Go Figure! June 2017 Drawing Club
Jun
28
6:30 pm18:30

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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Indigo Dip-in at Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia
Jun
15
5:00 pm17:00

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. 

 

Last Crit Group Before Summer Break
Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

Last Crit Group Before Summer Break

Join us for the last crit group before summer break, Jen Brown and Emily Carris. will be screening a short film to inspire discussion and brainstorming for some summer projects while we take a few months off from Crit Club! The gathering is no upfront cost but we do ask for a $5 donation to cover drink costs. 

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June First Friday: Interlaid by Stephen Tuomala
Jun
2
6:00 pm18:00

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.

Go Figure! Drawing Club
May
31
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Sign Up Here

Writer's Workshop w/The Head and The Hand Press
May
25
6:30 pm18:30

Writer's Workshop w/The Head and The Hand Press

Join The Head and The Hand Press every Thursday for their Writer's Workshop. Whether poems or prose, share you current projects with a group of trusted community of writers

NB: registration for this workshop is administered through The Head and The Hand Press. Please contact them here

Writer's Workshop w/ The Head and The Hand Press
May
11
6:30 pm18:30

Writer's Workshop w/ The Head and The Hand Press

Join The Head and The Hand Press every Thursday for their Writer's Workshop. Whether poems or prose, share you current projects with a group of trusted community of writers

NB: registration for this workshop is administered through The Head and The Hand Press. Please contact them here

First Friday with Salvatore Dellaquilla
May
5
6:00 pm18:00

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.

Painting with Natural Dyes
Apr
29
1:00 pm13:00

Painting with Natural Dyes

In this workshop you'll use surface design techniques, natural dyes, and resist paste to create you own unique colorful hand painted textiles 

$25

No materials required 

Register Here

Writer's Workshop w/ The Head and The Hand Press
Apr
27
6:30 pm18:30

Writer's Workshop w/ The Head and The Hand Press

Join The Head and The Hand Press every Thursday for their Writer's Workshop. Whether poems or prose, share you current projects with a group of trusted community of writers

NB: registration for this workshop is administered through The Head and The Hand Press. Please contact them here

*canceled* An Evening with Yogetree
Apr
25
6:00 pm18:00

*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

Write Night W/The Head and The Hand
Apr
12
6:30 pm18:30

Write Night W/The Head and The Hand

Join The Head and The Hand Press for an evening of experimental writing. The session features exercises designed to get your juices flowing and offer a little spice to your writing process. 

Registration for this workshop is administered by The Head and The Hand. If you'd like to sign up shoot them a message 

Crafty Hour
Apr
11
6:30 pm18:30

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

Art Dept 4th Birthday Celebration
Apr
7
6:00 pm18:00

Art Dept 4th Birthday Celebration

Come party with us! Art Dept. is turning four and we're having a big kid birthday-first-Friday. There will be snackies, drinkies, dancies, a DIY terrarium bar, and Vintage pop up with Colored Vintage!

Writers Workshop w/ The Head and The Hand Press
Apr
6
6:30 pm18:30

Writers Workshop w/ The Head and The Hand Press

Join The Head and The Hand Press every Thursday for their Writer's Workshop. Whether poems or prose, share you current projects with a group of trusted community of writers

NB: registration for this workshop is administered through The Head and The Hand Press. Please contact them here

Beginner Stitch Clinic
Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

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

Letter Writing + Self Care as Resistance
Mar
21
6:30 pm18:30

Letter Writing + Self Care as Resistance

Join us for a evening of self expression and self care.  This gathering will include a letter writing (this can be political or not) and a shared discussion of self care as a form a social/political resistance. We'll provide snacks, drinks, and postcards as well as writing tools. 

This is a FREE event but please register here

Stories and Sculptures
Mar
10
2:00 pm14:00

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

 

Waking Up Alive: A Conversation About Resilience
Mar
7
6:30 pm18:30

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/

Block (print) Party for Kids!!
Feb
17
1:00 pm13:00

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

 

Winter Wonderland Crowns for Kids
Feb
4
1:00 pm13:00

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.

