Come to Fleisher THIS SATURDAY, June 9 for ARTspiration!!
Crafts, Face Paint, Vendors, Food, Art-Making, Sculpture, Pop-up Performances, Music and SO MUCH MORE! :)
Fleisher's mission is to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience.
By Peter Crimmins
The 2011 Ford Transit van is outfitted with industrial racks that can deliver printmaking equipment, or a pottery wheel, or easels, or any artmaking practice to any outdoor public space. Its bright geometric color blocks is a vinyl wrap created by design students at Drexel University.
The van is designed to go to people who don’t go to Fleisher. Even though it has been at Catharine and 7th Streets for over 100 years, many South Philly residents hesitate to explore the arts education center.
“Sometimes it’s difficult for people who may live even with blocks of Fleisher to register for classes and make commitments and sign their kids up or sign themselves up,” said Braun. “So people in the neighborhoods are asking us to be more available to them to bring what we have right to their doorsteps and playgrounds.
The van, called Color Wheels, was bought and tricked out with a $30,000 grant from PNC Bank’s “Arts Alive” project. In its new round of 2012 grants, PNC has just given another $35,000 for programming the van.
The people who staff the van need to know more than just art. They need to be trained in how to teach art in public spaces, to people with varying degrees of experience, cooperation, and attention span. They have to be prepared for disasters, great and small. At least three staffers will always be with the van when it is in public.
The Fleisher van will make its public debut on Saturday, March 24, at the PNC Bank at 8th and Christian Streets. After that it is booked for four gigs until June, with more expected. It’s route will be focused on South Philadelphia neighborhoods first before heading out into other parts of Philadelphia
Figure Drawing Class: A Hallway Exhibition with helpful advice from Teaching Artist Dave Krevolin!
Notes from the Teaching Artist:
The tradition of drawing has been passed down from teachers to students for hundreds of years. The only way to get better is by practicing the skill. Practice in combination with the right guidance can help speed up the mastery of drawing. One of the most helpful tools my teacher Deane G. Keller used was to take home a drawing from each student and return them with an 18”X24” sheet of thoughtful considered adjustments. So it is in this tradition that the sheets which top each drawing is full of pertinent information such as, proportional corrections, anatomical information, as well as aesthetic suggestions: all of which are relevant to improving ones’ drawing.
Working in the same visual language that the students use, allows me to dialogue with each student in a much more specific way. The tracing paper I use makes it easy to see what I mean and where things should go. I hope by exhibiting them together, each student expands their knowledge through viewing others’ adjustments, thus allowing the improvement of their own drawing kills, and ultimately adding to the tradition of life drawing so that I may continue.
Submissions for the FIRST PERSON ARTS FESTIVAL (November 8-18, 2012) are currently being accepted.
First Person Arts (FPA) is a Philadelphia arts organization dedicated to the development and presentation of memoir and documentary art. Throughout the year FPA produces twice-monthly storytelling competitions called StorySlams, community engagement programs using a signature StoryCircle format, educational programming, and the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art.
Held annually, the First Person Festival is the only festival of its kind, dedicated to presenting multidisciplinary works of art based on real-life experience. Now in its eleventh year, the Festival features presentations and performances by both well-known and emerging artists in all media including theater, literature, music, visual art, dance, film, and storytelling.
Artists with a documentary or memoir work who would like to be considered for inclusion in the Festival, can apply for two levels:
1) MAINSTAGE - The Programming team at FPA will select up to thirty
performances, exhibitions, and films that will occupy the Mainstage
spaces at the Festival (a small 60-seat cabaret, a 100-seat black box,
several gallery spaces, and a 200-seat black box). Selection will be
complete by June 1.
If you would like to submit a performance or exhibition that has been
previously produced and is ready to travel, please e-mail details of
when and where a member of our Programming team can see your work to Liz Green at firstname.lastname@example.org. If that is not possible, please
send work samples to:
First Person Arts
1 South Broad St. 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
2) FIRST PERSON ARTS RAW - FPA develops 3-4 new
performances/exhibitions each year. FPA provides one developmental
workshop, a performance venue or gallery, basic technical support,
publicity support and 1-2 performances/exhibitions during the Festival
(Applications due March 9). Click here for application and details.
How does Identity impact your art form? How does culture impact your creative process? How does language impact your interpretation?
