Art Classes & Workshops

Fall 2017 Classes

Fall classes begin September 5, 2017 and are for ten sessions unless otherwise noted.

Please note:  You can now register for classes by visiting our secure member portal

It is new and there are bound to be a few missteps along the way. If you are a member in good standing, your payment fee will be based on the member rate. If you are not a member and do not wish to become one, you can register as a non-member art student. If you have any questions or run into any problems please call the office at 312.337.1938. 

Art Class FAQs

  • OTTA membership is open to all
  • Up to two art classes can be made up within a ten week session
  • There are no refunds after the 1st class
  • Classes with fewer than five students may be cancelled
  • Students provide their own supplies


Image by P. Renaud

Image by P. Renaud

Mondays | September 11 – November 13 | 12 – 3 PM

Monitor: none
Fee: $145 (Non-Members)
$140 (Members)
$20 drop-in fee

Artists have the opportunity to hone their skills on their own, working directly from a live model. One hour is devoted to quick gesture poses. The focus for the remaining time will be longer poses for finished drawings and paintings.





Mondays | September 11 – November 13 |  6:30 – 9:30 PM
Instructor: Jeff Krantz

Fee: $255 (Non-Members)
$245 (Members)

This class is intended for the both the beginner and those wishing to strengthen their existing drawing skills with the intent to advance to painting and 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.


Tuesdays | September 5 – November 7 |  10 AM – 1 PM
Instructor: Joseph Taylor

Fee: $255 (Non-Members)
$245 (Members)

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




Wednesdays | September 27 – December 6 | 10 AM – 1 PM
(No class November 22)
Instructor: Kathleen Newman

Fee: $255 (Non-Members)
$245 (Members)

Kathleen will emphasize the importance of design and value structure, with an emphasis on 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 model or still life. 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.



Wednesdays | October 4 – November 15 (6 weeks) | 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Marie Kirk Burke

Fee: $175 (Non-Members)
$165 (Members)

This six-week workshop is for students at all levels who are interested in abstract oil painting. Marie will start the workshop by having students create a collage comprised of colors and images and then creating a painting from the collage. By doing this, students will focus on composition, balance, and color harmony/relationship. Marie’s approach ensures this will be a great experience for all.

Bring lunch on  October 4th. The first meeting will be a discussion of what to expect and what supplies will be necessary. Six full classes will follow.


Wednesdays | September 6 – November 8 | 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Instructor: Joseph Taylor

Fee: $255 (Non-Members)
$245 (Members)

This class is for students of all skill levels who want to stretch their talents in oil painting. Joe is a versatile painter who can easily communicate his skills to students. Please register early to guarantee your spot in this popular class. All classes are kept to a small size to ensure individual attention for every artist.





Thursdays | September 28 – December 7 | 10 AM – 1 PM
(No class November 23)
Instructor: Kathleen Newman

Fee: $255 (Non-Members)
$245 (Members)

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 plenty of one-on-one individual instruction.


Saturdays | September 9 – November 18 | 10 AM – 1 PM
(No class on a date in October t/b/d)
Instructor: Tom Francesconi

Fee: $255 (Non-Members)
$245 (Members)

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 will be challenged to stretch to new personal horizons. Periodic group critiques are scheduled so all students may gain from the work of others.