New Spring Classes for Adults and Kids with the North Penn Arts Alliance

This Spring the North Penn Arts Alliance will have two series of classes at two different venues. 

The First series of classes will be held at the William B.T. Trego Arts Center  which is located at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales, PA. The classes are listed below:



Instructor: Kass Morin Freeman

For 6 weeks from 12 noon – 2:30pm

Starting on Feb. 11, 2019 and ending on March 18, 2019             Cost: $125

Learn from a national, award winning artist advanced watercolor techniques. Bring an example of your work to the first class and together we will decide what techniques to explore.


Instructor: Alissa Blumenthalmosaic frame 2

For 2 weeks from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Starting on February 25, 2019 and ending on March 4, 2019

Cost: $40. Plus materials fee $18

You will learn tile cutting techniques and mosaic application to create a beautiful, personalized photo frame. All necessary supplies will be provided but you may wish to add found objects or china to make more personal. Materials fee of $18 payable to instructor.



Instructor: Barbara Moss Buscher  

For 8 weeks from 1:00pm to 3:00pmPallet

starting on February 12, 2019 to April 2, 2019

Cost: $125

Learn color theory and composition basics. Utilize your own photos, still life, and your imagination, to experiment with various painting techniques. Supplies to be discussed in first class. Bring notebook and pencil to class.


Instructor: Barbara Moss Buscher

For 4 weeks from 1:00pm to 3:00pm starting on May 7, 2019 and ending on May 28, 2019

Cost: $75

Learn about types of pens, papers and techniques to create your own masterpieces.

Supplies to be discussed in first class, bring notebook/sketch book and pencil to first class.



Instructor: Sally Neiderhiser

For 4 weeks from March 6, 2019 to March 27, 2019 


For 4 weeks from April 24, 2109 to May 8, 2019

All classes are from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Cost: $75

Learn from a published poet, how to express yourself through different forms of poetry.



Instructor: Liz Steele CoatsCluster Earrings

February 7, 2019  1-3 pm

Cost: $27 plus $15 supply fee

Create beautiful cluster bead and silver wire earrings. Great for a gift for someone special or keep for yourself.




Instructor: Sally Neiderhiser

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm for both sessions.\

4 weeks: March 6-27    OR     4 weeks: April 24-May 8

This class offers a creative outlet to help express yourself and relieve the stress.


Instructors: Cecilia Zisk

and Deb Celenza


8 weeks

Feb. 6. – March 27

10 am – 11:30am

Learn English vocabulary related to art. Create your own works of art and communicate with each other in English.registration spring 2019

You can access the full pdf with the registration form here.

If you want the registration form only.

Our second venue is the North Penn High School as we provide Art instruction for the Continuing Education Program of the North Penn School District.

Spring comes to life with art classes from the North Penn Arts Alliance with the

North Penn Continued Education Program


Cartooning – Ages 7-11

Instructor: Caroline Neisley, NPAA

8 weeks

Day/Time: Saturday, 9-10:30AM

Start Date:2/23/19

Fee: $123.00

Description: Learn about penciling, inking, materials, Manga & American character design,

action poses, storytelling, drawing & making comics.All levels welcome. Fee includes materials

Introduction to Drawing:

Ages 6-10

Instructor: Dan Fione, NPAA

4 weeks

Start Date:3/2/19

Day/Time: Saturday, 9AM – 10:30AM

Fee: $68.00

Description: This class will teach young artists basic drawing skills; line, tonal values, composition and basic perspective. Taught by a professional illustrator. Fee includes materials.

Intermediate Drawing:

Ages 10 & up

Instructor: Dan Fione, NPAA


Start Date: 3/2/19

Day/Time: Saturday, 11AM-12:30PM

Fee: $68.00

Description: Students will continue learning drawing techniques; line, tonal value, composition, perspective and proportions from a professional illustrator.

Some previous drawing experience helpful but not required. Fee includes materials.

