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. 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. 

You may register for any of our adult classes online here or by calling (215)-247-0476.


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.


Winter Solstice Meditation

Thursday, December 21st 
6:30-7:30 p.m.
$20 ($18 members)
Instructor: Jennifer Schelter, MFA, YTT 500

You are invited to a meditative Winter Solstice practice to embrace the shortest day and the longest night of the year. We will embrace Nature’s transformational process as inspiration for our own. From the dark of the night, new light can be born. Turn off all lights and electronic device to reflect on your internal abundance and gifts.

Together we will:

• find comfort in guided meditation
• pause to reflect on our dreams and intentions
• move through gentle mindful movements
• rest in silence

This special practice is not a yoga class, per say, but more of a spiritual gathering for gentle movement, stretching, reflection and creative nurturing. The winter solstice carries the strong symbolism of rebirth, and self-care.

All are welcome. No experience necessary. 

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




Fun with Watercolor Painting

1 class
W1 Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim
$95 ($70 members) plus $10 materials fee paid to instructor

Explore watercolor and discover the possibilities with a variety of water based media such as pencils, crayons, and paints to develop your personal expression and imagery.  You may work from your own photographs or from still life set-ups. The instructor will provide demonstrations for all mediums.


Visual Storytelling: The Art of Collage Illustration

Open to teens

3 classes
W2 Saturdays, Mar. 10-24, 10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
$150 ($125 members)
Instructor: Jaimee Newman

A contemporary approach to illustration, collage can be used to translate a narrative and text into a powerful illustration or sequential series. A fascinating exploration of hand-made and painted papers, found materials, and more.  Book design and children’s illustration will be explored. Demonstrations and individual attention will help students learn inventive ways for creating collage illustration.


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, Jan. 7-Feb. 18, 1:30-4:30 p.m
$255 ($225 members)
1B Sundays, Mar. 4–Apr. 15, 1:30–4:30 p.m. (No class April 1)
$225 ($195 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

8 classes
2A Mondays, Jan. 8–Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2B Tuesdays, Jan. 9–Feb. 27, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
$285 ($255 members)
6 classes
2C Mondays, Mar. 12–Apr. 16, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2D Tuesdays, Mar. 13–Apr. 17, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
$225 ($195 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, Jan. 8–Feb. 19; 1:30–4:30 p.m.
3B Mondays, Mar. 5–Apr. 16; 1:30-4:30 p.m
$255 ($225 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

9 classes
4 Tuesdays, Jan 16- March 13. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$315 ($285 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 Wed., Jan. 10–Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$255 ($225 members)

6 classes
5B Wednesdays, Mar. 7–Apr. 11, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$225 ($195 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.


Conversations in Drawing and Paint

6 classes
6A Wednesdays, Jan. 10th.-Feb. 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
$225 ($195 members)

4 classes
6B Tuesdays, Mar. 20-April 10th, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
$160 ($130 members)

Instructor: Nancy Halbert

Between reality and abstraction, lies expressionism, a way of approaching subject matter with an emotional freedom that pushes the conversation of real and imagined. The figure, landscape and still life will be used as a springboard for drawing and painting and developing your own distinct style. This class will open your eyes to new ways of exploring composition through line, shape, color, value and texture and to mixing materials such as charcoal, watercolor, ink, oil and acrylic paint with one another. We will start classes with quick sketches to help with drawing skills and to organize one’s painting into a unified composition.


Painting through Monotypes

6 classes
7 Wed., Mar. 7-Apr. 11, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
$225 ($195 members)
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim

Discover the endless possibilities and unique qualities of the monotype process, an image that combines painting, drawing and printmaking techniques. It was a favorite way of making art for Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and Gauguin as it offers a spontaneous way of working and the freedom to explore and experiment with images and a wide selection of materials. A painting is developed on a flat plate with oil or water based inks, paints, crayons and/or pencils and then transferred to paper or other absorbent surfaces. We will explore printing by hand and with an etching press. The instructor will provide oil and water based inks, plates and paper.


Watercolor and Design

7 classes
8A Thursdays, Jan. 11–Feb. 22; 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$255 ($225 members)

6 classes
8B Thursdays, Mar. 8–Apr. 12, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$225 ($195 members)

Instructor: 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

7 classes
9A Thursdays, Jan. 11–Feb. 22, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
$255 ($225 members)

6 classes
9B Thursdays, Mar. 8–Apr. 12, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
$235 ($195 members)

Instructor: 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
10A Fri., Jan. 12–Feb. 23, (no class Feb. 2), 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
10B Fri., Mar. 9–Apr. 20 (no class Mar. 30), 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$225 ($195 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
11A Fridays, Jan. 12–Feb. 23, (no class Feb. 2), 1:30–4:30 p.m.
11B Fridays, Mar. 9–Apr. 20 (no class Mar. 30), 1:30–4:30 p.m.
$225 ($195 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.