Art Classes

I have been teaching art to adults and children over a period of several decades. Classes are available in different media: oils, watercolours, pastels and mixed media. No previous experience is necessary.

Due to popular demand, online classes are now in production! Contact me to enquire about current and upcoming classes and seasonal workshops. Subscribe to my monthly newsletter to be updated on classes, new works, and events.

2019 WINTER ART CLASSES in ILLINOIS

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, Feb 24, 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. Skill Level: All Levels EAC Member $110 / Non-member $130

9018 1-Day Workshop Painting Vibrant Flowers in Oils, Sunday, Jan 20, 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 follow a paint-along demonstration, with encouragement to explore your own style. Skill Level: Beginner EAC Member $70 / Non-member $90

0231, 0232 Mixed Media: Flora and Landscape in Watercolor and Soft Pastel, Tuesdays 1-4pm. Tutor: Fiona Craig

0231:  5 weeks beginning Jan 8, 2019

0232:  5 weeks beginning Feb 19, 2019 

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 $165 / Non-member $185

0233, 0234 Painting Vibrant Flora in Oils, Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm. Tutor: Fiona Craig

0233:  5 weeks beginning Jan 9, 2019

0234:  5 weeks beginning Feb 20, 2019 

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 $165 / Non-member $185.                                                                          

 Water lily study in oil paints.

Water lily study in oil paints.

Painting Flora 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

Watercolour and Soft Pastels

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.