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 to 9:00 p.m. and includes refreshments.

September 19, 2016

Jill Golden - Alcohol Inks

Art has always been a part of Jill's life.  She conducts numerous classes, as well as painting parties. Her love of watercolors led to the discovery of alcohol inks, which have a rubbing alcohol base and produce exceptionally vivid colors. Join us to learn about her fascinating technique, and use the materials she provides to experiment with this fun and fascinating medium.

October 17, 2016

William Worcester - Landscape Painting Dynamics

The serene light of nature is portrayed by canvases of quiet beauty in William's paintings. After earning his degree in fine art from North Central College he worked as a graphic designer for a major corporation before becoming a full time fine artist. William's work attracts many corporate and private collectors. He says, "If my paintings add some peace and beauty to the viewer's world, then I've achieved something worthwhile."

November 21, 2016

Julie Skoda - Painterly Pastels - Lost Edges and Finding You Color Composition

After a lifetime of making art and a career in graphic design, Julie discovered pastels and was drawn to the immediacy and intensity of the medium. She is a member of the DPAL, a teacher at the LaGrange Art League, and winner of numerous awards at shows and exhibits throughout the Chicago area and beyond.

January 16, 2017

Laura Lein-Svencerner - Abstract Mixed Media Collage

Collage artist, Signature Member of the National Collage Society, and co-founder of the Midwest Collage Society, Laura Lein-Svencer will share the process of creating your own collage papers, assembling a collage with a tack iron, and the application of an image transfer. This is a must see demo if you are interested in beginning or have some experience with collage.

February 20, 2017

Mary Ann Jimenez - Silverpoint

After attending The American Academy of Art, in Chicago, and many years of creating art, Mary Ann took classes at the Morton Arboretum, where she received a Botanical Art Certificate in 2000, and a Master's Studio Botanical Art Certificate in 2015. She will be demonstrating silverpoint, a fascinating, ancient drawing tool, which has experienced a resurgence in popularity.

March 20, 2017

Mike Bessler - Photograph and Edit Your Artwork

Mike, who is a successful and widely collected photographer, and workshop teacher, will show you how to take a photo of your own artwork using your camera and common, inexpensive lighting techniques. Then he will show you how to make minor edits of this photo using a program called Lightroom to produce an excellent copy, for making giclees or to use on your website.

April 17, 2017

Patricia Larkin Green - Sumi Ink

A turning point for Patricia was learning to paint Sumi-e, (East Asian ink wash painting), where her goal is to capture the soul of the subject. When she paints a flower she is freed from reproduction and inspired to convey its movement and fragrance. Less is more. Come and be inspired by Patricia's technique, in which every brush-stroke is full-charged with meaning, with useless detail eliminated!