Malvern Arts is now forming programs: Beauty of Watercolor Workshop, Ukulele Club, a Writers’ Group, a Play Reading & Discussion Group, an Improvisation Workshop, Walk When the Moon is Full, Crafty Juggling, Circus Skills for Beginners, Beginning Oil Painting and more…


Beauty of Watercolor

a 2-day introductory workshop with Deena Ball


Friday March 6, 2020 & Friday March 13, 2020, 9:30- 1:30pm

Day one

Today’s emphasis will be on controlling the ratio of water to pigment in order to take advantage of the special properties of watercolor. 

In addition, Students will learn about the history of watercolor, review supplies and learn why we are using certain supplies. Students will review the elements of art, create value scales, color wheels, learn about different types of washes and ways of applying watercolor paint.  The second half of the class will be spent painting a step by step landscape with the instructor. 

Day two

Students will work on color mixing and value relationships while exploring the idea of a three pass method for painting the basics of most watercolor compositions. The class will start out with a series of short exercises and then each student will complete a final painting utilizing what they have learned in the workshop.

Goals (Besides having fun!

By the end of this introductory workshop students will have an basic understanding of how to create a watercolor painting, how to find the right supplies and why certain supplies should be used, how to control the ratio of water to pigment in order to take advantage of the unique and beautiful properties of watercolor. 

The Teaching Artist will bring all professional quality supplies for participants to use at the workshop. There will be a $30 supply fee, payable with registration, to cover the use of  paint, high quality brushes, palettes, paper towels, water containers, artists tape, backing boards, pencils, erasers, sketch paper and watercolor paper. Teaching artist will also bring informational handouts and reference books for class use. 

Registration/Fees: to register for the class, email the instructor at State your interest and put “Beauty of Watercolor Workshop” in the subject line. She will contact you to confirm and to get your payment information.  Your $130 payment ($100 enrollment for 8-hour class, plus $30 for supplies, described above), will reserve a space in the class. Minimum enrollment is 5 students, maximum is 12.

Deena Ball has 30+ years of teaching experience. She is a member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. She currently teaches at the Wayne Art Center, the Main Line Art Center, the Haverford Adult School, the Community Arts Center, Wallingford, and Dunwoody Village.

Art is all around us, and we are all artists when we open our eyes to the beauty in our surroundings…Students depart my classes and workshops with not just a pretty object in hand, but a greater appreciation of the visual subtleties in their environment and confidence in themselves as creative individuals.”

For more information on the artist and her work, visit her website:

Calling all Ukulele Players!

(…and those who want to be Ukulele Players!)

Malvern Arts is partnering with the Philadelphia Main Line Ukulele Club for bi-monthly sessions at Malvern Arts!  

All ages and skill levels are invited to come! We’ll learn, jam and have fun.  Bring a ukulele, music stand, tuner and a love of music; books listed below are recommended, but if you don’t have them, we’ll share… we even have a couple spare ukuleles available for beginners to try it out!

Uke Club will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, beginning on March 17, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Leaders and singers welcome! Let Paul know if you’re willing to lead a set.

Same format as the West Chester jams, using the “Blue Book”:
The Daily Ukulele – Leap Year Edition: 366 More Songs for Better Living (Jumpin’ Jim’s Ukulele Songbooks) by Jim Beloff

Contact: Paul Sidlick, at 


BIMONTHLY MEETINGS: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM -7:30 pm February 26, MARCH 4, 18

Please Note: Feb 26th meeting has been postponed to March 4th.

Writing at Malvern Arts – a gathering twice/month for anyone who writes – share works you wish to develop further for discussion, feedback and encouragement to complete your project. Bring something you are working on and your best listening skills … This meeting will be moderated by Tom Teti. RSVP by sending an email to

Play Reading & Discussion Group

The Format: on 4th Monday of the month (February 24, March 23, April 27), for 2 hours, 7:00- 9:00 pm. In the first hour, we will read a play together, and we’ll spend the second hour discussing it.  Plays will be chosen and announced ahead of time, so you can familiarize yourselves with the material.

