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Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing - Philadelphia, PA

3200 Chestnut Street
Retail E
Philadelphia, PA 19104

We are on the Drexel University Campus on the south side of Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets.

Phone: 215-823-6893
Fax: 215-823-6896

Special Hours for Hands on Creativity

Day Open Close
Sunday 10/18 11:00 am 5:00 pm

Store Hours
Day Open Close
Monday 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm 5:00 pm

  • Garage parking is available in the Drexel University parking garage on 34th Street between Chestnut and Market Streets.
  • Plenty of metered parking is available on the surrounding streets.

Public Transportation
  • Amtrak or Septa Regional Rail: We are 3 blocks from 30th Street Station.
  • Trolley - All Green Lines - stops at 33rd between Chestnut and Market.
  • The Market-Frankford - Blue Line - stops at 34th and Market.
  • Bus lines running to Center City run on Chestnut and from Center City run on Walnut.
  • Gold loop and Green loop bus routes loop through University City.

Custom Framing
Save every day on custom framing. For more information, click here.
From your finest artwork to your newly earned diploma, Plaza frames it all! Our expert picture framing design team is ready and waiting for you to bring in your treasures.

Events in our Philadelphia Store

Hands On Creativity!

Hands on Creativity
Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2015: 11:00am-4:00pm

Want to expand your art skills and take home free samples of high-quality artist supplies? On Saturday, 17 and Sunday, October 18th we will be giving away product samples and offering free art demos at our Philadelphia location. Expert artists will demonstrate everything from airbrushing to encaustic, screenprinting, acrylic mediums, oil painting and more! This is an event for artists of all ages and skill levels. There will be fun hands-on activities for kids and families, door prizes, and other surprises throughout both days of the event.

Click to download the event flyer pdf.

Ongoing Demos:

Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Drawing with Copic

Thomas Atkinson from Copic will explore marker techniques with some of the leading markers in the world. Try out Copic Sketch Markers and explore airbrushing with Copic Air Brush.

General Pencil

John Apezzatto will show you the full range of General Pencils and how these pencils are constructed. Featured on the TV show, “How It’s Made,” this family-owned business has made quality pencils and art supplies for six generations.

Liquitex Acrylic and Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers

Marta Kepka will demonstrate several painting and drawing techniques with Liquitex Acrylics and NEW Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers.

FW Acrylic Inks - Daler-Rowney

Michelle Montes will demonstrate FW Acrylic Inks with Plaza paint brushes. FW Inks have superior lightfastness, pigment load and permanency.

Oil Painting with Gamblin

Learn how to use oil paint to create a range of effects and add extra dimension to your paintings. This demonstration will cover paint-mixing, use of mediums and varnish, color theory and studio safety.

Montana Marker Mania

Montana acrylic paint markers are like no other marker on the market, mark our words! These markers can cover any surface imaginable—try them out on canvas, acrylic sheets and various paper surfaces. Artist Phil Asbury, from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, will demonstrate.

Tie Dye & Fabric Dye with Jacquard

Create your own colorful piece! Learn several fun tie-dyeing techniques with artist Celia Buchanan.

Encaustics - R&F and Ampersand

Encaustic painting is unlike any other method of painting. Because the paint contains beeswax, it must be applied in a molten state. Learn how to use encaustic paints, pigment sticks and encausticbord.

Screen Printing with Speedball

Want to learn how to make your own T-shirts? Speedball representative Art Arnold will show you how to create your own designs using the screen-printing process.

New Wave Painting Palettes

New Wave co-founder Kyle O’Brien will demonstrate this innovative line of palettes and answer questions about the process of designing and crafting a unique art product.

Mat Cutting with Logan

Explore matting and framing—with experts Alan Weisel on Saturday and Bill Shinskie on Sunday.

Sculpey - Polyform Clay

Experience the versatility of polymer oven-bake clay and learn fun craft techniques. From jewelry making to doll-making, Sculpey has many fun applications!

Make Your Own Canvas with Fredrix

Wood. Pliers. Staple guns. Discover how satisfying it is to stretch your own canvas! Painter John Apezzatto will show you how to properly assemble a custom canvas by hand.

Escoda Brushes

Test out a variety of synthetic, natural and specialty Escoda brushes and see how these fine tools perform on watercolor paper.

Art Groups & Organizations

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (P.O.S.T) - Community Partner

Philadelphia Watercolor Society

University City Arts League

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