Visual Arts

The visual arts include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, and architecture. Also included within the visual arts are applied arts such as product design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and decorative art.

"Only Stripes" by Cindy Woods is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Visual Arts Studio 2" by Penn State is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"MLK Jr. Exhibits 1" by Penn State is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Close-up of Art Project" by Penn State is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Visual Arts Class" by Penn State is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Touch Fehringer's Design" by Penn State is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Create your own

Draw in the margins. Capture what you're thinking or feeling visually. Tell a story through your work. See other artists and their work for inspiration. Keep a sketchbook.

Start with

If you're just getting started with drawing, take a pen and paper and scribble or doodle. See the textures and patterns you can create with just a few lines or marks. Start to overlap them in different shapes, styles, and colors, and see what happens.

Try changing the size and how tight together your marks are - how does your drawing style change when you draw really big? What about really small? If you can, experiment with different materials. Don't worry about quality - just make a lot of art. Artists have made entire series just through texture and color.

Then try

Take a look at something in the world and try to break it down into its basic shapes, textures, and lines. Does it have shadows or reflections? Is it hard or soft, manmade or from nature? Try re-creating something you see - an object, a person, or even another piece of art. How might you use textures and patterns to capture those qualities?

Start a sketchbook and try one drawing a day. It doesn't always have to be something you see - you can draw dreams, memories, or feelings too.

Keep going

Try adding other elements to your work, such as letters and words, magazine clippings, photographs, or other objects. Play with making art at different sizes and layering different materials in a collage-style. You can even experiment with how your art might work with music, spoken word, or poetry.

Go to galleries and museums for inspiration, or visit artist studios to see other artists in action. Think about joining a studio or taking classes to keep learning and growing as an artist.


Workshops & Events


Digital media lab

Organized by Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
Time: After school 4:30-6:30pm
Location: 5114 S. Elizabeth St
Contact us: call 773-952-6643 to confirm
Cost: FREE

Arts = Smarts

After School Program
Organized by Little Black Pearl
Time: Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm
Location: 1060 East 47th St
Contact us: call 773-285-1211 to confirm
Cost: FREE

Drop In Hip Hop Arts Programs

Organized by Kuumba Lynx
Time: Summer: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Fall & Spring: Monday-Friday 4-8pm
Location: 4501 N. Clarendon
Contact us: call 773-569-2103 to confirm
Cost: FREE


2nd Fridays Gallery Night

Organized by the Chicago Arts District
Time: 2nd Fridays, 6-10pm
Location: galleries near South Halsted and 18th St
Contact us: check website to confirm
Cost: FREE