Fleisher teens have selected a new roster of workshops for Teen Lounge, our free drop-in program for young people ages 13-19. Join us this spring to get messy with wheatpaste, create RPG characters, sew yourself something to hug and define your visual identity!
With the sun shining and the snow finally melting, it feels like a good time to remind you that our spring term is not too far away! When it begins on March 29, we hope you’ll join us to make art in the sunshine and fresh air. We have several opportunities to do so, with space still available in the following classes and workshops:
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Abstract Landscapes with @camposmartin030 on Thursdays, May 6 through June 3.
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Alla Prima Landscape Painting in FDR Park with Giovanni Casadei on Tuesdays, May 4 to June 1. This workshop has both a morning and afternoon session.
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Sun Printing and the Art of Cyanotypes with Alex Orgera on Friday, June 4.
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Urban Sketching with @nardpics on Wednesdays, April 28 to June 2.
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Learn more, register, and explore all of our spring term offerings by following the link in our bio.
Always remembered for her infectious laugh, spontaneous second-floor hallway critiques, and encouraging her many loyal students to “dare to be ugly,” Emily Brett Lukens’ presence will always be missed at Fleisher.
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While her presence will never be replaced, the generosity of her husband, William, and her family and friends have ensured her legacy will continue. The Emily Brett Lukens Scholarship Fund at Fleisher was established to provide tuition assistance to any student seeking to explore their creativity in our studios.
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Fleisher is deeply grateful to those who have already contributed to the fund. If you would like to make a contribution in Emily’s name, follow the link in our bio where you can learn more about Emily and her impact on our creative community.
Tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Ahmed Salvador and Scott McMahon (a.k.a. @mcmahon.salvador) will discuss their unique, decade-long photography collaboration. While both artists live in different states, they have relied on the good-old-fashioned postal service to send one another pieces of film and photographic paper. Their work involves the destruction of both, representing an elegy for the fading of traditional wet-process photography.
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This event will be hosted on Zoom for a suggested $10 donation. Learn more and register through the link in our bio.
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If you’re interested in exploring traditional photography, Ahmed will lead an in-person color photography class in Fleisher’s darkroom this spring. Spring classes being March 29. See flesher.org for registration details.
Who else is as excited as we are for Pop Arts to begin tomorrow? This exciting new series of one-session virtual Saturday workshops for young artists in grades K-12 covers a wide range of mediums, from comics and manga to movement and printmaking.
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There’s still space available for tomorrow’s workshops. Check out the link in our bio for more information and to register. Just a reminder: all workshops are offered for a suggested donation of $10-$15.
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See you on Zoom!
Fleisher and our friends at @vamos_juntos_ have been selected as finalists in the Well City Challenge Pitch Competition!
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This social impact challenge addresses Philadelphia's millennial health and mental well-being challenges. We are just one of 15 teams chosen to present our concept in a "Shark Tank"-esque virtual competition.
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The finalists will present their pitches on March 2, 3, and 4, presented by the @economyleague. Our team will be presenting Mind Your Art. This initiative will deliver outdoor and socially distanced art and mindfulness workshops for Latinx millennials and their families on March 2, beginning at 5:15 p.m. A panel of judges will select one winner to receive $10,000, and the audience will vote for its favorite concept and a $7,500 prize.
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We hope you'll join us and help make our idea a reality. Follow the link in our bio to register for the pitch competition.
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#wellcitychallenge
By (very) popular demand, @skudsink returns Thursday for a second installment of his drawing the urban landscape demonstration. Join Derick from 5:30-6:30 p.m. as he continues where he left off and will demonstrate his inking and watercolor techniques.
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Register for this and other online learning events through the link in our bio. Registration is required, and each event is offered for a $10 suggested donation.
Show of hands for everyone who is ready to register for spring classes and workshops for adults tomorrow morning!
