Painted Screens Workshop with Michael Seipp 

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Painted Screens Workshop with Michael Seipp 

WED JUL 20 | 6:30PM

Painted screens are a unique Baltimore folk art. This workshop will include a short film on the history of the painted screen and the early painted screen artists, a demonstration of the painted screen technique, and painting a small screen. Multiple painting options will be available. Two drinks from a selection of beer and wine are included in the workshop cost! 


About the Artist: 

Michael Seipp is a Baltimorean, born and raised. He grew up in the Belair Edison neighborhood and went to Roman Catholic Schools. His Great Uncle and Grandfather had a seafood business in Highlandtown on Eastern Ave. When he was a boy, he would ride his bike through the streets of east and southeast Baltimore to their shop and to play in Patterson Park. When cycling through the streets he always marveled at the outdoor art galleries created by the Baltimore-painted screens. 

Many years later he met the City Folklorist, Elaine Eff, and she renewed his interest in this uniquely Baltimore Art. In 2014 he took a class in painted screens at Common Ground on the Hill from Master Screen Painter John Iampieri. From that day forward he has been hooked on helping in the resurgence of painted screens in his City. Through the Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, he has had the pleasure of getting to know the other Screen Painters and learning from them. His work can be seen in southeast, north, and southwest Baltimore. He has had several exhibits and teaches the occasional class in and around Baltimore. He was invited to exhibit and demonstrate his work at the National Conference of Folk Art. His goal is to leave no neighborhood unadorned with a painted screen. 

See more of Michael’s work

More Info in Screen Painting


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Amidst the ongoing effects of COVID-19, we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of staff, artists, youth, audiences, and our community. We are committed to following Baltimore City public health guidelines as we rehire, train, and work towards a full reopening in the fall. Thank you for bearing with us!

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  • All patrons ages 12+ visiting Creative Alliance for performances, screenings, workshops, other theater-based gatherings, gallery openings, or events in the lobby are required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19. Proof of vaccination may include a physical card, a photo of a complete vaccination card, or digital immunization records. All patrons over the age of 18 will be asked to show a photo ID with their vaccination card.
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  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear facial masks regardless of vaccination status. Creative Alliance recommends that masks be worn at all times unless actively eating or drinking and be replaced when not eating or drinking. 
  • Creative Alliance may still require masks at certain events or performances based on artists’ requests. Patrons should continue checking our website or contact the Box Office for information about specific events.


  • Our bar will be open and beverages will be available for purchase and consumption prior to and during theater-based events. Outside food and drink are prohibited.


  • Events will be at full capacity. We are a small venue and physical distancing will be very limited.  For theater-based events, you will likely have fellow audience members sitting directly next to, in front of, and behind you, at a distance of less than 6 feet.

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