Art Classes

Fiona Craig has been teaching art to adults and children for several decades. Art classes are available in different media: oils, watercolours, pastels and mixed media. Contact her to enquire about current and upcoming classes and seasonal workshops.

NEW ART CLASSES

Evanston Art Center:  1717 CENTRAL STREET, EVANSTON, IL 60201 Tel: 847.475.5300

9016 1-Day Workshop Mixed Media: Landscape in Watercolor & Soft Pastel Sunday, November 11 9:30am-3:30pm. Tutor: Fiona Craig

Mixed media using watercolors and soft (dry) pastels offers wonderful ways to construct textural, 3D looking artworks, while enjoying the relaxing, meditative, therapeutic aspects of art-making. Explore fun, traditional and experimental ways to apply these materials to achieve interesting effects. We start with a paint-along demonstration, then branch into individual choices of subject. Reference photos (and drawing transfers for those who wish to use them) will be available, or bring your own. No prior experience or drawing ability necessary (some sketching exercises included in the course). Skill Level: All Levels EAC Member $100 / Non-member $120

9018 1-Day Workshop Painting Vibrant Flowers in Oils, Sunday, September 30 9:30-3:30pm. Tutor: Fiona Craig

Render flowers richly and beautifully in oil paints! Discover how to achieve vibrant, confidentlooking artworks that convey a sense of light, shadow, and sculptural form. Color mixing and brush stroke application will also be a major focus, to avoid muddiness and over-blending. You will start with a paint-along demonstration, then work on your own choice of subject. Skill Level: Beginner EAC Member $100 / Non-member $120

0233, 0234 0233 6-Week Beginning September 12 0234 6-Week Beginning October 24 Mixed Media: Flora and Landscape in Watercolor and Soft Pastel, Tuesdays 1-4pm. Tutor: Fiona Craig

Mixed media using watercolors and soft (dry) pastels offers wonderful ways to construct textural, 3D looking artworks, while enjoying the relaxing, meditative, therapeutic aspects of art-making. Explore fun, traditional and experimental ways to apply these materials to achieve interesting effects. We start with a paint-along demonstration, then branch into individual choices of subject. Reference photos (and drawing transfers for those who wish to use them) will be available, or bring your own. No prior experience or drawing ability necessary (some sketching exercises included in the course). Skill Level: All Levels EAC Member $195 / Non-member $215

0231, 0232 0231 6-Week Beginning September 11 0232 6-Week Beginning October 23 Mixed Media: Flora and LandscapePainting Vibrant Flora in Oils, Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm. Tutor: Fiona Craig

Render flowers richly and beautifully in oil paints! Discover how to achieve vibrant, confidentlooking artworks that convey a sense of light, shadow, and sculptural form. Color mixing and brush stroke application will also be a major focus, to avoid muddiness and over-blending. You will start with a paint-along demonstration, then work on your own choice of subject. Skill Level: All Levels EAC Member $195 / Non-member $215

ICE HOUSE GALLERY, SOUTH EVANSTON

Sunlit Flowers in Oils

WHAT: In this Summer Workshop, you will learn professional techniques to produce gorgeous work in oils.  Over the course of three  days, students will become familiar and comfortable with oils and will become grounded in this medium.  Master instructor Fiona Craig will share her years of expertise and her incredible knowledge with you in order to develop a firm foundation upon which you will produce amazing work or to bring new dynamic to your current work.  This workshop will transform your painting.  We will study basic techniques, shadow, light, dimension, color mixing, and a variety of brush strokes and tips.   Choose to follow a 'paint along' demonstration by the tutor, or bring *your own large reference photo to work on your own subject. (*please email the tutor your images in advance for approval) Recommended: borrow reference photos and, if needed, transfers for outlines from the tutor.   All levels encouraged!  Ages 13 & Up.   (There will be a 1 hour break for lunch.  Please bring your own. )

WHEN:  OILWORKSP#1   Monday August 20-Wednesday August 22 from  9:30-4:30 each day.                                                                               
Beautiful Flowers in Pastels

