The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Monday, November 21, 2011 |
Are you a designer looking to bolster your portfolio?  Are you a beginning artist interested in a new way to explore the city?  This January, Bella Vista's venerable Fleisher Art Memorial may have just the winter project for you with a new, five-session workshop in Urban Design.
For a neighborhood art school best known for its award-winning introductory classes in drawing, painting, and sculpture, this workshop represents a bit of a departure.  Fleisher photography student and professional planner, Benjamin Cromie, AICP, came up with the idea when he was asked by the school to participate a focus group.  "I got a strong impression that they were genuinely interested in experimenting with new ways to explore art and design with their students.  With their strong community focus, it struck me that Urban Design would be a good fit."

Cromie's workshop will emphasize the importance of architecture and public space on community and neighborhood development. In addition to exploring the history of human settlement, students will create a hypothetical design for Fleisher's parking lot on the 700 block of Catherine Street.

The class won't just be for planners, Cromie insists.  "We welcome all levels of experience, from beginning sketchers to professional artists and designers."  The course will run Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 from January 11 through February 8.  Registration opens today.