Hand Quilting with Susan Rethorst
Sep
23
11:00am11:00am

Hand Quilting with Susan Rethorst

Join quilter and choreographer Susan Rethorst of REDHORSE Studio for an afternoon of hand quilting. Drawing on 42 years of quilting experience, Susan will walk you through the basics of making your own quilt, beginning with choosing/designing a pattern, and moving onto methods of assembly. The conversation in and around the work will encompass the history, the economics, and the social aspect of quilting. As a choreographer, Susan will also reflect on the similarities of quilting and choreographic thought. You will walk away with your own quilt block and an overall design concept for your quilting project. Materials will be provided but you are encouraged to bring old clothes, scraps or any fabric you'd like to memorialize. 

All material provided. Suggested donation for the class $5-$30 which benefits Redhorse Studio and The Art Dept. 

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Go Figure! June 2017 Drawing Club
Jul
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Go Figure! June 2017 Drawing Club

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month for an open figure drawing session. All skill levels are welcome!

We'll be going through a slew of quick poses all the way up to a few longer poses, so many poisons will be there for the picking. $15 covers the model, beer + wine! Supplies are available here for purchase, or feel free to come prepared. Spread the word, bring a friend, show up cold and alone! This is less an instructional class, more an open session to draw without instruction, but we're happy to give some pointers to those who'd like some.

Posing starts at 7, but come as early as 6:30 to set up and hang out.

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LA92 Film Screening + Discussion
Jul
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

LA92 Film Screening + Discussion

25 years later, LA 92 reconstructs the tumultuous days that changed America, exclusively drawing from more than 1000 hours of powerful, and never-before-seen footage. The film challenges our cultural and political perspectives, in addition to our own memory of the events, leading up to the riots. It will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22nd, you can learn more about the film at on the National Geographic Website

This event is free and open to the public but registration is appreciated please register here

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Love Now Media: 11 Days of Love Stories Love Quilts
Jul
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Love Now Media: 11 Days of Love Stories Love Quilts

Join us for an evening of celebrating  love and art making! In this gathering create paper collage quilt blocks by first drawing inspiration from inspiration from objects, images, and outfits spark memories about the time you felt most loved. We'll join our blocks together as a representation of how love is present in our lives.  Bring your own object or choose something from the Art Dept. All materials included. This gathering is by donation with all proceeds going to Love Now Media. Please sign up here

About Love Now Media

Love Now Media of CultureTrust is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to tell stories through media production and communications initiatives that lean towards justice, wellness, and equity. Learn More

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Indigo Dip-in at Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia
Jun
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Indigo Dip-in at Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia

Join us at the Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia for an open indigo Dip in. Bring along anything you'd like dye. We'll provide shapes clamps rubber bands and string for you to try various Shibori resist techniques to create unique patterns with this or any other dyes. You can dye your own fabric, yarn or over dye an existing garment.

Culture Works is located at:

1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(T) 267 597 3807

This is by donation (and all proceeds go to The Art Dept mission to provide fun and affordable workshops for all). All material provided. No experience required. Please feel free to bring any other fabric or yarn you’d like to use. 

 

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June First Friday: Interlaid by Stephen Tuomala
Jun
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

June First Friday: Interlaid by Stephen Tuomala

Stephen Tuomala's paintings and drawings re-contextualizes historical images and film stills by pushing the scale, material, tone and intensity of the color. His main focus is on a variety of subjects dealing with spectacles from the tragic to the sensual enhancing the bodies’ gestures and the stories they tell. 

Come join us for the opening reception, Friday, June 2nd.

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Go Figure! Drawing Club
May
31
6:30pm 6:30pm

Go Figure! Drawing Club

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month for an open figure drawing session. All skill levels are welcome!

We'll be going through a slew of quick poses all the way up to a few longer poses, so many poisons will be there for the picking. $15 covers the model, beer + wine! Supplies are available here for purchase, or feel free to come prepared. Spread the word, bring a friend, show up cold and alone! This is less an instructional class, more an open session to draw without instruction, but we're happy to give some pointers to those who'd like some.

