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May 2nd, 2002
Fleisher Art Memorial Announces Special Program of Condensed Fine Art Workshops for Summer 2002

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 special summer session of workshops beginning the week of June 10th, 2002. These new offerings feature topics as diverse as painting from the nude figure, creating handmade books, and digital photography -- and complement Fleisher’s larger seven-week program of day and evening workshops.

NEW INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS: AN ENTIRE SEMESTER IN SEVEN DAYS!

This summer, Fleisher introduces two condensed workshops for adult students. Each workshop begins the morning of June 10th and continues, Monday to Thursday, through June 19th.

Painter William Stewart offers Figure Painting Intensive (A170). This workshop emphasizes learning to see and mix light and color in response to the figure in an environment. Each class is devoted to a new setup. Advanced students are welcome to work in the medium of their choice; beginning students are encouraged to focus initially on drawing. Tuition is $135 plus a $25 model fee.

Painter/printmaker Kate Kern Mundie and book artist Sharon Hildebrand offer Decorative Paper and Book Design (A171). This workshop for students of all levels demonstrates and teaches a variety of paper decorating methods and book structures. During the first three days, Ms. Mundie will cover paste papers, marbling, spattering, dyeing, and other paper decorating techniques. Afterwards, Ms. Hildebrand introduces students to a variety of bindings and stitchings for creating unique handmade books that may incorporate the decorative papers from the earlier portion of the workshop. Tuition is $135 plus a $30 materials fee.

SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP:

On Thursday, June 13th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., photographer Bruce Lewis offers Creating Art in Our Digital Age (A140). Did you buy a new digital camera and now wonder what to do with it? This lecture is a discussion of practical ways of using computer technology and digitally generated imagery in making a visual statement. Topics center on digital photography; the hardware and software needed; alternative methods of uploading art to a computer; file formats and what they mean; color reproduction; and various methods of output to media. Tuition is $35. Enrollment is limited to ten students.

SPECIAL FREE SATURDAY LANDSCAPE PAINTING CLASS:

Over the first four Saturdays in June from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., painter Scott Wright will lead Landscape Painting in Fairmount Park (A161). Students enjoy watercolor demonstrations, lectures on painting landscapes, tips on techniques, daily critiques, and plenty of time to paint! Participants should bring materials and equipment to the first class, which meets in the Azalea Garden, located near the Waterworks and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This class is absolutely free to the public.

Adult students wanting to enroll in tuition-bearing workshops should register by mail or by calling registrar James Mundie at 215-922-3456, ext. 328 no later than June 3rd. Students may enroll in the free Landscape Painting class on site on class days between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m.

For detailed course descriptions of all the courses offered this summer, please view Fleisher’s website at www.fleisher.org/classes.

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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