Today at Port Richmond Elementary we learned about Pointillism. We talked about the artist Vincent Van Gogh and how many of his paintings are made up of different dots and strokes of paint. Each student took time to think about things they like to draw and then used markers and color pencil to make small marks on their papers. I was very impressed with how focused and dedicated the class was working on such a rigorous project. It was a fun day!!
Hey everyone Portside Arts Center has a wonderful music program where professional musicians are teaching children, teens and adults private voice, piano, drum, guitar and bass lessons! All of our teachers are able to teach beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels. To register or find out more please call 215-427-1514 or visit our website!
All of our lessons are $20 a Half-Hour and $40 an Hour
Voice - Nina Kenney
Drums, Guitar & Bass - Paul McCoy
Piano - Julia Keller
Portside Arts Center has started making wonderful progress towards getting a mural painted all through the tunnel on Belgrade Street between Somerset St and Lehigh Ave. This bridge divides two wonderful communities with its long, dimly lit walkway filled with trash and dirt. Portside wants to keep this bridge clean and brighten up the dark walls with a beautiful mural along with new lighting. For Portside's 6th Birthday we hosted a MLK Service day by cleaning the tunnel and along Belgrade successfully removing 46 bags of trash. Portside has contacted Mural Arts, Conrail, and John Taylor putting all gears in motion to move us forward with this awesome endeavor. Once we get the approval we will be asking for our communities help in creating the mural. We want to get all of our local schools and community members to participate by helping the mural artists paint the imagery. We will keep you updated on our progress every step of the way so stay tuned!
Portside Arts Center started their Upholstery class a little over one year ago and it has been booming ever since! This class was started by community suggestion and soon developed into one of our staple classes offered. We just opened up a 5 week Saturday workshop from 10am-2pm focusing solely on dinning room and kitchen chairs. All of our Upholstery classes are taught by John Price who has over 28 years of experience. It wasn't easy finding John, it took us a few months to hunt down a professional who was willing to teach this dying trade. This class is a DIY furniture renaissance and if your interested in learning how to "Do It Yourself" check us out at www.portsideartscenter.org
If you would like your furniture re-upholsterd by John Price please visit www.JohnPriceUpholstery.com
Check out the AWESOME RECYCLED RIBBON EARRINGS the girls made in Girl Power last night with teacher Ginger Metzger!!!! The girls worked their little fingers off Thursday night in the girl power arts and crafts class. They wove little pieces of different colored ribbon into accordion squares then fastened them onto earring backs. The earrings look professional and the girls can wear them for ever and ever!
Every Wednesday teens come together to make awesome art!! Teacher Jenna Wilchinsky lets the teens work on different projects that interests them. Miss Jenna will introduce the students to different art mediums, techniques, materials and artists. This week they are working on Painting! They will explore different contemporary artists all the was back to the masters. Every few weeks the class will organize a pot luck, where each student brings in a different snack to eat while they make art! This is a great class and its been ongoing to 2 years. Portside is always looking for more students to join into this awesome class and anyone is welcome to join as long as their a teenager.
Portside has started a wonderful dance program for children ages 5-7 and wants to add an older age group 8-12 or a teen dance group 13-16! If anyone is interested please reply back to this post. We have a wonderful teacher Patrice Caron who does a great job teaching the kids awesome hip hop moves and most of all makes sure they have FUN!!!
Portside had a wonderful time at the GroundSwell launch event at the Arden Theatre! Between all of the fantastic performers, stories, artwork, Philly soft
pretzels, and Tasty kakes it was the perfect way to celebrate MLK day! GroundSwell is a amazing organization that will help connect and enhance the arts in Philadelphia. They will help our city become more vibrant and colorful then ever before. Please read below about how you can help spread the word about GroundSwell and there mission!!
Here are some more things you can do to help grow GroundSwell:
WOW! The Portside Arts Center celebrated their 6th Birthday Monday January 21st. We have really come along way since we first opened our doors in 2008, with over 40 visual, performing arts classes and a full music program, impacting over 1900 community members and schools. We are very proud to continue our Outreach Arts Initiative in our local schools, Senior Centers and other artist organizations and non-profit community centers. said Assistant Director, Jenna Wilchinsky.
They wanted to give back to the community by hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day. They used their social networking skills to gather their community members, local businesses, Board Members and local Politicians such as John Taylor and David Oh, asking for their support in cleaning under the Belgrade Bridge, between Somerset Street and Lehigh Avenue in the Port Richmond area. This tunnel has been a very dangerous throughway and continues to separate the community due to the not safe feeling as soon as you enter the dark scary underpass. " We are calling this Phase 1: The clean up, and community interest and support in providing a safer, clean, well lit and beautiful passage. Phase 2: Repairs of walls in preparation of of a Mural, and Conrail permission. Phase 3: A beautiful Mural," said Kim Creighton, Director of the Portside. "We are very lucky to have the support of our NKCDC in lending us brooms and shovels, IronMan Metal for his constant donation of time and his truck, and our wonderful local businesses, Best Deli and Fresh Works for their donation of food for our volunteers.This community is so wonderful " All you have to do is ask" and they always come through with flying colors," said Creighton. Everyone worked so hard and swept every inch of the Belgrade tunnel, not leaving a scrap of trash behind. We thank everyone who came out to our MLK Service Day!