Oil/ Acrylics–Age 10-Adult

Instructor: William Letvenko, NPAA

10 weeks.

Start Date: 2/23/19

Time: 11AM-1PM

Fee: $129.00

Description: Beginning and skilled artists will learn basic oil painting techniques, color theory, composition and rules of perspective. Parents are required to attend the first class with school-aged children to get information regarding materials needed.  Fee includes one canvas board.


Registration for these classes can be done by visiting

then click on Spring 2019 look for Just for Kids for our childrens courses and Arts & Crafts for adult courses.

Visit us at

Or Call 215 393 9110



Adult Multi Media

Instructor: Barbara Moss Buscher, NPAA

Day / Time: Tuesday. 7 – 9 PM, 10 weeks.

Start Date: 3/5/19

Fee: $129.00

Description: Explore a variety of mediums & techniques, which may include pen & ink, printmaking, watercolor, drawing, alcohol inks, collage, fabric arts, and 3 dimensional projects to create original works of art. Learn about different styles, genres of art and various folk art techniques with each project. All skill levels welcome. A $40 materials fee will be payable to instructor on first night of class. Please bring pencil and notepaper to class.

Oil/ Acrylics–Age 15-Adult

Instructor: William Letvenko, NPAA

Day/Time: Tuesday 7-9pm, 10 Weeks

Start Date: 3/5/19

Fee: $129.00

Description: Beginning and skilled artists will learn basic oil painting techniques, color theory, composition and rules of perspective. Parents are required to attend the first class with school-aged children to get information regarding materials needed. Fee includes one canvas board.

Drawing Secrets

Instructor: Caroline Niesley, NPAA

Day/Time: Wednesday, 7-9PM, 8 weeks

Start Date: 3/6/19

Fee: $123.00

Description: Your drawing skills will improve as you learn atelier

methods: line, value, comparative measuring and composition.

Sketch from casts and figures. All skill levels from beginner to

advanced! Supply list first class. $10 model fee payable to instructor

at first class.

Intuitive Acrylic Painting Workshop -NEW

Instructor: Colleen Brand, NPAA

Day/Time: Monday, 7-9 PM, 5 weeks

Start Date: 4/1/19

Fee: $83.00 plus a $45.00 Supply fee. 

Description: Intuitive Painting is a liberating experience for all

skill levels. This workshop offers a variety of new techniques

and painting departures to energize your paintings and your life.

Using acrylic paints, experiment with layering colors, adding

texture, creating mark-making, and pouring paints. Paint pouring

is a form of abstract painting using fluid paints and allowing

gravity to move the paint without a preconceived notion of final

product. Explore a series of artistic exercises to support letting

go, connecting to intuition abstracting your work and letting go

of judging our work. Supply fee $45 payable to instructor first

class. Please register 1 week prior to first class to allow for ordering


Registration for these classes can be done by visiting

then click on Spring 2019 look for Arts & Crafts for adult courses and Just for Kids for our childrens


If you have any questions please call us at 215 393 9110

Visit us at or email

January Happenings with the North Penn Arts Alliance

As we start the New Year we will start it on January 2nd with our monthly meeting, I’m sorry our “After the Holidays Holiday Party”. That is right we will be gathering at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales for our Annual “After the Holidays Holiday Party” that will start at 7:00 pm. Bring a dish to share and if you want to participate in the gift giving, bring a wrapped piece of your art and receive one in return.

Open Mic Poetry Night takes place at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales on January 17th at 7:00 pm. Come and share your poems with others, artists are invited to come and sketch the audience and the poets. This is a free event.

North Penn Arts Alliance Open House.
On Saturday January 19th, We are opening the doors to our Art Center in North Wales. Help us tell the story of the North Penn Arts Alliance. Bring a friend as we will be providing information on our classes and events. Show the community that Art does matter and the NPAA will help with bringing Art to the community. The Doors are open from 1 to 5 in the afternoon. If you can come out and help it would be appreciated.

