Adult Classes and Workshops

Adult Classes and Workshops

STUDIO CLASSES

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.

Payment

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.

 

WORKSHOPS | All levels

Painting Abstractly: The Figure as a Point of Departure
In conjunction with Arthur B. Carles and His Expanding Circle: An Exhibition in Honor of Frances M. Maguire

3 classes, $225 ($195 members)
W1 Saturdays, Sept. 10, 17, and 24, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi

Students learn how to use the figure as a vehicle for expressive painting techniques and artistic opportunities. This workshop treats the canvas as a lively surface and playground for intuitive creativity, tonal contrast, visual metaphor, multiple focal points, space, and color.

Exploring Abstraction
In conjunction with Arthur B. Carles and His Expanding Circle: An Exhibition in Honor of Frances M. Maguire

3 classes, $160 ($130 members)
W2 Tuesdays, Sept. 13, 20, and 27, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Val Rossman

This workshop 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.

Painting and Monotypes
In conjunction with Harry Bertoia: Free Interpretations

3 classes, $160 ($130 members) plus $15 materials fee to instructor
W3 Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21, and 28, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim

This workshop demonstrates the endless possibilities and unique qualities of the monotype process, which is a method for making one-of- a-kind images that combines painting, drawing, and printmaking techniques. Learn why Harry Bertoia appreciated the spontaneity and freedom of monotypes to explore and experiment with a range of images and materials. Students learn to develop a painting on a flat plate in a variety of media, and then transfer it to paper or another absorbent surface.

Painting the Fall Landscape in Plein Air

4 classes, $190 ($160 members)
W4 Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 15, 16, 29, and 30, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul DuSold

Paint on location, en plein air, and create art in response to nature. The focus will be on completing a painting in one session, by observing light, choosing subject matter, and arranging composition. Meeting places will be given with registration.

 

Impressionists, Expressionists and Fauves: Palettes that Bred Modernism

In conjunction with Arthur Carles and His Expanding Circle: An Exhibition In Honor of Frances M. Maguire

6 classes, $220 ($190 members)
Tuesdays, Nov. 1–Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members)
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan

Explore the palettes of the Impressionists, Expressionists and Fauve artists and learn the rich and vast language of color. Each week, students will use still life set-ups to create several paintings that investigate the palettes of these artists to gain a deep understanding of color relationships and how colors are chosen to meet the needs of the subject, convey a feeling, mood, an atmosphere, geographical location, or  narrative. Discover new ways to develop your own personal and exciting use of color. 

 

Japanese Watercolor and Mixed Media on Washi

1 class
W5 Saturday, Nov. 19, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
$116 ($86 members) plus $28 materials fee to instructor
Instructor: Andrea Snyder

This workshop is great for anyone who loves to discover new ways for blending painting, mixed media, and collage. Learn to paint with colorfast Japanese watercolors and sumi ink on Asian 2 papers. Discover new possibilities by combining traditional Japanese painting techniques with 21st century watercolors, mineral pigments, and adhesives.

 

Exploring Abstraction

In conjunction with Arthur B. Carles and His Expanding Circle: An Exhibition in Honor of Frances M. Maguire

3 classes
W6 Tuesdays, Oct. 11, 18, and 25, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$160 ($130 members)
Instructor: Val Rossman

This workshop 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.

 

YOGA IN THE KUCH GALLERY | All Levels

 

The Art of Yoga: Sweet Inspiration for Body, Mind and Creative Spirit

8 classes
1 Mondays, Sept. 26-Nov. 28< (no class Oct. 3 and 24)
6:30-7:30 p.m.
$180 ($160 members) or $25 per session
Instructor: Jennifer Schelter
All levels welcome. Bring: towel, yoga mat, and blanket.

The Art of Yoga illuminates the artistic ritual of connecting with body, mind and Self. Deeply appreciate and develop your personal process for present moment awareness, self-care and rejuvenation. Series includes:  Inspirational Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga,   Mindfulness Meditation, Breathing Practices, Guided Relaxation, Creative Visualization,  Weekly Themes for Focus. Benefits include: flexibility, stability, balance, core strength, relaxation, and calmness.  

We will practice yoga and meditation in Woodmere's Kuch Gallery (rotunda gallery downstairs), surrounded by open space, art, soft music and moments of silence.  

 

FALL STUDIO CLASSES | All levels

 

Studio Oil Painting

6 classes, $220 ($190 members) 
1A Sundays, Sept. 11–Oct. 23 (no class Oct. 2);
1B Sundays, Nov. 6–Dec. 18 (no class Nov. 27),
1:30–4:30 p.m.
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, $220 ($190 members)
2A Mondays, Sept. 19–Nov. 7 (no class Oct. 3 and 24), 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2B Tuesdays, Sept. 20–Nov. 8 (no class Oct. 4 and 25), 1:00–4:00 p.m.
2C Mondays, Nov. 14–Dec. 19, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m
2D Tuesdays, Nov. 15–Dec. 20, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
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, $220 ($190 members)
3A Mondays, Sept. 12–Oct. 31 (no class Oct. 3 and 24);
3B Mondays, Nov. 7–Dec. 12, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
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.

Fundamentals of Oil Painting

6 classes, $220 ($190 members)
4A Mondays, Sept. 12–Oct. 31 (no class Oct. 3 and 24);
4B Mondays, Nov. 7–Dec. 12, 6:30–9:30 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.

Impressionists, Expressionists and Fauves: Palettes that Bred Modernism

In conjunction with Arthur Carles and His Expanding Circle: An Exhibition In Honor of Frances M. Maguire

6 classes, $220 ($190 members)
Tuesdays, Nov. 1–Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$220 ($190 members)
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan

Explore the palettes of the Impressionists, Expressionists and Fauve artists and learn the rich and vast language of color. Each week, students will use still life set-ups to create several paintings that investigate the palettes of these artists to gain a deep understanding of color relationships and how colors are chosen to meet the needs of the subject, convey a feeling, mood, an atmosphere, geographical location, or  narrative. Discover new ways to develop your own personal and exciting use of color. 

One a Day: Creating a Still Life in One Sitting

6 classes, $220 ($190 members)
6A Wednesdays, Sept. 14–Nov. 2 (no class Oct. 12);
6B Wednesdays, Nov. 16–Dec. 21, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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.

Blending Abstraction and Representation II

6 classes, $220 ($190 members)
7 Wednesdays, Nov. 2–Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 23), 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim

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. Discover the link between “re-presenting” the world and abstraction, expression and materials. Demonstrations with traditional and experimental techniques will encourage students to examine subject matter in a new way.

Watercolor and Design

6 classes, $220 ($190 members)
8A Thursdays, Sept. 15–Oct. 20;
8B Thursdays, Nov. 3–Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24), 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Howard Watson

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

6 classes, $280 ($250 members)
9A Thursdays, Sept. 15–Oct. 20;
9B Thursdays, Nov. 3–Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24), 1:00–5:00 p.m.
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, $220 ($190 members) plus $45 model fee
10A Fridays, Sept. 16–Oct. 21;
10B Fridays, Nov. 4–Dec. 16 (no class Nov. 25), 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: 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, $220 ($190 members) plus $45 model fee
11A Fridays, Sept. 16–Oct. 21;
11B Fridays, Nov. 4–Dec. 16 (no class Nov. 25), 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Instructor: 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.