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Introduction to Color Pencil Drawing(3-D Lab Classroom)*new class


with Lisa Youngdahl

Calendar Aug 12, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This class is a five week comprehensive introduction to colored pencil drawing techniques. Students will learn techniques for drawing using colored pencil, to achieve beautiful painterly effects. Students will leave class with new colored pencil drawing skills and finished works of art. For 16+

Curriculum will include:

  • How to use different drawing strokes to achieve results.
  • How to effectively layer colors for painterly techniques
  • How to use Color Theory to increase the drama of your artwork.
  • and more! 

Starting with an underlaying drawing, the blending of layers of color will give a painterly quality to the drawings. Students will learn about additional tools that will help achieve the desired effects to their drawing. Students will start with a tutorial lesson, then students will work on their own drawings with the guidance of the instructor.

Students should bring references and ideas for drawings they would like to create.

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

What you will need to purchase before class:

  • 24 color Prismacolor Premier Pencil
  • Crescent cold press illustration board   (2 - 3 8 x 10 sheets) 
  •  9”x12” tracing paper pad
  • 2B pencil
  • 12” aluminum non-slip ruler (recommended)
  • Roll of scotch magic tape
  • Prisma color pencil sharpener (recommended)
  • Kneaded eraser

Supplies are available through many online outlets including Dick Blick, Amazon, and Michael’s.

 More about your instructor Lisa at:

No class September 2nd.  Class resumes as scheduled the following week.

Course# DRW108.324.01

Figure Drawing Workshop in the Main Gallery (14+)


with Danielle Wilson

Calendar Aug 17, 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.



Yoga at Water Street Studio Fundraiser/Donation Event, 16+(Main Gallery)


with Lindsay Luker

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

Please join yoga instructor, Lindsay Luker, for yoga in the main gallery!

This unique class is a fundraiser (* This class lists as free in the course catalog, however it is a fundraiser in support of Water Street Studios) 

 *Please register to reserve your spot. Please bring a cash donation the day of class. 

A suggested donation of $20.00 day of the event will help WSS continue to run art classes! 

 This class will focus on breathwork, peaceful movement, and sweet rest with an intention supporting the current community gallery theme, "Summer Memories."

 age 16+

  •  This class will run Saturday morning 9:00AM-10:00AM. 
  • Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in.
  • Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Stay tuned for future classes every few weeks with each new community gallery exhibition!



Painting a Floral Still-Life (3D Classroom)


with Meaghan Green

Calendar Aug 30, 2024 at 2 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Would you like to learn how to paint beautiful floral still life in oil? Join this class, perfect for beginner to intermediate students. 

This painting class will be a wonderful opportunity to learn to paint gorgeous floral still lifes in oil! Join art instructor, Meaghan Green, for  guided sessions through all stages of oil painting. 

Dutch painters in the 16th and 17th centuries created striking and vivid floral paintings that are still marveled at today. These elegant yet dramatic oil paintings are more than just beautifully arranged and executed botanical studies; hidden meanings reside in the details.

In this class, students will create a small still life oil painting using traditional methods and techniques, including imprematura underpainting, medium preparation, color mixing, brush work, glazing and more. This course will focus on learning and developing oil painting as a skill. Students will be able choose which historical painting to paint from as a master’s study, and we will focus on painting 2-3 blooms as we develop realistic painting techniques. Some previous drawing or painting would be great, but all skill levels are welcome; we’ll go over everything you need to get started!         

This is a 4 week class running August 30th-September 27th.  NO CLASS September 13th.

*All skill levels are welcome, and no previous experience with oil painting is required; we’ll go over everything you need to get started!

This class is for beginners to intermediates 16+ and is the perfect hands on step by step introduction to the beautiful world of oil painting!

 Please purchase the following and bring to your first class:

If students already have any of these supplies, feel free to use them

  • 8”x10” Ampersand Gessobord (flat)
  • Utrecht Manglon Brushes-Set of 4, Long Handle 
  • 1” oval mop brush, Princeton select series (if students have brushes close to these already that’s fine)
  • Refined linseed oil 4 oz (Gamblin, Windsor & newton)
  • 3-4 small glass jars (can be recycled & clean baby food jars or jam jars) Master’s Brush Cleaner & Preserver 1oz $6.89 Palette knife (medium sized, metal)
  • Conte pencil (rust or brown)
  • Oil paint colors (brand is optional, but I recommend Utrecht or Gamblin): Titanium white (AP approved) Cadmium hue (look for cadmium free/AP approved) Cadmium yellow hue medium (AP approved) Viridian Raw umber Phthalo blue

 *Students will leave with finished compositions and the skills to continue painting! Class can be repeated as needed to further develop and refine skills.


