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. *** Currently, our programs are on Zoom ***
No Monday Night Programs in December, May, June, July, or August
*The Monday night programs are FREE to both members and non-members, so why not bring a friend to the next one!
April 19th, 6:30p - The Value of Sketches
MICHAEL IRELAND - Watercolor
Knowing where you are going with that first stroke is the single most important step in a successful
painting. The sketch is like a map to your wildest journey. Large format watercolor artist Michael Ireland will stress the importance of drawing and how it sets the stage for multiple passes of glazes and color washes.
March 15th, 6:30 - Relief Printmaking
BENJAMIN J. CALVERT, III
February 15th, 6:30p - Pastel Winterscape: Embracing the Solitude of the Season
BRIAN SAUERLAND - Pastels
** Monday Night Programs are FREE**
Award-winning artist, Brian Sauerland, will discuss his process of working with pastels. He will demonstrate, via Zoom, how subtle shifts in color and value can create an impactful winter scene. Capturing the peacefulness of winter requires an understanding of the limits of photographic references, a loose hand, and a little inspiration.
January 18th, 6:30p - Traditional Watercolor Painting – 50 Years in 3 Steps
BOB KRAJECKI - Watercolor Painting
Traditional Watercolor Painting – 50 Years in 3 Steps
There are many different techniques for painting in watercolor. With 50 years of experience, continued study and experimentation, Bob holds true to the classical methods. He will highlight the two important aspects that make watercolors special. One is the transparency that makes watercolors so bright and fresh. He will show how to achieve and maintain that freshness. The other is the way pigments separate – why they do, and how to take advantage of the nuances to create interesting textures. Watch him simplify a painting into three steps:
- Paint the abstraction pattern of light and dark shapes.
- Define shape and form.
- Add details to emphasize the center of interest.