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Visual Art Workshops (Gr 4-Adult)

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Get INSPIRED! Explore a variety of artistic mediums through monthly workshops designed and led by professional artists from the local community.

Young Artists (gr 4-8)
Adult (gr 9-adult)
SAT 1–4 pm
$45/each workshop
Adult Series:  $180/semester (5 classes)
Young Artist Series: $80/semester (2 classes)

Workshops location:

CSA's Visual Art Studio
1825 College Ave
Wheaton, IL

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Young Artists (gr 4-8)

Fall 2014

Italic Calligraphy artist Lauren Davies
SEPT 27
Italic Calligraphy is legible and fun to flourish. The letterforms will be drawn in ink with a chisel edged pen, creating a keepsake work of art using watercolor and the Italic hand. Bring a short phrase or quote to the workshop. 

Lauren Davies is an artist who expresses her creativity by combining color illustration with calligraphy. She particularly enjoys designing calligraphic layouts that reinforce the meaning of the words.

Cartooning artist Jim Martin
OCT 25
Explore the wit, humor and art of creating cartoons using only pen and paper!  Students will learn to convey emotions and facial expressions to make their cartoon character come alive. 

Jim Martin has been a Happy Meal toy designer for nearly eighteen years. Jim draws inspiration from his love for product and cartooning. As an instructor, Jim focuses on how cartooning can be used to create characters and humorous situations with pen, paper, and your imagination.

Spring 2015

Lithuanian Egg Dying artist Vytas Miknaitis
MAR 28 (NOTE TIME: 9am-12pm)
Margucial is the traditional way to decorate Easter eggs in Lithuania.  Using a candle, pin, wax and dyes, students will learn to make beautifully intricate designs on eggs.  Each student must bring six hard boiled white eggs. 

Vytas Miknaitis creates custom cabinetwork for historic and contemporary homes. Vytas is also involved in conservation and preservation of folk art creations. Growing up in the Chicago's Lithuanian-American community has lent a strong appreciation for creative expression in woodcarvings and decorated eggs common in Central Europe.


Ceramics artist Jenny Nagle

APR 25
Make a friend!  Transform ideas into creative expression.  Using a slump mold ceramic technique, students will create a face for outdoor hanging.  Work will be ready for pickup after May 9. 

Jennifer Nagle, a Visual Art instructor at CSA for over 13 years, has a background in painting and ceramics. She has always enjoyed learning the history and arts from other cultures and incorporating them into her own work.


Adult (gr 9-adult)

Fall 2014

Legend Calligraphy artist Lauren Davies
SEPT 13
Legent calligraphy style of all lowercase letterforms has a spirited personality!  Participants make a colorful handmade book and letter a favorite quotation on its pages.  Bring a short phrase or quote to the workshop. 

Lauren Davies is an artist who expresses her creativity by combining color illustration with calligraphy. She particularly enjoys designing calligraphic layouts that reinforce the meaning of the words.


Cartooning artist Jim Martin
OCT 11
Explore the wit, humor and art of creating cartoons using only pen and paper! Students will learn to convey emotions and facial expressions to make their cartoon character come alive. 

Jim Martin has been a Happy Meal toy designer for nearly eighteen years. Jim draws inspiration from his love for product and cartooning. As an instructor, Jim focuses on how cartooning can be used to create characters and humorous situations with pen, paper, and your imagination.


Soft Pastels artist Carol Zack
NOV 8
Students will create a pastel painting using a traditional pastel painting process of building thin layers of color.  Expand your knowledge of the four cornerstones of creating pastel paintings integrating shape, value, edges and color. 

Carol Zack is an award winning, classically trained artist who currently specializes in the use of oil pastel with a focus on landscapes, florals and figurative paintings. She is passionate about teaching other people about the importance of the visual arts.

Needle Felting artist Lesley Edmondson
NOV 22
Wild and wooly!  Neelde felting is a fun and creative way to release your inner artist.  No experience needed to learn the techniques of melding wool roving with a needle.  Let your imagination guide you to fashion a special keepsake of holiday ornament. 

Lesley Edmondson has always loved textiles and creating small things out of 'nothing'. Born and raised in England, Leslie moved to St Charles fifteen years ago where she opened Wool and Company. Leslie's love of colour, texture, words and art inspires many of the classes she teaches.

Peruvian Gourdaments artist Jenny Nagle
DEC 13
Creating art from gourds is one of the oldest art forms in Peru, handed down from the early Inca Indians.  Create your own Peruvian Gourdament featuring traditional animals or geometric patterns using paints and woodburning tools. 

Jennifer Nagle, a Visual Art instructor at CSA for over 13 years, has a background in painting and ceramics. She has always enjoyed learning the history and arts from other cultures and incorporating them into her own work.