Drawing with Alcohol Markers (3-D Lab)


with Kelley Cappell

Calendar Sep 4, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Unlock Your Creative Spirit with Alcohol Markers!

Are you ready to embark on a colorful journey into the world of alcohol markers? Join us for a thrilling 4-week adventure where you'll unleash your inner artist and master the vibrant techniques of alcohol marker artistry!

What to Expect:

Over the course of four exciting weeks, you'll dive deep into the fascinating world of alcohol markers, learning a variety of techniques that will bring your creations to life. From blending and layering to shading and highlighting, you'll explore the endless possibilities of this versatile medium.

Get ready to let your imagination run wild! Each class will challenge you to push the boundaries of your creativity as you experiment with different styles, subjects, and themes. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this class is designed to inspire and ignite your passion for art.

No previous art experience is required. for adults 16+ Forget the hassle of hunting down materials – we've got you covered! Class will have use of Water Street House markers and paper. 

If you want to purchase your own markers to keep after class. Please bring to the first session:

  • Canson Artist Series Pro Layout Marker Paper, Foldover Pad, 11x14 inches, 50 Sheets (18lb/70g) - Artist Paper for Adults and Students
  • (Available at Art Supply stores and Amazon)

This class can be repeated to refine skills and continue art projects.


Intro to Gouache Paint One Day Workshop *New Class (North Classroom)


with Rosalie White

Calendar Sep 5, 2024 at 6 pm

Discover the world of Gouache painting in this introductory class! Whether you are a beginner or looking to learn new painting techniques. Sign up on your own or with family or friends.

Gouache classes will cover a variety of topics, including painting techniques, color control, and composition.

  • learn techniques such as layering, blending, brushwork, and dry brushing 
  • learn how to control color, texture, and saturation  
  • create representational or non-representational abstract art piece 

Gouache is a water-soluble, opaque medium that's similar to watercolor but has some advantages over it. It's often described as a mix between oil paints and watercolor, and its flat, bright tones can be a nice change from oils. Gouache is also forgiving and easy to learn, making it a good medium for beginners and beyond.

All supplies included.



Introduction to Pen and Ink Drawing (North Classroom)


with Kelley Cappell

Calendar Sep 9, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Accomplished illustrator Kelley Cappell leads this beginner level course on pen and ink line drawing. Begin with basic technique exercises including shading and line variation with different size pens. Then, apply what you’ve learned by working on a drawing of your choice. By the end of the course, you will have a finished pen and ink drawing to take home.

Designed for ages 16 and above.  Drawing experience is helpful, but not necessary to benefit from this course.

What you will need for the course:

  • Set of 10 (assorted size) black micron pens
  • 11”x14”mixed media, marker, or pen & ink pad. Must mention suitability for ink.


*for 16+

Advanced Oil Pastels (North Classroom)


with Joseph Giunta

Calendar Sep 12, 2024 at 2 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Take the next step to learning all about the colorful beautiful world of drawing with oil pastels, in this guided 3 week class that meets two hours a week with experienced art instructor, Joe Guinta.

Oil pastels produce the look and feel of oil paint without the mess. They’re creamy sticks of color that blend easily and produce vibrant paintings you will love. If you took the Introduction to Oil Pastel class, this course could push your skills to a higher level. If you have experience with other mediums, this course could open a new world of creative possibilities.

This 3-session class will provide you with a brief overview of techniques followed by painting subjects that include landscapes, people, and animals from your own reference materials.

Students will learn:

  • oil pastels techniques
  • how to layer and blend
  • how to create depth tone and color
  • tips for painting still-life, people and animals
  • and how to use oil pastel for their own artistic creations!

Students will leave class with completed projects and the skills to continue creating using beautiful oil pastels!

Oil Pastel is a relatively modern medium. The current version was created in 1949 at the request of Henri Goetz on behalf of his friend Pablo Picasso. Goetz asked art materials manufacturer Henri Sennelier to develop a stick that allowed artists to paint freely without technical restraints on any surface. The result was an oil-based stick of paint. Picasso adopted the medium and artists have been using it ever since. If you are new to painting, oil pastels is a fun introduction to it!

Art Materials are included in this class, including use of house oil pastels, paper, and drawing tools.  Students are welcome to bring their own materials.

*Class can be repeated to refine and build skills.


For 18+


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