Archive for Art

Dance Forward 2017 – Foster Dance Studios – May 12-13th

Dance Forward 2017

Dance Forward 2017 is Foster Dance Company’s Sixth Annual Spring Concert. It features performances by Foster Dance Company, Classical Ballet Company and Foster Dance Crew.


May 127:30pm
May 132pm/7:30pm
$20 – Adult/$15 – Student
Where: Regina Dominican High School (701 Locust, Wilmette, IL 60091)
Artistic Directors: 
Foster Dance Company – Ronn Stewart and Sarah Goldstone
Classical Ballet Company – Graca Sales
Foster Dance Crew – Marchello “Chello” Lee, Christopher “Espuppy” Escoffery and Jana Schneider

Mudlark Summer Camp – Register Now

The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights – Register by February 15

District 65 Digital Backpack – Week of February 1 – Check out Summer Camp Info!

GATHER: Pet Portrait Painting Party with Theo Hall – February 12

Join in this fun evening of creating portraits of our finest furry friends with special guest artist, Theo Hall. Theo is the artist currently exhibiting her work in the Nest at Gather through the support of the Visibilty Arts program at Search Inc. You will be inspired to make art, explore possibilities and finish a unique portrait of your favorite animal in the style of Theo’s canvas paintings. All materials included but please bring a photo of your pet or favorite animal to inspire your making.

Sunday, February 12, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Fee: $35 per person. Space is limited.

Please RSVP by calling 847-859-2312.

Gather – Holiday Events

Gather for the Holidays


Gingerbread House Decorating
Monday, December 12th, 5:30-6:30pm

Don’t miss this holiday favorite with your little one! Come create a sweet centerpiece for your home. Cost $35 for one adult & one child. We only have 3 spots left. Please register by calling 847-859-2312 to save your space today.

gather_stompHootenanny with Cassie of Stomp and Shout
Thursday, December 15th, 10:30-11:15am

Come create some music and fun while you explore using your big, beautiful imagination. It is going to be a hoot!



Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 17th, 9:30am-noon

Join us for a musical petting zoo and concert by students and faculty of etc. Music School. Enjoy festive holiday snacks, creative play, create a special art project to gift to a loved one and take home a gift bag for your little one. $25 event ticket includes admission for three individuals (children or adults). $10 for each additional family member (siblings under 9 months are free). Space is limited so please call 847-859-2312 or follow the link to register.

Register here

Music Institute Presents “Family Concert: Duke It Out!” – December 10

This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca. Featured ensembles include Forum Jazz Dance Theatre, Moscow Ballet’s children’s cast, The Kate Jablonski Statement, Tapman Productions, Visceral Dance Chicago, Wheatland Dance Theater, and other companies and choreographers participating in Dance Chicago 2016.
General Admission:  $7
Where: Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue
When: Saturday, December 10, 10 am and 2 pm
For more information and to purchase the tickets, click here

Power to the Arts – Sat. Oct. 29


Meta Drawing – Fri. Oct. 14

Another #BigDrawEvanston event:

Make your mark at MetaMedia by visiting open house-style tinkering stations:

* Scribbling Machines: Tinker with a smorgasbord of motors and batteries to create drawing robots that scribble across the canvas.

* Creative Coding: Learn how to make art with code using BeetleBlocks and TurtleArt. Patterns can be sent to 3d printers for fabrication.

* Spin Art: Play with color and motion with our homemade soon art machine.

Friday, October 14, 2016 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm


Open to Families

Art & Adventure for Early Release Days

Art & Adventure-style class when Evanston School District 65 has half days! Encourage exploration in an open, playful atmosphere with traditional plus new & unexpected art materials. Champion your child’s artistic path & nurture creativity through curiosity & discovery. Materials and snacks provided. Taught by Jan Ellenstein, who has been making art fun for children for the last 30 years! Children under 6 must be accompanied by parent or caregiver. Per session: $25 member/$28 non-member; $25 each additional sibling.

  • Oct 12 2016 – 1:30pm to 2:45pm
  • Nov 9 2016 – 1:30pm to 2:45pm
  • Dec 7 2016 – 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Register at or call 847.475.0390

Open Studio Project

903 Sherman Ave.

60202 Evanston , IL

STEAM Workshops in Ridgeville Park District – Weds. Sept. 21

S.T.E.A.M. Workshops start next week!
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

Wondering what to do on District 65 school improvement half-days? This workshop series is a fun, hands-on way to engage with STEM concepts with an added arts component. We will explore a variety of exciting topics at the different workshops including local ecosystems, light absorption and color, electrical circuits and more! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get out of the house and learn more about the world around you.

4th-8th graders. On School Improvement Days. At Kamen Fieldhouse (1111 South Blvd.)

Register here

Art Classes at Chandler-Newberger Begin Sept. 21


Kids Painting Class at ​Maggiano’s Old Orchard – Sat. Aug. 27


Join us for a morning of fun at Maggiano’s Old Orchard!

Shari Pontillo from Twisted Fiber Studio will be helping your children create 2 mason jar projects including a vase and a luminar. ALL materials will be provided.

Saturday, August 27th
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Parents must be present throughout the entire event.

