Adult Classes

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.


Multi Block Linocut: Upping Your Game

This course concentrates on developing and deepening your multi block relief printmaking skills. Learn how to vary your marks and carving, create more skilled compositions, understand mark making transitions, and further your color mixing skills. We will work on 8” x 10” unmounted Dick Blick “Battleship Grey linoleum” blocks. Upon completion of this course you will have made one multi-color edition as well as an abstract mark making exploration.

Skill level: intermediate or above. Choose the afternoon or evening class.


Painting Open Studio

An opportunity for open studio time. No instruction provided. You may attend as suits your schedule permits.

  • Session fee is $10 payable each day you attend
  • No registration required
  • Contact Susan Graham at in advance of each session if you are planning to attend so that we may ensure proper distancing is possible

Painting with Gouache

Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint. It dries quickly and is easy to clean up. The saturated color and matte finish makes it ideal for photographing and printing, or for creating finished work to display. It can be used in combination with watercolor, ink, pencil, water soluble colored pencils, and pastels. Gouache is the painting medium of choice for many commercial artists and illustrators, and is popular for creating plein air studies.

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. If time permits color and color theory will be touched upon. Plan to have pencils, paper and pens (ballpoint or gel) ready. We will go into more of the materials during the first class.


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.



Pastel, pure pigment in stick form, is an immediate and versatile medium. Using sanded paper and underpainting techniques, a wide variety of effects are possible. The focus in this class will be on the landscape with particular attention to value, composition, and use of color to convey light in the natural world. We will experiment with a variety of underpainting techniques as a way to start a painting and since it’s winter we will work from photos.

Open Model Session

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. Sessions are coordinated by Tom Mickle.

Pop-Up Classes

Watercolor Winter Landscapes Pop Up

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Drawing Landscapes with Pen and Ink

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Landscapes in Chalk Pastel

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Watercolor Cliffs on Waters Edge Pop Up

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm