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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Intro to Drawing

September 16, 2021 1:00 pm

If you feel like the guy in the drawing here, don't worry anyone can learn to draw! Bring back your love of drawing. This class is great for anyone with no previous instruction or experience in drawing, or perhaps you just started taking painting classes and realize you need to brush up on your drawing skills.
You will learn step-by-step instructions on how to begin a drawing. You will learn about sighting techniques, negative space, visual measurements and the use of guidelines. We will start by drawing from Xerox copies of flat geometric shapes. In each class you will build on your skills and begin drawing from life, both single objects and a still life with multiple objects. We will work primarily in pencil and charcoal.

Time: Thursdays 1 – 4pm
Dates: September 16 - Nov 18 (10 sessions)
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA

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Alla Prima Figure Painting

September 15, 2021 1:30 pm

The focus of this class is on seeing the figure as a whole, in harmony with the environment. Participants will learn to abstract the figure and focus on seeing the larger color and value relationships while also deepening their understanding of basic anatomy.
Participants will learn to see and paint of the effect of light on the human form and its environment without getting too caught up in details. We will begin with how to start: the lay-in and gesture. After the lay-in, participants will be encouraged to paint the figure using the largest possible color shapes and simple, strong color relationships between the figure and it’s environment to express the light condition.
The focus is on getting the color and value relationships as accurately as possible while experimenting with different pigments on the palette before moving on to smaller shapes. Classes will include instructor demonstrations, critiques, and individual attention at the easel. The instructor will respond to the needs of each student and address their level of development.

Time: Wednesdays 1:30 – 4:30pm
Dates: September 15 - Dec 8 (13 sessions) (no class Nov 25)
Location: Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA

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Alla Prima Landscape Painting Wayne Art Center

September 15, 2021 9:30 am

In this class participants will explore how to paint quickly yet not rush in order to capture a landscape scene within about a two-hour window. Participants will learn to see color and value relationships in nature and use them to create distance and atmosphere. Participants will also learn to simplify in order to create a poetic painting that captures the light condition at a certain time of day and weather.
Classes will be held at different off site locations including Willows Park, The church grounds, a private estate, a dairy farm and Chanticleer Gardens. (The final list of locations TBA) If the temperature goes below 58, class will be held indoors and participants will have the option of painting from photographs taken at one of the parks, or life painting from flowers. Classes will include instructor demonstrations, critiques, and individual attention at the easel. The instructor will respond to the needs of each student and address their level of development.
Classes are appropriate for all skill levels.

Time: Wednesdays 9:30 – 12:30pm
Dates: September 15 - Dec 8 (13 sessions) (no class Nov 25)
Location: Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA

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Still Life Painting and Color Study in Oil

September 18, 2021 9:00 am

Join me at Repenning Fine Arts in Audubon, NJ on Saturday mornings from 9am-12 starting Sept 18 2021 and sharpen your oil painting skills. Still life painting is a wonderful way to explore all the facets of oil painting: color, value, composition, edges, brushwork, etc. We will explore different methods of painting from alla-prima to multiple day to studies. You will get a lot of personal attention in this class as I demo and help direct each person at their easel with their chosen direction. Sign up or ask more questions by calling Jim or Kristin Repenning at: (856) 310-2340

Time: Saturdays 9am – 12pm
Dates: September 18 - Nov 13 (8 sessions) (no class Oct 23)
Location: Repenning Fine Arts, 35 Kings Highway, Audubon, NJ

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Oil Painting With Color at Abington Art Center

September 23, 2021 6:30 pm

Enjoy the freedom of of simplifying anything you see into simple color shapes and in the process develop your color theory and mixing skills. We will be doing life painting exercises using simple shapes and objects.

Registration and further class description will go live in mid August on the Abington Arts Center website.

Time: Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30pm
Dates: September 23 - Dec 9 (10 sessions) (no class Oct 21 and Nov 25)
Location: Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkingtown, PA 19046

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"The Continuum of Western Painting"

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! Barbw:Sakiko

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Still Life With a Focus on Seeing and Mixing Color at Studio Incamminati

October 5, 2021 6:00 pm

In this class participants will explore how to get better at seeing and mixing color using the time-honored still life as subject matter. Through direct observation, participants will practice the basic principles of how to see and interpret light hitting form with oil paint.
Beginning with single object paintings and progressing to multiple object/multiple day paintings participants will explore all the aspects of painting: form, value, color, composition, perspective, focal point, edges, brushwork and most important of all: purpose.
Learn to paint with confidence by developing trust in your unique visual interpretation, using this as a starting point and a focus throughout your painting in order to be open to learning or change. Learning to paint is a lifelong process and in this class my desire is to be truly helpful to you on your journey!
Classes will include instructor demonstrations, critiques, and individual attention at the easel. The instructor will respond to the needs of each student and address their level of development. Classes are appropriate for all skill levels.

Registration will go live in mid August

Time: Tuesdays 6 – 9pm
Dates: October 7 - Dec 7 (10 sessions)
Location: Studio Incamminati, Bok Building, 1901 S 9th st, Philadelphia, PA (7th floor)

Sketch and Draw at Journey's Way

August 11, 2021 12:30 pm

This workshop is for is for anyone who wants to have fun drawing and
sketching. We will explore line, shape, and shading with a very fun and
forgiving medium: Aquarelle Graphite Pencils and Watercolor Pencils.

Time: Wednesdays 12:30 – 2:30pm
Dates: August 11, 18, 25 & September 1
Location: Class will meet in the Dining Room
403 Rector St. Phila. PA 19128

FEES: For this special summer workshop, the discounted rate for ALL
registered members is $10.00 per class. To receive this discounted rate,
you must pay in full for the workshop even if you are not able to attend
all of the classes.
The Weekly Drop-in rate is $12.00 per class. *We also offer a rate for anyone
ages 50 to 55. Material fees are included in the cost of this workshop.
For More Information Call: 215-487-1750

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