Studio Incamminati and Project HOME use art to create a special place

For Studio Incamminati Fellows Rachel Pierson and Dan Mahlman, teaching in Project Homes Art Program for men and women recovering from homelessness, was a perfect fit.

For participant Darlene Allen, it was a pleasant surprise.

“I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I did,” she said. “I really got into the drawing.”

The 10-week foundational course used still-life charcoal drawing to teach the eight participants to utilize art to communicate experiences, offer personal perspectives and build skills. Likewise, Studio Incamminati’s curriculum on representational art requires artists to see the “big picture,” develop motor skills and utilize critical thinking.

The artistic results will be evident at the opening reception dubbed “Winter Fine Art Constellation,” Dec. 18, 5 – 7 pm at 1415 Fairmount Ave. Sales benefit individual artists and Project HOME, which empowers adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

“Charcoal is an ideal subject for beginning the concentrated study of drawing,” according to Pierson. “Beginning full-time students at Studio Incamminati spend at least 12 hours per week studying still-life drawing. Still life allows us to see beauty in the ordinary, express the symbolic or personal meaning.”

Pierson and Mahlman set up still-life arrangements and worked one-on-one with students at their easels on topics including analyzing shapes, learning proportion and understanding the behavior of light on form.

The program was funded by Studio Incamminati board member Richard Rossello, owner of Avery Galleries, Bryn Mawr and administered by Rachel Ehrgood, Project Home Art Program Coordinator. For people who’ve emerged from homelessness, she says, producing art can make them feel productive and connected: “It helps self-esteem and builds confidence in the accomplishments.”

Winter Fine Art Constellation
5 - 7 p.m.
Dec. 18
Bon Jovi Soul Homes
1415 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA
The event also includes art from Project Home artists working at Honickman Learning Center and the Haverford School Art Club.
Sales benefit individual artists and Project HOME.