Classes & Workshops

The Old Town Art Center

About the Old Town Art Center

Small class sizes allow students of all skill levels to take part in any given class. Instuctors provide as little or as much attention as each individual student requires. The focus is entirely on the visual arts – through drawing with pencils/charcoal and painting with oils, watercolor or pastels. The Figure Studio is open to all (for a full session or as a drop-in).  

Sessions typically begin the first week of January, the last week of March and the first week of September. Short sessions are offered in the summer and toward the end of the year. Classes are offered during the day, at night and on weekends. 


Join us for Art Classes: 10-Week Sessions, Workshops, Short Sessions and Open Studios

Art Class FAQs


Winter Classes

Please note:  You can register for classes by visiting our secure member portal.  Membership is not required to register for art classes. If you have any questions or run into any problems please call the office at 312.337.1938. 


Figure Drawing Studio

Image by P. Renaud

Mondays | January 8 – March 12 | 12 – 3 PM
Monitor: None

Fee: $145 non-members / $140 members
or $20 drop-in fee

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Artists hone their skills, working directly from a live model. Beginning through advanced students are welcome to advance their figure stylings.  One hour is devoted to quick gesture poses. The focus for the remaining time will be longer poses for finished drawings and paintings. We provide drawing benches, easels, tables and boards. All media are welcome.

 

 


Drawing for Beginners

Mondays | January 8 – March 12 | 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Instructor: Jeff Krantz

Fee: $255 non-members / $245 members

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This class is intended for both, beginners and those wishing to strengthen their existing drawing skills. This is the basis for working with all other media. The class will examine perceptual skills necessary for making objective or “realistic” drawings from a variety of sources, including still life, landscape, and the self-portrait. Brief lectures and demonstrations by the instructor will introduce each topic, followed by studio time to practice new skills and integrate those previously studied.

 


Oil Painting

Tuesdays | January 2 – March 6 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Instructor: Joe Taylor

Fee: $255 non-members / $245 members

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This class is for students who are new to painting as well as experienced painters. Joe will focus on color mixing, color relationships, glazing, light, composition, and concept. Students work from photos or favorite objects. Whether you prefer an involved, direct adviser or one who allows you to work on your own, with support for difficult combinations,  Joe Taylor provides the level of support that works for each individual student.

 


Pastel Painting

Wednesdays | January 10 – March 14 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Instructor: Kathleen Newman

Fee: $255 non-members / $245 members

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Kathleen emphasizes the importance of design and value structure, while developing form through light and shadow. Learn to edit information from photos to strengthen compositions. Explore drawing, proportion, and color through direct observation of a still life or through your own photographs or those of the masters. Kathleen will demonstrate her pastel techniques, including toning backgrounds, on a variety of surfaces. Prior pastel experience is not necessary, but basic drawing skills will be helpful.


Oil Painting

Wednesdays | March 28 – May 23 | 1:30 – 4:30 PM
(Nine weeks)
Instructor: Marie Kirk Burke

Fee: $230 non-members / $220 members

Topic: TBD

 

 


Oil Painting

Wednesdays | January 3 – March 7 | 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Instructor: Joe Taylor

Fee: $255 non-members / $245 members

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This class is for students who are new to painting as well as experienced painters. Joe will focus on color mixing, color relationships, glazing, light, composition, and concept.  Students work from photos or favorite objects. Whether you prefer an involved, direct adviser or one who allows you to work on your own, with support for difficult combinations,  Joe Taylor provides the level of support that works for each individual student.

 


Watercolor Painting

Thursdays | January 11 – March 15 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Instructor: Kathleen Newman

Fee: $255 non-members / $245 members

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Kathleen will share her understanding of watercolor and the skills needed to develop a personal painting style. Expect to explore different materials to improve technique and drawing skills, how to simplify design through abstract shapes and use color and light to reflect mood and emotion. Students will use photo reference in a meaningful way as well as work from still life. The class will include demonstrations, critiques and  one-on-one individual instruction.


Watercolor Painting

Saturdays | January 6 – March 10 | 10:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Instructor: Tom Francesconi

Fee: $255 non-members / $245 members

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Tom uses a direct, loose, representational approach to painting. Through lectures, demonstrations, and personal instruction, the beginning painter will find Tom’s sensitivity and experience invaluable. Experienced painters are challenged to stretch to new personal horizons. All watercolor artists will find inspiration and a new perspective in Tom’s class. Periodic group critiques are scheduled so all students may gain from the work of others.

 


New for 2018 –  Suzanne Flavin Scholarships

Beginning with the winter 2018 classes, the Old Town Art Center offers need based financial aid through the Suzanne Flavin Scholarship Fund. Financial assistance is provided for 50% of the cost of a class and is offered to no more than two students for each 10-week session – one watercolor class and another in any media. To apply, please complete the application found here or visit the OTAC (1763 N North Park Avenue) to pick up a copy.  Recipients will be announced two weeks prior to the start of the next session.