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The Mainstreet Art Center offers a wide variety of fine art classes for all ages.  Beginners start with drawing in charcoal and then advance to painting in oils, pastels or watercolor.  Advanced students are constantly challenged with new techniques and subjects.  Workshops conducted by some of the leading artists in the country are offered regularly.  The craft of painting is taught by demonstration and individual instruction.  At the Mainstreet Art Center there is something for every artist.

Select from the following to see schedules for ongoing classes and workshops:






Special Mini Series Classes / Workshops:

Demo - Figure Sketches by a Courtroom Artist

Cheryl Cook | Friday, September 27, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  |  $25.00*

Ever wonder how a courtroom sketch artist captures drawings of people on the move?Attend this demonstration and learn the process of drawing models that are not sitting still as a rule.

It will sharpen your anatomy skills and give you a new tool to use in your plein air or landscape work. This method allows you to do quick studies you can use to create works of art that are not copies of others paintings and photos.

Cheryl (Cookie) will share what she has learned over many years of drawing figures for both television storyboards and courtroom art for the Chicago Tribune and CBS.                                                                                                       (*prepayment required)

Quick Figure Sketches by a Courtroom Artist

Cheryl Cook | Fridays, October 11 & 18, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm  |  $100.00

Learn to use the tools of a commercial artist in your own artwork. In this two day workshop Cookie will share her method of examining your visuals to determine a new way to approach your paintings. Always deadline driven to produce a wide range of art for many different uses drove me to work smarter and more efficiently. As a result I have gotten very fast at “seeing”. You can train your eye to do the same thing.

The workshop will be comprised of quick sketching sessions and long poses as well as sketching of figures in action. This work shop will show you how to break down values and shapes just as you would in a painting. This process of capturing an image can be applied to any subject you want to draw or paint.


Karen Sako | Monday, October 14, 2019 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm  |   $95.00

This drawing class will cover simple perspective principles and techniques that can instantly improve your work by teaching you how to suggest depth.
Supplies: Pencil, eraser, sketchbook, clear ruler


Grab Bag - Abstract Mixed Media

Karen Sako | Sunday, October 20, 2019 |  9:00 am - 1:00 pm  |  $70.00

This one day workshop is the ultimate test of your creative process. Learn to problem solve and work with limited materials. You will complete one large mixed media project with random materials and a time limit. You will receive a brown bag filled with everything you will need to create a unique abstract painting. No cheating, you can only use the items provided.
Most supplies provided. Just bring an open mind, paper towels, baby wipes acrylic brushes in a variety of sizes, water spray bottle, gel medium, black and white acrylic paint.

Mixed Media

Karen Sako | Sunday, November 10, 2019 |  9:00 am - 4:00 pm  |  $125.00

Create abstract concepts from life and invent spontaneous designs. An emphasis will be placed on design fundamentals, observations, color and loosening up. Two projects will be completed in class. One will be based on a design you create and the other by reusing an old painting. You will transform it with mixed media techniques leaving a visible trace of the earlier painting beneath layers of paint and collage.

Art & Your iPad

Susan Ploughe | Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 & Friday, November 22, 2019 |  9:00 am - 12:00 pm  |  $100.00                                                  

The iPad has opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities! In six hours, you will learn what I have spent six years discovering. In this workshop you will explore several amazing apps that not only allow you to make art directly on your iPad, but also assist you in planning and improving your studio work. These apps will enable you to: draw and “paint” on your iPad, experiment with color choices for your paintings, see colors more accurately, combine or modify photo references, and much more.


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