About Our Monthly Open Programs

On the third Monday of every month from September through April, (except December), the DuPage Art League hosts free programs, which are open to the public. Artists and experts connected with the arts do demonstrations, give talks, and share their secrets. These are fun, relaxed, and casual opportunities to mingle with fellow artists and learn something new. The programs run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and include refreshments. These are most often held at the Annex, 225 W. Front Street (the old bank building) and not at 218 Front St. Always check your newsletter for any changes in location.

 

*These programs are FREE to both members and non-members, so why not bring a friend to the next one!

April 15, 2019

Robin Liefeld – BRANDING YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST

 

Author and Artist Robin Liefeld will share what she learned as she turned her hobby into an art business 4 years ago. She will discuss the role of social media and marketing in her success as well as tips on what to do after you sign your painting. Learn how to submit your art, refine your elevator speech, and find your tribe and raving fans.

 

Robin Liefeld started her art business about 4 years ago when she discovered painting during a difficult time in her life. As an artist, she likes to create whimsical, childlike characters with vibrant colors and lots of dimension. Her colorful works of art often encourage standing in your truth and being brave in the face of challenges.

 

Robin is the author of “I Can Do Hard Things: A Bravery Journal” which is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She teaches workshops online in her art studio, at art guilds and creative retreats. She shows her works in galleries, coffee shops, and offices. Robin is a member of Studios630 and on the boards of The Alliance of Fine Artists and The Elmhurst Artist Guild.

September 16, 2019

Wes Douglas – SKETCHING PEOPLE THE URBAN SKETCHERS’ WAY – Part 2

When Wes Douglas came to DPAL during his first demo (in Feb. 2018) on sketching people in an urban setting, he gave us a lot to see, hear, a lot of info. on urban sketching and touched on some very useful techniques. Well, he is coming back to deep-dive into the particular techniques on how to sketch people in an urban setting. For his follow-up session you won’t want to miss how he approaches a scene, what he looks for, how he captures the human form quickly, what kind of tools he brings along and, most importantly, some tactics for what to do if you get caught by the subject. It promises to be an enlightened and entertaining evening watching and seeing Wes in action as his demo will include live urban people models as his subject. Bring a sketchbook if you’d like to try out some of his techniques for yourselves.

October 21, 2019

Kathleen Newman – CREATING MOOD AND ATMOSPHERE WITH PASTELS

Kathleen will discuss how to interpret photo reference to create more expressive and personal work while showing her pastel techniques on paper. Using B/W images, she will illustrate methods of designing strong compositions through abstract light and shadow pattern, work around the color wheel to improvise creative use of color strategies and then demonstrate her painterly techniques of layered pastel to convey mood and mystery rather than describing detailed accuracy.

November 19, 2019 – NOTE: THIS IS A TUESDAY NIGHT

Nancy Archer – ART JOURNALING: EXPLORING YOUR CREATIVE VOICE

Nancy would like to share more info about our new class on Art Journaling. This is not your mama’s scrapbooking! Artists of many levels join together in Nancy’s classes to inspire each other and share their creative journey. From the new artist that may have gotten tired of coloring books but feel they are not “good enough” to make their own art through seasoned and experienced artists, we all have a story to tell and share, promoting each artists creative journey with fun and friendship. Come hear about how a little blank page journal, some paper crafting and engineering, drawing, painting, stitching, mixed media layering, creative writing and more promotes our relationship with our art, and our artist group. See sample journal pages and a little journal page presentation.

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