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Water Street Studios School of Art

* Fall & Winter Holiday Workshops

in Fall Semester 2022 September - December

Studies in Collage: Scissor & Sip – “Trick or Treat"- Halloween Collage Workshop (Two Brothers Artisan Brewing - The Roundhouse, Aurora, IL)


with Carly Palmer

Calendar Oct 9, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 1 week

*This is the perfect group outing, bring your friends and family!

Join Water Street Studios School of Art Instructor Carly Palmer for a unique collage workshop!

This introductory workshop will introduce students to the art of hand-cut paper collaging. Collaging offers a way to re-purpose & re-imagine materials. It also has the ability to create connections between disparate images & ideas to tell a new story. The theme for this workshop will be “Trick or Treat” in which we will visually explore the mysterious & haunted, and perhaps just plain wacky, while being inspired by the art history movement of Surrealism.

This collage workshop is designed with the invitation to engage with one’s creativity through self-expression, play, and be exploratory by nature. Students will be guided and invited in creating their own collages in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

All materials will also be provided. Students are welcome to bring their favorite magazines and/or paper clippings that they would like to incorporate into their collages.

Drinks available for order at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks available. Please arrive a little early, as we will begin the workshop promptly at the start time. This is a one-night workshop.

To learn more about Carly, follow her on Instagram @artfullycurious or visit

No experience is necessary. All are welcome! Just bring an open mind to play with possibilities!


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A Look into the Spooky, Macabre and Supernatural (Teens 16 - 19) (North Classroom)


with Nikki Kelsay

Calendar Oct 15, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This Halloween class will delve into the history of horror, the supernatural,  unexplained mysteries and death in art. Students will learn about the history of macabre, grotesque, and the supernatural and be inspired by the Halloween season to create  their own spine tingling works of art.

Course PNT.130.122.03

What you will need to bring to class on first day:

  • Vine Charcoal & Thick Charcoal pastels(2 sticks each)
  • #2 pencils (2) (WSS can provide or bring your own)
  • Gum Eraser & Regular erasers(WSS can provide or bring your own)
  • Pencil Sharpener (WSS can provide or bring your own)
  • Sketch pad 11" X 14" or larger for charcoal drawing

* Supplies are readily available from stores such as Amazon, Dick Blick and Michaels. 

Paint Your Own Artistic Autumn Clay Pumpkin! for 21+ (@ Art History Brewing in Geneva, Il.)


with Kristin Schimmel

Calendar Oct 18, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join this special one night only Autumn workshop, perfect for friends and family! Celebrate fall this year by creating your own bespoke gorgeous artistic clay pumpkin for your fall holiday home decor! This workshop is for everyone, students will paint their own  one of a kind  pumpkin!

Students will  be guided to paint their own clay pumpkins. These pumpkins will be perfect decor for the Autumn Holidays! 

*A $12.00 gift certificate is included in this class registration which can be used on the day of class for a exclusive beer tasting featuring locally brewed Art History Beer or for the purchase of any goods at Art History Brewing! (sales tax not included)

Class will be held at Art History Brewing located at 649 W State St, Geneva, IL 60134. (630) 345-6274

All art materials provided in registration fee. 


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Sunday Funday – TWO Part! Halloween Fun(ages 5-9)(North Classroom)


with Maggie Capettini

Calendar Oct 23, 2022 at 2:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

We will make pinch pots with air dry clay to make some fun Halloween decorations. Sunday, October 23, come for one hour to shape your clay into a jack-o-lantern and a ghost. Come back when your clay is dry on Sunday, October 30 to paint your sculptures!

All materials provided. Round up a couple of friends and come have some spooky fun!

 Course  #YTH.127.122.01

Art Sampler Series: Create your own holiday gifts (for 16+) (North Classroom)


with Jill Adzia

Calendar Nov 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Tis the season to create your own creative beautiful homemade holiday gifts!

In this Art Sampler students will explore creating and making their own unique holiday gifts! Leave the store-bought holiday behind and have a creative homemade holiday season this year with Water Street Studios!

Explore a different medium with each 2-hr class while creating beautiful personal gifts to give! Seasonal theme projects will be explored such as snow scenes, poinsettias, holly, reindeer and more....

Class #1. Acrylic Painting on small canvas

Class #2. Watercolor Painting & colored ink

Class #3. Scratchboard Drawing on black 

Class #4. Oil Based pens / sharpies on ceramic plates

Class #5. Colored pencil on slate tiles

This is class is perfect for adults with some art experience helpful, but beginners encouraged to attend!

This class meets Tuesday nights, no class Thanksgiving week Nov 22nd.

 * Materials included in registration, be prepared to bring yourself and have some fun!


Drawing in Pop Art Style - Andy Warhol Workshop (for 16+, South Classroom)


with Kristin Schimmel

Calendar Nov 8, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Students will explore the pop art of Andy Warhol. During the 1950's Pop Artist, Andy Warhol began an exploration of drawing artistic fantasy shoes. This series of drawings combined fashion, film, society, and art. Shoes are a fun cultural symbol and they would inspire Warhol's work for decades!

In this two-day workshop students will draw and paint their own fantasy shoes! Students will sketch and trace shoes using Warhol Pop Art style, and then experiment with different finishing techniques including gouache, watercolor painting, and print making for detailing their custom artistic creations. 

Andy Warhol Made these images and gave them out as artistic holiday cards and artistic notebook covers to promote his art-and of course, himself!

Join this class and make your own artistic 'shoe' cards and use them for holiday gift giving!

*Materials provided in registration fee.

 # DRW126.122.01



Exploring Fabric Surface Design Techniques( for 16+) (South Classroom)


with Kristin Schimmel

Calendar Nov 14, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Join this 4 week class and explore printmaking on fabric techniques. 

Students will explore printmaking on fabric using a variety of methods to create custom stamps, including simple potato carving techniques, and more complex designs with carving linoleum blocks for custom stamp creation! Students will also explore Gelli printing on fabric. Students will print on tea towels, fabric napkins, tote bags, gift sacks and denim patches and more!

This is the perfect class to take to learn how to make unique artistic homemade gifts and more! 

* All materials provided for this class; materials fee included in registration.



Make you own Artistic Holiday Cards, Gift Bags, Tags, and Gift Wrap 16 + (South Classroom)


with Kristin Schimmel

Calendar Dec 3, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 1 week

Students will experiment and create using tissue paper, gelli printmaking, stamping and more to create unique artistic cards, gift bags and tags perfect for gift giving this holiday season.

Break away from commercial holidays and have a creative homemade artistic holiday season this year with Water Street Studios!

*Art Supplies included. 


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