Watercolor Basics

Interested in watercolor painting but don’t know where to start? This workshop will introduce you to different techniques and supplies including gouache, and you’ll be guided step by step through a painting. Fun & easy going glimpse into a beautiful style of painting!       Caitlin Rausch-instructor

THIS IS THE WATERCOLOR CLASS YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!  Teen to Adult, no experience needed 

Aug. 1 & 2     2:30-4:30 or 6:30-8:30     Two -2 hour workshopS    $65, includes all supplies

Scientific Drawing 

Love the antique style of scientific illustration, or want to learn more about drawing realistically? This workshop will introduce you to realistic observational drawing techniques in the scientific style. Interesting natural specimens will be provided!            Teen to Adult, no experience needed

Aug. 9, 6:30-8:30   One 2 hour workshop,   $45, includes all supplies  Caitlin Rausch-instructor

Make Your Own Pet Portrait

Want a special way to celebrate your furry, feathered, or scaled friend? Come create a step by step guided portrait of them in watercolor and ink. A fun and informative class, all you need is a printed

photo of your pet that you love! YOU'LL LOVE YOUR SPECIAL PET PORTRAIT!   Caitlin Rausch-instructor
Teen to Adult, no experience needed
One 4 hour workshop   Aug.5    12:00-4:00   $65, includes all supplies

 Alla Prima Oil Painting Basics

Interested in the loose and beautiful alla prima oil painting technique, or new to oil painting? Join and learn some oil painting and alla prima basics while creating a fun cityscape of Chicago! Alla Prima oil painting is the technique of using wet on wet paint in an often loose and directional style. It allows the artist to paint in one session, without having to wait for the paint to dry at each step of painting. 

Caitlin Rausch-instructor          Teen to Adult, no experience needed

One 4 hour class   Aug. 12       12:00-4:00      $75 includes all supplies


Create your own unique dreamcatcher!  Decorate with painted feathers, beads and yarn.

You will learn the weaving pattern for the center and leave with a completed project.

Ages 8 and up.  Under 8 with parent.  All supplies included.
Ally Irsay-Instructor      Sat.  September 9th        10:00-2:00       $30.00 each           



Antique Wooden Signs

Create a unique antique style wood sign in this two hour workshop.  You will learn how to transform a piece of scrap wood into a beautiful sign that will bring a little shabby-chic flair to your home.  Multiple phrases to choose from!  All supplies included.

​Saturday August 5th 10am-12pm $30  Ally Irsay-Instructor​​



Encaustic Immersion:

Learn how to create with encaustic paints and mediums. Try out variety of techniques and tools. Class will cover safety, materials and surface preparation. You will learn basic techniques of layering, scraping, building textures; using found objects,papers, leaves, etc. transferring imagery to wax and using photographs will be explored as well as other techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring a variety of materials & papers to work with. This is an introductory class & all skill levels welcome. All materials provided. You'll leave with a finished encaustic painting!

August 13,Sunday  10:00-4:30- full day  Bring Lunch!  $195.00    Carol Hamilton-Instructor  


Make these fun art projects, easel paint and more!

Hand painted apron, fuse bead art, jewelry, twirly pinwheel, flower pot decoration….and more!!! (not everything is pictured below....)
DATES:  Fri. August  4, Tues. Aug.8 or Wedn. Aug. 9
TIME: 10-12:30 OR 1:00-3:30
$25.00 per child- Bring a snack- we get hungry getting creative!
Stay for both time frames for $40.00 and do MORE art! (Bring a lunch!)
If you can’t make the whole time- we can prorate!
All siblings get 5% off!
Call 815-404-6520 or email arttart13@gmail.com to sign up!! Contact Amber with any questions!


Create a complete beautiful oil painting using various brushes & techniques! Everyone can do this- using tried and true Step-by-step instruction & 1 on 1 assistance! No  experience needed! Customize to Spring or Summer Season!

Bring a 12x16 or 14x18 box canvas, we supply everything else- FULL SET-UP! easel, oil paints, palette, brushes, mineral spirits & oil    (you can buy a 12x16 canvas panel for $2.00 at the studio)  
Amber Larsen-Inst.    $65.00                                         Call 815-404-6520 to book your oil painting experience!
        "Mountain Landscape"                                               "Sunset"  Sat. Aug.5   9:00-1:00

       Sat. Aug. 19, 9:00-1:00               Sat                              

       Sat. Oct. 7, 12;00-4:00                                                             Sat. Oct. 21  Sat.12:00-4:00       

Shabby Chic Furniture Refinishing
Learn how to refinish and update wood furniture with chalk paint and antiquing glazes.  You can apply the techniques you will learn to refinish your own furniture and “thrift store finds”.  You will need to bring a small piece of wooden furniture such as a small wooden shelf that you can find at a thrift store.  All other supplies included!  You'll love this technique!


Saturday  September 16th  10:00am-1:00pm  $40.00    Age 16- Adult.   Ally Irsay- Instructor

Beginners Crochet

A great class for anyone who is new to crochet!  Learn basic stitches and pattern reading that you can apply to your future projects.  You will leave with a completed “granny square” and the techniques you need to continue crocheting!  All supplies included.

​Saturday August 19th 10am-1pm $30 Ally Irsay- Instructor


Now Registering for 

Fall Classes Session Sept. 18-October 28- 6 week session

Classes Below with Caitlyn Rausch- Contact at 224-856-7233 with any questions or more information:

Now registering for

6 week  fall classes! 

contact us here or call 815-404-6520

Wood Garden Signs

Create a custom garden or flower bed stake style wooden sign!  Choose your own colors and add your own flair.  Sign up no later than one week in advance to choose your own phrase, or pick from one of our many phrases to add to your sign! All supplies included.
Sunday August 13th 1pm-4pm $40  Ally Irsay-Instructor

This is the Art Experience

 you have been looking for! 

Amber's Art Place