The Painted Screen: A Baltimore Folk Art

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The Painted Screen: A Baltimore Folk Art

Learn about the iconic Baltimore art of screen painting and create a screen to adorn your home.

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Period One
9:00 am
Period Two
10:30 am
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The Baltimore painted screen was not art for art’s sake. It was a very practical solution to the close quarters of row house living. It afforded privacy and air circulation. This course will provide an overview of the history of the painted screen folk art and profiles of some of the iconic artists.

We will paint screens that you will be able to take home to adorn your home. You have the option of bringing a screen window or door to the class or using a screen box or an antique screen frame and new screening. If you bring a screen we will change out the screening in the window. Please bring a photograph, painting, or sketch of a composition you would like to paint. There will be a variety of compositions provided if you do not have one in mind. In particular there will be some classic painted screen compositions you can use to recreate a twentieth century screen.

Please check out the Painted Screen Society webpage:  for more information about this iconic folk art.

Limit 8 students, ages 14 and up.

Students should contact the instructor upon registration:

Students will need

  • a screen to be painted
  • gray acrylic paint for priming
  • foam brushes (variety of sizes)
  • finish brushes (fine point)
  • a mix of acrylic paint colors reflecting the colors of your chosen composition
  • palette
  • colored chalks
  • charcoal
  • large sketching paper


Something For Everyone

Schedule a week or two, or three! Or, just sprinkle some classes in between other commitments.

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