Make Art Monday on January 21st, we will be making Valentines for our loved once using cut paper, lace, beads, flowers etc.  Inspired by the elaborate cards of the Victorian Era. The Art making gets under way a t 125 N. Main Street in North Wales at 7:00 pm. Cost is $5.00 to defray our cost for supplies.

December Happenings with the North Penn Arts Alliance

December 5th we will have Chris Stanley as our guest speaker at the Lansdale Public Library.  He will be speaking about “Photography Telling the Story.”

Chris Stanley is a photographer, videographer and community relations professional who lives in Lansdale. For over 25 years he worked as an award-winning news photographer, mostly at The Reporter newspaper in Lansdale. There he covered a wide variety of assignments that included everything from breaking news and lifestyle features to sports and national political campaigns.  On December 5th, he will be the guest speaker of the North Penn Arts Alliance at the Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St., Lansdale.

His work consistently won recognition in annual regional and state journalism competitions. Always keen to embrace new technology, he was placed in the center of the digital transformation of the newspaper with a promotion to online editor in 2007. This included work with website management, video production, audio slideshows, social networking, writing, copy editing, staff training and community outreach. In 2011 he was tapped for a project to install and train users on a a new editorial print and website management system at newspapers across the nation. In 2013, Lansdale Borough chose Chris to embark on a one-year project photographing his home town for a new website, print publications and other promotional materials. Currently he is working in the world of public education as the Community Relations Coordinator for the Neshaminy School District in Bucks County. There he put his creative skills back to work writing newsletters and press releases, taking photos, producing hundreds of videos, overseeing a website redesign, creating and managing social media campaigns, and working on special projects with educators, students and the community. Though his career has taken some twists and turns, photography has been a consistent source of fulfillment, whether for work or for personal enjoyment.

After he had completed the “Lansdale Project” he stated, “What I enjoyed most about the “Lansdale Project” was capturing and sharing some of the things that move me personally about this place – the hidden spaces, our unique people and traditions, and the changing seasons. I enjoy the challenge of finding composition and beauty in things we look at every day but rarely see.”

Chris Stanley is our December speaker hosted by the North Penn Arts Alliance (NPAA) on Wednesday, December 5, 7 p.m., at the Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine Street in Lansdale.

The NPAA also offers exhibits, shows, and classes for children and adults through the North Penn School District’s Community Education program and at the North Penn Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Center  located at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales.

The NPAA also offers exhibits, shows, and classes for children and adults through the North Penn School District’s Community Education program and at the North Penn Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Center  located at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales.

For more information, please visit

Or call us at 215 393 9110

We also have some other activities that will be taking place at our Art Center at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales. On December 17th, join us at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales for “Make Art Monday.”  That night we will have two hours of fun and art making as we make paper flowers for the holidays.  This fun activity starts at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00pm. Cost is only $5.00 to help defray our costs. 

Then come back on December 20th again at 7:00 pm for our Open Mic Poetry Night. An evening of sharing poetry either your own or poems that you enjoy hearing or reading out loud. Artists are also encouraged to come and sketch the audience. This is a free event. 

Two Great Events are Available Next Week!

Next week on October 15th we will be hosting our Making Art Monday even at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales. Join us at 7:00 pm when we will be making masks.

Mask MakingThat’s right just in time for the Halloween season or the local masquerade ball.  We will be supplying the masks and all of the materials to paint or decorate your mask.

Bring a friend, Moms & dads, bring the kids and let them have some early Halloween fun.  Costs to help us defer the cost of the supplies is $5.00 per person.


Open Mic Poetry Night

Then join us again on Thursday October 18th for Open Mic Poetry Night.

Open MicLocal poets come together to share their poetry. If you are not a poet, why not bring a sketchpad  and pencil or pen. While you listen to poems and expressions, you can sketch the poets and the audience.

