Custom Clamshell Box workshop with Cecile Webster

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Do you have photos, art, books, jewelry, or other things that require stylish, yet archival storage? Custom clamshell boxes just might be the answer. In this 4 hour workshop you will make a custom 4.5 x 6.5 inch clamshell box and learn how to measure and modify to create a similar box in any custom size. Materials will be provided and no previous box making or bookbinding experience required.

July 19 12-4 pm

Register online at or email

Cecile Webster has been making boxes and other enclosures as a book conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago for over 15 years. She is also an accomplished paper maker and book binder. Her latest artistic endeavor is exploring the capabilities of eco printing.

Paint + BYOB: Create your own Masterpiece

Class Info: “Every artist was first an amateur” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Some just need a little more coaxing to get started. The goal of class is to create a fun and sophisticated art party AND your cool and amazing masterpiece.

We will cover some basis painting skills to get everyone started and on your way to painting. You will learn and develop the skills of painting in a modern and friendly atmosphere. You will learn information related to paint application, brushwork, and confidence in your newly created art. We will using acrylic paint on either (2) 6 x 6 in. canvas or (1) 10 x 10 in. canvas (your choice) and by the end of class you will have your beautiful piece of art ready to hang in your home!

Choose to create your painting from any of our provided inspiration pictures on hand OR you can bring your own and create your masterpiece to take home!! You can also choose to create a still life from any materials you see in the art studio during class.

Sign up solo or with friends. Feel free to BYOB.

Prerequisites: None – all levels welcome

What to bring: Your Imagination + BYOB if you would like

What will be provided: We provide all materials (canvas, paint, brushes and music)

Location: Pine grove & Addison, East Lakeview

Multiple dates:
March 27, 29, and 30
April 3, 10, 17, and 26


Paint and Sip with Featured Artist : Jeremy Lombardo


Lombardo is a self taught illustrator who works as comfortably with traditional paint brushes as he does with spray cans. His pieces inspire and ignite a certain spiritual cool and calmness.  From mural work to custom cut stencils  to pet portraits and even tee shirt design, Jeremy’s list of talents sees no boundaries.  Don’t be surprised if you see Jeremy working on a range of different surfaces from outdoor wall spaces, wood panels, canvas, and other found objects.

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Jeremy will lead a 2 hour workshop focused on painting and detailing a human eye.  The class is structured around providing a comfortable and educational environment for (aspiring) artists of all skill levels.   You will take home your very own 10X10 canvas and leave with a sense of artistic accomplishment.  We will provide all supplies!

Feel free to bring your favorite beverage, as this is a BYOB event.  The cost of the class is $30 a person.  What an exciting idea for a date night, creative gift, or a girls/boys night out!  Join us for an evening of painting, laughing, and new friends!

Wednesday, February 12th 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm
Chicago Truborn 1418 W. Division St.

You must sign up to reserve a spot.  Only 20 reservations Available- then, the class will be closed!

Sign up here:

The Rhythms Of Stone Sculpture Workshop

  October 11,12 ,13 &14

. Create a work to augment your portfolio, gallery presentation or exhibition.
. Develop skills to quickly finesse the human face from a rough block of stone.
. Learn basic direct stone sculpture techniques using simple hand tools.
. Learn the fundamentals of three-dimensional portraiture in stone.
. Come away with a work for the gallery, home or landscape.
. No previous direct stone sculpture experience required.

Award-winning sculptor and author DJ Garrity will be conducting a four-day sculpture workshop at Chicago Botanic Garden. The artist currently divides his time between France and The Aran Islands in the West of Ireland and is the former Sculptor-In-Residence of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Garrity developed the hands-on workshop at Mount Rushmore as an interpretive training program in collaboration with the National Park Service and subsequently conducted the workshop at botanic gardens, museums and art associations from coast-to-coast across America.

The Rhythms Of Stone Workshop is derived from the book of the same title by the artist based upon creative journals documented during the in situ creation of the portrait of Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi within Columbia River Basalt at Portland, Oregon. The artist will be conducting two workshops in the States during 2013, the first at Chicago Botanic Garden followed by Tower Hill Botanic Garden in the Boston area. For more on the artist visit

To register contact:

Beth Pinargote
Manager, Symposia, Special Programs & Wellness
Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-8278

Aung San Suu Kyi Stephanie de Montosoreau

Workshop: Sketching in the Gallery

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When: Saturday, June 1, 2013 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Oriental Institute
1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL

Event Details:

Member rate (for single session): $20
Non-member rate (for single session): $25

On the first Saturday of the month, spend your afternoon sketching in the museum with a local artist. Participants will find inspiration from the special exhibit “Between Heaven & Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt” and learn about the foundations of sketching from the theory to hands-on practice. Participants will complete sketches and illustrations based on the bird artifacts found in the exhibit.

The workshop is designed for students of all levels. Participants are responsible for bringing their own materials. A supply list will be sent upon registration. This event is limited to ten participants per session, for ages 16 and up.