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Paint Your Pet (Ages 5 – 8)

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Do you love an animal? Whether it is your pet or not, you will have fun creating an animal portrait. Everyone is asked to bring a printed image of a special animal in their life to class and Nan will guide students in completing a watercolor portrait to take home. Students will learn basic watercolor (more…)


Painting Sunlight

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Painting sunlight is something most artists aspire to at some point. But how is this accomplished? Watercolor is particularly suited to this task and Catherine will help you to answer that question. Using concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature, students will learn to create the strong contrast that suggests sunlight. By focusing on the (more…)


Develop Your Portfolio: Hire a Professional Photographer

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Develop Your Portfolio | 11 am - 12 pm $55.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Develop Your Portfolio | 12:15 - 1:15 pm $55.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Develop Your Portfolio | 1:30 - 2:30 pm $55.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Develop Your Portfolio | 2:45 - 3:45 pm $55.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Develop Your Portfolio | 4 - 5 pm $55.00 (USD)  
Develop Your Portfolio | 5:15 - 6:15 pm $55.00 (USD)  


Art Colony members are invited to have professional photos taken of their artwork for portfolios, gallery submissions, or grant or festival applications. One-hour slots are available on a consecutively-scheduled basis. Artists will receive a digital compilation of their images. Not a member but interested in this session? Visit our Individual Membership page to learn about (more…)


Artist Talk: Science-centric Art


Adam will present his work and share about his recent three-week residency aboard the R/V Falkor with the Schmidt Ocean Institute. He will also relate his previous artistic experience aboard the R/V Blue Heron and subsequent series of science-centric paintings based on research happening in the Lake Superior Water Basin. This event is free and (more…)


Acrylic Painting: The Land We Love

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Tuition: $195 | Supply Fee: $20

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$215.00 (USD)  


Whether it is the place we live, our ancestral grounds, or the potential of a future space,human connection with the land is deep. Painting about the land is a way to explore our thoughts, hopes, and dreams. Students will begin by working on a guided painting from a photo. Adam will cover color theory basics, (more…)


For the Love of It! Conference

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Conference Keynote: For the Love of It | Andrew Simonet | Friday, March 6 | 7 - 8 pm $10.00 (USD)  
Align Your Creative Life with Your Creative Strengths | Kathleen Durbin | Saturday, March 7 | 9:00 - 10:30 am $25.00 (USD)  
Knowing Your Audiences and Avenues | Paul LaJeunesse | Saturday, March 7 | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm $25.00 (USD)  
Lunch Round Table with a Catered Lunch | Saturday, March 7 | 12:30 - 1:45 pm $25.00 (USD)  
Lunch Round Table without a Catered Lunch | Saturday, March 7 | 12:30 - 1:45 pm $10.00 (USD)  
Introduction to Critical Response | Lynn Speaker | Saturday, March 7 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm $25.00 (USD)  
Funding Resources and Grant Writing | Drew Digby | Saturday, March 7 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm $25.00 (USD)  
Craft a Positive Creative Mindset to Do Your Best Work Yet | Kathleen Durbin | Sunday, March 8 | 9:00 - 10:30 am $25.00 (USD)  
Career Planning | Drew Digby | Sunday, March 8 | 9:00 - 10:30 am $25.00 (USD)  
Public Art Opportunities and Challenges | Paul LaJeunesse & Greg Mueller | Sunday, March 8 | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm $25.00 (USD)  
Recordkeeping and Pricing | Lynn Speaker | Sunday, March 8 | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm $25.00 (USD)  

A professional development conference about creating a sustainable life as an artist: March 6 – 8 With all of the demands and expectations surrounding the life of an artist, we invite you to re-frame your artistic passions, while also gaining more in-depth, pragmatic skills to make your work sustainable. Join us for a weekend filled (more…)


Artist Talk: Experimental Mold-Making


Galilee Peaches, the Art Colony’s 2020 Founders Hall Juried Artist-in-Resident, uses a variety of mold making techniques to create art-objects. She will present the methods from her art practice and her time at the Art Colony. (more…)


Spring Break Camp: Pop Art (Ages 7 – 10)

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Tuition: Cook County Youth $80.00 (USD)  
Tuition: Non Cook County Youth $100.00 (USD)  


Dive into the pop art movement of the mid-twentieth century. Students will be inspired by pop artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Corita Kent. Throughout the week each student will explore composition, color, and contrast in order to create multiple artworks that incorporate pop culture, text, and portraits. View supply list here. Registration (more…)


Spring Break Camp: Moving Sculptures (Ages 11 – 14)

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Tuition: Cook County residents $80 $80.00 (USD)  
Tuition: non Cook County residents $100 $100.00 (USD)  


Expand your art and engineering skills as you create a variety of moving and zany sculptures that will be sure to take on a life of their own! Students will learn to make simple circuits by creating motorized “Doodlebots,” which will then be used to create original two-dimensional drawings. Students will also create levers and (more…)