Monthly meeting and workshop


JANUARY 19, 2022 (Wednesday)
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.


JANUARY 25, 2022 (Tuesday)

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Demo:  Cheryl Schlenker - Mixed Media


Cheryl Schlenker received a Bachelor’s degree in Design from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Temple University.  She has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Southeast Asia, a Special Reading Teacher, and has lived and worked in the Middle East.  Her paintings have won many local and international awards, and she paints and exhibits regularly.  She is a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society where she is also a past president of the board.  Her interests in art include seeing the unexpected colors in everyday subject matter and mixing different media together to capitalize on the individual strengths of each one.


Presentation Description, Mixed Media, Floral Abstraction:

In this presentation, I hope to demonstrate my process of learning how different mediums work and the richness that is derived from overlaying and weaving them together in a painting.  Different paints, pencils, charcoal, pastels, collage materials, and different supports can combine to surprising and wonderful results.


Workshop Description:

Floral abstraction may be interpreted in different ways.  I hope to make the students conscious of compositional design using color, texture, and value to portray floral shapes that may range from the representational to the symbolic.  We will work at each person’s comfort level, hoping to stretch and to flex some creative muscles and have fun.  Combining the use of paint, pencil, pastel, charcoal, and collage materials will enhance our abilities to express floral ideas.

Materials List:


Supports:  140-pound watercolor paper, illustration board, or canvas, at least half sheet size or 16x20”

Paints:  2 or 3 colors of fluid acrylic or acrylic ink in bottles, plus tube acrylics in your choice of colors, including white


Matte gel medium, in a jar

Tools:  Assorted brushes) including one large wash brush) scrapers, spatulas, sponges, scissors, water spray bottle, bubble wrap, saran wrap, water container, paper towels

Mark Makers:  such as colored pencils, caran d’ache crayons, pastels, charcoal, bamboo stick, twigs

Collage material:  Any assortment of papers, insides of junk mail envelopes, etc. 


Don’t forget to bring some of your old watercolor paintings that you won’t mind taking pieces out of.

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