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Water Street Studios School of Art


in Summer 2022

Intro to Drawing on Scratchboard for Ages 16+(North Classroom)


with Jill Adzia

Calendar Jun 4, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

Students will be introduced to the dramatic and beautiful art of Scratchboard in this introduction to scratchboard class with WSS teacher Jill Adzia! Jill is a scratchboard expert who loves to introduce beginners to this beautiful and unique art! 

What is scratchboard art? Have you ever scratched your name into a surface? If so, you are well on your way to understanding the beautiful art of scratchboard! Working on a dark background which creates beautiful dramatic art, beginner students will learn this art of 'engraving', this is a drawing process where an image is incised, cut or carved into a surface with lines, marks, and strokes.

Students will learn the materials and methods used when drawing (engraving) into and 'inked' clay board or 'prepared scratchboard.'  Each student will then create a beautiful and one-of-a-kind art piece using tools that enforce the black and white design! Optional permanent markers or colored ink can be added for dramatic effect.

The possibilities are so versatile and fun! 

For ages 16+ through Adults (Some art class experience helpful but not required.)

Beginners scratchboard kit included in class registration fee.(valued at approximately $30.00) Scratchboard kit includes: Scratchboard pad, Xacto knife, Sketchbook, Masking Tape, Transfer Paper, Pencils and Erasers, Tote bag to carry these art materials.


Introduction to Pen and Ink Drawing for 16+(South Classroom)


with Kelley Cappell

Calendar Jun 8, 2022 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. Course #DRW101.322.03. 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.


Colored Pencil Outdoor Workshop(For 14+)


with Phillip Schorn

Calendar Jul 9, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Celebrate Summer this year and join Phil Schorn for this exciting outdoor Plein air workshop by the beautiful Fox River in Batavia at the Batavia Riverwalk!

This special half-day workshop with artist Phillip Schorn is an excellent opportunity to expand your skill with colored pencil.  

During the initial part of the workshop, Phillip will demonstrate various color pencil techniques. You’ll work on a couple of different renderings during the workshop.

More about Phil:

This workshop is designed for those with some experience with colored pencil, age 14 and above.

The following art supplies are included in class registration fee:

(Value of $35.00)

  • Color Pencil Set
  • Paper Pad
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ruler
  • In additon easels & drawing boards will be provided during class. 

Students will take art supplies home with them at the end of class. Please bring a bag to carry supplies. 

Come prepared to have fun! Remember your water and sunscreen.  

You will leave the workshop with your drawings and pencils! After this class you will be set to continue your colored pencil journey and draw more this summer! 

Course# DRW112.222.01


Color Pencil Techniques on Black (South Classroom)


with Lisa Youngdahl

Calendar Jul 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Join WSS resident artist Lisa Youngdahl explore color pencil on black! This may be your introduction to colored pencil or, if you have already used colored pencil, there are different techniques to learn for drawing on black. The vivid color against black adds “extra punch” to your drawing! 

Students will learn both basic colored pencil techniques and adapting these techniques to work on black board. The vivid color against a black board will add extra drama to your artwork! 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. We 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. Students will need to provide their own set of 24 color Prismacolor Premier Pencils. These are available at local art supply stores and Amazon.

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

 instructor will provide a tutorial image and help you get started with your own Course# DRW107.322.01

What you will need:

  • 24 color Prismacolor Premier Pencils
  • Canson Black Drawing Board, 16”x20” - cut into four 8”x10” boards 
  • 9”x12” tracing paper pad
  • 2H pencil
  • 12” aluminum non-slip ruler (recommended)
  • Roll of scotch tape
  • Prisma color pencil sharpener (recommended)
  • Kneaded eraser

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

 More about Lisa at:


Creating Characters Workshop – A Class in Character Design (for ages 11+)(North Classroom)


with Matt Fitzpatrick

Calendar Aug 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Join WSS art instructor, Matt Fitzpatrick, for this FUN summertime workshop for ages 11 + (for beginners)

Students will learn all the basics in the art of creating characters  in this two week  four session class! Class will meet August 1st, 3rd, 8th, & 10th.

Students will learn how to create strong defined characters of their own to use in their own art, projects and stories.

 $12.00 Supply Fee included in class(Pencils, Paper, Ink Pens, Rulers, Tracing Paper) 

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Patio Paint and Sip: Sketchbook as Lifestyle - Adults 21+ (Geneva Wine Cellars Patio)


with Kyle White

Calendar Aug 6, 2022 at 11:30 am, runs for 1 week

Join Water Street Studios Art Instructor Kyle White and Geneva Wine Cellars in this very special one day workshop outside on the Patio at Geneva Wine Cellars in Geneva! 

The workshop's purpose is to help participants develop a lifestyle of keeping a sketchbook! Learn to journal keep a sketchbook for your summer travels and beyond! 

Author, Frederick Buchener wrote: "the most basic lesson that all art teaches us is to stop, look, and listen to life on this planet, including our own lives, as a ... richer, deeper, more mysterious business than most of the time it ever occurs to us to suspect..." Keeping a sketchbook helps us to stop for our own sakes in this anxious world, and for the sake of our neighbor as we pay attention to them.

This workshop will include: the Hows of drawing, through basic, observational drawing practices; & the Whys of drawing like paying attention to our selves, neighbor, and world around us. We'll practice sharing our own sketchbook & artwork as gifts.

Sketchbook and drawing Art Materials are  included in class registration fee. ($7.00 art materials fee included. Includes, sketchbook, pencils, copies, stickers)

A $15.00 gift certificate is included in this class registration which can be used for the wine flight on the day of class or the purchase of any goods at Geneva Wine Cellars.(sales tax not included)

*A themed Wine Flight specially priced at $15.00 will be available during this class day of event. 10% off any retail purchase over $20 will be available during this class only! Gift certificate can be used on arrival directly from Geneva Wine Cellars.


Class will be located at 227 South Third Street Geneva, Il. Please arrive early as this is a short workshop!

 This will be a very special  art making and wine tasting workshop! This art making class will be complemented by a wine tasting experience curated by the sommeliers at Geneva Wine Cellars exclusively for this class! We hope you can join us. 

Please arrive early at 11:15 am to place your wine flight order before class starts! 

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