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Artist models in Philadelphia.

Marathon

Drawing Marathon. The Plastic Club

Drawing Marathon, April 23rd, The Plastic Club

Life drawing, portrait drawing and painting, short poses/croquis, still life set-ups, noir lighting, Sunday April 23rd, 10:00am – 10:00pm. $15.00 cash for come and go all day. All proceeds benefit Sunshine Arts, an artist-in-residence outreach program  encouraging neighborhood kids to learn the wonderful worlds of dance. music, literature, and art.

The Plastic Club, 245 S. Camac Street,The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
215-545-9324

“Since 1897, The Plastic Club has been devoted to the promotion and preservation of the visual (plastic) arts in Philadelphia. The busy gallery schedule offers several annual exhibitions for members and non-members, as well as invited artists in solo and group exhibitions. Members include well-known Philadelphia artists.

The name ” Plastic Club,” suggested by Blanche Dillaye, referred to any work of art unfinished, or in a “plastic” state. The term also refers to the changing and tactile sense of painting and sculpture.

Among the founding members of The Plastic Club were the “Red Rose Girls” — Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith, and Elizabeth Shippen Green — outstanding artists of their time. The name was given to this group of talented women by their teacher Howard Pyle.”

Sunshine Arts41 Sunshine Road, Upper Darby PA, 19082, 610.352.7968

Ms. Sheila Modglin started Sunshine Arts at 41 Sunshine Road in the summer of 2004. She invited children from the neighborhood to listen to stories as they sat around the fish pond in the front yard. The kids enjoyed helping to water the plants and feed the fish.

Since then the organization has grown significantly. Now, resident artists Mr. Patrick O’Banion, Ms. Kat Lehmer, and Mr. Fen Jeeters teach classes to children of all ages from the community. Classes are scheduled after school during the week and on Saturdays. Regardless of the listed class schedule, children come to Sunshine Arts daily to talk, do crafts or get help with homework. Often, they enjoy Mr. Patrick’s fresh baked bread, homemade soup, cookies, or other wholesome snacks when they visit.

The goal of Sunshine Arts is to enhance the education and personal growth of our future generations. Executive director, Sheila Modglin grew up with a very strong sense of community within her family; “We would do any thing for each other. I want to share the sense of community that I have in my life with all the beautiful people right here surrounding this home. The house itself is a manifestation of living art and was accomplished through hard work from my generous and creative family and friends.”

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Workshop

Plastic Club Annual Workshop Show 2016

Annual Workshop Show at The Plastic Club

June 4th – June 23rd, Opening Night Party Saturday June 4th, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Philadelphia’s historic The Plastic Club holds art workshops nearly every day, year-round, ranging from still life to figure drawing to in-the-field plein air. This annual exhibition is an opportunity for workshop participants to display their best work. Admission is free.

The Plastic Club, 247 South Camac Street, The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 545-9324

The Plastic Club Annual Workshop Show 2016

DoN Brewer, charcoal pencil, chalk pencil, color pencil on toned paper

The Plastic Club 2016 Workshop Schedule

  • Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Figure drawing/painting workshop – All levels
  • Clothed model
  • 1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesdays of the month
  • 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Short Poses with a Life Model
  • Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Figure drawing/painting workshop – All levels
  • Life model
  • Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Long Poses with a Clothed Model
  • Thursday, 9:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Open studio with still life available
  • Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model
  • Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model
  • Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Life drawing with a Moving Model
  • ( Call the Plastic Club at 215-545-9324 or Bob Jackson at 856-795-2160 to confirm that this workshop is taking place.)
  • Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Print Making – All levels
  • ( New participants in the Print Making workshop must speak to the monitor before attending. Call 215-545-9324 to make an appointment. )
  • Saturday, 1 – 4 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model

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Rebecca Gilbert

Rebecca Gilbert, CFEVA Introduction 2012, The Galleries at Moore

Rebecca Gilbert, CFEVA Introduction 2012, The Galleries at Moore

Lucky, reduction and multiple block woodcut and gold leaf, Rock Pile Fortune Vessel, reduction and multiple block woodcut Rebecca Gilbert.

Rebecca Gilbert, CFEVA Introduction 2012, The Galleries at Moore

Rebecca Gilbert, Building the Perfect Worm House, CFEVA Introduction 2012, The Galleries at Moore

Amie Potsic, Director of Career Development at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists says, “I love openings, it’s the only time artists get any feedback.  Because you’re never there except for receptions, usually.  Some people are shy and find it a little bit hard but I think that they’re really so key for not only exposing work but having artists get good at talking about their work and building relationships.  Most of the time we have artist’s talks at CFEVA and part of that is that if the artist has the experience of doing them more often they get better every time they do them.  If your not a teacher, there’s very few instances where you actually have the opportunity to have an artist talk.”

