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 or call 267-975-6253 if you wish to order or make any other inquiries.

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Drawing Class at Journey's Way

February 9, 2020 1:00 pm

Learn or improve your drawing skills. Each class will begin with a short talk about one of the fundamentals of drawing: edges, spaces, relationships and shading. Using mainly graphite, students will sharpen drawing skills, or learn as an absolute beginner by completing fun projects drawing from life. Returning students or those with painting experience may work on independent painting projects during class. The instructor will respond to the needs of each student and address their level of development.
We will meet every Friday in February 2020 from 1 - 3 at Journey's Way: Resources and Programs for people 55 and over at 403 Rector St, Roxborough, PA. Come join the fun!

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Portrait Painting Demo

February 19, 2020 1:00 pm

I am invited to be a guest artist at the Delaware Valley Art League monthly meeting on Wed, Feb 19 to demonstrate painting a portrait from life. I will be painting in oil and the demo is free and open to the public and will last about an hour and a half. The meeting is from 1 - 3pm at Paoli Presbyterian Church. Come join us!

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Portrait Painting Workshop

February 24, 2020 9:00 am

Students will paint a portrait of someone important to them. We will start with grisaille to capture the gesture, mood, and initial proportions of the face. The form will be further refined as we paint simple masses of light and shadow. By working from large to small shapes, as opposed to focusing on the features, we will organically arrive at a more sculptural understanding of the face. Students will be encouraged to use color at their own comfort level, incorporating warm and cool tones while maintaining value relationships. This workshop’s aim is not the creation a perfect, smoothly painted surface but rather a rigorous and honest exploration of form and light that will bring your childlike excitement back into the process of painting!
The workshop is on Feb 24, 2020 from 9 - 3pm. The fee is $50 and you can register at

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Devon Horse Show

May 20, 2020 6:00 pm

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is pleased to announce it's 17th Annual Art Gallery Show and Sale. It is one of the preeminent events on Philadelphia’s Main Line and as such, it is always well attended and drawing art lovers from throughout the region. The Art Gallery will be open daily, Thursday, May 21st through Sunday, May 31, 2020 in conjunction with the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair dates. You are invited to purchase tickets for “First Night at Devon”, a cocktail reception on Wednesday evening, May 20th, which allows to preview and purchase pieces in the Gallery and more importantly, to meet and discuss the pieces with their associated artists. The Gallery will include many forms of art from horses and other animals to still life.

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BucksMont Art League

February 18, 2020 6:00 pm

I will be doing a one hour portrait demo in oil at the BucksMont Art League on Feb 18 from 6 - 8pm.
The meeting starts at 6pm, and I will start my demo at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Ben Wilson Senior Center, 580 Delmont Avenue, Warminster, PA 18974

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Color Study and Still Life Painting in Oil

March 8, 2020 9:00 am

Color Study and Still Life Painting with Barbara Zanelli

Students will paint from life and learn to see color in a new and fresh way.
Based on the approach developed by Henry Henshe, students will learn the basic principles of color: value, hue, temperature and intensity. Beginning with simple color blocks, students learn to mix color directly on the canvas with palette knife allowing the focus to be on color rather than draftsmanship. Students will be guided on how to
“paint what you see, not your preconceived notions of color relationships.”
Students will progress to painting still life arrangements of objects with simple shapes and surfaces, such as ceramic crockery, undecorated bowls and fruit.

Classes will include demonstrations and critiques. Color study classes will begin with 20 – 40 min studies and progress to longer still life paintings. Classes are appropriate for all skill levels. The instructor will respond to the needs of each student and address their level of development.

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Small Works Show

February 15, 2020 12:00 pm

There is still time to check out Frameworks Studio and Gallery annual Small Works Show. I have three oil paintings of fall themed landscapes in the show which will be there until Feb 15, 2020.
Happy New Year!

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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!

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