The Intersection of Art and the City

Philadelphia’s urban environment offers a multi-faceted venue in which to explore the intersection of art and city life. This fall, join us for a series of classes and workshops that turn the city into an open-ended playground for experimentation. Join us in the Sanctuary to study documentary films focusing on urbanism, or turn your camera on Philadelphia’s renowned architecture. Regardless of the medium, there endless opportunities to pursue in Philadelphia, the “museum without walls.”


Architectural Photography: Photographing Cityscapes (six-session workshop)
Wednesdays, Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Led by Rick Wright

Learn the visual skills and techniques needed for capturing compelling images of the city. Rick Wright, a professional architectural photographer, will explore both a macro vision of the city (buildings in context, facades, functions of buildings, stories of a site) alongside a micro vision of the city (architectural details, form for itself, building as graphic communication). Learn more and register …


Capturing the City: Documentary Films and City Life (tuition-free class)
Five sessions, Oct. 17 to Nov. 14, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Led by Egina Manachova

Love film? Interested in the culture, life, and structure of cities? This five-week tuition-free class will look at six iconic documentary films that explore the relationship between the promises and challenges of cities and the people who inhabit them. Learn more and register …


Designing Urban Ecosystems: Intro to Permaculture (four-session workshop)
Thursdays, Oct. 27 to Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Led by Robyn Mello

Join Robyn Mello, Program Director of The Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP), to learn about landscape design, culture design, community building, and future building in this short course. Learn more and register …


Painting Nature in Our Urban Environment (five-session workshop)
Wednesdays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 12, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Led by Amy Miller

Explore Philadelphia’s wonderful varieties of natural and urban settings as you take the plunge into the exciting practice of painting outdoors. Explore different sketching and painting techniques for creating field studies in Fleisher’s Bootsie Weiss Children’s Garden. Learn more and register …


Urban Design: Public Spaces (four-session workshop)
Mondays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 3
Led by Ben Cromie
How was your neighborhood put together? Through this four-session workshop, explore the theory and practice of urban design, with an emphasis on architecture, public space, and community development. Learn more and register …

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