Posing starts at 7, but come as early as 6:30 to set up and hang out.

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First Friday with Salvatore Dellaquilla
May
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

First Friday with Salvatore Dellaquilla

The Art Dept. is proud to present new works by Salvatore Dell'Aquila in Vanishing Wholes. 

Salvatore DellAquila is a self-developed illustrator, designer, and fine artist living and working in NJ. He constructs multi-layered, textured environments, and complex abstract forms. The arrangement of intricate organic shapes, combined with generic flora/fauna, explores the interaction of growth and decay. The structures and vibrations continually evolve to create constant motion. Each constructed ecosystem is it's own ongoing unfolding story.

Come join us for the opening reception Friday, May 5th, and pick up the trail Salvatore's delicate pencils leave for us to follow.

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*canceled* An Evening with Yogetree
Apr
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

*canceled* An Evening with Yogetree

WHAT IS YOGETREE?

Not your average workshop, Yogetree merges the world of language and poetry with yoga, meditation, mindfulness and movement. No matter what level your art form or yoga practice, this 2-hour workshop welcomes you to explore what self expression and community building look and feel like in these times. 

Yogetree is a self-care safe haven where people of all backgrounds come to nourish their mind-body-spirit. Join us at The Art Dept for a rousing discussion about self-care, allyship and social justice...all housed under the soothing practice of mindfulness. 

I'M IN. WHAT SHOULD I BRING? 

Yourself in comfy clothes, yoga mat, journal and water bottle. 

When: Tuesday, April 25th 6:30-9pm

Where: The Art Dept (need address)

Tickets: $25 

Ticket Link:  https://yogetree-theartdept.eventbrite.com

About the Creator: 

Meet Helanah Warren, a holistic health healing artist and the founder of Yogetree™, a company that combines movement, mindfulness, and meditation to deepen connections to the self and one's community. In this community-based live-event experience Helanah blends the healing practices of mindful movement with the intention of self-expression and self-care. An educator and writer in spirit, Helanah teaches from the heart with love and positive intention. Helanah is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Plant-based Chef, certified Holistic Health Consultant and identifies as a Black Vegan, Healing Artist, Vibram wearer, Wellness Specialist, Self-care advocate and Survivor.

 

Link to a recent article: http://www.catalystwedco.com/blog/2017/2/10/woo-woo-spotlight-helanah-warren-of-yogetree

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Crafty Hour
Apr
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Crafty Hour

Clear some brain space and take some time to connect and get lost in the act of making with your hands!  Bring by a craft project that you're working on and join us for some crafting, drinks, and good conversation! Register Here

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Beginner Stitch Clinic
Mar
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beginner Stitch Clinic

Now that you’ve learned to knit, why not learn some new stitches patterns. In this workshop you will learn how to use basic knit and purl stitches to make ribs, seed, and eyelet patterns to set you on your way to making more complex designs.

Beginner knitting or equivalent required. All materials are included. Snacks and drinks will be served.

$25 (Bring a Bud $20) Sign Up Here

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Stories and Sculptures
Mar
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

Stories and Sculptures

 Join Alexis Weiner of Evelyn's Corner for Stories and Sculptures. "In this workshop We will read a short story that focuses on individuality and connection. Children will be invited to make their own mixed media sculpture and then add their creation to a collaborative piece. Children will have the option to take their sculpture home or leave it as part of the larger sculpture." 

$12 ($10 for multiple kids) No experience necessary and all materials included. Register Here

About Evelyn’s Corner: Evelyn’s Corner offers outside the box in-home art classes and community workshops for children 3-10 years old in the Philadelphia area. Classes draw from design, engineering, and science through the use of innovative materials and processes. Children are guided to take risks, express themselves, and follow their own creative interests. For more information, visit: www.evelynscorner.com

 

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Waking Up Alive: A Conversation About Resilience
Mar
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

Waking Up Alive: A Conversation About Resilience

 WAKING UP ALIVE gathers suicide attempt survivors who have participated in Live Through This to discuss living with suicidality, coping skills, and resilience. Join us for the talk and stay to see the exhibition.