This is a free event and starts at 7:00 pm and runs to 9:00pm.  Please join us at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales

Mobile / Jewelry Workshop One Day Workshops


ONE SESSION on November 1st  12 -4 pm.

Mobile Definition. The term mobile in the context of art refers to a kinetic sculpture made of rods or wires from which weighted objects hang. The objects hung from the wires balance each other. This help to set the entire construction to motion at the slightest air. Come learn more about mobiles and create one in our 1 day workshop on Thursday November 1st from 12 to 4.

Cost: $36 plus $20 materials fee. Your instructor,  Liz Steele Coates, owner of “A New Creation” 

Value of the finished product is between $75 and $100. Register by calling 215 393 9110.



ONE SESSION on December 6th from 1-4 pm Cost: $27.00

Have fun making Cluster Bead Earrings on silver wire. plus $15 materials fee

Below is a sample of what the finished product will look like. Your instructor,  Liz Steele Coates, owner of “A New Creation” will instruct you in the art of making these stunning Cluster Bead earrings. Register by calling 215 393 9110.

Cluster Earrings

Let’s Make Art @ 125 N. Main

Art ClassWith the North Penn Arts Alliance

at 125 N. Main St., in North Wales.

Make Art Monday!

We come up with the project and provide the supplies, you bring the imagination. Cost for each Make Art Monday is $5.00 unless otherwise noted.

10/15 Masks                                  Just in time for Halloween or a costume party.

11/19 Luminaries                        Light up the holidays with Luminaries you can use for a center piece.

12/17 Paper Flowers                   Decorate the tree or the home with some handmade                                                                    flowers.

1/21/19 Victorian Valentines    Show someone you love with a handmade valentine.

Coordinators: Barbara Moss Buscher & Sally Neiderhiser

Poetry Open Mic Nights

Bring your poems and join us for an evening of expression.

Poetry Open Mic Nights will be on the Third Thursday of each Month

Next Open Mic Date: December 20th 7-9pm



Learn English vocabulary related to art. Create your own works of art and communicate with each other in English.

This is currently running.

WEDNESDAYS for 8 weeks From September 19th – November 8th 10 am – 11:30am

Instructors: Cecilia Zisk & Deb Celenza


This class offers a creative outlet to help express yourself and relieve the stress.

WEDNESDAYS 8 weeks From October 3rd – November 21st 12:30-2:30pm

Instructor: Sally Neiderhiser

Additional Classes & Workshops

Please note all class & workshop fees are listed as Cost: and payable to the North Penn Arts Alliance.

Any Supply or Material Fees listed are payable to the instructor.



Learn watercolor techniques from award winning artists. Supply list to be

discussed in class.

This class is currently running

8 weeks from September 18th – November 6th at 1:00pm to 3:00pm Cost: $120

Instructors: Eva Ramanuscas & Barbara Moss Buscher


Learn the basics of calligraphy and cursive penmanship. Have fun with letters.

4 weeks from To be starting in January or February Cost: $79

Instructor: Rhonda Garland


To be announced



ONE SESSION on December 6th from 1-4 pm Cost: $27

Do you need a gift for a loved one or for yourself?

Well we are having a jewelry making class on Thursday, December 6th from 12:30 to 3:00 pm. Learn how to make your own Cluster Bead earring set. Your instructor Liz Coates will show you how to make your own This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is cluster-earrings.jpgearrings from scratch. The kit includes 2 sterling silver ear-wires, 2 pieces of base metal chain (11/2” in length), 50+ base metal headpins, 50+ beads, 2
fancy headpins, 2 large beads. Cost for the class is $27.00 (payable to NPAA) plus $15.00 (payable to the instructor) for the supplies.
The Class will be held at 125 N. Main St, North Wales. You can register via email or a phone call and bring the payments the day of the class.

