Arts & Crafts

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Hand Clay Sculpting Group

F, May-Jun|1pm|No Cost

F, Jul 1-Aug 26|1pm|No Cost

Clay sculpting is the art of shaping, casting, or carving a moldable material and is a brilliant way to ignite your creativity. Numerous types of materials are used for sculpting today, with the most popular being clay. A material fee will be requested per class by the leader.

Watercolor Class with Carol Luc

Tu, Jun 7—28|2pm|$12M/$17NM Each Class

Tu, Jul 5-12|2pm|$12M/$17NM Each Class

With this fun creative approach you will learn traditional techniques, including mixing colors, wet-into-wet, glazing, flat and graduated washes, and more.  Carol is an accomplished artist with a masters degree in painting and bachelors in advertising design. If you would like to see her work and read more about the instructor visit   

The Art of Sketching

Th, Jun 23|2pm|No Cost

Th, Jul 14 & 28|2pm|No Cost

 Th, Aug 11 & 25|2pm|No Cost

 (Stella Reeves) 

The basic premise behind all beginning-level sketch classes is to provide training necessary to view an object and reconstruct it on paper using basic sketching tools. Learn how to draw with pencils, pens, charcoals, pastels, sketch forms and add shading and dimension. Please bring a sketch book. 

Mixed Media Art Journal Workshop

W, Jul 6|1pm|No Cost 

W, Aug 3|1pm|No Cost

(Instructor: Monica Feld)

Monica’s artistic career began as a graphic designer and after obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching, she shared her love of art with children as an Art Educator. You will explore various art supplies and create interesting open-ended designs on journal pages. This art experience focuses on self-expression rather than a particular result. Monica will demonstrate and discuss how to make some attractive designs, textures and colors. At the beginning of the workshop everyone will explore tools/materials to create their journal artist vision. Please bring an art journal or we will have sketchbooks to purchase on the day of the event.

Crafty Caring Hands

F, Jul 8 & 22|10am|No Cost

F, Aug 12 & 26|10am|No Cost

 (Mary Kos)

This is an arts & crafts workshop where caring seniors have an opportunity to create and give back. Mary will lead the group in creating projects later donated to local organizations such as cancer treatment centers, hospitals, and medical centers. FAQ- Do I have to be talented to join?  Not at all.  Mary will teach you how to make simple to more complex crafts depending on your comfort level.  Will I have fun at the workshop?  Yes, this workshop is an excellent opportunity to meet other people, socialize, and be creative.  

Robert’s Floral Design

W, Jul 13|2pm|$30M/$35NM

W, Aug 10|2pm|$30M/$35NM

Chicago florist and artist, Robert Neri, creates stunning custom made flower arrangements for any event or occasion. Robert has been in business for nearly 40 years and has been an instructor at his studio and Mather. Robert will teach once a month and will try to coordinate the floral design to a special holiday or occasion associated with the month.  Cost includes all materials and instruction.

Acrylics Class with Debi Gajewski

Tu, Jul 19-Aug 23|2pm|$12M/$17NM Each Class

(Instructor: Debi Gajewski)

Debi is referred to as the wonderful wizard of art. She is an acrylic art teacher for Deco Art Paints, President of the Niles Artisan Guild and is on the Niles Arts & Culture Council. The paints and canvas will be provided, but please bring your own acrylic brushes for each class.