Screen painting class set Nov. 11 at Rehoboth Art League

November 8, 2017

Painted screens are an authentic urban folk art created in Baltimore row house neighborhoods in 1913. Painted door screens provided an unobstructed view of the street to the row house owner, while the colorful images stopped people on the sidewalk from seeing in. "You can see out, but nobody can see in" became the motto all over the city.

Guest artist John Iampieri will teach this art tradition in a class from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Rehoboth Art League. Workshop participants will learn the tools and techniques necessary to paint a high-quality, framed screen. Each person will leave with a completed painting. The cost of the workshop, which includes supplies, is $75 per person.

Growing up in Baltimore, Iampieri saw hand-painted screens everywhere in East Baltimore row house neighborhoods. As a member of the Baltimore Painted Screen Society, he has traveled throughout Maryland over the years teaching this 104-year-old folk art. His paintings are commissioned worldwide, frequently exhibiting in numerous venues, including museums, businesses and media.

All workshops are held at the Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres. For more information or to register, go to or call 302-227-8408, Ext. 112.