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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 clost 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 Art (6 - 9yr. olds)
Instructor: Joanne Bryant - Summer Art Camp faculty
Draw, Paint and sculpt. Here is your chance to stretch your imagination and experiment with a wide range of materials.We will use pastel ,paint and clay . Let your imagination go wild.
ages 6 to 9.
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00pm, 7 Sessions
Fall Semester: Sept. 21 - Nov. 1
Winter Semester: Jan. 10 - Feb. 21
Spring Semester: Mar. 7 - Apr. 18

Cost: $120 (plus a $20 materials fee to be given to the instructor on the first day of class.)

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Ceramics for KidsFamily Fun with Clay - A Parent and Child Workshop (5 - 10yr. olds)
Instructor: Joanne Bryant - Summer Art Camp faculty
Come explore and play with clay . Work side by side with your child to create fun and functional projects out of clay.
Sundays, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Sept. 11, 2016 - Candle Holder Luminaries
Oct. 9, 2016 - Wall Pockets - Flower Holders
Dec. 11, 2016 - Tree Stump Planters
Jan. 8, 2017 - Bountiful Bird Feeders
Feb. 12, 2017 - Garden Plaques and Signs
Mar. 12, 2017 - Wall Pockets - Flower Holders
April 9, 2017 - Tree Stump Planters
May 14, 2017 - Bountiful Bird Feeders


Cost: $35 per parent and child

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Fun with Clay I (5 - 8yr. olds)
Instructor: Joanne Bryant - Summer Art Camp faculty
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.
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00pm, 7 Sessions 
Fall Semester:  Sept. 22 - Nov. 2
Winter Semester: Jan.  11 - Feb. 22
Spring Semester: Mar. 8 - Apr. 19

Cost: $120 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 ClayFun with Clay II (9 - 14yr olds)
Instructor: Joanne Bryant - Summer Art Camp faculty
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.
Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:00pm, 7 Sessions 
Fall Semester:  Sept. 22 - Nov. 2
Winter Semester: Jan.  11 - Feb. 22
Spring Semester: Mar. 8 - Apr. 19

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 - Summer Art Camp faculty
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.
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00PM, 7 Sessions 
Fall Semester:  Sept. 22 - Nov. 2
Winter Semester: Jan.  11 - Feb. 22
Spring Semester: Mar. 8 - Apr. 19

Cost: $240 (clay and tools available for purchase)
Includes access to all Open Studio sessions. All levels welcome.

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Janice StrawderCeramics - Pottery: 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. Includes access to all Open Studio sessions. All levels welcome.
Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fall Semester: Sept. 20 - Nov. 22
Winter Semester: Jan. 10 - Mar. 14
Spring Semester: Mar. 28 - May 30
10 Classes
Sept. (10 weeks)
Cost: $295 (clay and tools available for purchase)

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Ceramics - 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.
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Fall Semester: Sept. 20 - Nov. 22
Winter Semester: Jan. 10 - Mar. 14
Spring Semester: Mar. 28 - May 30

Cost: $295 (clay and tools available for purchase)

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Janice StrawderFun with Mosiacs (teens and adults)
Saturdays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sept 17-Oct 22 (6 weeks)
Instructor: Janice Strawder
Fee: $180 
(all materials available for purchase)
Have fun in this class combining hand-made clay tile, lettering, and found objects to create exquisite mosaics. Learn about the latest materials for backer boards, framing, and finishing:  indoors and out. Select a project for gift giving, for your garden, house numbers, a serving tray, or any other idea you wish to create.

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Ceramic - Surface Techniques (teens and adults)
Saturdays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Oct 29-Nov 19 (4 weeks)
Instructor: Janice Strawder and Yinka Orafidiya
Fee: $125
Lab fee: $30 
Extend your repertoire of surface techniques and try your hand at surface embellishment and design. Yinka will present techniques in screen-printing and print transfer in the first two sessions. Janice will follow up with two weeks of decal printing. All techniques can be combined to create multiple layers of interest. All levels welcome. Lab fee will be paid to instructor on first day of class.

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Janice StrawderCeramics - Pinch Pottery (ages17+ and adults)
Instructor: Jimmy Clark

This class is designed to dispel the notion that pinching is merely a beginner’s technique. We will explore numerous variations on the method including: creating larger forms, working intuitively, exploring asymmetrical forms, incorporating found objects, burnishing and applying terra sigillata. Students will have options for surface treatment of their creations including cone 6 oxidation glaze firing, raku, saggar, or pit firing. All options will be discussed in class. Jimmy Clark is a widely recognized ceramic artist and has been featured in numerous articles in Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and American Craft as well as many publications abroad. He has exhibited and taught workshops all over the world. In this class we will be exploring various approaches to form, size and purpose with the pinch technique. This will include working asymmetrically, large scale, and for function.We will also explore finishing techniques such as burnishing, making and applying terra sigilatta, and sanding.
4 session Mini-Workshop
Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 10
Cost: $125 (clay and tools 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.
Open Studio Sessions start Sept. 17 and end Nov. 21
Mondays: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Tuesdays: 1:00PM - 4:00 PM
Thursdays: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Saturdays: 1:00PM - 4:00pm
Students: Included with current class registration
Non-Student: $200 - 10 visit pass (clay and tools 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 marciajonz@msn.com
267-319-6260


Figure Drawing ClassFigure Model Drawing - Open Studio
(adult
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 juliezahn703@msn.com or call 267-243-7065.
Cost: $12.00 per session
Classes run year round

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