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Water Street Studios School of Art

Our Classes

Acrylic Painting (North Classroom)


with Kelley Cappell

Calendar Jun 5, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This five-week course led by artist Kelley Cappell will introduce you to the beauty of acrylic painting and help you to create several finished compositions. A focus on simple subject matter such as florals, landscapes, paint pouring, and still life ensures that you can confidently learn and practice basic acrylic techniques. 

No previous art experience is required. for adults 16+ 

What students will need for the course:

  • Five, 9" x 12" or 11" x 14" primed canvas panels. 
  • Set of student grade acrylic paint (minimum of red, blue, yellow, black, and white).
  • Brush set (multiple size for painting).

*If a repeat session is offered, it could be ongoing for students to continue their projects and refine skills.

No class June 19.  Class resumes as scheduled the following week.



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Ceramics Camp / Session 2(Clay Lab)(Ages 7 - 12)


with Jeremy Foy

Calendar Jun 17, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 2 weeks

Ages: 7 - 12

This two-week ceramics kids camp will meet from 9 am-12 pm and includes clay and glazes.

Camps will create an assortment of cups, bowls, plates, mugs, vases, bird houses, birdbaths, cookie jars, etc. during the first week of camp. The second week we will throw on the wheel, make pendants, and magnets while glazing our projects from the first week.

The Friday of the second week we will have a showcase of our work where families can come at 11am to see all the work the students made while they talk about their work and the processes used.

*Students should bring a closeable water bottle, snack, and small hand towel. No nuts please.

This course can be repeated as needed.

Note: Designed for ages 7-12, siblings encouraged. Clay, glazes, and Kiln firings included.

*Click the registration button at top left to hold your seat and process your registration. Spaces are limited, don't miss this opportunity & hold your seats today!


Full Course

Yoga in the Main Gallery


with Lacy Foy

Calendar Jun 20, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Join us in a relaxing, artistic environment as we practice yoga in the beautiful main gallery at Water Street studios.

  • This class will run Thursday nights for one hour. 
  • Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in.
  • Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfy clothing.

 age 18+


Yoga and Figure Drawing Workshop (Main Gallery) *new class


with Lacy Foy

Calendar Jun 21, 2024 at 5:45 pm, runs for 1 week

Enjoy a relaxing Hatha/Vinyasa Session, followed by an intensive gesture/figure drawing session with Lacy Foy, Yoga and Drawing Instructor and Figure Model.

Water Street will provide:

  • Easel - supplied
  • Drawing Board- supplied

Please Bring the following to your class:

  • Yoga Mat 
  • Water/Snack
  • Bring 18x24 Paper Pad
  • Bring Pencil
  • Vine Charcoal
  • Charcoal Pencil
  • Sandpaper Pencil Sharpeners
  • Kneaded Eraser

  DRW135.324.01  for 18+

Figure Drawing Workshop in the Main Gallery (14+)


with Danielle Wilson

Calendar Jun 22, 2024 at 12:45 pm, runs for 1 week

Would you like to have time to develop new artwork ideas and practice your drawing skills with a live costumed dancer?

Join Water Street Studios for this special drawing session in the main gallery. In this session artists of different skill levels can practice their figure drawing skills with a live costumed dancer. The live costumed dancer will pose from short to long poses over the course of 45 minutes. Class will be in the main gallery with floor easels, and horses available. Please come at 12:45pm to set up your art materials and work area. Dancer will begin promptly at 1 pm.

Bring your own art supplies and paper. Dry art materials allowed, such as charcoal, pencils, pastels, conte crayon etc. 

Typically, a class will begin with a series of quick 'gesture drawings' These are poses tend toward being dramatic and action oriented. Capturing a moment frozen in time for students to draw. Following the gesture drawing sketches, the model will hold longer poses for the remainder of the figure drawing practice session. 

Dancer Model, Danielle Wilson, will be clothed and in an interesting costume. Students must be 14+ to register. Danielle has performed with Chicago Dance Crash, Curmudgeon group, Nomi Dance Chicago, and more!

*Direct drawing instructions are not provided. This is an open studio session for artists to practice drawing the human figure. 

For beginner to advanced students.



Oceans and Potions Camp (Ages 8 -12 ) (Studio #23)


with Emy Krauspe

Calendar Jun 24, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Ages: 8 - 12

Calling all young artists! Are you ready to dive into a week of ocean-themed art and magic?

Look no further than our five-day summer camp where you'll create amazing artwork and brew up some enchanting potions. From jellyfish to whales, you'll explore all things ocean and learn how to use mixed media to bring your creations to life. Not only will you have a blast creating original masterpieces, but you'll also leave with new innovative new art skills.

All art supplies will be provided, so just click on the registration button to secure your spot and unleash your creativity at this one-of-a-kind art camp. Hurry, spaces are limited and filling up fast! Don't miss your chance to make a splash this summer.

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 12:00pm


Full Course

Sculpture Camp (Ages 11 - 15 ) (3 - D Classroom)


with Kristin Schimmel

Calendar Jun 24, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Ages: 11 - 15

Join us for an exciting four-day summer camp experience where you will unleash your creativity and explore the versatile world of air-dry clay!

This camp is perfect for teens who love experimenting with different art mediums.  

One of the best things about air dry clay is that you can take the knowledge and techniques you learn with you and continue to create at home. With this newfound skill, the possibilities are endless!

Over the four days in this workshop, you will learn various techniques to create tabletop sculpture, relief and freeform artworks to hang on the wall.  The projects are designed to explore your creativity and develop your own unique style.  

You will be amazed at how many uses there are for this easy and fun medium!  We’ll poke holes and add string, and rope and we’ll glue rods to elevate small sculptural works.  We’ll add color too.

We will draw inspiration from the beautiful coral reefs found in our oceans and use them to create unique relief artwork. You will also create a small artwork series by layering the clay.  

By the end of this four-day camp, you will have a collection of beautiful clay sculptures that you can proudly display at home and be inspired to continue creating. So, come join us for a hands-on, fun-filled summer camp.

*All art supplies provided for projects. Click the registration button at top left to hold your seat and process your registration. Spaces are limited, don't miss this opportunity & hold your seats today!

*All art supplies provided for projects. Click the registration button at top left to hold your seat and process your registration. Spaces are limited, don't miss this opportunity & hold your seats today!

Camp Hours M - Th 1 - 4pm


Full Course

Fiber Arts Camp(North Classroom)(Ages 9 - 12)


with Rosalie White

Calendar Jun 24, 2024 at 2:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Ages: 9 - 12

Attention all young artists! Are you ready to unleash your creativity and make some one-of-a-kind masterpieces?

Join us for a 4-day summer camp filled with sewing, stitching, weaving, and beadwork. Open to kids ages 9-12, this camp will have them hooked from day one.

For 3 hours a day, 4 days a week, campers will dive into the fundamentals of Fiber Arts. They will learn how to sew, stitch, weave, and bead, while also exploring various techniques and styles. But that's not all - we want kids to let their imagination run wild and create their own unique and functional works of art! From lovable stuffies to personalized room décor, such as beaded bracelets and embroidered pillows, campers will leave with not only amazing creations but also valuable new skills.

At our camp, the safety of our campers is our top priority. We will share and practice safe handling of tools and materials, ensuring a fun and secure environment for all. Speaking of materials, we will provide all the necessary supplies for an unforgettable Fiber Arts experience. Assorted fabrics, yarn, needles, hoops, thread, scissors, beads, and more - everything needed to let creativity flow.

Register now to reserve your spot, spaces are limited!

Camp Hours 2:30 - 5:30pm


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