NEXT MEETING SET FOR MONDAY, MARCH 23rd: Please check back here in early March for announcement of the title of the next play we will read and talk about. We encourage preparation by reading the play, but this is not a necessity.

Participants: Adults and teens, no experience required. Listeners are also welcome – there is no obligation to read…

There is no cost to participate.

Facilitated by: Danny Fruchter and Steve Novelli. Danny and Steve have each been directing, acting in and producing theatre in Philadelphia and Chester County for more than 40 years.

If you are interested, send an email to and please make sure to include your email address and phone number so we can get back to you. 

Walk When the Moon is Full

For Children with an Adult, and also Anyone Blessed with Child-like Wonder

Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash

Rachel Carson, famous scientist and writer, in her little gem of a book The Sense of Wonder argues that “If a child is to keep alive his (her) sense of wonder, he (she) needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” In keeping with that guidance and inspired by a 1975 book titled Walk When the Moon is Full by Frances Hamerstrom, beginning in February we will be offering evening strolls through our neighborhoods and parks to explore the surprises of the various seasons as illuminated by moonlight.  Tracks in the snow, owls calling, the din of spring peepers, the scent of deer on a humid trail, fireflies in July and glowworms in the early autumn are all possible.  What may be ordinary in the daylight becomes extraordinary by moonlight.  A simple walk, once a month, can awaken the senses, spark the imagination, and make memories that last a lifetime. 

Sid Baglini will lead the initial walk(s) and will be looking forward to sharing the leadership role with others as the moon walks progress.  Sid has a background in elementary and adult education and also homeschooled/unschooled her daughter.


  • A flashlight in case the moonlight needs some help
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • A hand to hold if you are a child


March 9th  Worm Moon/Supermoon    8:00 pm

April 7th  Pink Moon/ Supermoon    7:30 pm

May 7th   Flower Moon    9:00 pm

June 5th  Strawberry Moon     9:00 pm

July 5th   Buck Moon     9:30 pm

August 3rd   Sturgeon Moon   9:00 pm

September 2nd  Corn Moon    8:30 pm

October 1st   Harvest Moon    7:30 pm

October 31st  Blue Moon (Halloween, so we will skip this one)

November 30th  Beaver Moon    7:00 pm

December 29th  Cold Moon    7:00 pm

Times vary due to the rising of the moon.  Depending on participants’ wishes, we can schedule for a day ahead or later if bad weather causes a cancellation.

Please email Program Leader Sid Baglini if you would like to participate, and so she can reach you if the date is changed or cancelled.

Three Classes with Chris Davis

You can learn more by visiting Chris’ website: 

Chris is a veteran educational artist with more than 25 years of experience working with young audiences. Apart from creating a wide variety of interactive, educational programs for schools and libraries, he has also developed a number of classes for summer camps and more.  Past classes such as Circus Skills, Drama and Improvisation have have been hosted by Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square PA), Agnes Irwin Summer Session (Villanova PA) and Imagination Stage (Bethesda MD).  The Juggling for Athletes class has benefited such groups as Fencing Academy of Philadelphia: “…the juggling skills Chris taught my fencers helped them achieve both a better cross-body ability and develop their motor skills.” 

I. Crafty juggling

Make your own juggling balls and learn how to use them! For Ages 8 – 108!

In this 90 minute session, we will use tennis balls, balloons and rice to craft our own juggling balls (yours to keep)… then, once the balls are built, we’ll begin learning to juggle, first with scarves, then step-by-step through the form for 1, 2 & 3 ball technique.

Meeting day/time – A Saturday or Sunday afternoon. (This is a one-session class.) Please contact Instructor Chris Davis to let him know your day/date preference; he will schedule according to the preference of a majority of people interested in the class.

Cost: $15 per student; Family/group rate of $10 per student offered (for any relatives (parent & child, multiple siblings, etc.), who sign up together. Cash or check payable to Chris Davis on day of class.

To Register: email (Please put “Crafty Juggling” in the subject line of your email.)

