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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.

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

May 14, 2017 - Bountiful Bird Feeders

Cost: $35 per parent and child

Register for this class - Look in "Workshop" dropdown menu on the registration page for these workshops

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.

Saturdays, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Summer Semester: June 10 - Aug. 12, 2017

Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm - 10 Classes
Fall Semester: Sept. 19 - Nov. 21, 2017
Winter Semester: Jan. 9- Mar. 13, 2018
Spring Semester: April 3 - June 5, 2018
Cost: $310 (clay and tools available for purchase) for 10 sessions

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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 or Wednesdays. 6:30 - 9:30pm
10 Classes

Summer Schedule: June 6 - Aug. 8, 2017
Fall Semester:Sept. 19 - Nov. 21, 2017
Winter Semester: Jan. 9 - Mar. 13, 2018
Spring Semester: April 3 - June 5, 2018

Summer Schedule: June 7 - Aug. 9, 2017
Fall Semester: Sept.20 - Nov. 29, 2017 (no class on Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving break)
Winter Semester: Jan. 10- Mar. 14, 2018
Spring Semester: April 4 - June 6, 2018

Cost: $310 (clay and tools available for purchase)

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Instructor: Janice Strawder
Explore the rich history of tile art and techniques in this 4-week mini class.  Students will learn various approaches to creative tile including carving, stamping, relief, and surface color applications.  You will take away a boxful of your wonderful creations!
Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
May 6 - June 3 (4 wks)
Cost: $125

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Fundamentals of Polymer Clay (teens and adults)
Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: Sherman Oberson
Fee: $94 plus 25. materials fee
Polymer clay is a colorful man-made modeling material that cures in your home oven. It can be used to make jewelry, gifts, home decor, sculptures, buttons, dolls and miniatures. Work confidently with this versatile and economical medium in this ongoing exploration of polymer clay. Learn everything from how to store, condition, and bake polymer, to skills to make color blends and build canes of pattern. Each week students will create a finished project.

To inquire about the next start date to this class and to register, please contact the instructor at:

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 Schedule - June 10 - Aug. 12, 2017
Mondays: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
6:30PM - 9:30PM
Saturdays: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Fall, Winter, Spring Semester schedule
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

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