These photos are from some classes I am teaching at Lill Street Art Center, a venerable institution on the north side of Chicago. I got to know about this warehouse-sized collection of artist's studios and fully kitted-out ceramics, painting, and printmaking facilities more than ten years ago, shortly after I moved to Chicago from the UK. At that time, if you were someone like me who was looking to make some work quickly before acquiring my own studio, people told you about the Chicago Printmakers' Collaborative and Lill Street. I used the CPC for a few years, then got my own studio. In 2011, I took a short ceramics class at Lill Street. And starting a few weeks ago, I began teaching my first classes there.
The first class was a one-day intensive in Monoprints (bottom photo). The other class is a three week Journal and Sketchbook class, and in the photo you can see the participants spending an hour adding colour, collage, cut-outs, and other things to their journal pages. The classes went well, or are going well, and the students are intelligent, talented, and eager to try different things (which may or may not be due to the fact that they are almost all d'un certain age).
Beginning in February, I am scheduled to teach a number of different classes at Lill Street in the printmaking department:
First Time Bookmaking
From Smartphone to Print
Multi-Page Books from Single Sheets
Reduction Color Linocut
You can find the full online catalogue here.