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!

September 17, 2018

Don Ryan – “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? Don Ryan will share what he has learned about set up, lighting, color choices and placement on the canvas while using a model to demonstrate these principles. He will bring examples of his work and also paintings that are a part of his 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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