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Online classes: are offered via Zoom. For requirements and procedures, click here.
 
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Registration: registration is available by clicking the REGISTER buttons listed under each class or by calling 215-247-0476.
If you have a credit from a Winter or Fall 2020 class, please contact Amanda Monroe at 
amonroe@woodmereartmuseum.org to receive your discount code before registering online.
 
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Registration is now available for the B Session of Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 classes! Scroll down to see the Summer 2021 listings. Please be advised that all of our classes and events listed below take place in Eastern Standard Time. 
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The Evolution of Painting (Online): Society Portraits and the Ashcan School

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$60/6 sessions, $120/12 sessions
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 12 times
Date Range:
April 7 - June 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medium:
N/A
Level:
All levels

Watch the recreation of a master painting from start to finish. Join artist Paul DuSold and explore how and why great paintings affect us emotionally and spiritually! 

In this series, Paul will copy paintings by John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, Robert Henri and George Bellows. These artists, (all connected in some way to Philadelphia), painted during the late 19th and early 20th century. Beaux and Sargent represented the greatest of American society portrait painting. Henri and Bellows, were part of a group of artists in what came to be known as the Ashcan school, and painted portraits of the tenement dwellers of New York City. The works of these artists present a fascinating comparison in the rich evolution of oil painting!

Viewers will see how the qualities of color, shape, texture, light and space engage the imagination as a painting transitions from a blank canvas to a finished masterpiece. Paul describes every step of his experience walking in the footsteps of the artist who created the original.  By seeing the painting develop, the viewer experiences the painting with much greater understanding! Context of social and aesthetic history will also be discussed.

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

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Spring 2A | Magic in Watercolor (Online)

Instructor:
Diane Hark
Price:
$170 ($140 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
April 12 - May 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and drawing
Level:
Beginners and up

This watercolor class will enrich those looking for inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking and exploring watercolor. 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)

 

 

Spring 3B | Drawing and Painting I and II (Hybrid; online and outside)

Instructor:
Linda Freedman
Price:
$205 ($175 members)/5 classes, $175 ($145 members)/4 outdoor classes
Day:
Mondays - Meets 5 times
Date Range:
May 17 - June 21, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(no class May 31. May 17 is online. May 24-June 21 is in-person, outdoors)
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.

Students may choose to participate in both the online and in-person classes, or may opt to only particpate in the in-person classes. 

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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.

 

 

 

Spring 4B | Introduction to Oil Painting and Beyond (Online)

Price:
$170 ($140 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 4 times
Date Range:
May 3 - May 24, 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.

 

 

Spring 6 | Botanical Illustration (Outside)

Price:
$100 ($70 members)
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 3 times
Date Range:
May 26 - June 9, 1:00 pm - 3:00 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) 

 

 

Spring 8 | Portrait Drawing and Painting (Online)

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$170 ($140 members)
Day:
Thursdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
May 20 - June 24, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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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Pencils, #’s HB, 2B, 4B and 8B

Vine Charcoal, Soft

Kneaded Eraser

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

 

 

 

Spring 9 | Painting Over the Line (Online)

Instructor:
Kassem Amoudi
Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Thursdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
May 20 - June 24, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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!

 

 

Summer 1 | Studio Oil Painting (Inside)

Price:
$270 ($240 members)
Day:
Sundays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
June 6 - July 25, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
(no class July 4)
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
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.

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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.

 

 

 

Summer 2 | Magic in Watercolor (Online)

Instructor:
Diane Hark
Price:
$170 ($140 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
June 7 - July 19, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
(no class July 5)
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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Supply List

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)

 

 

 

Summer 3 | Introduction to Oil Painting and Beyond (Inside)

Price:
$270 ($240 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 7 times
Date Range:
June 7 - July 26, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
(no class July 5)
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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Supply List

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.

 

 

 

Summer 4 | Exploring Abstraction Critiques (Online)

Instructor:
Val Rossman
Price:
$65 ($35 members)
Day:
Tuesdays - Meets 2 times
Date Range:
June 22 - July 6, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Supportive individual and group critiques will encourage growth and future exploration. Develop your artistic voice and learn how to create strong compositions, technical, and critical thinking skills. The choice of medium is up to each individual.

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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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Supply List

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) 

 

 

 

Summer 6 | Introduction to Landscape Painting in Woodmere's Gardens (Outside)

Instructor:
Marta Sanchez
Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Fridays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
June 18 - July 30, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(no class July 2)
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 mornings by focusing on Woodmere's pollinator garden and the birds, insects, and native plants it attracts, as well as a variety of majestic trees and plants that offer plenty of shade.

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