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!

September 21, 2015

Sue Jacobs – “Zentangle, Beyond the Basics”

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from structured patterns.  Sue Jacobs, educated at Northwestern University and a certified Zentangle teacher and artist says of Zentangle, “ It is fascinating and fun, increases focus and creativity, as well as providing artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well-being.” Join us to see how she takes tangling to the next level through complex patterns, string variations, and work on a variety of materials.

October 19, 2015

Tracy Frein – “Drawing By Subtraction”

Tracy is a Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, winner of numerous awards in that organization including Best in Show in the Chicago District  “Mixperiment” Show, the Derwent Fine Art Pencil Award for Distinction, and Best Of Show for the national Artspectations Spring 2015 contest. He will walk us through the unique and surprising process he uses to create stunning pieces of art in black and white on DuraLar polyester film.  As Tracy explains,  “This process allows me to concentrate on forms, values, and shadows, and helps bring specific aspects of life into focus.”

November 16, 2015

Blick’s Art Materials

What is new and exciting in the world of art supplies?  The folks at Blick’s know and they will be here to fill us in on the latest products and techniques before we shop for the holidays!

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!