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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 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. 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.

Drawing and Painting I for Young Artists (5 - 10yrs old)
Instructor: Melissa Kapish - Our Summer Art Camp Instructor
Whether your child is already skilled in drawing and painting or just a beginner, they will advance to the next level with techniques learned in this class. In a fun and inviting atmosphere, young artists will learn the fundamentals for drawing and painting, and actively practice the foundations of perspective, form, shading plus numerous other techniques to enhance creativity. The class focuses on composition, proportion, value, color theory, and creative mark-making. The styles and techniques of a variety of artists are analyzed to demonstrate how both real life settings and the imagination can be sources for creating expressive works. Each session, students will learn new techniques and create new projects so students who wish to remain in the class can continually learn new things. This class is designed as the next step class for the Art Here We Come class listed through Mt. Airy Learning Tree.
Saturdays, 10:45am - 12:15pm
6 Classes
Cost: $120 plus ($20.00 materials fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class)
Session 1 - 6 classes: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov. 2
Session 2 - 6 classes: Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec. 7, 14
Session 3 - 6 classes: Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 - SORRY- ALL SPACES FILLED FOR THIS SESSION - Registration is Closed
Session 4 - 6 classes: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5
Session 5 - 6 classes: April 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17- SORRY- This class has been cancelled.

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Drawing and Painting II for Young Artists (11 - 15yrs old)
Instructor: Melissa Kapish - Our Summer Art Camp Instructor
This class is a continuation of our Drawing and Painting I class but is created for a slightly older child. Designed as an intermediate class, these 6 sessions will focus on using a variety of drawing mediums as well as oil pastels and acrylics as the students learn from both Art History as well as working from life. Students will be challenged to gain a better understanding of impressionist and post-impressionist techniques and how they may apply these to their own creations. The slightly higher materials fee is because young artists at this age are ready for professional grade supplies.
Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
6 Classes
Cost: $120 plus ($40.00 materials fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class)
Session 1 - 6 classes: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Session 2 - 6 classes: Nov. 7, 14, 21 Dec. 5, 12, 19 No class on Nov. 28 - Thanksgiving
Session 3 - 6 classes: Jan. 16, 23, 30 Feb. 6, 13, 20
Session 4 - 6 classes: Feb. 27 March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3
Session 5 - 6 classes: April 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15

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Discover Drawing: Observation and Expression (teens 16+) and adults)
Instructor: Daniel Oliva

In this introductory class you will learn the observational drawing skills of the Old Masters. Concepts and techniques are taught in progressive steps until you will be able to make accurate representational drawings from nature, still life and the figure. Your new facility will allow you to directly express visual ideas, explore spatial relationships, and make your individual mark. Materials include pencil, charcoal, conté and ink. Our sociable studio setting makes learning fun, some classes will include a live model, and some classes will be held outside. Students with experience will advance their abilities, but no previous drawing knowledge is necessary, just a desire to experience the discovery of drawing.
Mondays, 7 - 8:30pm, starting in November and running continously through to May
Cost: $50 per month

Material List (bring to class on first day):
18" x 24" (or larger) drawing board
18” x 24” Newsprint pad (100 sheets) 18” x 24” Drawing pad (80 lb white, Strathmore or Canson)
1 package of soft vine charcoal (General's is good)
1 package of compressed charcoal (General's is good) Conte crayons, 1 package of white and 1 package of black
1 box of pencils containing HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B
1 pencil sharpener
1 White eraser (Staedtler or similar)
1 Large kneaded eraser
1 bottle of black drawing ink
1 nib (Speedball #99 metal nib)
1 pen holder (type B for a #99 metal nib)
1 #6 soft round watercolor brush
1 bamboo sumi-ink brush - # 6
4 Bulldog clips (2 5/8”)
This class runs month to month with an open enrollment

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Printmaking Open Studio (teens and adults)
Instructor: Martha Knox

This printmaking open studio will focus on monotype printmaking, woodcuts, linocuts, and collographs, as well as other types of printmaking that can be done without the use of big printing equipment. This class is ideal for any students who have some experience with printmaking and who wish to set aside some time each week to work on prints with like-minded fellow artists. 
Sundays, 4-6pm, starting in October 2013. 
Cost: $52 per month plus $10.00 materials fee (to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class) Materials fee can be waived if students bring most of their own supplies. 
This class runs month to month with an open enrollment

