At Ease at the Easel   All supplies included
Instructor: Nancy Behles

We provide the wine and cheese, you bring the fun! Grab your pals and join instructor Nancy Behles for a relaxing “no fear” approach to acrylic painting. Students will complete a 9”x12” still-life during this two and a half hour session held in our beautiful studio. All supplies are included. All levels welcome. Beginners and beginner wannabees – this is your chance to take a chance!!
Wednesday, July 12, 7:00-9:30pm 
Cost: $98

The Basics of Color   1-day workshop   Limited materials required 
Instructor: Fran Vail

Understanding color – one of the most important steps in painting! This workshop will examine color theory in a very basic and easy to understand way. Exploring the fundamental usage of triads and complementary colors will enlighten you, and eliminate the mysteries of color mixing. Any painting medium is welcome. 
Sunday, July 16, Noon-5:00pm
Cost: $153

Painting Workshop:  Expressive Color at Ryerson Woods
Instructor: Nina Weiss

Come paint outside on the beautiful grounds of Ryerson Woods!  Working in the medium of their choice; students in this two-day workshop will use color theory to de-construct color in nature.  Learn how to use complex color to create spatial depth; emphasis and contrast.  Ideas about composition, gesture; and mark-making will be discussed.  Students can expect to complete a small painting.  Portable easels & sunhats advised!

​Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & July 16, 10am-4pm
Cost: $193 2-days; $123 1-day

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: Aug 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.


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 Summer 2017, registration must be complete and paid by May 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.