Cancelled—Mixed Media Art
Apr 25 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Presented by: Greta Pastorello

Mixed media is one of the most enjoyable and exciting way to create art. When we incorporate more than one media in one single art project we are using a mixed media technique. For the purpose of this class, Greta will mainly focus acrylic, oil pastels, and paper.

You bring: mediums TBD, and items below.

The library will provide: TBD , pencils & erasers, scissors, and glue.

Class size limited to 12 participants, ages 14 and up.

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Exploring Acrylics
May 21 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Exploring Acrylics

Taught by: Greta Pastorello

Acrylic paints have been a popular medium among artists ever since their introduction in the sixties. The medium itself encourages experimentation and involvement, which is probably why artists subsequently develop their own unique technique to work with. Call library or check website for supply requirements.

Limited to 12 participants, ages 14 and up.

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Music and Modern Art, Bauhaus and Everywhere
Sep 17 @ 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Presented by: Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau—Laura Mueller

At the beginning of the twentieth century, many artists wanted visual art to be more like music. The idea may have developed from a late 19th-century longing for a “total work of art,” which combined several art forms. This talk will look at how music of various kinds, from classical to modern experimental to jazz, influenced and inspired certain Modernist artists. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the prime examples of music-loving artists will be Bauhaus teachers and painters Paul Klee (a musician as well as a painter), and Wassily Kandinsky, who talked about the color of sounds.

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About the presenter:

Laura Mueller has strong interest in both the visual arts and literature. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature; she also studied art and art history in Venice with New York University’s graduate program in Italy. Laura worked for the Art Institute’s Department of Museum Education from 1987 to 2017 and is currently offering lectures on art to the museum’s associate groups, among others. Laura began lecturing for the Road Scholars program of the Illinois Humanities council in 2017. She teaches private drawing and painting classes, in addition to teaching drawing for the CLL program of the 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago. She has also created and taught a host of new classes for the Art Institute’s Members’ Sketch program. Laura has been an Art Institute study leader on trips to Europe, lecturing on sites around the Adriatic, Holland and Belgium, Germany, the prehistoric caves of southwest France, and Normandy and Paris.


Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, our partnering organizations, or our funders.