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Fun with Clay I (5 - 8yr. olds)
Instructor: Joanne Bryant

Your child will have fun while learning the basics of working with clay. Each child will create both functional and sculptural objects as they learn a variety of techniques. Students will learn to coil, slab and pinch while letting their imaginations go wild creating a variety of animals, monsters, fairies and pots . The instructor, Joanne Bryant, also serves as the Ceramics instructor for our Summer Art Camp.
Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30pm, 7 Sessions 
April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5
Cost: $100 plus $20.00 materials fee (to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class) Materials fee can be waived if students bring most of their own supplies. 

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Fun with Clay II (9 - 14yr olds)
Instructor: Joanne Bryant

This class will introduce the child to the potters wheel as well as the basics of hand building. Each child will have the chance to use the wheel as well as create whimsical sculptures. This class gets a bit messy so bring your play clothes and come have fun with us.  The instructor, Joanne Bryant, also serves as the Ceramics instructor for our Summer Art Camp.
Thursdays, 5:45 - 6:45pm, 7 Sessions 
April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5
Cost: $120 plus $35.00 materials fee (to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class) Materials fee can be waived if students bring most of their own supplies. 

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Ceramics - The Basics and Beyond (teens and adults)
Instructor: Joanne Bryant

With a small class size, you will get a lot of one on one instruction to help you learn the art of wheel throwing and hand building. Forms such as bowls, vases and mugs will be demonstrated. You will explore surface decoration through the use of hand made stamps, found objects and carving. Come have fun in this creative and inspiring class.
Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00PM, 7 Sessions 
April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5
Cost: $160 plus $35.00 materials fee (to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class) Materials fee can be waived if students bring most of their own supplies. 

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Ceramics - Creative Handbuilding + Tilemaking ( adults)
Instructor: Janice Strawder

Enjoy pottery making “off the wheel” using various techniques for hand-forming, including slab, pinch, & coil and tile making. Students will explore surface treatments using a variety of texturing tools, colored slips, and glaze decorating techniques. 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. Register by January 1st and receive your first 25# bag of clay for free. Includes access to all Open Studio sessions. All levels welcome.
Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
10 Classes  
April 8 - June 10
Cost: $295 

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Ceramics - Pottery: Hand and Wheel (adults)
Instructor: Janice Strawder

For those of you 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 to 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.
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
10 Classes  
April 8 - June 10
Cost: $295 

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Ceramics - Pottery: Hand & Wheel (teens and adults)
Instructor: Janice Strawder

Designed to include younger participants. 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 to 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.
Saturdays, April 12 - June 14
10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Cost: $295 

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Ceramics - Pottery: Open Studio - 10 wks
Tuesdays - 1:00 - 4:00 PM April 8 - June 10
Saturday - 1:00 - 4:00 PM April 12 - June 14
Instructor: Monitored by Staff
Free to current students wanting more time in the studio to practice their craft. Also offered to those who want to work independently on your own projects and need a workspace. Clay must be purchased th rough ALAC. Non-students must meet with studio manager prior to sign-up. For more information call 215.248.0546. Free to student/ $200 - 10 visit pass non-student

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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: $75/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 marciajonz@msn.com
215-849-0297
www.marciajonzart.com


Figure Model Drawing - Open Studio
(adult
Allens Lane Art Center hosts a weekly Figure Drawing session on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The cost is $12.50 per person for each session. The sessions use professional nude models in a variety of short poses generally ranging from 2 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 juliezahn703@msn.com or call 215-844-8382.   
Cost: $12.50 per session
Classes run year round

Ceramic Sculpture (teen and adult
Instructor: Peter Quinn
An independent study working from realistic to abstract clay modeling
. Students will work to develop their on their own personal style while working through individual tutorials with the teacher. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace. Mediums include high fire, low fire, porcelain and stoneware depending on the needs of the student.
To register, please email: petodquinn@hotmail.com or call 267-243-2203
Mondays 1:30 - 4:30pm or Wednesday 1:30 - 4:30pm
$250 8 week sessions
Starts Sept. 3

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