Help from Other Artists

This weekend I did something I had never done before–shipped a pastel work to friends in California. When I was approached about doing the work, the problem of getting a pastel across the county was my first concern. Pastel are delicate. Once they are done and fixed, they have to be handled with great care until they are put behind mat board and glass.

Internet research revealed several websites with advice on how to ship a pastel piece. I am most grateful to artist Karen Margulis at She had a detailed entry with steps and links to the types of materials used. 

My customer was good enough to fashion a wooden crate just slightly bigger than the finished piece, 19″ x 25″.  He shipped it to me, and along with Karen’s advice, we were able to ship the piece out this week. So make sure you seek the advice of other artists!

Inspired by Van Gogh….Winter 2017 Art Workshop

Starting on January 9, 25 Winter Art Workshop artists, grades 4-10, are creating works and learning from Vincent van Gogh. Texture, line, movement, and color are the key elements the students will take from van Gogh and create on their own.
The first week was an exercise in line and texture. Using inked preliminary sketches of  van Gogh, the students created two 10-minute ink “sketches” using a nib and ink. They selected one of the images to create a work in tooling metal and ink. The work was outstanding. The students learned how texture can create depth in a work. With some experimenting, they also learned how to control the ink they applied to their tooled images.

Van Gogh’s images were compelling, and  he created many still life paintings linked to the lives of real life people. His painting of work boots has been analyzed by many. Some think they were boots he purchase on his own, and then wore in a rainstorm to give them character. Others say that they boots were purchased at a flea market, but didn’t fit him so he painted them. The Winter AW students used their own shoes for the pieces they created in week two. First, they drew up to three different charcoal studies. The final piece was created in black and white paste on cardboard. The cardboard supplied the middle tones. 

Weeks three and four were devoted to a group 3D painting. The students and their teacher learned much during this project. Each group of students had a van Gogh, or a van Gogh inspired work, which was gridded and cut into strips. The student had no idea what the work would look like until they completed their portion of the project and put the pieces together; this work was done in colored pencil and supplied the background for the final work. As a group, they selected the areas of the painting they wanted to stand out. Four inch wooden discs were sanded, primed, and painted, and installed inside the colored pencil work. These three works will permanently be part of our classroom display. The edges of the discs lended much dimension to the piece. 

The students are currently working on a 3D mixed medium piece, which will take them a few session to complete. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and his self-portraits will also play a part later in the semester.

We don’t want to give away too much! Look for your show invitation in about two weeks, and mark your calendar for March 19th for our 6-8 pm show and reception.

Mark Your Calendars for the Fall Show

On Sunday, November 13th, the artists in the Fall Art Workshop and Young at Art programs will display their work in the Fall show and reception. The show runs from 6-8 pm and all students are encouraged to invite their friends and family members.

During the nine week Fall Art Workshop semester, the students created works in a  variety of mediums. The theme “It’s All Black and White to Me” had the students exploring how values can create compelling work. The artists used ink, pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, acrylics and collage during the semester. Their subjects included cartoons, landscapes, still life, and people.

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Young at Art artists explored the human figure in a semester of figure drawing. The artists worked from life and from photos using a variety of mediums.




Join us for a wonderful evening of art!

Art Workshop Students Take Honors in Jenkintown Festival of the Arts

Sunday, September 18 was the sixteenth Jenkintown Festival of the Arts. For the last five years, Art Workshop students have been part of the Student Exhibit. Since 2014, the exhibit has been juried. This year, Olivia K. won top honors for her multi-medium lizard, Tessa S., 3rd place for her sketch of her foot, and Georgia G., an Honorable Mention for her Andy Warhol style painting of her dog.

This year, due to the unsettled weather, the work was exhibited at the Jenkintown Dance Company, who were so good to lend us their wonderful space for the display.

Congratulations to the 21 Art Workshop artists who brought their work back for the show! The other school submissions were from Jenkintown Middle and High School and Abington Friends School.

The show is always a wonderful opportunity for the students and their teachers!


Register for Fall Art Workshop Classes

Fall Art Workshop will begin the week of September 12 and run through the week of November 7th. Registration is open now. Classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 at the StJP Jenkintown campus. Students in grades 4 through 8 can participate.  Each section is limited to 10 students. Click on the Art Program Registration page to register!

Below are samples of some of the student work created during the most recent three Fall semesters. Click on each individual tile to reveal the artist, medium, and year created. Look for the AW students’ work in the 2016 Jenkintown Festival of the Arts on Sunday, September 18th!

Working with Watercolor

To me, watercolor is a challenging medium. The process is different than my usual work-dark-to-light process. It requires a bit of restraint, which I don’t usally have. But the effect of the light of the paper is spectacular. I am trying to challenge myself in the summer days ahead to explore this medium more. Here is a piece I worked on yesterday:

More Digital Art…

The combination of the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro gives an artist an option when she is too lazy to go to her third floor studio to work. Here was yesterday afternoon’s work:

This digital painting shows Maria and Tom, before Tom knew he had personal space!

Spring Semester Flies by…Mark your calendars for our show!

Our shortened Spring semester is flying by!

The Art Workshop students have been studying background in this semester. Their invitations feature their first work, a black and white piece where negative space was used to highlight their inital(s).

Young at Art students have been exploring the face. Featured on their invitations is their colored pencil work where they “reconstructed” half of a model’s, along with some detailed black and white feature drawings.

Please join us on Sunday evening, May 8th from 6-8 pm, as we celebrate the work of Spring Art Workshop artists and Young at Art artists.


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