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

  • 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
  • Scholarships are available – please scroll down for complete information
  • Click here to print a registration form to be mailed or delivered

Art 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 | June 18 – August 27 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM | 10 Weeks
Monitor: None

Fee: $140 non-members / $130 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 | June 18 – August 27 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM | 10 Weeks 
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 | June 19 – August 28 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | 10 Weeks
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.

 

 


Silk Scarf Painting

Tuesdays | July 17 – August 7 | 6:30 – 9:30 PM | 5 Weeks 
Instructor: Vivian Visser

Fee: Special Introductory Rate for New Class $140

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This class is for anyone with a desire to learn how to create painted images using resist and paint designed for silk. You will complete 3- 5 scarves, the last scarf will be your own design using the techniques you learned in class. Vivian will cover wet on wet, wet on dry paint, color choices and composition. 

 


Oil Painting

Wednesdays |June 20 – August 29 | 6:30 – 9:30 PM | 10 Weeks |
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.

 

 


Sketchbooking

Thursdays | June 28 – August 30 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM | 10 Weeks
Instructor: Lindsey Claire McNeil

Fee: Special Introductory Rate for New Class $200

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This class is for anyone with a desire to create, revive, or deepen their personal sketchbook practice. Each week, Lindsey will demonstrate materials and offer exercises to kick start creative movement and stimulate energetic responses. Explore new ways to document the world around you while deepening the relationship between brain and hand. Throughout the class we will work withdrawing, painting, collage, writing, and more, and take a look into different artists’ practices for inspiration

 


Open Studios

Fridays, June 29, July 6, 13 & 20, August 10, 17 & 24
10 AM – 1 PM
No Instructor
$10

Open studios are available to current students and OTTA members only. 

 

 


Watercolor Painting Workshop – Summer Session

Monday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 11 (3 Days)
9 AM – 4 PM
Instructor: Tom Francesconi

Fee: $375 non-members / $360 members

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This three-day watercolor workshop is designed to expose the student to Tom’s simplified approach to painting the clothed figure. Tom will demonstrate his painting process from the beginning drawing to the finished painting. Rather than relying on the burdensome task of duplicating exactness, Tom endeavors to interpret the figure through an insightful and expressive painting process. Students will work from their own reference photographs. This three-day workshop offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the figure in a joyful and creative way.



Suzanne Flavin Scholarships

The Old Town Art Center offers need based financial aid through the Suzanne Flavin Scholarship Fund. Financial assistance is provided for the complete cost of a class and is offered to no more than two students for each full 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.