New Addition to the Schedule!

Plein Air Painting   
Instructor: James Wisnowski
AWS Signature artist James Wisnowski will be returning to the North Shore Art League to conduct a watercolor plein air workshop.
After painting for over 38 years, James believes that all studio artists must have the plein air experience to become a complete landscape artist. It gives the artist a chance to record nature in a moment of time and can often document a changing American landscape. Painting outdoors can be frustrating and intimidating when attempting to capture the ever-changing light and shadows, while also dealing with the elements of Mother Nature.
In this workshop, the artist will learn to draw from both right and left-brain, skills needed to quickly simplify the observed composition while in the field. Helpful sketchbook techniques will be shown for those who want to start a travel journal. James will demonstrate each day. The workshop will be plein air (outdoors), weather permitting. The painting locations and recommended supply list will be sent to you after registration. All levels welcome!

When: August 11, 12 & 13 
Time: Fri & Sun - 9:00 AM-3:30 PM 
Sat – 12:30-3:30 PM
Cost: $300

About Jim:
Since graduating the American Academy of Art, James Wisnowski has become a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. In addition, he is a member of the Oil Painter's of America, California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painter's of America, Chicago Artists Coalition, and the Palette and Chisel Fine Art Arts Academy. For thirty-six years, he has taught his technique in weekly classes at the Palette and Chisel Fine Art Academy in Chicago, the Old Town Art Center in Chicago, the North Shore Art League, Winnetka, IL and, presently, at the Palos Verdes Art Center, CA. Additionally, Wisnowski leads workshops in inspirational locations throughout Europe and the USA.


Encaustic Painting Workshop
Instructor: Robin Samiljan
This one-day workshop will cover everything you need to know about painting with beeswax, an ancient art form that has recently become more accessible to modern day artists. Students will learn about encaustic painting and its diversity, basic studio safety when painting with beeswax, and will explore mixed media wax painting ranging from image transfers, collage, embedding objects in wax, to impressionistic painting techniques. You will create a piece of artwork during this workshop. All supplies provided – includes a $30 supply fee.  All levels welcome, come learn in a comfortable studio setting.
When: Saturday, 9/16, 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: $148 ($30 supply fee included)

Back by Popular demand - 2-Day Pastel Workshop!
The Versatility of Oil Pastel
Instructor: George Shipperley

The focus of this workshop will be on composition, design, advantages of a limited palette, and originality. Students will be encouraged to work from still life set-ups or your own photographs. (Photos will be used as a reference ONLY but not for rendering or copying.) From your photographs you will learn how to edit down to the essence of what is really necessary. Individual instruction will be ongoing with group discussions at the end of each day and constructive feedback from all class members. Brief demos will be given, but most of your time will be spent learning the many ways to use and apply the exciting and versatile medium of oil pastel! Limited to 15 students. 
When: Saturday 10/14 and Sunday 10/15
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $270

Introduction to Pastels…all materials provided
Instructor: Fran Vail
Part drawing, part painting, and incredibly rich color: this is Pastel painting at its best!
We will provide everything you need to try this luscious medium. Then we’ll practice application strokes, blending, and under-painting through to a final painting.
Space is limited to a small number of students, so sign up early.
When: Saturday, 10/28
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: $118

At Ease at the Easel                                                                                    
Instructor: Nancy Behles

Learn a “no fear” approach to creating a 9”x12” acrylic still life painting while enjoying delicious wine and cheese. Taught by experienced art teacher in our incomparable, historic studio. All supplies included. All levels welcome. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends!
When: Sunday, 10/29
Cost: $98

Special Fall feature:
“Image to Abstract 1” 3-day Workshop
Instructor: Noted artist Mark Daniel Nelson
This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad, especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This class is open-media but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11/10-11/12
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $475
  Refunds more than 60 days prior to the workshop will be less a $100 fee. No refunds will be made within 60 days of the workshop.


The North Shore Art League offers many opportunities to experiment with a variety of mediums and techniques through one, two and three day workshops scheduled on evenings and weekends throughout the year.

$10 discount for early registration. To receive this discount for Fall 2017 Workshops, use coupon code: fall workshop and registration must be complete and paid by August 31st.  This allows teachers enough time for planning and preparation of any necessary materials. Participants signing up after that point will be accommodated if space is available.