Workshops & Talks



Crit Club with Moe Brooker

Are you creating a new body of work, working on a freelance project, or exploring an exciting new media?  Do you miss the feedback of your peers and professors?  Crit Club is an informal critique (no grades are riding on it!) led by the venerable Moe Brooker.  Bring your work and take away helpful feedback and great insights from your colleagues in the arts.

Moe Brooker holds an MFA and BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the fine Arts. Moe has been an artist and teacher for over 40 years and is currently retired as Chair of the Foundation Department, Moore College of Art and Design.

Brooker’s work can be found in the holdings of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Musees des beaux arts du Canada, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Woodmere Museum, the Montgomery Museum in Alabama, the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Lauren Rogers Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, The Georgia Museum of Art, and the Musees de Montbeliard, France.


Shibori Techniques with Elizabeth McTear

This Class is Now Full. Learn different shibori-dyeing techniques and make two lovely silk scarves to wear or give as gifts. Methods will include folding and clamping, bomaki (pole wraping), and stitching and binding. Techniques can be combined to create layered marks, making your work ever more sophisticated and unique. Examples of various techniques will be on display to help you plan out your work. 

Elizabeth McTear earned her degree in Textile Design from Moore in 2003. She is the sole proprietor, artist, and designer at SquidWhale Designs, a textile and accessory design company established in 2010 in Philadelphia.  She operates a studio in South Philly where she maintains a natural indigo dye bath.


“Let Go, Control, Repeat” Drawing with Kelly Kozma

In this non-traditional drawing-based workshop, you will embrace the notion of knowing when to give up control in your work. Kelly Kozma, who uses probability and chance in her pieces, will guide you through this process, helping you to explore new techniques and finding a balance with your artist’s hand.

Kelly Kozma received her BFA in 2D Fine Arts from Moore in 2010.  Represented by Paradigm Gallery and Studio in Queen Village, Kozma lives and practices art in Philadelphia.  She has shown works at the Select Fair in Miami during Art Basel week in 2013.


Macramé with Janell Wysock

Join us to learn macramé, a fun knotting technique that you may be revisiting from the 1970's or learning for the first time.  Using custom handmade Janell Wysock yarn, we will start with some basic knots that we can translate into a bracelet, belt or experimental artistic expression.

Janell Wysock graduated from Moore with a BFA in Textile Design in 1994 and is the owner of Janell Wysock Textile Designs. Wysock has a long standing relationship with the strand often using yarn to construct handmade garments featured in the Art Shop at Moore and other local boutiques.


Small Sculpture with Darla Jackson

Create a small scale clay sculpture with Darla Jackson.  Jackson is most notably recognized for her unique animal sculptures that have been seen infiltrating spaces throughout Philadelphia.

Darla Jackson graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from Moore College of Art in 2003 and continues to live and work in Philadelphia, PA.  She is the founder and owner of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym where members flex their creative muscles.



Choose one of the following two lectures from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm:

The Top Five Trends for Emerging Designers

presented by Elissa Bloom, Executive Director, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator

Emerging designers are seeking strategic ways to launch and sell their brand in the marketplace as they strive to build sustainable and scalable companies.  Designers are embracing selling directly to consumers and are becoming savvy retailers in the process. Presented will be retail concepts that are trending in the U.S.   Learn about how to implement retail sales strategies and take control of how, where and who your collection pieces are sold to while building a customer base and creating buzz for your brand.


From Useful to Beautiful: The Philadelphia School of Design for Women  and The Philadelphia 10

presented by  Maureen Pelta, PhD, Professor of Art History & Curatorial Studies and Chair, Liberal Arts Department at Moore College of Art & Design

A unique and progressive group of women painters and sculptors calling themselves the "Ten Philadelphia Painters" and later "The Ten" exhibited together between 1917 and 1945, at first annually in Philadelphia and later with traveling exhibitions at major museums and galleries on the east coast and in the Midwest. All studied art in Philadelphia and seven of the original ten were graduates of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (PSDW), now known as Moore College of Art & Design. These artists found a way to transcend the political and cultural climate at a time when opportunities for women to show their art were limited. During that time, The Philadelphia Ten bears the distinction of being the all-women's regional American artist group that exhibited longest and most widely.

Then join us for the following lecture from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm:

The Art of Story in Modern and Contemporary Art

presented by Jonathan Wallis, PhD, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of Liberal Arts at Moore College of Art & Design. How do works of art bring stories to life?  Is our experience of narrative in visual art conveyed mostly by the artist or does it derive partly from our individual imaginations?  This lecture explores where and how "story" functions in visual art.  We will tackle a number of important issues: How does a static image of a scene "come to life?"  How do artists utilize narrative to express personal and political issues?  What are the limits of narrative in abstract art?  And finally, is the history of art itself a story and if so has it come to an end?

Thank you to Moore:Time Reunion Sponsors

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HanNa Jung ’04 

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List current as of February 4, 2014