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The Evanston Art Center, a non-profit visual arts organization in Evanston, IL, has been a cultural cornerstone for over 80 years. Established in 1929, its mission is to integrate visual arts into community life through education, outreach, and events, fostering a vibrant cultural environment for all ages. EAC's extensive offerings include classes, exhibitions, lectures, and youth outreach, embodying its commitment to nurturing creativity and cultural enrichment.

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Understanding Portraiture Ages 16+

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Learn to draw compelling portraits of friends and family. Discover the bone structure of the skull and proportional relationships. Focus on facial features. You will work with dry media such as graphite and charcoal. Skill Level: Intermediate Important Notes: This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first class. You will be emailed Zoom meeting instructions, including a unique URL and meeting...

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$315

10 sessions

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Capturing Light In Colored Pencil

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Light is responsible for how we perceive objects. It not only defines shape but also creates a mood. Using colored pencils, this class will help you build a better understanding of how to use light to create a more dynamic composition. We will work with a variety of subjects that include clear and reflective surfaces, and also work with lighting a still life and using simple editing programs to enhance reference photos. Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate...

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$260

10 sessions

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Extreme Embroidery Workshop

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Embroidery, or hand stitching, is appearing everywhere in contemporary art. We may think of embroidery as a decorative art practiced in the drawing rooms of Downton Abbey.  But today, hand stitching is used by multimedia artists and crafters to create a huge range of images, forms, and ideas. Discover the exciting (radical?! subversive?!) possibilities of stitch!   Supply List please click here

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$470

12 sessions

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Art Seminar: Knowing Art (Ages 16+)

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Use this time at home to clarify your understanding of art movements, themes, artists and art forms throughout history. Learn the chronology and the connection between art and the historical, cultural and political context in which it was made. Each week will be a different lecture covering a specific subject presented through a slide show and thematic exploration. Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate Notes: This interactive online class is presented...

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$490

12 sessions

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Figure and Nature Drawing/Painting

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Practice drawing techniques via lectures, warm-up drawings, and longer finished poses. Techniques may include gesture and organizational line, contour line, shape-plane-volume-modeling, value, foreshortening, and anatomical studies. We will work from a clothed model and have critiques to provide a supportive class response. Choose to work in drawing and/or painting mediums. This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please...

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$485

10 sessions

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Painting with Acrylics (Ages 16+)

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A strong introduction to painting in which you learn about color mixing, painting techniques and composition exclusively in acrylics. Receive one-on-one instruction and everyone is encouraged to develop personal themes. Learn the specifics of this rich technique, which can equal the wonders of oil when well-mastered. Important Notes: This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom (www.zoom.us), and register your email...

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$425

10 sessions

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Experimenting With Watercolor Basics

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This fun and creative approach to watercolor painting is an exciting way to get started with the media or to enhance and expand your current knowledge of it. Enjoy learning many basic techniques including wet-into wet washes, wet-into-dry washes, glazing, color mixing, graduated/flat washes, value studies and more. Surprise yourself with beautiful colors and textural effects that will help you to create unique pieces of art. Skill Level: All Levels...

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$180

5 sessions

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Imaginary World Building (Ages 10-15)

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Have you ever read a comic or played a videogame with an imaginary world so elaborate and fascinating that it felt real? Have you ever wanted to create a unique fictional world of your own? Now you can! We will create concept art, environmental designs, and character sheets perfect for your own future graphic novel, animation, or videogame! Some drawing experience recommended.  This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please...

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$310

12 sessions

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Colored Pencil Painting (Ages 16+)

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With the correct method of layering, colored pencils can look much like a painting- without the mess! Inspired by the fall bounty of gourds and pumpkins for subject matter, you will learn how to burnish, blend and add backgrounds to finish a still life ready to be framed. Students may choose to work from life, or from an instructor provided photograph.  Note: This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. You will be emailed Zoom...

