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What’s new at TAC? New classes, new instructors, new workshops! Check out our latest news!


TAC Welcomes New Spring Instructors!

Get to know some of our new instructors this spring session at TAC!

Welcome Beth Shadur, teaching Master Class: 2D Design and Color Theory this spring at TAC! Beth has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drawing Center in New York City. She has created over 150 large public murals and has taught and served as a visiting artist at many colleges and universities. Shadur’s work appears in many publications, books and catalogues.
Master Class: 2D Design and Color Theory meets Monday mornings starting April 16th.

Visual storyteller, Anne Leuck creates imagery inspired by her own life journey and the urban world around her. Utilizing traditional painting, daily sketchbook journaling and digital illustration, her private and commercial commissions include murals and public art. Anne’s design are licensed for stationery and home décor products and her artwork has appeared on billboards, in movies, books, magazines and on TV. She has exhibited nationally and her works hang in private collections globally. Anne will be teaching a variety of visual journaling classes and workshops at TAC this spring.

Draw Your Heart Out: Learn the Art of Keeping a Daily Sketchbook Journal meets Tuesday mornings starting April 10th.

Oh My Word… a.k.a. Word Illustration meets Tuesday afternoons starting April 10th.

View the rest of Anne Leuck’s workshops and classes here!


Jason Michael Bentley grew up in Champaign/Urbana, IL. At a very young age he began copying cartoon characters from video game instruction booklets and comic books. He matured into his skills by experimenting with new materials and approaches as he studied art and design at Parkland Community College and the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He is currently working as a freelance graphic designer, teacher and exhibiting artist in Chicago. We welcome Jason to teach Gouache painting this spring at TAC.

Painting with Gouache meets Friday afternoons starting April 13th.

TAC is beyond thrilled to have Eugene Smith teaching illustration here this spring. The Chicago-based illustrator and designer grew up in Pasadena, CA and pursued his degree in painting and drawing from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Eugene’s career in illustration includes editorial, advertising and book projects that combine traditional methods with digital techniques.

Illustration Projects: Books/Editorial/Publications meets Friday mornings starting April 13th.

Yoonshin Park works in sculptural papers, artist books, and installation and received her M.A. and M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. As a current Chicago resident, born in Seoul, Korea, Yoonshin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Making Artist Books meets Monday mornings starting April 9th.

Papermaking 101 (Pulp, Paper, Pages) meets Monday afternoons starting April 9th.


Patti Vick grew up in Highland Park, IL and earned her BA in Anthropology from Colorado College and MFA in Visual Communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We are excited to have Patti at TAC to facilitate “Connecting to the Creative Process,” from Open Studio Project (OSP), a non-profit expressive arts organization in Evanston, which uses intuitive, process-based art making as a form of mindfulness meditation.

Connecting to the Creative Process meets Wednesday mornings starting April 11th.


Fran Vail earned her BFA from Syracuse University, then worked in Fashion Illustration in Chicago. After living in France and Austria, she moved back to the U.S., working free-lance in advertising, painted murals and architectural renderings. She teaches watercolor, oils, pastel and drawing on the North Shore and in Wisconsin. Her work is shown at the North Shore Art League, and the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, WI. TAC welcomes Fran to teach “Ink/Pen/Brush and Beyond” and “Nature Drawing and Painting.”

Ink/Pen/Brush and Beyond meets Thursday mornings beginning April 12th.

Nature Drawing and Painting meets Thursday afternoons beginning April 12th.


As Missouri native, Tracy Ostmann Haschke’s artistic roots grew from a family of craftsmen and artisans. She received her B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and attended The Art Institute of Chicago, completing the Post Baccalaureate certificate program. She has exhibited paintings in multiple locations and runs Studi-O, a decorative arts business. TAC is thrilled to welcome Tracy as a new faculty member to teach “The Shape of Things,” focusing on still-life study and Figure Drawing for Adults.

Figure Drawing for Adults (Beginner-Intermediate) meets Tuesday mornings starting April 10th.

The Shape of Things meets Monday evenings starting April 9th.


Exciting New Spring Classes!

Sculpt the features in bas-relief technique in water-based clay. In this class the eye, ear, mouth and nose will get their time to shine. The focus will be on understanding the basic masses, planes, the anatomy of underlying forms and surface treatment. This class should enhance your understanding of the features and how they affect expression. Students may sculpt a portrait bust. Completed reliefs will be hollowed out as necessary, dried and fired. No experience needed. Students can work realisticly or more abstract. Instruction will be individualized for each student.
Class meets Monday mornings starting April 9th