Waiting for ColorWheels to come out of its winter hibernation ... Sorry! We couldn't resist.
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Is there any interest in a mitten making class out there?
Tonight on Zoom, learn how to make your own pinhole camera alongside Fleisher teaching artist and analog photography enthusiast Alex Orgera. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Alex will teach you how to make a camera from common household objects and share some of her own photographs, like the one pictured here.
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$10 suggested donation. Link in bio to register.
There's still time to apply for a month-long teaching residency at Fleisher's Teen Lounge! The application deadline is Tuesday, February 3. Teen Lounge is a free, drop-in after-school arts program providing youth ages 13-19 with opportunities to meet and work with working Philly artists, and collaborate with other young creators to build program curriculum and community in a relaxed, affirming environment.
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In light of COVID-19, all Teen Lounge programming has been moved to Zoom, and we are looking for teaching artists to share their knowledge, creativity, and inspiration in this virtual realm. Artists are compensated at $500 for eight hours of instruction total. Link in bio for more information.
Our Saturday Young Artists program resumes online classes beginning this coming Saturday, January 16. For the middle school set, don’t miss Megan Larson’s Get Creative with Paper Class, which meets 1:00-2:00 p.m. Your young artist will make art with basic household supplies - like kitchen spices - and learn some basic bookbinding techniques.
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Space is limited in all of our Saturday classes, so follow the link in our bio to register as soon as you can. Registration is just $50 per young artist, and the program is open to anyone who wants to make art with us this winter.
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Artwork courtesy of Megan Larson.
Our team has put together a fantastic lineup of online learning events this winter! Next week, explore painting the figure in the Russian academic style with Sasha Budayev, hear Fleisher student David Greene speak about the ways in which art can help us strive for a better life, and understand the history of video art with Suzanne Seesman.
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All events are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and are open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested. Link in bio to learn more, see the schedule, and register.
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Artwork courtesy of Sasha Budayev.
On Saturdays, January 16 through February 13, young artists in grades 9-12 can join Marie Elcin to see the world through the eyes of an illustrator and learn to communicate visually through watercolor. Marie’s class will meet on Zoom from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
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All young artists, even if they have not made art with us before, can register for our Saturday Young Artists Program. Registration for these online classes is just $50 per student. Link in bio to learn more and register. Space is very limited, so we suggest registering as soon as possible!
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📸 courtesy of Marie Elcin.
Fleisher From a Distance, our series of online learning events, returns tonight as teaching artist John Sevcik will discuss the approaches he employs in creating atmospheric landscape paintings.
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The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested and advanced registration is required. Link in bio to register for this and other upcoming events.
Did you know that in addition to incredibly talented visual artists, Fleisher has a number of performance artists who are members of our faculty? Leslie Bush, who received her master of fine arts in dance choreography and performance from Temple in 2017, brought movement classes for young artists to Fleisher’s after-school program.
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Starting Saturday, January 16, Leslie will lead an online class for young artists in grades K-2 that focuses on storytelling through fabric and movement. In this five-week class, students will wiggle, slither, shake, and spin using fabric to create tails, capes, and other costumes. Registration for the program is open to all for just $50. Space is extremely limited. Link in bio to register and learn more!
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📸 courtesy Leslie Bush.
On behalf of all of us at Fleisher, we hope you and your family are having a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season. We are grateful for everyone who made art with us this year!
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Artwork by Madison Greiner (@madisonpaintings), Philadelphia artist and recipient of the 2011 Ella King Torrey Young Artist Prize. Website: madisonmakala.com.
Get ready to explore one of the oldest and most accessible ways to create a print: woodcuts! This winter, let @rebecca_print guide you from the inception of your idea to the final bold image in her Tuesday night Woodcut class this winter.
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Rebecca, pictured here in her studio, will show you to care for your tools, paper, and wood, as well as a number of carving techniques. You’ll also learn how to register your paper, ink your block, and print by hand. This is a great class for those with little to no printmaking experience but is suitable for all levels.
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Link in bio to register. Winter classes begin Monday, January 4.
This winter, Fleisher will collaborate with Southwark School, Puentes de Salud, and Sunrise of Philadelphia for hands-on art lessons offered online to more than 100 young artists in Philadelphia. Our teaching artists are creating engaging creative projects, such as this meditative drawing lesson by Katie Kaplan, in collaboration with our wonderful partners. Support Fleisher today and be part of our work to ensure that all children have access to fun and joyful arts experiences. Link to donate in bio!
This winter, let @nicole.donnelly.art teach you how to take paper into three dimensions! In Nicole’s in-person Sculptural Papermaking class, you’ll learn how to work with handmade paper to create vessels, sculptures, and fully dimensional pieces. Link in bio to register for winter classes and workshops, which begin Monday, January 4. 

A quick note: the start of nearly all of our winter in-person classes and open studios has been delayed by two weeks. Keep an eye on fleisher.org for any other updates.

Pictured: Nicole Donnelly, "Bittersweet Shields,” 2020, at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.
In these final weeks of 2020, we'll be highlighting a few of the ways we have adapted our programs to provide our community with at-home opportunities to make and learn about art, all made possible thanks to the support of our community. For example, this mixed media collage project inspired by Lorna Simpson, created by talented teaching artist Amira Barnes as part of the ColorWheels Parking Lot, a free online resource.
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Gifts of all sizes will make an impact and help us plan for 2021. Link in bio to donate.
Thank you for making our first virtual HANDMADE a smashing success and for supporting our artists and makers this holiday season! We’re completely sold out, and our holiday elves are now working on assembling your orders and getting them ready for curbside pickup, delivery, or off to the post office.
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Don’t let your support stop at HANDMADE! Visit the event’s listing at fleisher.org/calendar for links to all of our artists’ social media accounts and online shops.
Wondering how Teen Lounge is helping young artists stay creative at home? Our art care kits ensure that participating teens have access to exciting, novel, and high-quality art supplies that coordinate with our workshop offerings. This round of care kits focuses on weaving, embroidery, block printing, and manga/graphic novels. Special shoutout to our community for yarn donations, and @davinciartalliance for providing Historical Genius coloring books!
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If you have a teenaged artist in your life, follow the link in our bio to learn more about how they can participate in this award-winning program.