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December 11th, 2001
Fleisher Art Memorial Announces Spring 2002 Program of Fine Art Classes for Adults and Children

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial at 719 Catharine and 705 Christian Streets in South Philadelphia continues its second century of free and low-tuition art instruction with a spring session of classes and workshops for adults and children beginning the week of January 28th, 2002.

Free-tuition fine arts classes for adults are offered Tuesday through Thursday evenings January 29th through May 9th. Open-enrollment classes in this program include various levels of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students may sign up for open-enrollment classes in person at any time during the semester. Places in limited-enrollment classes in ceramics, photography, etching and lithography are distributed through a lottery to be held at Fleisher on Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 p.m.

Fleisher=s free-tuition program is complemented by a series of modestly priced tuition-bearing workshops. These workshops run for 10 weeks and meet both day and evening on Mondays beginning February 4th. The workshops include Photography, Ceramic Tile, Kiln-Fired Glass, Still Life Painting, Monotype, Chinese Painting, Figure Sculpture, Watercolor, Portraiture, and more. Special workshops such as ArtSmarts: A Program for Making Art Safely, Color Lithography and an art history lecture series meet on other days of the week. Students wanting to enroll in tuition-bearing workshops should register by mail or by calling James Mundie at 215-922-3456 ext. 28 no later than January 25th.

Saturday classes offering painting/drawing and sculpture for young people ages 5 to 18 will run February 2nd through May 11th. Enrollment is limited, and may only be accomplished during walk-in registration. Walk-in registration for the children=s program will occur at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12th, and is on a first-come first-serve basis.

For detailed course descriptions, please view Fleisher=s website at www.fleisher.org.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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