Art Classes in our Community

The Rockford Area Arts Council is proud to share unique arts opportunities taking place in the Rockford region. Classes are updated seasonally. For more information about any of the listed programs, please visit their website.

Artists and organizations are welcome to share their classes with the Arts Council.

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Angelic Organics Learning Center

Watercolor Painting
Ages: 8 – 99
Experience the beauty and wonder of the golden hour on the farm. Explore the farm’s whimsical spaces and capture the golden light in watercolor paint.
June 25, July 16, August 20 at 7:00 pm
Cost: $30 per person/class
Angelic Organics Lodge 1936 Rockton Rd., Caledonia, IL 61011

Summer Photography
Ages: 14-99
Capture the beauty of summer on the farm.  All cameras and experience levels are welcome.
August 11, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: $20
Angelic Organics Learning Center 1545 Rockton Rd., Caledonia, IL 61011


JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery

Jean Apgar Watercolor Series
Ages: 5 – 17 years old
Paint a Tiger with Jean Apgar – June 15
Paint a Still Life with Jean Apgar – June 27
Paint a Portrait with Jean Apgar – August 10
Tuesdays; 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost:  $35
Location: JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery 210 W. Main Street, Rockton, IL 61072

Cassie Branecki Polymer Clay Series
Ages 5 – 17 years old
Clay Cat-Tuss
Monday, July 12 & Thursday, July 15
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $57
Location: JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery 210 W. Main Street, Rockton, IL 61072

Patti Steinback Summer Fun Series
Ages: 5 – 17 years old
Summer Frame with Photo – Thursday, June 17
Clay Pot Art – Thursday, July 22
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Cost: $25 – $28
Location: JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery 210 W. Main Street, Rockton, IL 61072


Natural Land Institute

2021 Virtual Family Nature Adventure
Ages: ALL
Nature and arts-themed learning videos to watch and then do an activity related to it outside.
Cost: FREE
June 23 – August 11
Location: Online and in your backyard


Rockford Art Museum

Over 20 classes to select!
Ages Vary by class
June – August
Cost: MEMBERS Pay Less
Rockford Art Museum: 711 N. Main St. Rockford


Rockford Public Library

Mural Painting
Ages: 3-99
International illustrator and artist Eddaviel will be installing a mural on the theme “Reading Colors Your World.”  Youth are invited to participate in the process and can sign up for one or multiple one-hour slots to work in a group with the artist, helping to paint the mural.  Other library programming will be happening at the mural daily throughout the month of June.  All details on the library event calendar
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays through June
Cost: FREE
765 N. Madison St., Rockford, IL 61107


Rockford Public Schools

Multiple Opportunities
Ages Vary by class
June – August
Cost: FREE
Various locations


Severson Dells Nature Center

Accessible Arts/Visual Arts
(Ages 14-99) Nature art explorations program – draw, write, sculpt, and create on guided art hikes (supplies provided).
June 16, 30; Wednesdays 1:00 – 3:00 PM
$7 members, $10 General Admission
8786 Montague Rd, Rockford, IL 61102


SmARTy Pants Rockford Art Studio

Acrylic Painting
Ages 10+
July 12,13,14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm — Cost: $225
10:00 am – 1:00 pm — Cost: $150

Let the Sunshine In Mini Camp
Ages 6+
July 26-27
10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Cost: $75

Super Fun Comic Camp!
Ages 10+
August 2-4
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $175
Location:   317 Market St. Rockford, IL  61107


Three Ravens Studio

Ceramics Classes
Ages: 11 – 99
Wheel throwing classes and hand-building projects.
June – August, Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $60 – $200
Location: 1404 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103