Spring 2015

Watercolor artist George Bruce
JAN 31
This class for watercolor lovers and beginners will concentrate on the basics starting with sketching skills, perspective, composition, values and techniques.  Still life materials or landscape photo inspirations will be available. 

For George Bruce, painting is a passion. Bruce enjoys the creative challenge of both watercolor and oil pastels and has developed effective techniques for combining the use of the two mediums. His paintings continue to evolve in most creative ways.

Painting with Ink artist Rebecca Banasiak
FEB 28
Do you want to learn how to express with inks?  Learn how to create an ink painting by utilizing two basic techniques - layering and painting with washes, just like painting with watercolors.

Rebecca Banasiak's artwork focuses on the realistic representation of nature—both flora and fauna.​ Using traditional medias for painting and drawing, Banasiak incorporates uncommon materials like rocks, shells and tissue paper to create a unique effect.

Lithuanian Egg Dying artist Vytas Miknaitis
MAR 28
Margucial is the traditional way to decorate Easter eggs in Lithuania. Using a candle, pin, wax and dyes, students will learn to make beautifully intricate designs on eggs. Each student must bring six hard boiled white eggs. 

Vytas Miknaitis creates custom cabinetwork for historic and contemporary homes. Vytas is also involved in conservation and preservation of folk art creations. Growing up in the Chicago's Lithuanian-American community has lent a strong appreciation for creative expression in woodcarvings and decorated eggs common in Central Europe.

Ceramics artist Jenny Nagle
APR 11
Explore handbuilding techniques an ideas for creating works with soft slabs of clay. Using learned techniques, students will make a functional outdoor wall planter. Work will be ready for pickup after April 25. Jennifer Nagle, a Visual Art instructor at CSA for over 13 years, has a background in painting and ceramics. She has always enjoyed learning the history and arts from other cultures and incorporating them into her own work.

Colored Pencil artist Rebecca Banasiak
MAY 9
Broaden your drawing skills with colored pencils. Learn to create multi-layers of color using wax based pencils, how to balance layers between shadows and highlights, and discover the detail achieved with colored pencils. 

Rebecca Banasiak's artwork focuses on the realistic representation of nature—both flora and fauna.​ Using traditional medias for painting and drawing, Banasiak incorporates uncommon materials like rocks, shells and tissue paper to create a unique effect.



—completed workshops—

Spring Semester 2014

Gothic Hands Calligraphy  artist Lauren Davies
JAN 18, 2014
Learn to create Blackletter and Gothicized Italic styles plus layout planning and lettering techniques for a favorite quotation.

Cranky Toys artist Jenny Nagle
FEB 15, 2014
Become a toymaker! Create your own whimsical crank operated toy with moving parts. Students will use wire, beads and other recyclable objects while learning about simple mechanics.

Oil Pastel artist Carol Zack
MAR 15, 2014
In this introduction to oil pastels as a painting medium, students will create two still life paintings while learning the basic principals of painting: shape, value, edges and color. Leave with a framed piece!

Caricatures artist Jim Martin
APR 12, 2014
Draw the human form, stretching and distorting a subject’s facial features for humorous lampooning.  Students learn the fundamentals of the powerful art of caricature.

Silk Painting artist Tammy Deck
MAY 10, 2014
Create textile art! Learn to use dyes on silk fabric with wax resist methods to create artistic patterns. Various tools and application techniques help students create original hand painted pieces to frame or use in pillow fronts or quilt blocks.

Fall Semester 2013

Italic Calligraphy artist Lauren Davies
SEPT 14, 2013
Learn to create and flourish upper and lower case letterforms and techniques for planning a layout and lettering a favorite quotation.

Felted Wool Scarf artist Tammy Deck
OCT 5, 2013
Create a neck scarf, table runner or wall hanging through this fun and unusual process of wet felting. Bypassing all knitting and crochet, students work with hand-dyed, super soft, Targhee wool fiber. Learn how to lay out yarn and wool bits for the "tapestry" surface, layer the fiber (roving), wet it and work it into your finished piece.

Metal Embossing artist Jenny Nagle
OCT 26, 2013
Create your own beautiful, decorative metal pieces through this ancient craft, using various embossing tools on thin metal sheets, to create low relief designs.

Watercolor artist Tony Armendariz
NOV 9, 2013
This intro into watercolor focuses on working with paint, paper and water along with exercises in brush-handling, paint mixing, water control and materials for creating details. Photo reference will be provided in still life, architectural scenes, figurative, seascape and landscape images.

Scandinavian Wood Ornaments artist Vytas Miknaitis
DEC 7, 2013
Make unique natural wood Christmas ornaments. Be as traditional or creative as you like by clipping and gluing wood shavings to form organic accents for your home or Christmas tree.

 

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