Enrollment is open – there must be 4-6 people signed up to hold the class

II. Circus skills for beginners

For two groups: Ages 6-9  and Ages 10+

In this 90-minute session, you will learn: to balance objects, to juggle scarves and balls, to spin plates, to twist balloon animals – and perhaps a bit of physical comedy, too.

Meeting day/time – now planning another meeting, contact Chris Davis with your preferred weekend day/time…

Cost: $15 per student; Family rate of $10 per student offered for any relatives (parent & child, multiple siblings, etc.), who sign up together. Cash or check payable to Chris Davis on day of class.

To Register: email (Please put “Circus Skills” in the subject of your email.)

III. Ballooning for Beginners

Ages 6 and up

During this 90 minute session, we’ll learn to inflate balloons with a manual pump, and tie them closed.  Beginning with the simple “Flying Mouse, the kids will learn the basic twists and construct shapes like giraffes, dogs, swords (and cutlasses), elephants, fish and more!  

Meeting day/time – now planning another meeting, contact Chris Davis with your preferred weekend day/time…

Cost: $15 per student; Family rate of $10 per student offered for any relatives (parent & child, multiple siblings, etc.), who sign up together. Cash or check payable to Chris Davis on day of class. 

To Register: email (Please put “Circus Skills” in the subject of your email.)


Vine and Branches by Bob Stradling

A class for complete beginners, or those who have just made a start.  We will explore the exciting world of making your own paintings, and how to have fun doing it! We will talk about how to paint from life, still life, and photos.  In the course of six 2.5 hour sessions, we will talk about, demonstrate, and try for ourselves: materials, color mixing, composition, and learning to see as an artist.  

Materials: (please bring these to the first class)

  • 1-2 medium drawing pencils
  • an eraser
  • 8”x10” pad of drawing paper, and
  • any oil painting supplies you may already have

In the first class, we will discuss what materials are needed for the remaining classes.  If you do not have any oil painting materials, you should anticipate buying them (costs range from $75 upwards).

Instructor: Bob Stradling, Pastor of Vision Fellowship at the First Baptist Church of Malvern, paints mostly to have fun, but he has also sold many paintings in a blend of realist/impressionist styles. Bob has studied with Jon Redmond and Anne Graham, and several of his paintings can be seen  exhibited in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.  

Dates/Time/Cost:  6 Wednesdays, March 25th through April 29th, 2:00 – 4:30 pm  $60.00/6 classes (materials not included), cash or check, payable directly to the Instructor on or before the first class meeting.

Classes will begin Wed., March 25th,  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

To Register: please email Bob Stradling at




on the 2nd Tuesday of each month 3-5pm & 7:30-9pm next dates are March 10th, April 14th, May 12th

Quilters, knitters, needlepointers, crocheters, sewers, embroiderers, cross-stitchers, and all sorts of textile makers and artists meet for conversation, a chance to make new friends and to spend some time working alongside others who share your interests. Maybe have a cup of coffee or tea? If you would like to learn new skills and share your skills, ideas, and inspirations with others, we’d love to have you join us. Interested people of all skill levels, from complete beginners to experts, are welcome. If you are interested, please get in touch with us at  We will meet on the second Tuesday of each month, in the afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m., and in the evening from 7:30 until 9 p.m.  Bring something you are working on, something about which you’d like help or advice, or just something you’d like to show interested friends for inspiration.

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  • Dr. Warren Hope, co-author of “The Shakespeare Controversy: An Analysis of the Authorship Theories” presented a lively evening exploring the research that has led experts to postulate that William Shakespeare is a pen name. 

Danish Holiday Craft & Traditions

  • Dr. Arthur Hjorth and Dr. Rebekah Baglini led a session on how to make two traditional Danish holiday decorations: paper heart baskets which are filled with candy and hung on Christmas trees, and “Nisse” or “Tomten”, Scandinavian gnomes.

Community Square Dance & Potluck

  • Caller Donna Hunt guided everyone through each dance to the old time tunes of the Indian River Hillbillies, and a fun time was had by all who attended! This event was sponsored by the National Bank of Malvern.

Let’s Create Something Together!