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August 22nd, 2005
Fleisher Art Memorial Announces Fall 2005 Program of Free and Low Cost Fine Art Classes for Adults and Children

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia continues its second century of free and low-tuition art instruction with a fall semester of classes and workshops for adults and children beginning in September 2005. Students may now enroll for many of Fleisher’s classes directly through the website: www.fleisher.org. Additionally, Fleisher membership benefits have been increased to include discounted rates on workshop tuition and complimentary “bonus nights” on model fee cards.

Free-tuition fine arts classes for adults are offered Tuesday through Thursday evenings, September 13th through December 15th. Open-enrollment classes in this program include various levels of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students may sign up for open-enrollment classes at any time during the semester. Places in limited-enrollment classes in ceramics, photography, etching and lithography are distributed through a lottery. Between August 1st and 24th, interested parties should pick up a lottery enrollment form at Fleisher during business hours, or send a letter-sized self-addressed stamped envelope. Lottery forms must be returned to Fleisher before the August 24th deadline.

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 September 26th. The workshops include Photography, Ceramic Tile, Kiln-Fired Glass, Still Life Painting, Monotype, Chinese Painting, Figure Sculpture, Watercolor, Encaustic Painting, Portraiture, and more. Special workshops meet on other days of the week. Workshop students should register through the website, by mail, or by calling 215-922-3456 ext. 328 no later than September 19th.

Saturday classes offering painting/drawing, printmaking and sculpture for young people ages 5 to 18 and their parents will run September 17th through December 17th. Enrollment is limited, and may only be accomplished during walk-in registration on September 10th. Registration for children’s classes begins at 9:00 a.m., and is on a first-come first-serve basis. Each adult may register two children.

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 Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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