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If you still need some help deciding, follow the link in our bio and check out what we have planned for you. Our spring lineup includes an exciting mix of online and in-person offerings, including plenty of socially distanced outdoor classes and workshops.
Say hello to Pop Arts, our new series of one-session online art-making workshops for young artists in grades K-12. Designed by our clever and resourceful teaching artists, these Saturday workshops are offered for a $10-$15 donation.
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Registration is limited but open to all young artists, whether they are enrolled in our Saturday Young Artists Program or not. Workshops begin Saturday, February 20. See a full list of what we have lined up for the weekends of February 20 and 27 by following the link in our bio.
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Pictured artwork courtesy of Kathryn Briggs from Kathryn's Create a Comic! workshop.
After he and his mother noticed a room filled with teenagers at the end of Fleisher’s second-floor hallway, Oumar discovered Teen Lounge. Now, seven years later, Oumar has reflected on his experiences in Fleisher’s celebrated and award-winning program as he embarks on a new adventure at Temple University this fall.

Follow the links in our bio to read more and learn about how your young artist can participate in Teen Lounge, which continues to meet virtually.
Tonight on Zoom we’re joined by @fabricworkshop’s Katie Parry and UPenn computer doctoral student Ajay Patel to discuss the museum’s current exhibition, “Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve’s.” The event will feature a presentation by Parry on how the museum’s collaboration with Golden coincided with the unsteady year that was 2020.
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Patel will discuss the creative process required to develop an interactive artificial intelligence platform that responds to Golden’s work and its potential to generate empathy, inspire action, and conjure hope.
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The event begins at 6:30 and will be hosted on Zoom. $10 suggested donation. Link in bio to register.
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📸 courtesy @fabricworkshop.
If you are a Fleisher student, you may know @skudsink from his time as a member of our facilities staff. Like many of our staff members, Derick is an incredibly talented artist, focusing on illustrations, comics, and graphic novels. Derick’s work has been published across many outlets and featured at Philadelphia International Airport, pictured here.
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Tonight, as part of our Fleisher From a Distance series of events, Derick returns to Fleisher - virtually - to walk us through the many techniques he employs to create stunning urban landscapes of Philadelphia and other cities.
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This event begins at 5:30, and comes with a $10 suggested donation. Advanced registration is required. Learn more about this and other upcoming events by following the link in our bio.
Illustrator and longtime Fleisher teaching artist Helen Stroud Hamilton would have celebrated her 100th birthday today. Working closely with author Andrew Svenson (who donned the pseudonym Jerry West) Hamilton breathed life into @thehappyhollisters across its 33-book run between 1953 and 1969. Helen contributed more than 1,100 illustrations for the series, chronicling the adventures of Pete, Pam, Ricky, Holly, and Sue in pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor.
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Helen began her career as a Fleisher teaching artist in 1948, teaching color and design to a growing number of World War II veterans who were in search of a marketable skill. One of those veterans was her husband, William, who, during his time in an army hospital, vowed to return from Europe and spend the remainder of his life as an artist. The two were married in Fleisher’s Sanctuary on August 5, 1950, and worked alongside one another in the studios they built in their Lafayette Hill home.
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In addition to her time at Fleisher and her prolific illustration work, Helen was an accomplished painter, collagist, and weaver. Her work has been shown in a number of museums and is housed in the Library of Congress’ permanent collection.
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The Happy Hollisters remain an endearing source of adventure and mystery for young readers. In memory of Helen, their publisher recently made a generous donation in her honor to Fleisher. We urge you to explore Helen’s beautiful illustrations in the paperback, e-book, and coloring book versions available at thehappyhollisters.com.
It’s not too late to join us for tonight’s Mosaic Medallions event with Claire Brill. As part of our Fleisher From a Distance series of events, Claire will walk participants through how to create a mosaic medallion from the base to some of the fun materials that can be used.
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This event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be hosted on Zoom. Advanced registration is required. Learn more and register through the link in our bio.
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.