Project HOME Classes Continue Despite Coronavirus Stay-at-home Order

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Drawings by student Yolanda Porter


For the last 6 years, Studio Incamminati has partnered with Philadelphia nonprofit Project HOME, which aims to to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through affordable housing, employment, health care, and education, to offer art classes to individuals transitioning out of homelessness. It has been an immensely rewarding and empowering experience for both the students and the instructors and remains a highlight of our community endeavors.

“The work is not easy but I have such a feeling of accomplishment when I finish my drawings.” Remarks student Anthony Gulley.

In early March, when the coronavirus forced non-essential business closures and strict stay-at-home orders, our Project HOME instructors Linda Dennin, Dan Mahlman, and Michela Mansuino immediately worked on a plan to continue the classes so many students had come to enjoy.

Instructor Dennin remarked, “Their excitement and friendship is invigorating during this trepidatious time.”

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Student Juanita Jones


Using numerous communication channels (texts, social media messaging, phone calls, video apps, etc.) the instructors have been able to assign and critique artwork from the students. The first lesson plans involve copying from Charles Bargue plates in graphite. Charles Bargue plates teach students how to build drawings in layers. The first layer is the editing of a complex shape, reducing it to what is referred to as the “envelope”. Instructors hope that by constantly repeating this process, the students will learn to automatically recreate the envelope when painting from life. In person, students would be drawing and painting from real casts available at our studios, for now they utilize images.

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Student Glenn Allen

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Student Anthony Gulley

When asked about the Barque lessons, student Kim Jackson said,“The first thing you gotta do is scope out the whole picture, really look at it. Then you have to get those tilts and angles. I’m not so good at those, but I’m getting better at drawing. Finally, you fill in those shadow shapes, and stump them down.”

The classes are made possible with funding and support from Studio Incamminati Board member Richard Rossello, owner of Avery Galleries, Bryn Mawr and an amazing partnership with Project HOME staff.