About Studio Art Sessions

Four times a year we offer in depth instruction in a variety of mediums. Our session run in the winter, spring, summer, and fall for 6–8 weeks. Classes are held once a week at the Art Alliance Studio in Lemont, online via Zoom, or a mixture of both (unless it’s a plein air class!).

Class intructors are local artists (some formerly local) with extensive knowledge, an established portfolio, and love for teaching art. The quality of instruction and level of mentorship they give to all levels of artists (yes, even those taking a class for the first time!) is second to none. Many of our instructors have been teaching at the Art Alliance for several years and have a faithful following of students who are just as eager to welcome students of all levels.

Classes are available to anyone age 18 and up unless otherwise noted in the class decription. Tuition varies per session but covers all classes in the series (6–8 classes); some classes may require a separate fee for materials. Art Alliance members receive a 20% discount off class tuition. Membership may be purchased or rewnewed during registration. In the event a session is canceled or a student is unable to attend, tuition will be refunded in full or applied as a credit toward future classes.


Adult Art Classes May 12, 2022

Beginning Drawing

Students will learn to master light and shadow while creating illusions of 3D objects on paper. They will also delve into the emotive qualities of line and texture. Creating depth will be stressed but perspective will be touched upon if participants feel comfortable. With instructor Julia Nelson.

  • 6 weeks, 6–8:00pm
  • June 14–July 19
  • Online via ZOOM
Adult Art Classes May 12, 2022

Draw and Paint with India Ink

This class has been cancelled but will return in the fall.

India ink is an ancient drawing and painting medium that allows for high contrast, spontaneity, and experimentation. Three projects: portrait, landscape, and abstract, will be the playground to learn and practice techniques and concepts introduced in class. With instructor Jennifer Kane.

  • 8 weeks, 1–4:00pm
  • June 14–August 2
  • Online via ZOOM


Adult Art Classes May 12, 2022

Abstract Sculpture/Assemblage Class Using Recycled Materials

The body of the sculpture will be primarily metal which will be welded together by the instructor. Found materials, selected by the students, will then be attached, according to the students aesthetics, with adhesives and other methods. Painting and cold patinas can be applied. This class will be held outdoors whenever possible. With instructor Peter Frantz.

  • 4 weeks, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • June 15–July 6
Adult Art Classes May 12, 2022

Stained Glass

For beginning and advanced students. Beginners will make a small project and learn the basics of copper foil and stained glass work. Advanced or repeat students will continue with previous or personal projects. With instructor Ken Plattner.

  • 8 weeks, 6–9:00pm
  • June 15–August 3
Adult Art Classes May 12, 2022

Draw and Paint Outdoors

This class has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you love to be outdoors, and you love making art, this is the workshop for you! Learn how to connect with your surroundings through observation, sketching, and painting. Value studies will be created to capture the light and form, then those studies will be developed into finished pieces. You may paint and/or draw in the medium of your choice. Instructor is experienced in all media. Location requires about 1/2 mile total of walking with your gear. With instructor Jennifer Kane.

  • 4 weeks, 9–12:00pm
  • June 15–July 5


Adult Art Classes May 12, 2022

Color Reduction Linocut

In this class you will learn the techniques for color reduction linocut printmaking using a single lino plate for relief cutting and layering inks. You will develop your individual cutting marks and experiment with ink mixing and transparency while creating a three to four color edition. Open to all skill levels. With instructor Cindy Hassler.

  • 6 weeks, 1–4:00pm
  • June 16–July 28
Adult Art Classes May 12, 2022

Finishing Touches in Watercolors

Explore various ways to finish off your watercolor paintings. We will explore using inks, colored pencils, pastels, and etc. to come up with creative ideas to finish off your paintings. You may bring paintings you’re working on and/or use assignments from class. With instructor Michelle Rivera.

  • 3 weeks, 9:00am–12:00pm
  • July 7, 14, & 21

Open Sessions

Painting Open Studio on Tuesdays

An opportunity for open studio time. No instruction provided. You may attend as suits your schedule but please email the coordinator in advance of each session if you are planning to attend so can ensure proper distancing if necessary. Coordinator: Susan Graham, grahamarchitecture@comcast.net.

  • 9:00am–12:00pm, Tuesdays
  • Fee: $10 payable each day you attend (no registration required).

Figure Drawing Open Studio on Thursdays

Ever want to try drawing the nude figure? Come enjoy the challenge of working from the model during timed poses. Figure drawing is simply one of the best ways to keep your eye and drawing skills sharp. No instruction, but you’ll be working alongside dedicated artists from a variety of art fields.

  • 7–9:30pm, Thursdays
  • Fee: $10 payable each session
  • No registration required but please contact Tom at tommickle@gmail.com with questions and to get on a mailing list for important announcements/cancellation notices.

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