Summer Classes at the Mt. Airy Art Garage

Looking for a way to beat the heat this season? Well, here at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, we’ve got the perfect solution to overcome those dog days of summer. Throughout July and August, MAAG will offer an array of studio classes for both children and adults, which include collage, quilting, bookmaking, drawing, acting, photography, and more.

Perhaps you’ve been itching to hone your digital photography skills, polish that long-lost monologue, or piece together that brilliant quilt in your mind’s eye? Perhaps you yearn to go back to a simpler time when snail mail ruled and self-bound books were a work of art? Or maybe you’re just a budding artist, between the ages of five and seven, who simply loves to draw numbers and letters?

Regardless of your desire, our accomplished teachers are bound to cultivate your creativity. Whether a novice or experienced student, all will find a welcoming and supportive environment where creativity can rule. Just see for yourself on July 1st from 2-4pm at our “Meet the Teachers” sneak-peek.

Plus, with classes ranging from $25-$160, now is the time to register as space is limited! To register, please  send an e-mail to with your name and class choice, and send your check (payable to the Mt. Airy Art Garage) to 11 W. Mount Airy Ave., Philadelphia PA, 19119. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or call 215.242.5074.

Until then, though, browse through the below classes and let them pique your interests! Don’t spend those summer days sweltering. Instead, come to MAAG and indulge your creativity! What do you have to lose except boredom?

Single Session Courses

  • Introduction to Digital Photography | Kevin Bennett
    Saturday, July 14: 9 AM – 12 PM
    Adults and Adolescents over 13Students will gain a greater understanding of using their digital camera and will have an introduction to the art of photography. Access to a digital camera will be needed for the course.Price: $30
  • Paper Piecing Primer Quilt Workshop | Sarah Bond
    Saturday, July 7: 10 AM – 4 PM
    Adults and Children over 10 (if accompanied by an adult)Paper piecing is a technique used to create intricate quilt designs without agonizing over precision. This workshop is for intermediate quilters or advanced beginners. The result of the workshop will be a small quilt that the student will finish at home after receiving all patterns and instructions in class.

    Price: $70

  • Photographing Artwork With A Digital Camera| Janine & Mike Zaikowski
    Saturday, August 4: 2 – 4 PM
    Adults and AdolescentsLet the owners of Profiles Studio show you how to use a consumer digital camera to create accurate and pleasing digital files of your artwork. We’ll outline our straight-forward approach to lighting and setting up a digital camera, and demonstrate how to use the basic tools in Photoshop Elements to edit the files for optimum results when submitting to shows and galleries, uploading to a website, or having promotional materials printed.

    Price: $25

  • Sewn on Tapes: A Simple Non-Adhesive Book | Donna Globus
    Saturday, July 28: 9 – 5 PM
    AdultsStudents will make a multi-section, supported spine blank book with an integral soft cover. The stitching can be either visible or hidden in the completed book. Text block and cover paper will be provided.

    Price: $70 with a $15 material fee

  • Snail Mail Art | Claudia McGill
    Wednesday, July 11: 7 – 9.30 PM
    AdultsStudents will learn a variety of ways to use collage in making art that can be sent in the mail, including postcards, note cards, and decorated envelopes. We will create items that will surprise and delight their recipients.

    Price: $32

Multiple Session Courses

  • Acting & Performance Workshop | Susan Zipin
    Mondays; July 9 – August 13 (6 sessions):  6.30 – 8 PM
    AdultsThis workshop will culminate with a performance by the class of a series of monologues written by its students. Also, we will use art as a tool to enhance our theater/acting experience. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even become the MAAG Players!

    Price: $120

  • Collage From Every Direction | Claudia McGill
    Wednesdays; July 18 – August 15 (5 sessions): 7 – 9.30 PM
    AdultsStudents will approach collage from a variety of angles, including the use of paint, constructing backgrounds, and creating collage works in four genres to include landscape, still life, abstract, and portrait.

    Price: $160

  • Drawing and Painting for Children | Arleen Olshan and Carol Nashleanas
    Tuesdays; July 10 – August 14 (6 sessions): 1 – 3 PM
    Children, Ages 5-7Students will have fun with numbers and letters through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, mobiles, and other mediums. Using their names, homes addresses, and other important numbers and letters in their life, we’ll further our education in a fun and creative manner!

    Price: $75 with a $5 material fee

About our Teachers!

Kevin Bennett has been a nature photographer since age 10, living in the Philadelphia area his entire life and in Manayunk for the last 25 years. In 2005, Kevin added a new dimension to his nature photography by working mostly from a kayak, which evolved from the decision to focus his work on the diversity, wonder, and fragility of Pennsylvania’s natural world. You can visit him at

Sarah Bond is an expert quilter and has been quilting for over twenty years. She teaches at many art centers in the Philadelphia region and is particularly interested in the place of quilts in culture and family history.

Donna Globus is a book artist and printmaker, as well as an architect and construction manager. While the latter is her day job, the former is her passion. She teaches in the Continuing Education program at the University of the Arts and is also a founding Board member of the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

Claudia McGill is a mixed media and clay artist whose motto is “Give it a try and see what happens!” She has exhibited her work in local and regional shows for the past 15 years. Her collage/mixed media classes are offered in a variety of topics and her goal is to encourage each student’s individual development. You can visit her at

Carol Nashleanas has been painting landscapes and portraits for 15 years.  She is recently retired and enjoys working with children.

Arleen Olshan, cofounder and treasurer of the Mt. Airy Art Garage, has been drawing and painting from her childhood at Fleisher Art Memorial to completing her BFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Philadelphia College of Art (now U Arts). She is also a master leather crafter. She has shown, taught, and sold her work throughout Philadelphia especially in the Northwest section of the city. You can find out more by visiting

Mike and Janine Zaikowski operate Profiles Studio in Chestnut Hill, a small fine art printmaking studio. They work one-on-one with local artists and photo-graphers to create meticulously crafted giclée prints on fine art papers, canvas, and fabric, and also offer high-end scanning and archiving services. You can find them at

Sue Zipin is a New York City native and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has a Masters degree in Theater and Literature from Temple University and has worked in theater in Philadelphia as an actor, director and teacher, having spent several years working with new playwrights and directing their plays in workshop productions.

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