FREE MARCH 7TH 6:30-7:30

ABOUT LIVE THROUGH THIS
Suicide is a dirty word. It happens only to the weak, cowardly, sinful, or selfish among us—or so we've been told. The truth is that suicide is none of those things. Suicide does not discriminate. The truth is that it's the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. The truth is that it kills 121.1 Americans every day, and over 44,193 of us every year. 

Live Through This is a series of portraits and true stories of suicide attempt survivors nationwide whose identities span a large breadth of background, ethnicity, faith, gender presentation, sexual orientation, profession, age, and experience. Any one of these survivors could be your mom, a coworker, your partner, your best friend. Live Through This asks you to look into the eyes of survivors and find yourself in them. It asks you to walk a mile in their shoes before casting judgment: what would it take to make you want to take your own life?

The ways we talk and think about suicide are dangerous and discriminatory. By participating in Live Through This, survivors take a stand: suicide is not shameful. It happens to the best of us, and we each have the power to save a life simply by being open enough to talk about it. The stories and experiences shared in Live Through This can inform and guide productive change in societal perception of suicide, and within the mental health system.

Our stories can save lives. You are not alone. Please stay.

http://livethroughthis.org/

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Block (print) Party for Kids!!
Feb
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

Block (print) Party for Kids!!

Join us for an afternoon for afternoon of block printing. In this workshop we will look at examples of block prints from children's books. We will then create our own blocks using rubber string and various objects to create our own block print illustrations. 

$12/ $10 for multiple kids. All material provided. No experience required. Register Here

 

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Winter Wonderland Crowns for Kids
Feb
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

Winter Wonderland Crowns for Kids

Its Winter in Philadelphia and we want to be in spired by that and create our own urban Winter Wonderland. In this class, teaching artist Jihan Thomas will use the winter season to inspire young people to make whimsical winter crowns. Use the sparkle of the snow and ice to imagine a frosty crown. Use materials to make elaborate creations to wear every season.

$10 All materials included and no experience necessary. Register Here.

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Intro to Natural Dye
Jan
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

Intro to Natural Dye

Learn natural dye for making creative fabrics and yarns. You'll learn about resist, dip and hand painting techniques from commercially available natural as well dyeing with botanicals from your very own kitchen including onion skins and turmeric. You will also learn technical skills like using mordents or binder and what effects they can have on your end result. You will leave with fabric and yarn samples for your use.

No experience necessary and all materials are included. Snacks and drinks will be served. 

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Self Care Crafty Hour
Jan
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Self Care Crafty Hour

Self care is important! Take some time from the political chatter and join us for our monthly evening of cocktails, chatting, and making. Bring along your knitting, crochet, weaving, quilt, or drawing project to work on. Help will be on hand if you have any questions about a project or would like to start a new one. 

Bring a portable project. Snacks and drinks will be served.

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Planting the SEEDs for Multicultural Equity in a Trump Era 1/14
Jan
14
1:00pm 1:00pm

Planting the SEEDs for Multicultural Equity in a Trump Era 1/14

SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. SEED Leader, Janette Chien will lead a one-shot seminar for any interested bodies on topics of diversity and social justice in the current political climate. The SEED method uses storytelling to connect our lives to the systems of oppression operating in our society. Come join us for some thoughtful conversations.

All are welcome and this event is free. Please register here to secure a spot.
 

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Purl Against the Pipeline
Dec
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Purl Against the Pipeline

Join us for a night a crafting together to make some beautiful warm things to send to protesters at Standing Rock. Also come by to send notes of solidarity, making care packages, etc. Let's send some love out to those who fight for our water, and their land.

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Bi Monthly Crit Group
Dec
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bi Monthly Crit Group

Have you been making new work? Are you in need of some feedback about your ideas? Join us for our bi monthly crit group hosted by Jen Brown and Emily Carris. Twice a month we'll gather to discuss the work of two artists, give feedback, have snacks, and socialize. Its just like being back in art school! The gathering is no upfront cost but we do ask for a $5 donation to cover drink costs.

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