Prepare yourself for a participant led discussion in Open Space format, inspired by the 2012 One Book One Philadelphia selection, “Create Dangerously: The immigrant artist at work” by Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian writer who lives and works in the U.S. In her collection of essays, she explores what it means to be an immigrant artist from a country in crisis.
The framework of Open Space allows participants to create their own discussion groups around a central theme in order to come up with new and innovative ideas and solutions. Passion and responsibility are the most important elements of Open Space; participants are passionate about the issues they want to discuss and therefore they take responsibility for organizing the discussions. Key features are no agenda, participant leadership, participants suggest topics of conversation, everyone participates equally, and notes will be taken and shared amongst the group.
The goal of this meeting is to create a space where artists of all backgrounds who feel a connection to the immigrant experience can come together and collaborate. You decide what questions are asked, what issues we address and how to move forward and sustain the group.
Join us on Friday February 17th from 7-9pm. Bring your unique perspectives and discuss how cultural identity is transformed into your creative expression.
RSVP to Linda Fernandez email@example.com 215-922-3456 ext 348
Coffee and tea will be served.
For the past 100 years, the Delaware Art Museum has supported the visual
arts through its world-renowned collections, engaging exhibitions, and exciting
programs. To commemorate this special anniversary, we are holding a
Centennial Juried Exhibition. On view from October 20, 2012 through January
13, 2013, this exhibition will feature a variety of media and include artists
living either within the State of Delaware or within 100 miles of the Museum.
The exhibition will be guest-juried by John B. Ravenal, the Sydney and Frances
Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
The Centennial Juried Exhibition is open to artists ages 18 and over currently
residing either within the State of Delaware of within 100 miles of the Delaware
Art Museum. Artists are invited to submit up to three works of art created
within the last ten years. Selected works of art will be displayed both within the
Museum and outside in the Copeland Sculpture Garden.
Visit www.delart.org and click on the Centennial Juried Exhibition logo on the
homepage for complete submission instructions and a link to the online
application. The deadline is March 18, 2012 with selections announced May 1, 2012.
For further information, email JURIED@delart.org.
PaperSource: 2012 Colorscope Readings
Understanding Color (The Art of Color Mixing) with Paul DuSold at Fleisher Art Memorial.
last week, Paul duSold showed us how to mix secondary colors and cleanly brushed them onto the canvas without mixing the secondary into tertiary colors. the goal was to keep the colors clean and separate, and to let the primary and secondary colors visually interact with each other without physically mixing.
tonight, we started a portrait using the Pointillist technique. the goal is the same as last week, but instead of brush strokes, we dot the paint onto the canvas in a mechanical manner. this sounds very tedious, but surprisingly it was not. the process gave me a chance to study the subject’s form, the color, and how the light is draping across the landscape.
the model is Crystal, and i think she’s a delightful model to draw or paint. she’ll be modeling for the workshop for the next 3 weeks.
ps: Paul did a very quick outline of Crystal on everyone’s canvas to help us to quickly get going, but i was hoping he’d let me do it myself. just as well, because we’d probably be there all night fussing with our sketches.
Some awesome opportunities to share your work with Philly!
35th Annual Wind Challenge Call for Entries
Fleisher’s annual application for our Wind Challenge Exhibition Series. Please be sure to let current Faculty members know that their application fee is waived.
Full entry guidelines + details can be found in the attached prospectus, or on the webpage: http://www.fleisher.org/exhibitions/entries.php.
Deadline for entries is March 1, at 8pm.
Art in the Open
A citywide event that invites artists to Philadelphia’s waterfronts for a celebration of art, nature, urbanity, and the creative processes that are born when all three are in mind
Deadline for entries is February 10.
(Fleisher’s very own DAVE KIM is among the Jurors!)
Adirondack Chairs, Revisited
Artists of the Philadelphia region are invited to apply and commit to reinterpreting an individual or pair of full size chairs.
Deadline for letters of intent is February 7.
Catagenesis at the Globe Dye Works.
An exhibition of site specific installations at Globe Dye Works, a former manufacturing facility in the Frankford section of Philadelphia that bleached and dyed textiles from 1865 - 2005.
Deadline for entries is March 15.
Apply to have your work collected by the West Collection, who has set aside $100,000 to collect Philadelphia artworks.
Deadline for entries is April 1.