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$360

12 sessions

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Botanical Drawing

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At the end of the growing season, we are left with seeds, nuts, and dried flowers. Capture the highly textured form of these subjects as you work from life in pencil or ink. The instructor will provide specimens, or you may choose to bring your own. Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate Notes: This interactive online class is presented via Zoom.  You will be emailed Zoom meeting instructions, including a unique URL and meeting ID, to join...

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$360

12 sessions

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Colored Pencil: Flora and Fauna

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Explore the variety of shapes, colors, and textures in the natural world, with covering how to approach drawing plants and animals, then move into capturing details through different colored pencil techniques. Students can choose their own subject matter for each technique, or follow along with the instructor. Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first class:...

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$315

10 sessions

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Expressive Landscape: Beginning in Oil

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Want to try oil painting? This is a step by step class in solvent free oils, serving as an introduction to working with glazes, blending and more. The focus of the class will be landscapes images. This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first class: www.zoom.us You will be emailed Zoom meeting instructions, including a unique URL and meeting ID, to join the class 1 day before the start of the...

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$315

10 sessions

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Creative Recovery & Spiritual Development for Artists

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Have you experienced stumbling blocks during your creative process? Are you interested in deepening your creativity by connecting more with intuition and inspiration? Do you have trouble completing creative projects? This class is for you! You'll have a chance to identify and befriend your Inner Critic, play with your Artist Child and connect with your personal “Spiritual Electricity” to generate and power your creative practice sustainably....

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$335

11 sessions

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Cinema History

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Learn to identify and define film elements, such as story structure, acting, film theories, cinematography, editing, and mise-en-scene while analyzing story structure and characters within recognizable film genres that demonstrate the relationship between form and content. Skill Level: All Levels This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first class: www.zoom.us You will be emailed Zoom meeting...

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$315

10 sessions

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Drawing and the Sketchbook (Ages 13-18)

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There is a long history of artists exploring and developing their ideas through the use of the sketchbook. You will explore core drawing techniques, while delving into some innovative art projects. Using pencil sketching and watercolor you will discover ways the sketchbook can be used to create finished drawing and for brainstorming larger projects. The last two classes will be used for your independent projects. You choose your subject matter and...

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$335

10 sessions

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Teen Portrait Class, Experimenting with Painting Styles

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Use the painting techniques of various well-known artists as a jumping off point for your own work. Develop your acrylic painting skills while learning how various artists stylistically approach portrait painting. For 5 of the classes, we will have a live clothed model. Some of the artists we will look to for inspiration will include Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Chuck Close and Gustav Klimt. This interactive online class is presented via Zoom....

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$335

10 sessions

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Investigating Pastels

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This beginner’s course investigates pastels and is for those who have always wanted to begin experimenting and learn the foundations of this medium. Skill Level: Beginner This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first class: (www.zoom.us) You will be emailed Zoom meeting instructions, including a unique URL and meeting ID, to join the class 1 day before the start of the class. Review the...

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$315

10 sessions

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Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Making Sculpture

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Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Making Sculpture with Nontraditional Materials Get excited, because in this studio sculpture class you will explore nontraditional materials of all kinds.  You will focus on finding and using repurposed materials in your practice.  You will expand your creative process by breaking down the boundaries imposed by traditional sculpture materials.  This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please...

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$305

10 sessions

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Discovering your Personal Symbols Through Art (16+)

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Discover your personal symbols and artistic voice in a variety of multimedia including paint, collage, writing, and zine making. Bring your inner world and truth to life in each classroom exploring world symbols, personal narrative, dream drawing, and automatic writing. This class is wonderful for artists of all backgrounds, and especially those that want to refine their artistic identity and style.  This interactive online class is presented...

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$305

10 sessions

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Collage and Meditation: A History and Practice of Art

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Integrate improvisation and chance into your art and life as we explore Collage and Meditation. You’ll experience guided meditations, weekly lectures and studio time, grounding you within a mindful space for practice. Learn about the history of this medium focusing on a series of nonconformist artists who embody “Collage Mentality” in their art and lives. Weekly homework prompts encourage you to produce your own collage compositions. Skill...

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$375

10 sessions

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