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Living together in the community through the arts

Since its founding in 1953, Allens Lane Art Center has been a cornerstone of the Mt. Airy community by bringing the residents together to participate in and enjoy the arts.  Whether its art classes for children or adults, amazing art exhibitions or cutting edge plays on the mainstage, there is something for everyone at Allens Lane.

601 West Allens Lane ~ Philadelphia, PA 19119 ~ p: 215.248.0546

VISUAL ART CLASSES - Children/Teens/Adults

Pre-registration is REQUIRED for all classes.

To register for classes, please use our Online Registration Form or you can print out our form (.pdf) and mail with check, money order or Discover/Mastercard/Visa number to the address on the form.If you have questions, call 215-248-0546 ext. 3. Classes will run only if enough students register. If you are registered for a class and it does not run, you will be notified of the cancellation and your class fee will be refunded. Otherwise, assume the class is running.

Please pre-register! Registration deadline for all classes is 3 business days prior to the first class. After that, there will be a $20 late administration fee added to the cost of the class. Please note that some classes are run by third party vendors who do their own registration. Details are provided next to the class information. Material fees are to be paid to the teacher on the first day of class.

Fun with ClayKidz-Clay Saturdays - One Day Clay Workshops! (6 - 12)
Instructor: Janice Strawder
Children will enjoy the tactile nature of clay while developing creative problem solving skills.  Each class involves simple techniques and challenges for fun, unique solutions.  These one-day projects will be kiln-fired to be picked up at a later date.
Saturdays, 10am - 12:00pm

Cost: $30 (pre-registration required - no drop-in's)


Janice StrawderCeramics - Pottery: Hand and Wheel (adults)
Instructor: Janice Strawder
For those folks who want to try it all! Try your hand at the potter’s wheel and also learn techniques for handbuilding on the table. Create wonderful works with either approach, or combine the two and create unique works in clay. Students will be introduced to a variety of surface treatments including texture, colored slips, and glaze decorating. Demonstrations and visual inspiration will be presented weekly. Group discussion as well as individual feedback will be provided. Bring your own ideas, or work along with the class with weekly projects.
Includes access to all Open Studio sessions. All levels welcome.

Summer Session:

June 12 - Aug. 7, 2018 (9 weeks) - 6:30 - 9:30pm - $280

June 13 - Aug. 15, 2018 (9 weeks) - 6:30 - 9:30pm - $280

(no class July 4)

June 16 - Aug. 11, 2018 (9 weeks) - 10:00am - 1:00pm - $280

(clay available for purchase)

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Janice StrawderCeramics - Pottery: Open Studio - 10 wks
Instructor: Monitored by Staff
For current students wanting more time in the studio to practice their craft. Also offered to those who want to work independently on their own projects and need a workspace. Clay must be purchased through the Center. Non-students must meet with studio manager prior to sign-up. For more information call 215.248.0546.

Summer Semester schedule (9 weeks) Starting June 11
Mondays: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Thursdays: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Saturdays: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Students: Included with current class registration
Non-Student: $200 - 9 visit pass - Good for 4 months from start date (clay available for purchase)

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Wanda Hankerson

Artist: Wanda Hankerson, Acrylic, 2012

Watermedia: Painting and Drawing (ages 13 to adult)
Instructor: Marcia Jones
Further your exploration of painting in watercolor and acrylic. Improve your drawing and design skills. Get lots of how-to help. Some months you will get focused learning when everyone studies common interests, such as color mixing, art presentation, or life drawing. Independent learning is always available. Our welcoming group meets in an air conditioned, handicapped accessible studio, with easy parking and public transportation within walking distance.
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Registration ongoing, month to month, contact Marcia by email or phone
Cost: $85/month (Checks, cash or money orders. Sorry, no credit cards)
Supplies list will be available upon registration. Estimated cost of materials: $30 - $50.00
To register for this class, please call or email: Marcia Jones at

Figure Drawing ClassFigure Model Drawing - Open Studio
Allens Lane Art Center hosts a weekly Figure Drawing session on Monday evenings from 7:15p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The cost is $12.00 per person for each session. The sessions use professional nude models in a variety of short poses generally ranging from 1 to 10 minutes. Artists of all levels are welcome to join. There is no instructor, but we request that you RSVP prior to each session by contacting the monitor, Julie Zahn at or call 267-243-7065.
Cost: $12.00 per session
Classes run year round