Who knows where the next Picasso will come from? Who can say where and when a creative spark will be ignited?
For those who lose themselves by putting brush to canvas – or for anyone who would like to learn the art of painting – the St. Charles Park District offers a wide range of art classes for all skill levels and age ranges.
Presented in partnership with the venerable “Tony & Friends Art Studio,” these art classes are the perfect way to receive expert instruction in everything from composition and perspective to cartooning and animation. One of the park district’s most long-standing partnerships, the classes offered by “Tony & Friends Art Studio” are popular creative outlets for children and adults alike.
The experienced instructors at “Tony & Friends” bring a wealth of personal and professional background to the programs and workshops they conduct. One would expect nothing less from owner and instructor Tony Carnesecchi, who began his career as an art instructor after taking classes from the studio’s previous owner, Joan Darlington. Upon her retirement, Carnesecchi was hooked enough to buy the business in 2002 and begin his own legacy of teaching both children and adults.
Winter is a perfect time of year to indulge one’s creative energy in art classes. Kids from ages 7 to 13 can enroll in either weekend sessions or after-school lessons in “Kids’ Painting” that will teach a budding artist all the techniques necessary for creating beautiful art. A variety of subjects are explored and even first-time artists will be pleased with the results they achieve.
But if traditional painting isn’t their thing, kids can also enroll in a “Drawing, Cartooning & Animation” workshop held on from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday mornings from February 17 to March 24. Students will work at their own ability level with practical guidance given by an experienced instructor who will take them through the fundamentals of drawing, composition while handling line proportion and tone.
For a slightly younger children’s audience who is just starting to dabble in the creative arts, a one-day Kids Spring Break Workshop is offered on Tuesday, March 27 and again on Thursday, March 29, from 9 AM to 3 PM. Open to children ages 5 to 12, workshop attendees will create a spring-themed project using water and acrylics.
But kids aren’t the only ones who can have artistic fun. Teens and adults can sign up for the “Portrait Drawing” program held on Mondays beginning on February 19 and running through March 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. This is a perfect course for beginning to intermediate level artists who will learn the fundamentals of drawing figures and portraits. Weekly demonstrations and structured exercises will emphasize observational skills, proportion, measuring and anatomy.
With the exception of the “Portrait Drawing” series, all supplies are included in each program. Tony & Friends Art Studio is located at 333 N. Randall Road, Suite 157. For more information, contact Steve Gard at 630-513-4391.