WHERE: Ice House Gallery Studios, 609 South Boulevard, Evanston
COST:  $435
INSTRUCTOR:  Fiona Craig

WHAT: In this Summer Workshop, you will learn professional techniques to produce gorgeous flowers in soft pastels. Over the two days, this Workshop will help you to become familiar and comfortable with soft pastels, which are not to be confused with oil pastels. Pastel artworks can vary in their level of visual impact and are capable of achieving dynamic artwork.  Master painter, Fiona Craig, will share her knowledge on techniques, applications, composition, layering and more.  This course provides you will high level  instruction upon which you can either build your foundation for painting or grow in your current skills and knowledge.  Choose to follow a 'paint along' demonstration by Fiona herself or bring *your own large reference photo to work on your own subject. (*please email the tutor your images in advance for approval) Recommended: borrow reference photos and, if needed, transfers for outlines from the tutor.   Ages 13& Up

WHEN:  PSTWKSP#1  Monday August 27 from 9:30-4:30 AND Tuesday August 28 from 9:30-4:30                                      
WHERE: Ice House Gallery Studios, 609 South Boulevard, Evanston
COST: $300
INSTRUCTOR:  Fiona Craig

 

 Water lily study in oil paints.

Water lily study in oil paints.

Painting in Oils

Oil paint is wonderfully versatile and forgiving, long regarded as the most prestigious medium. It retains its freshly-painted colours when dry, remains lustrous, and can be corrected easily as it stays wet for a longer time than other paints. Fiona Craig attempts to make learning oil painting easy and enjoyable.

Testimonials

"I attended Fiona Craig's weekly oil painting class over a period of several years. I was a beginner with no previous art training. Fiona gave me a great start and helped me develop my own style. Fiona made the lessons very interesting and enjoyable and she was a very patient teacher. She made me love art so much I am still painting. I would highly recommend Fiona Craig’s art lessons." Filiz Yavuz .

"I enjoyed Fiona Craig's [5-day, April 2018] workshop. I learned a lot and her gentle way of teaching was great. There was great camaraderie among most participants and we all gained lots of useful tips, techniques and knowledge of the process of oil painting." Sigrid P.

"My first time attending {an art school in] Grafton, NSW was when I signed up for the April 2018 class with Fiona Craig. "Vibrant Flowers in Oils" was a wonderful art experience and so very productive. Fiona is an excellent tutor and thankfully I have now learned some new tips with using oil paints. Fiona made the whole painting process easy with step by step demonstrations and she is a very competent communicator. She had us producing gorgeous vibrant floral images within the time span of the five day workshop. I'm very positive that I would be happy to attend another workshop with Fiona and I can recommend her as a tutor." Kathryn L. Wright

"Fiona Craig has been an inspiration to me as she has helped me greatly with my artistic passion. She has taught me the components of different colours, how to apply brushwork, and how to work on different compositions. She has taught me various techniques that have broadened my horizons further. I am grateful for all that she has done for me." Muzeyyen Kopuz

"I was a student of Fiona Craig's for several years. She helped me grow from not even knowing how to blend colours to the position of what I am now capable of. She is extremely calm when teaching, and always catered to my novice level. Fiona's style allows her to portray what she sees in a unique way to make her audience appreciate her Art from a different perspective. I'm grateful to her in everything she has taught me." Mine Sengel

 

 Tulip study in watercolours

Tulip study in watercolours

Painting in Watercolours

Watercolour is a favourite medium for many, and although it is often regarded as soft and delicate, it can also produce strong, vibrant paintings. Fiona Craig's watercolour classes provide a variety of interesting techniques in this medium that is so fascinating in its interplay with water.

 Landscape in pastel over watercolour

Landscape in pastel over watercolour

Pastels and Mixed Media

Soft pastels (dry pastels, not oil pastels) are experiencing a resurgence of popularity. This is no surprise, as their soft, velvety texture reflects the light at different angles, creating a uniquely appealing effect. Fiona Craig's classes explore ways of making marks, blocking in, and layering to build up richly colouful and textured works of art. in pastels alone, or in combination with other media such as watercolours.