About Our Monthly Open Programs

Every month from September through April (excluding December), the DuPage Art League hosts free programs that are open to the public on the third Monday of each month. Artists and experts connected with the arts provide 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 to 9:00 p.m. and includes refreshments.

These are most often held at the Annex, 225 W. Front Street (the old bank building) and not 218 Front St.

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

January 15, 2018

Carrie Carlson – Travel Journals and Field Sketching

Keeping a sketchbook journal is a terrific way to document experiences in a way that is more intentional and reflective than simply snapping off hundreds of photos on our phones. Carrie will demonstrate her favorite pen & ink, watercolor, and field sketching techniques she uses to fill up sketchbooks while at zoos and museums, traveling abroad, or simply out in the backyard.

February 19, 2018

Wes Douglas – Sketching People the Urban Sketchers Way

What is “urban sketching” and who does this? Urban Sketcher and illustrator Wes Douglas will briefly explain what this global community has been doing for the last 10 years, how this art form might be for you and how you can get involved. You won’t want to miss his demonstration of the “5 Speeds of Drawing People” and his techniques for successfully sketching people in an urban setting (and not get yelled at). Wes will demonstrate techniques involving pen and ink markers for on-location sketching.

March 19, 2018

Bob Green - DuPage Framing Center

Bob has graciously offered to do a demo at his store at 276 E. Geneva Rd in Wheaton.
It’s a small shop so he feels he can accommodate 15 people comfortably. If those 15 people bring a piece of artwork 8 x10 or smaller he will pick out and cut a mat for your artwork free of charge. We may have to add a second date if there is enough interest. Look for more info in upcoming newsletters.

April 16, 2018

David Becker – Fluid Acrylics

Artist David R. Becker will be demonstrating his new found love of Fluid Acrylics and using these Fluid Acrylics as he would use his watercolors. He will explain in his demonstration the advantages and disadvantages when using Holbein Fluid Acrylics like watercolors. David will also go over many of the watercolor and acrylic techniques he uses in his works.

September 17, 2018

Pat Armbruster – “For the Love of Portraiture… a demo and conversation.”

Have you seen a portrait that captured your attention? Have you been tempted to try your hand at this subject matter? Pat Armbruster will share what she has learned about  set up, lighting, color choices and placement on the canvas while using a model to demonstrate these principles. She will bring examples of her work and also paintings that are a part of her collection. Hopefully, you will be enticed to enjoy this subject matter with new confidence.  

October 15, 2018

George Bruce – Oil Pastels

After studying Architecture and Graphic Design and spending a career in the design world, George is now free to be creative without restrictions.  He will demonstrate how Oil Pastels are an extremely creative medium.  Used by themselves or mixed with other mediums, the creativity is endless.  You may even be inspired to investigate Oil Pastels and see for yourself the versatility they offer.  

November 19, 2018

Lauren Peterson - “Painting” with Powdered Charcoal

The use of powdered charcoal allows for a wide range of expressive techniques. Come and watch as artist Lauren Peterson demonstrates techniques such as subtractive drawing and how to use charcoal with water and brushes to get a painterly effect. Each participant will take home a small container of powdered charcoal to practice these exciting techniques at home.

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