307 Market St.
While you’re browsing the historic buildings of Old City, this Mondrian-inspired storefront will catch your eye and lead you into a localized haven of everything and anything imaginable for your art class. The incredibly insightful staff will guide you through this art-store wonderland and grant you 10% off your purchase if you’re a Penn student.
2. Monarch Hardware
4502 Walnut St.
This tiny mom-and-pop shop is packed with every hardware item you need, without the overwhelming options of Home Depot! Get your paint, nails, tape and hammer for sculpture class, or all the measuring tools for your architectural drafting class.
3. Webb Cam Photographic
241 N 12th St.
This is the go-to photography store in Philadelphia. Whether you are a novice or a professional looking to buy or rent, you’ll find all the equipment you need. Come here for the perfect camera, lenses, lighting, chemicals, tripods and papers!
3245 Amber St.
Whether you’re looking to make some Incan pots or to become the next beaded jewelry wizard, check out Philadelphia’s only ceramic supply shop. Because the store was founded by the Penn alum and instructor who sculpted the artsy gates of Addams Hall, you know you’ll get the best clay, glazes, metals and tools.
54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.
Maybe you need some fuzzy cattails to draw for your textured still life, unusual flowers to photograph or perhaps woodchips for your next sculpture. Go to America’s oldest living botanical garden. It’s a modern Eden—an urban oasis, if you will — smack in the middle of smoggy Philadelphia.