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Please register at least 5 days before class begins to provide instructors time to prepare. Supply lists available at registration.


Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

$425/450 (Member/Non-member)

When painting we use color and value to show how light describes nature. Learning to understand various lighting phenomena gives us more freedom in choosing how we paint the objects we see, rather than having to look to nature for every decision. 

Still life provides us the opportunity to set up challenges so we can paint to learn.  Start with what you do know and gain skills by doing exercises that isolate different aspects of painting and will inform your decisions from here on. Fun and informative, with loads of practical take-home principles. 


SKILL LEVEL: Appropriate for all levels; true beginners are advised to familiarize themselves with tools and materials, particularly french easels, before class starts. 


Instructor: Mary Michaelson
Date: Friday – Saturday, April 3–4, 9:30 a.m–2:00 p.m. 

Fee: $135 M / $150 NM

Do you find yourself attracted to abstract art but don’t understand the process? In this workshop, you will learn how to paint with more freedom and feeling by focusing on the Elements & Principles of Art. The instructor will present a variety of abstraction techniques, which simplify any subject and remove the fear or requirement of painting in a realistic style. This workshop provides a supportive environment for artists of all skill levels and is especially suitable for beginners or those who need a fresh perspective.


Instructor: Beth Leahy
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 9:00 a.m–3:00 p.m. 

Fee: $75 M / $80 NM

Improve your painting and drawing skills with this informative workshop on color theory and value relationships. The following topics will be discussed: the color wheel, color relationships, terminology, color properties, color mixing, and value. Exercises will accompany the discussion to provide hands-on learning. Each workshop participant will receive a color theory workbook. We will develop a color wheel and discuss a basic palette. Paints, palette, paper towels, and brush will be provided for classroom use. Students need to bring a pencil to class.


Instructor: MaryAnn Nowak
Dates: Tuesday, April 28, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 23, 9:00–11:00 a.m. 

Fee: $35 M / $40 NM per class, Limit 6 each.

Plan your garden for years to come. You will learn how to create a garden with the amount of maintenance you prefer. With proper placement, you can create a floral display throughout the growing season. Proper exposure and conditions will help your garden flourish. Bring a photo and measurements of your outdoor space and receive excellent advice from an expert.


Instructor: Chelsea Dubick
Date: Saturday, May 2, 11:00 a.m–2:00 p.m. 

Fee: $65 M / $75 NM

In this one day session, students will explore the creative and abstract potential of alcohol inks. These inks are incredibly vibrant, and when used with blending mediums on paper, they flow quickly and unpredictably, allowing for compositions with beautiful blooms and gorgeous gradients and color combinations. We will play between enjoying the spontaneous nature of these paints and making more deliberate choices to direct the composition, palette, and depth of field.  


Students have the option to bring in landscape photos to use as references, which can be helpful both as a jumping-off point and as a touchstone when making decisions about the direction, energy, and feel of the piece. Supplies will be provided, come in clothes you don't mind getting stains on! 


Instructor: Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff
Date: Saturday, June 13, 1:00 p.m–3:00 p.m. 

Fee: $50 M / $60 NM

Starting with two pre-dyed silk scarves (one black, one jewel tone) you’ll create amazing patterns by using corks, marbles, twist- ties, string, etc., to twist, clamp and fold the silk to form the designs. Dip in the non-toxic discharge solution until you have the colors you want, and you have two instant masterpieces. All supplies are included. Wear clothing suitable for painting.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be given 48 hours before a workshop starts. Cancelations within 48 hours will not be refunded. If McCord needs to cancel a workshop, a full refund will be issued.

McCord Gallery and Cultural Center
9602 W. Creek Road
Palos Park, IL 60464

MWF 10 a.m – 4 p.m
T/TH 10 a.m – 4 p.m
SAT 11 a.m – 4 p.m


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Programs are partially supported by

a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.