Barbara Zanelli

Selected pieces are available in high quality digital prints in any size up to 2x the original dimensions and can be sent anywhere in the world! Please contact the artist at barbarazanelli@gmail.com or call 267-975-6253 if you wish to order or make any other inquiries.

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Alla Prima Figure Painting @ Fleisher

January 11, 2023 1:00 pm

Time: Wednesdays 1 – 4pm
Dates: January 11 – March 15 (10 sessions)
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA
Recommended for Intermediate - Advanced

The definition of alla prima is to finish a painting in one sitting. This course will cover color and tonal harmonies, chromatic perspective, application of paint and composition using alla prima methods that will enable you to create a complete painting during each studio session. This workshop will help you develop concentration, intensity of working, and decision making, through specific exercises while you paint.

Recommended for Intermediate to Advanced

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Drawing With Confidence @ Fleisher

January 11, 2022 6:30 pm

Time: Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30pm
Dates: January 11 – March 15 (10 sessions)
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA
Recommended for Intermediate to Advanced

Designed for students who already have a grasp of basic drawing techniques, this class takes you deeper into form, structure, and expression. Students will be learning key concepts such as atmospheric perspective, detailed rendering, intermediate perspective, use of color, and combining materials. Each class features a directed exercise designed to be used for more complex subject matter. This class is intended for those who are looking to take their drawing to the next level.
Intermediate to Advanced Skill Level suggested

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Drawing Faces @ Fleisher

January 12, 2023 7:00 pm

Time: One Day JumpstART @ Fleisher
Date: Jan 12, 7 - 9pm
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA

JumpstART – Drawing Faces
Interested in drawing and painting portraits? This workshop is a perfect place to explore the first steps to drawing faces. Learn about the proportion of the human head, facial features, and expression while practicing drawing from observation. Through quick and fun exercises drawing from a live model, you’ll have plenty of chances to strengthen your perceptual muscles and improve your drawing skills.
Fleisher’s JumpstART Workshops are single-session workshops that provide an introduction to our rich offerings and specialized studios. Led by our renowned teaching artists, the workshops are a welcoming and fun way to engage with art and share the experience with family and friends. You will walk away with a new understanding of a creative medium and an original artwork! All supplies are included.

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Figure Drawing @ Fleisher

January 12, 2023 1:00 pm

Time: Tuesdays 10 – 12pm
Dates: Jan 10 – March 14 (10 sessions)
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Learn the basic theories, principals and techniques to successfully draw the figure. With a focus on improving observational skills, the class will also build essential knowledge of drawing fundamentals through handouts, demonstrations and lots of drawing from a live model. Benefit from plenty of individual instructor feedback, group discussions, and dialogue about your work in progress to help improve your drawing skills.

What you will learn:

1. Gesture drawing
2. Long pose drawing
3. Drawing from multiple viewpoints
4. Composing multiple figures on the page
5. Discussing methods and materials

*Participants must have a Fleisher membership

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Joy of Drawing @ Wayne Art Center

January 13, 2023 10:00 am

Time: Fridays 10 – 1pm
Dates: January 13 – Feb 17 (6 sessions)
Location: Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA 19087

This class is recommended for those just beginning to draw again who wish to practice and hone their skills.
Drawing from life, photographs and artwork, participants will strengthen their observation skills and continue to develop their understanding of how to use line and tone to compose compelling drawings.
We all have a unique way of translating the “seen world” into a drawing. Using the simple graphite pencil is an extremely portable and rewarding way to discover and develop our artistic vision and skills.
We will complete fun projects in class as well as reviewing key drawing concepts and studying structure and perspective.
Instruction will include brief lectures, handouts, demonstrations, examples of completed works, hands on guidance and homework.

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AfterSchool Youth Class @ Wayne Art Center

January 20, 2023 4:30 pm

Drawing Discovery for ages 9+
Time: Fridays 4pm – 5:30
Dates: Jan 20 – Mar 24 (10 sessions)
Location: Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA 19087

In this after-school art class, students will have fun drawing projects in graphite, colored pencil, ink and watercolor. They will be taught about the different qualities of each medium through hands-on experimentation.
Students learn how to use and control each artistic material, making specific choices to reflect their expressive nature in weekly drawings. As they get more and more comfortable choosing from the various types of mediums, they also gain more confidence.
Each week exploration of a different art element will take place such as; perspective & proportion, design & composition, color & shading, line quality and more. Sometimes the drawings created will be combined with words and text, entering the realm of illustration. Other times, students will create a visual narrative with only images.
Children will be encouraged to open their minds and relax into a space where there is no right or wrong answer, just creativity and discovery!
This is a 10-week, 1.5 hour, after-school class.





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Intro to Drawing 201 @ Main Line Art Center

February 14, 2023 6:30 pm

Time: Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30pm
Dates: Feb 14 - Mar 7
Location: Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Rd, Haverford, PA 19041

In this continuation of the introductory drawing course 101 you will continue to practice the basic skills of drawing using graphite and pen. Drawing from life and photographs, you will continue to develop your understanding of line, tone and how to compose them to make compelling drawings. We will complete fun projects in class as well as reviewing key drawing concepts and studying structure and perspective. Instruction will include brief lectures, handouts, demonstrations, examples of completed works and hands on guidance.

Key Points: -Composition – how to move the eye through the picture plane – Sighting, measuring and proportion – Perspective – Accuracy tools – Tone (value) – Confidence and comfort with the materials




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Still Life Painting @ Repenning Fine Arts

January 1, 2023 10:00 am

Time: Saturday 10am – 1pm
Dates: TBD
Location: Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA 19087

Join us on Saturday mornings from 10 - 1 to learn to paint in oil or sharpen your oil painting skills. Still Life painting is a time - honored practice for learning to paint the light effect on form. Participants will be led each step of the way of how to begin to how to abstract and see the large shapes in order to paint accurate color and lastly painting the details by seeing like a painter rather than drawing or rendering. Still Life is an exciting and rewarding way to explore all the facets of oil painting: color, value, composition, edges, brushwork and paint quality. You will get a lot of personal attention in this class as I demo and help direct each person at their easel. Sign up for 4 or 8 classes or ask more questions by calling Jim Repenning or Kristin McCutcheon at: (856) 310-2340

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Sketch - n - Paint

March 21, 2023 10:00 am

TBD

"The Continuum of Western Painting"

Click on Fall-Spring 2017, download, and go to page 13. Enjoy!

An article I wrote for the Villa Rossa Voice, Syracuse University's newsletter in Florence. Read about how my experience studying art history and painting in Florence, Italy in 1998 changed my life.

Click on Fall-Spring 2017, download, and go to page 13. Enjoy!

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