The NPAA also offers exhibits, shows, and classes for children and adults through the North Penn School District’s Community Education program and at the Community Center at St. Luke’s Church located at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales.

So that we know what supplies to bring we require that you register by November 30th.

Instructor: Liz Steele Coats

Registration 1

North Penn Arts Alliance will host Butter Sculpture Artists at the Lansdale Library.

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While many Pennsylvanians might not immediately recognize the names of artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton, more than a half million admire their work — a nearly thousand pound sculpture made of butter — at the Pennsylvania Farm Show each year. The couple will be speaking about what it takes to churn out such a work, as well as other adventures they’ve had as internationally lauded food sculptors, as part of the North Penn Arts Alliance (NPAA) monthly meeting at the Lansdale Library on Wednesday, October 3, at 7 p.m.

The husband and wife team graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Jim attended 1963-68; Marie was there 1999-2003. Jim created his first food sculpture in the early 1980s when he was commissioned to do chocolate portraits of Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller as a promotion for their Broadway play, Sugar Babies. His first butter sculpture was completed for the Pennsylvania Farm Show in 1995. Marie began working with Jim in 2000 and have since traveled together throughout the U.S and abroad, creating various spectacles from food. Besides food sculpture, the two have done numerous commissions in bronze, steel, cast stone, and resin.

The October 3 presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the monthly speaker series hosted by the North Penn Arts Alliance at the Lansdale Library on the first Wednesday of the month. The NPAA also offers exhibits, shows, and classes for children and adults through the North Penn School District’s Community Education program and at the Community Center at St. Luke’s Church in North Wales.

Still Room for Anyone of our Classes at 125 N. Main Street, North Wales and our Community Education Program Classes at the North Penn High School

Art ClassSeveral of our classes are starting at 125 N. Main St., in North Wales this week along with Make Art Monday on September 17th and our First “Open Mic Poetry Night” on Thursday September 20th.  As for the classes, please check out 125 N. Main Street in North Wales. Click on the address to see the list and the registration form.

As for the Community Education Program Art Classes at the High School please visit Continuing Education Program of the North Penn School District. There you will find the classes for the Fall 2018 session under “Arts & Crafts” and “Just for Kids”.

Below is a summarized list of CEP Classes.

Fall CEP 2018


Summer Art Camp – Meet the Teacher

Meet the Instructor – Caroline Niesley

Caroline Niesley was born in Washington, DC and has been drawing since her mother first put a pencil in her hand.  Caroline received her BFA from Moore College of Art in 1980.  She learned traditional methods and is versatile using any dry or wet medium.  Philadelphia Magazine printed an editorial cartoon by Caroline while she was working there on a credited internship.  Her humorous homage to Hogarth was accepted in the prestigious Society of Illustrators Student Show back in 1980.  Caroline had a life long love of cartoons both printed and animated.  So she was delighted when asked if she could offer a cartooning class.

She continues to study commercial and fine art, attending the Illustration Master Class at Amherst and figure drawing with Juliette Aristides.  She attends demos and sits in when permitted to learn from highly skilled instructors.  Her favorite medium is the humble pencil but she has worked in just about every medium.  In her student years she often used pen and ink and watercolor wash.  She experimented with prisma color pencils as studies for oil paintings.  She enjoys painting with alkyd oils.  She has exhibited at Society of Illustrators, Moore College of Art, Villanova University, and Montgomery Co. Community College.  Caroline worked as a freelance illustrator.  Philadelphia Magazine, PA Stage Company and TV Guide published her work.  She had the privilege of creating works of sacred art.  On October 28, 2007  “NTRA. SRA. DEL SAGRADO CORAZON” her oil painting on banner was carried in procession by parishioners of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Hilltown, PA at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in the Archdiocesan Hispanic Heritage Mass.   Her oil painting of The Risen Christ hangs in St. Stanislaus Chapel in Lansdale, Pa.  She also painted a 5’x10’ scenic backdrop for their crèche in 2013.  She enjoys writing, has published non-fiction and is working on an experimental graphic novel.

