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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Abington Art Center Oil Painting

September 20, 2022 6:30 pm

Time: Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Dates: Sept 20 - Nov 29 (10 sessions)
Location: Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046

In this class participants will learn oil painting and hone their skills through the time honored practice of still life painting. The teacher will set up a new arrangement every week, or participants may work independently according to their desire of what they'd like to learn or practice.

We will begin with how to start: the lay-in and gesture. After the lay-in, participants will be encouraged to paint the object/s using the largest possible color shapes and simple, strong color relationships between object and environment to express the light condition.
The focus is on getting the color and value relationships as accurately as possible while experimenting with mixing different pigments 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.
You will have the opportunity to work on individual projects at your own level and pace or teacher driven exercises with different problems to be solved in paint.

Key Points:
- Learn to see the still life objects in harmony with their environment or space around them.
- Learn to abstract objects and focus on seeing the larger color and value relationships before rendering details to create this harmonic look in the painting.
- Learn to see and paint the effect of light on form and its environment without getting caught up in details.


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Fleisher Art Memorial Intro to Drawing

September 15, 2022 1:00 pm

Time: Thursdays 1 – 4pm
Dates: Sept 15 – Nov 17 (10 sessions)
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

In this introductory drawing course participants will learn the basic skills of perceptually based drawing using graphite. Starting with line and moving into creating volume and form participants will uncover their understanding of how to translate perception onto paper. Knowledge of how to perceive visual relationships is already within you, now the focus will be learning to organize and express those visual relationships to create the drawings that you envision! We will work from direct observation and copying.
Instruction will include brief lectures, handouts, demonstrations, examples of completed works and hands on guidance.

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Fleisher Art Memorial Drawing With Confidence

September 14, 2022 1:00 pm

Time: Wednesdays 1 – 4pm
Dates: Sept 14 - Nov 16 (10 sessions)
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA

For students just beginning to draw or for those 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 and use of color. 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 their next level.

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Fleisher Art Memorial First Steps to Drawing

October 20, 2022 7:30 pm

Time: Thursdays 7:30 – 9:30pm
Dates: Oct 20 - Nov 17 (5 sessions, tuition free program)
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA

Anyone can learn to draw, including YOU!
This course is designed for students who are just starting out, or maybe you’ve never drawn before. You will be introduced to key techniques that are necessary to the discipline of Drawing such as line quality, measuring negative space and proportions, gauging measurements using your pencil, picture plane and how to use a viewfinder while working from flat images, photographs, single objects and the still life.

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Journey's Way Sketch N Draw

Time: Tuesdays 10am – 12pm
Dates: TBD
Location: Journey’s Way, 403 Rector St, Philadelphia PA 19128
A 55+ community, however exceptions could be made for those under 55 - please contact me if you are under 55 and interested in attending! Email me: barbarazanelli at gmail.com

This ongoing workshop will start in late September or October and is for anyone who wants to have FUN drawing, sketching, and painting. We will explore line, shape and shading with various mediums such as pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and acrylic. Each week there will be a different guided project that you will complete unless you have your own independent project idea. Basic art supplies are provided.
For More Information Call: 215-487-1750 ext. 1101

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Main Line Art Center Intro to Drawing

September 14, 2022 6:30 pm

THIS CLASS IS FULL




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Repenning Fine Arts Oil Painting The Still Life

Time: Saturdays 9am – 12pm
Dates: TBD
Location: Repenning Fine Arts, 35 Kings Highway, Audubon, NJ

Join me again Fall 2022 (exact start date TBD) at Repenning Fine Arts in Audubon, NJ on Saturday mornings from 9am-12 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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Wayne Art Center Intro to Drawing

September 23, 2022 10:00 am

Time: Fridays 10am – 1pm
Dates: Sept 23 - Oct 28 (6 sessions)
Location: Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA 19087

In this introductory drawing course participants will learn the basic skills of perceptually based drawing using graphite. Starting with line and moving into creating volume and form participants will uncover their understanding of how to translate perception onto paper. Knowledge of how to perceive visual relationships is already within you, now the focus will be learning to organize and express those visual relationships to create the drawings that you envision! We will work from direct observation and copying.
Instruction will include brief lectures, handouts, demonstrations, examples of completed works and hands on guidance.

Key Points:

- Control over the placement of objects on the page
- Visually organize and simplify anything from observation in order to put it on the page
- Sight measuring – using the pencil to compare distances and angles, height vs. width
- Constructing geometric forms using a combination of sight measuring, perspective, transparent construction (drawing every object as though you can see through it) and perception
- Tone (value)
- Confidence and comfort with the materials

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Wayne Art Center Drawing 102

November 4, 2022 10:00 am

Time: Fridays 10am – 1pm
Dates: Nov 4 - Dec 16 (6 sessions)
Location: Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA 19087

This course is appropriate for the complete beginner and anyone who has completed Intro to Drawing and wishes to continue on.
We will go into more depth with perspective and continue to practice different approaches to creating volume by using shading, texture and even just line.
By completing fun assignments each class, participants will hone their skills.
We will explore different approaches to drawing such as sketching, gesture drawing, meditative drawing, structural drawing, and academic or classical drawing by looking at artists such Earnest Watson, Raphael and contemporary artists.
Instruction will include brief lectures, handouts, demonstrations, examples of completed works and hands on guidance.

Key Points:

- Composition and the visual idea
- How to simplify and moving from the start to the finish
- Judging proportion
- Creating dimension through line and/or shading
- Confidence and comfort with the materials

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"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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