About Our Events and Open Programs
Events and Programs
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On the third Monday of every month from September through April (except December), the DuPage Art League offers free programs that 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 and include refreshments.
The Wheaton Library (225 N. Cross St. Wheaton, IL [630-668-1374]), hosts our Monday Night Programs. Their large meeting room in the basement has easy access by an elevator next to front door. Our programs run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
No Monday Night Programs in December, May, June, July, or August (August 2020 is an exception)
*The Monday night programs are FREE to both members and non-members, so why not bring a friend to the next one!
August 2020 - Nancie King Mertz - Struggling With Structures
Nancie King Mertz - Structures in Landscapes
Free Pastel Painting Demonstration by Nancie King Mertz
Monday, Aug. 3rd, from 6:30-8:30 pm
As we carefully “keep our distance” in this new World, we have discovered the wonderful benefits of Zoom-connecting!
Please join the DuPage Art League as they host Master & Eminent Pastelist, Nancie King Mertz,as she creates a pastel painting from start-to-finish. Two cameras will be used so that viewers can see the painting develop as though standing right by the artist, and questions may be asked throughout the process to clarify techniques.
The LIVE Demo is FREE to the League and to the Public. Simply email Nancie (Nancie@NancieKingMertz.com) to register (“Aug. 3” in subject line), and the invitation to log-on will be emailed to you on Aug. 1st. On Aug. 3rd, click on the Zoom link before 6:30pm and you will be part of the event. Sit back with your favorite beverage & snack, and celebrate pastels!
Nancie Mertz: http://www.NancieKingMertz.com
September 2020 - Michael Ireland - Beauty and the Beast: The Challenges and Joy of Large Format Watercolors
Michael Ireland - Large Format Watercolors
SEPTEMBER 21ST –Michael Ireland
Beauty and the Beast: The Challenges and Joy of Large Format Watercolors
Taking the leap to work in watercolor in a large format scale opens up a whole new world of challenges and at the same time an almost unfettered joy as you experience a wash of color that, before your eyes, can become a tidal wave of color.
In many respects, the large format requires the same discipline and understanding that you would use in painting at a traditional size. Transparency, negative space, and yes, even the wringing of hands and self-doubt, all play a role in the process. But now, everything grows exponentially.
A small can of water becomes a 5 gallon bucket. The brushes are larger. You squeeze out more paint than you might use in a year and the final presentation can become a wrestling match of logistics. But the final payoff can be nothing short of amazing.
This demonstration will focus primarily on the painting process itself but we’ll also touch on the preparation, the substrates available and the means to archive your final work as well. An exchange of dialogue and questions will be welcome throughout the presentation.
Michael Ireland: https://irelandwatercolors.com/
October 2020 -William Worcester - Landscapes in Oil
William Worcester - Light on the Landscape
OCTOBER 19TH – WILLIAM WORCESTER – “Light on the Landscape.” An evening of the magic of landscape oil painting. Artist William Worcester will demonstrate his technique on painting a landscape in oils utilizing palette knives, rags, and brushes. He will also cover color and composition in a landscape painting. [To be held at the Wheaton Public Library]
William Worcester: http://www.williamworcester.com and http://www.proudfoxgallery.com/worcester-william.html
November 2020 - David E Dallison - Travel Adventure Plein Air Painting
David Dallison - Plein Air Painting
NOVEMBER 16TH – DAVID E. DALLISON – Travel Adventure Plein Air Painting. Have you ever driven down the thruway wondering if you should take one of the small side roads, knowing it probably leads to some interesting town or stunning landscape? Skip the camera…how cool would it be to know you can get out your painting gear and paint those scenes from life. David has traveled through 36 countries doing just that. He is a master in watercolor and has refined his methods for working on location over 35 years of traveling the world. Come join his adventure through paint as he demos a watercolor similar to something he would create on the road, and reveals his system for compact travel painting. [To be held at the Wheaton Public Library]
David Dallison: http://www.davidedallison.com