Caroline, is a member of the North Penn Art Alliance, lives in Lansdale and works as an instructor for North Penn School District’s Community Education Program teaching Cartooning and Portrait Drawing.

Several years ago at the January NPAA Meeting, Caroline shared the spotlight with Dan Fione and Ed Kane for “You Ink With A Pen, I Ink With A Brush” demonstrating traditional comic art inking with a sable brush.  June 2013 Caroline did a portrait demo for members and guests at NPAA with Ed Kane in costume. portrait-night

Caroline has had the privilege of teaching for North Penn Art Alliance for North Penn Community Education since fall of 2011.  She taught Pencil Portraits and Cartooning summer sessions.  Her Mini Comics class will be offered for the week of July 9th to the 12th.  Caroline took the Illustration Master Class at Amherst College in June of 2013, to update, network and learn from successful cartoonists, illustrators, editorial, fantasy artists and movie concept artists.  “Illustrations, cartoons and fine art have merged in our times of global Internet and many people are going the way of the tablet while others still use traditional methods.  I was glad to see talks and demos by a film concept designer who works on the Stars Wars films who still uses traditional methods,” Caroline said.

In Go Figure Grade Range: 3 – 8 July 16-19, 2018

Students will Draw figures in proportion using poseable action figures and toys. Great starter class for future cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and artists who want to draw people and animals that look real.

The Manga/Graphic Novel Camp Grade Range: 1 – 7 July 23-26, 2018     

is an introductory camp focusing on two wildly popular drawing styles for beginners and advanced artists.  Develop a story, draw your characters in their environment from pencil sketches to finished art. Inspiring art from these genres will be explored.

Caroline’s Mini Comics  for Grade Range: 2 – 7 July 9-12, 2018. In this camp you will write and draw your own mini comic. All skill levels welcome. Each child will receive one on one guidance. The finished comic books will be photocopied so you can share! Come in with a story idea and start penciling on day one. Day two you will ink. Day three you will finish the comic. Day four you will share your work with your fellow cartoonists!

Caroline demonstrates how cartoonists use traditional drawing skills to create fantasy characters who make us laugh at their antics and adventures.  Cartooning is a life long learning journey, which starts with a desire to draw stories.  Caroline hopes these classes will give students the confidence to pursue art on their own.  As one child wrote her, “I have learned much since I’ve started your class.  It has inspired me so much that I will never stop cartooning ever!”  Caroline keeps this letter over her desk at home.  Her students inspire her.

Caroline brings a lot of energy, excitement and fun to her classes. To register for the classes, please go to


June Monthly Meeting – Philadelphia Magic Garden

Isaiah Zagar, was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Brooklyn and studied at the Pratt Institute in New York. After traveling the world and creating murals wherever he went, after a 3 year Peace Corps Service in Peru, Isaiah and his wife Julie settled back in PhiPMG 1ladelphia in the 1960’s. During that time he was already trying to revive and beautify South Street,  this was done along with other artists,  and it became known as the “South Street Renaissance.” After the street was saved,  he created hundreds of public artworks over two decades through out the city.

In 1994, Zagar started working on the vacant lots located near his studio at 1020 South Street. He first constructed a massive fence to protect the area then spent years sculpting multi-layer walls out of found objects.

This wonderful art installation of Zagar’s personal nature was threatened when the cPMG 2ompany that owned the property decided to sell the land which would force the artwork to be dismantled.  Here the community rushed in to help support the artist. After 2 years of legal battle the outcome was the formation of the non-profit named after his work, Philadelphia Magic Garden.

Join us on Wednesday, June 6th at the Lansdale Public Library to learn more about this artistic gem when we will have a representative from the Philadelphia Magic Garden provide us with more information about Izaiah Zagar and his fabulous mosaic creations.

Meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m.