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Build Your Own Board Game (Ages 8 – 12)

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Why just play a board game when you can invent your own? Brainstorm, build, and test drive a bunch of never-before-seen games. In this extended class students will explore layout ideas, make tokens, a rule book, and leave with a finished and original board game. View the supply list here. Registration for this class remains (more…)

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Music, Movement, and Art (Ages 5 – 7)

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Come express your innate creativity! Students will start by exploring playful movements to music. Using their emotive responses to the music, they will then carry their inspiration into painting onto large and small surfaces. The large surface painting will be a group painting and students will take home their small paintings. All supplies will be (more…)

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Oil Painting Series (Ages 11 – 14)

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This four-week series will introduce students to the fundamentals of oil painting. We will begin with the basics: creating value, mixing colors, and adding texture. As the class progresses, students will learn about the famous oil painter, Georgia O’Keeffe, and create an artwork inspired by her style. Students will use water-miscible oil paints that clean (more…)

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My Sketchbook: Making Art a Practice (Ages 6 – 8)

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Sketching and doodling provide the basis for much creative exploration and are easy entry points for young artists. Students will fill their sketchbooks while learning the basics of drawing as David and John teach a variety of techniques, including perspective, negative space, and shading. All supplies will be provided and students will be able to (more…)

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Suminagashi

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Suminagashi, or “floating ink,” is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into a vibrant and colorful design. It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century. Create your own unique print and learn more about this art form. All supplies and materials will be provided. This session (more…)

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Magnificent Monarchs (Ages 7 – 9)

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Attract Monarchs and other butterflies to your garden with your own handmade butterfly drinking station or “puddler.” Students will form projects from clay slabs, then add attachments and carving to represent the transformation from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Projects will be fired, but minimally glazed to allow butterflies to extract the nutrient-rich (more…)

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Mini-class: Printmaking with Stencils

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Enjoy a family outing to the print studio! Students of all ages will use paper stencils and the printing press to create one-of-a-kind artwork and learn the basics of stencil monotypes. Everyone can expect to make two prints during the class. To secure your spot, please register ahead of time and arrive at 10 am. (more…)

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Community Ink Day: Screenprinting

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Screenprint your own t-shirt using your choice of ink color and one of several Art Colony designs. Both advanced registrations and drop ins, as space allows, are welcome for this event. Update: This event has been cancelled. (more…)

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Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls (Ages 5 to adult)

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Participants will make one hand-built and one wheel-thrown bowl to be donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser, which works to alleviate hunger issues in Cook County. Learn foundational pottery techniques while also serving the local community. Open to ages 5 to adult; youth under 9 must attend with a registered adult. Registration for this class (more…)