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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.

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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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.
All materials need to be purchased through the center. Clays purchased from outside the center will be subject to lab/firing fees.
Saturdays, June 14 - August 9 (no class July 5)(8 weeks)
10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Cost: $235 

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Ceramics - Pottery: Open Studio - 8 wks
Saturdays - 1:00 - 4:00 PM
June 14 - August 9 (no class July 5)

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 students enrolled in one of the other Pottery classes or $160 - 8 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

Figure Model Drawing - Open Studio
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 or call 215-844-8382.   
Cost: $12.50 per session
Classes run year round