gloss and or Mat medium for acrylic (Turpenoid for oil).
  • Brushes – various sizes, round and flat, up to 1 ½-inch depending on canvas size.
  • Charcoal, pencils and any other drawing materials you have, including acrylic markers.
  • Rags for cleaning and applying colors.
  • 3 to 5 canvases, stretched or unstretched, larger is better. You may start 20 to 30 inches or bigger. Paper is ok too.
  • Palette & palette knives.
  • Jars or plastic containers for mixing and saving paints.
  • A lot of enthusiasm!

 

 

 

10B | Painting Over the Line (Online)

Instructor:
Kassem Amoudi
Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Thursdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
November 4 - December 16, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(No class Nov. 25)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Develop your abilities with abstraction. Explore lively brushwork, color relationships and layering, harmony and contrast, and mood. Work from imagination, pictures, or other means to find your voice and visual language. Discover how to work intuitively and how imperfections and accidents can be used as opportunities. Individual support and examples from contemporary artists will serve to broaden and inform your understanding of innovative painting.

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Supply List

Here is a list of supplies you will need for class: 

  • Acrylic colors preferred but oil is ok if it is what you use.
  • Colors:  black, white, red, blue, yellow and any other colors you have.
  • Acrylic Gel medium for fixing charcoal.
  • Gloss and or Mat medium for acrylic (Turpenoid for oil).
  • Brushes – various sizes, round and flat, up to 1 ½-inch depending on canvas size.
  • Charcoal, pencils and any other drawing materials you have, including acrylic markers.
  • Rags for cleaning and applying colors.
  • 3 to 5 canvases, stretched or unstretched, larger is better. You may start 20 to 30 inches or bigger. Paper is ok too.
  • Palette & palette knives.
  • Jars or plastic containers for mixing and saving paints.
  • A lot of enthusiasm!

 

11 | Introduction to Landscape Painting in Woodmere's Gardens (Outdoors)

Instructor:
Marta Sanchez
Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Fridays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
September 17 - October 22, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Discover new ways to depict the landscape. Be inspired by the gardens and beautiful grounds of Woodmere's six acres. Learn how to compose a scene and capture the colors, light, forms, and textures of summer's transition into fall. Woodmere's pollinator garden and the birds, insects, and native plants it attracts as well as the variety of majestic trees and plants will provide inspiration.

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