Presented in conjunction with the Mural Arts Program's upcoming 30th anniversary, 'Beyond the Paint' features a variety of archival, documentary and interactive material relating to the practice of community engaged art-making in Philadelphia.
George Tooker's remarkable 'Highway' offers a critique on urban life that's both menacing and witty. One of a series of paintings addressing the challenges of living in New York, it's on long-term loan from The Terra Foundation for American Art.
"Question of Scale: Paintings by Three Muralists" features landscapes, portraits and still life artwork as well as digital paintings and video. All featured works were composed by one of three artists: Jon Laidacker, Charles Newman and Thomas Walton.
The Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery will be showcasing a wide-ranging cross-section of recent acquisitions including a selection of works by self-taught artists, two pieces by Milton Avery, and several significant study collections from various artists.
In celebration of the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show, PAFA's Historic Landmark Building will feature an intimate installation of approximately 20 floral and still life paintings from the Museum's permanent collection. The diverse group of artists represented include Arthur B. Carles, Stuart Davis, Horace Pippin and Maria Tomasula, among others.
International Ballet Classique will perform selections from the French comedic ballet Coppelia at the historic Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. After the performance, students and parents are invited to join an arts workshop to experience the fun of decorating their own ballet pointe shoe as a take home present.
PAFA will be partnering with various accomplished floral designers and garden clubs to create a three-day showcase of beautiful arrangements that interpret masterpieces from the Academy's renowned collection. Additionally, designers and artists will be leading a variety of programs and workshops throughout the event.
Professional floral designers will have 30 minutes to create beautiful and unique arrangements using the same floral palette and props. Audience members will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite.
Participants will learn the fundamentals of soft and hard pastels while drawing from the breathtaking floral arrangements on display in the Cast Hall. Students will also have the opportunity to view rarely-seen pastels in PAFA's Works on Paper Gallery.
Floral designer Neil Whittaker presents a live demonstration featuring various arrangement styles, from tabletop pieces to floral installation works. He is the proprietor of the successful floral studio Design Element in Manchester, England.
Award-winning British floral designer Neil Whittaker discusses some of his techniques. Participants will then get to make their own European-style masterpieces based on his successful designs. Materials will be provided, but registrants should bring their own floral design tools.
Spend a day investigating, sketching and painting botanical subjects in an historic PAFA studio. Explore the possibilities for creative expression offered by simple natural forms while drawing and painting with watercolor. Learn to build form and texture through the application of multiple layers of transparent watercolor and detail using dry brush techniques.