Reserve Your Spot

Pricing includes: mason jar projects, art supplies, Maggiano’s breakfast buffet, tax & gratuity

4999 Old Orchard Center – Space A28
Skokie, IL 60077

Art with Lisa

Registration is now open for Art With Lisa at Little Beans Cafe.  Classes for 5-8 year olds Wednesdays at 5:30p. 3-5 year olds Thursdays at 11a.  Get ready for a hands-on studio art experience that weaves art history, aesthetics and production.  Children will be inspired by the styles of great modern artists (Jacob Lawrence, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, etc.), and will explore drawing, painting and clay.

About the teacher:
Lisa Lieb, art teacher, is a graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago.

Lisa has taught an award-winning art program for students from pre-K-8th grade at Chicago Public Schools for 20 years. She offers private classes and birthday party group art activities.



Bottega Kids Camp – Aug. 15-19

Mixed Media & Canvas Painting

***FOR AGES 7 – 12***

Join Bottle & Bottega for a week long Artistic Adventure as we create Little Artists! Led by a professional art instructor; the program is created to foster a warm, super fun and nurturing atmosphere to bring out your child’s Inner Artist.

At Bottle & Bottega, we practice all art forms, so each day will feature 2 take home projects that will include various creative mediums including:
Painting on Canvas – Varying sizes using acrylic paint

Mosaics – Create a mosaic on canvas!
Glass Lantern Painting – Catch fireflies or add a tea light and gift to Grandma!
Art Words – Personalized initials on 6×6 canvases secured as a diptych or triptych!
Tape Masking – Tape. Paint. Pull. WOW. Repeat!
Mixed Media – Craft layers of paper images, tissue paper and paint. Children will be requested to bring some materials from home – copies of photos, favorite book pages, etc. Super fun and personal!

Monday – Friday:
8:45 am : Drop Off
9:00 am – 11:00 am : Art Project 1
11:00 am – 11:15 am : Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pm : Art Project 2
12:15 am – 1:00 pm : BYO Lunch
1:00 pm : Pick Up

Bring your lunch. Limited seats to ensure all kids get individual attention. Minimum Age recommendation 7 years of age.

Register for just one or more days or for a FULL WEEK and SAVE!

Once you register we will reach out to you to fill out a standard waiver.
No Food Allergy Restrictions.

Refund: 48 hours or more prior to start of session
Credit: 24 – 48 hours prior to start of session
No Refund Or Credit: Less than 24 hours prior to session

We require a minimum number of kids to run the daily camp. We will cancel 24 hours prior to the start of the session. A full refund will be provided if the camp is canceled.

We look forward to being part of your child’s artistic journey!

Date/Time: Tue, 8/16/2016, 8:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Evanston Studio – 1016 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

Price: $60.00



Fall Sewing Classes

Fall Kid’s Classes are now open for online enrollment. Learn to sew or knit in a creative studio. Classes for kids ages 8-16. Small class size, hands-on instruction, loads of great fabric, yarn and projects including pattern sewing for teens and tweens, yarn dying and quilting!

MakerKids in the Parks – July 18-21

MakerKids in the Parks! Week of July 18: origami!


Monday, July 18, 2 pm – 4 pm, Robert Crown

Tuesday, July 19, 2 pm – 4 pm, Fleetwood-Jourdain

Wednesday, July 20, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Mason Park

Thursday, July 21, 11:30 – 1:30 pm,  James Park

Come visit Evanston’s parks the week of July 18th for a fun drop-in MakerKids science activity using folded paper.  Kids & students of all ages welcome.

Register for the Summer Reading Program at the park or check in to record your points and win prizes. Attending a library program, even in the park, also nets you a point on your summer reading log. Come learn something fun while enjoying the great weather. See you there!

Don’t miss the weeks of July 25 (Bubbles!), August 1 (Engineering Challenge) and August 8 (CD wind spinner) all coming up on the same schedule!

3D Design and Laser Cutting for 6-8 Graders


Register for Bottega Kids Camp

Register today for Bottega Kids Camp from Bottle & Bottega Evanston! At Bottle & Bottega, children are creatively engaged and have fun painting on canvas, creating mosaics, mixed media, tape masking, glass painting and more! Kids will take home two art projects each day.

They’ll be hosting two weeks of camp August 5 – 12 and 15 – 19, 8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sign your 7 – 12 year olds up for daily or weekly sessions.

Spaces will be limited.

Check out the complete offering here: You can also call 847.905.9177!

GOALED Gallery for Evanston Youth Artists, Crafters and Makers

Evanston Youth Artists, Crafters and Makers ages 13 to 21:
Sell your work!

The City of Evanston Parks Recreation and Community Service summer youth program presents:

The GOALED Gallery at the Lake Shore Arts Festival, August 6th and 7th from 11 am to 6pm

  • Be a part of Evanston’s premiere Fine Art Fair!
  • Youth meet with award winning artists to discuss entrepreneurship and professionalism.
  • You are responsible for selling your own artwork throughout the fair.
  • All work must be produced by You.

If selected, You will receive a small area to display and sell your work in a city sponsored tent. There is no vendor fee for you and we will not demand any commission on your sales.

To apply, send photos and contact information to or to GOALED GALLERY, City of Evanston Cultural Arts Programs, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge, Room 1116, Evanston, IL 60201 Questions? Call 847-448-8263