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 program runs from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and includes refreshments.


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

January 18, 2016

Sharron Ott Bartemio – “The Psychology of Color”

Sharron has a fine arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked in scenic art design with the Steppenwolf Theater and toured with The Cirque du Soleil as a scenic/prop designer and costume mistress. Her work was featured at the premier of The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Sharron is a painter, muralist, interior designer, set designer, and - luckily for us – an art teacher as well! Increase your understanding of the Psychology of color tonight, and sign up for one of Sharon’s classes tomorrow!

February 15, 2016

Carlson’s Art Supply and Framing

We’ve all been there.  Our new masterpiece is finished and ready to frame.  But what is the best style, size, and material for the frame?  Should we go with a single mat, or a double?  And what about color?  The frame can make or break the piece, so come see samples and get advice from the experts!

March 14, 2016

Jan Schmuckal – “The Art of Tonalist Painting”

Jan is the Owner of Gallery 28, Fine & Functional Art, in Geneva, IL. Educated at the University of Illinois, she has been a member of the Oil Painters of America, is part of the Chicago Artist Coalition, as well as Commissioner of the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission.  She says of her work, “the changing light of day and the moods it evokes are the foundation of all my oil paintings. Each piece usually starts with a powerful simple composition, which evolves into a theme where strong light and shadow and deep color are the primary subject.   Strength, mood and simplicity are my primary intentions, more so than depicting a particular place or time.”

April 18, 2016

The World of Panpastels

Relatively new to the world of art mediums, PanPastels are professional quality soft pastels packed in a unique pan format.  They are low dust, erasable, highly lightfast, and compatible with other art media and almost any surface!  A range of tools has been developed specifically for use with PanPastels, allowing them to blend, layer, and apply like paint.  Join us as we explore the possibilities!