Intro to Natural Dye
Jan
24
6:30 pm18:30

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. 

Sign Up Here

Posters for Protest *Free*
Jan
18
6:30 pm18:30

Posters for Protest *Free*

Whether you're staying Marching on the Parkway or heading to DC, join us for a night of drinks, snacks, music, to get pumped for protest! We'll provide makers and poster board. Come along and bring your friends!  

Self Care Crafty Hour
Jan
17
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Sign Up Here

Planting the SEEDs for Multicultural Equity in a Trump Era 1/14
Jan
14
1:00 pm13:00

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.
 

Opening Reception: Birth of a Nation
Jan
13
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Birth of a Nation

The Art Dept. is proud to present new works of Abbie Beachy and Carmel Brown in BIRTH OF A NATION. This exhibition looks at our current political climate in the context of our collective racialized and sexualized history. Come join us for the opening reception Friday, January 13th from 6-9pm.

Purl Against the Pipeline
Dec
20
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Bi Monthly Crit Group
Dec
6
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Sign Up Here

We Do Comedy Showcase
Dec
3
8:30 pm20:30

We Do Comedy Showcase

We Do is a collective of Philadelphia comedians currently comprised of Garrett Smith, Robert Ecks and Pete Steele, who have, between the three of them, over sixteen years of live comedy experience. Formed in the Fall of 2013, We Do created and operated a very successful stand-up comedy show which took place every Tuesday night at Philadelphia's Medusa Lounge for over two and a half years. According to Philebrity.com, there were “few better places to witness the underground comedy scene in all its DIY glory...” While the show became a favorite performance spot for many local amateur comedians, it also attracted professional comedians and bigger names, such as Maria Bamford and Todd Glass, who have both dropped in to do sets on their show.

In the Spring of 2016, We Do took their show to the Art Dept., located in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, to curate a showcase of the best comedic talent Philadelphia has to offer. Garrett, Robert and Pete delight in joining with all of their friends in Philadelphia's comedy scene to show the city that everything they love about comedy can be found a short walk, bike ride or subway ride away!

MEMBERS/HOSTS

Garrett Smith always knows exactly who you mean when you start talking about that one guy from that one movie. Garrett is the co-host of I Like To Movie Movie, Philadelphia's premier podcast about movies, and the creator of Movie Movie Live, the movie trivia gameshow hosted at PhilaMOCA. He has produced shows for Good Good Comedy, hosted stand-up showcases at World Cafe Live, and was once told he looks like a skeleton that fucked Star Wars. He's been surviving on frozen pizza ever since.

Robert Ecks is a collection of atoms based out of Philadelphia. In MetroPhilly, he’s been described as a “non linear humorist.” Ecks was named the "Comedy Act of the Year (2014)" by Philebrity.com. Robert wrote and directed the short film “Daniel”, featured in the 2015 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival show Night Trolley. WP Johnson writes of Robert, "he has one of the most unusual voices in comedy," which is hopefully a compliment. Unfortunately Johnson also writes that Robert "is slow and awkward and strange.”

Pete Steele is a Philadelphia-based comedian. Stand-up comedy might be his true love, but he enjoys diving into improv and sketch comedy, as well as writing, directing and acting. He helped run one of the most successful open mics in Philadelphia for over two and a half years. He has produced a multitude of videos for local short film festival Phone It In. He also produces and runs multiple shows with local company Good Good Comedy, including "Ur Mom is Funny" and "Did You Bring a Clip?" He has been told by fellow comedians' significant others that his catch phrase, “Mm, mm...mm, mm, mm,” is often heard around their house, or dropped into casual conversation.

Bi Monthly Crit Group
Nov
29
7:00 pm19:00

Bi Monthly Crit Group

Note: This weeks crit group will happen at 1853 N Howard St Apt 4b (The Berks Warehouse)

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.

Sign Up Here