Family Workshops: Students and Parents Creating Art Together, Separately
Want to learn how to throw a pot? Weave on a loom? Create a sand mandala? We invite you to come learn.
A variety of art and design workshops for families, students and adults are being offered by PC faculty and parents – and one by a Tibetan scholar – on various dates between February 19 and March 23. Workshops include ceramics, drawing, Photoshop, weaving, embroidery, beading and collage. Reserve your spot in the family workshops.
Coil Pots with Karen Riedlmeier and Michelle Dowd
Friday, February 19, 4-5 pm, Lower School Art Room. Open to all Lower School Families. Limited to 10 families.
Come learn how to build a coil pot with your child! Parents and children will work together to form a coil pot using hand building methods. The art teachers will fire and glaze your pot, which will be returned approximately three weeks later.
The Venerable Lama Losang Samten, a Tibetan scholar and sand mandala artist, will create a segment of a traditional sand mandala during his two-day residency on February 22 and 23, 10 am-3 pm, in the Middle School Atrium.
Middle and Upper School classes will visit and observe Losang. The community is also invited to meet him, observe the process, and learn about the role of mandalas in Buddhist practice on Tuesday, February 23, 3:30-4:30 pm.
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing with Allen Vandegrift
Tuesday February 23, 6:30-8 pm, Upper School Ceramics Studio 101. Open to grades 6 through adults, limited to 10 participants.
Come enjoy a night on the pottery wheel! We will be practicing the basic techniques of throwing, which include, centering, pulling and shaping. All clay will be provided for the workshop, free of charge.
Collaborative Weaving led by Dora Presley, Soozung Rankin and Brooke Giles
Wednesday, February 24, 4-5 pm, Lower School Library. Open to families and students of all ages. Limited to 15 families.
Families and students of all ages are invited to explore weaving in a workshop guided by PC parents Dora Presley and Soozung Rankin, together with pre-K studio teacher Brooke Giles. Take your time working on a small loom with your child or a collaborative loom made from tree branches. Participants will use an array of materials full of color and texture to create weavings. No prior experience necessary.
Graffiti Tags with Clancy Philbrick
Thursday, February 25, 4-5 pm, Upper School Studio 105-107. Open to families and students grades 6-12. Limited to 15 participants.
Parents, students, friends and families are invited to come explore typography, line and color in the context of graffiti in this workshop led by Upper School art teacher Clancy Philbrick. Participants will be given a quick visual lesson on graffiti as it relates to global, societal and historical traditions before trying their hand at developing their own colorful tag through drawing and painting. All materials will be provided.
Animal Mixed Media Collage led by Brooke Giles and Michelle Dowd
Wednesday, March 2, 4-5 pm, Lower School Art Room. Open to families with children of all ages. Limited to 10 families.
Families and students of all ages are invited to explore 2D mixed media collage art work in a workshop guided by PC pre-K studio teacher Brooke Giles and Lower School art teacher Michelle Dowd. Work with your child using drawing, collage and painting elements to create an imaginative animal art piece. No prior experience necessary.
Embroidery Stitches and Tips with Eva Kay Noone
Thursday, March 3, 6-7 pm, Upper School Studio 105-107. Open to families and students in grades 7-12. Limited to 8 families.
Parents and students in grades 7-12 are invited to attend a workshop where they will design a sampler and begin learning a wide variety of stitches to make their design come to life. Beginners to embroidery as well as those who want to learn more are welcome. Embroidery floss, needles, hoops and fabric will be provided.
Introduction to Photoshop: Editing and Collage with Sheila Ruen
Wednesday, March 9, 6-8 pm, Upper School Studio 105-107. Open to adults. Limited to 10 participants. Snacks and refreshments provided!
Would you like to learn to Photoshop? This hands-on workshop offers an overview of a range of topics, including photographic editing, photographic collage and digital file management. Bring old photographs, mementos and other materials with which to work. You can bring digital versions on a flash drive, and/or physical materials to scan. No experience necessary!
Beaded Snowflakes with Maria-Odilia Romeu
Thursday, March 10, 3:30-4:30 pm, Upper School Studio 105-107. Open to families and students grades 6 through 12. Limited to 10 participants.
Parents and students are invited to come try their hands at creating a beautiful beaded snowflake. Participants will explore a variety of beading techniques, tools and instruments to complete their sparkling six-sided design. All beads and materials will be provided.
Observational Drawing with Randy Granger
Wednesday, March 23, 6:30- 8:30 pm, Upper School Art Room 105-107. Open to grades 7 through adults. Limited to 10 participants.
Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the techniques and practices of observational drawing as a means to effectively translate three-dimensional forms in space onto the two-dimensional picture plane. Line qualities, figure-field relationships, and the use of perspective are among the basic concepts that will be addressed during this studio experience. All tools and supplies will be provided at the workshop.
Don't forget to check out the All-School Visual Arts and Design Exhibition, featuring works from Penn Charter students in grades pre-K through 12. Drawings, paintings, prints ceramics, sculpture, photography, graphic design, animation and video will be on display in the Lower and Upper Schools from February 19 through March 24. (Middle School art will be in US.) Opening receptions will be held in the Upper School Gallery and in the Lower School lobby on February 19, 6-7 pm, before the All-School Musical: Beauty and the Beast.