DoN listened in while artist Rebecca Gilbert talked to a mom and her young daughter about her print, Safe Keeping Place, “Well, there’s one story.  I have this bracelet that had a family heirloom heart locket on it and I had this opening in Old City years ago, and I was having this conversation and this little charm fell off of my bracelet and it was this freakish thing because it fell off and instead of just rolling, it fell, I swear, in a hole in the corner of the room that was just that big.  Exactly the size.  I went back the next day and the gallery owner said the hole led to the street and so my charm was unattainable.  It was like, oh no, my family heirloom!  It’s gone forever.  And my best friend said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s safe in that hole.  It’ll be there forever.”

DoN introduced himself.  Is that a Jackalope?  “That is a Jackalope…I’m trying to bring a positive energy to my work and to keep a positive outlook in life.  And I’m also very superstitious.  Some superstitions I I follow and some I make up on my own.  I included a lot of symbolism from that so I can add that positive energy.  Lucky, is the name of the Jackalope, but it’s up to the viewer to decide if he is actually lucky or not.  So you have all these good luck charms but for them, it’s subtle, but there’s extra feet and of course they chop off rabbit’s feet.  So, it you have extra, you’re lucky.  Another thing is I knew I wanted to do a Jackalope because I did an artist’s residency in Wyoming and I started researching Jackalopes and I knew that to me in my head that they’re mythical creatures who like to drink whiskey and sing songs.”

“But, in my research I saw that there actually have been rabbits found as early as the 17th Century, I found illustrations of rabbits with these knobs coming out of the top of their heads.  Not horns but knobs.  But, it’s actually a cancer.  In my research there are all of these rabbits with these things hanging off of them.  And, you know, one hypothesis is that that’s where it came from.  They were interpreted as horns, so, that questions ‘what is lucky?’. ‘Oh, you’re lucky you’re an imagined creature with horns on your head?’.  So, the whole reason I made the print was not to compare myself to other people because you never know the whole story.”

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), in cooperation with Moore College of Art & Design, presents an exhibition by the new Career Development Program Fellows. A highly selective fellowship with only a 2% acceptance rate, these six artists represent some of the most promising talent among emerging artists in the region:  Leslie Friedman, Daniel Gerwin, Rebecca Gilbert, Kay Healy, Heechan Kim, and Johanna Inman.

Introduction 2012

February 1 – February 25, 2012

Widener Memorial Foundation Gallery

Johanna Inman

Daniel Gerwin

Leslie Friedman

Kay Healy

Heechan Kim

Circumstantial Assembly / CFEVA at Moore 

Introduction 2011

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Model Artists @ The Plastic Club

Models @ The Plastic Club

Jessica Hummel, Self Portrait took first prize with her photographic trilogy.

The Plastic Club on Camac Street is hosting an outstanding show of art by artists models; who else but models have insight into the world of artists, absorbing and intuiting the complexities of visual arts.  Many of the plastic club models have been mentored by the fine artists they pose for and artists are grateful for the intricacy and nuance of posing.  Susan Stromquist is included in Off the Wall Gallery’s Summer Show of past award winners – her folded chalk and pastels are Rorschach pop melded with classic atmospheric naturalism.

Model Artists @ The Plastic Club

Karl Richard Olsen, Jeno, POR – looks like a bargain since this appears to be what’s known in the art biz as a masterpiece.  Olsen draws and paints everyday, even while walking, honing his eye and exploring new ways to express his vision.  Karl’s Flickr page is very cool and he’s currently completing one self portrait each day for 30 days.

Model Artists @ The Plastic Club

Rob Willis, Self Portrait – you know, DoN had to double check but he knew this drawing is by Willis, last year’s Model’s Show big winner, since a definite style has emerged over time – he’s really handsome, too.

Model Artists @ The Plastic Club

Jenn Warpole @ The Plastic Club’s Model Artists Exhibit.

Model Artists @ The Plastic Club

Echo Shi @ The Plastic Club

Model Artists @ The Plastic Club

Rob Willis @ The Plastic Club

Model Artists @ The Plastic Club

Rob Willis – the paint job on this chopper is Super Kawai, super flat, super cool – DuChamp for everyday life.

Models @ The Plastic Club

Jym Paris, Shooting for the Moon & The Night Has A Thousand EyesDoN LoVeS Jym’s fearless style, infectious personality and spontaneous gesture.  As Antony & the Johnsons sing, “I’m a little boy now, but when I grow up I’ll be a beautiful woman.”

Model Artists @ The Plastic Club

Deborah Dias, Ratamandala.

Model Artists @ The Plastic Club through 8/22 – the club is holding special event workshops with moving model Stephanie Hyland – imagine long, slow croqui’s with the model slowly , steadily changing.  Contact the club for dates and times.