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posted: 8/22/2014 11:53 AM

DuPage Art League offers classes for young artists

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By Sally Hines
DuPage Art League

Three new teachers and innovative art classes have been added to the schedule for young artists this fall at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton.

Classes are for students ages 5 to 17 and include a variety of subjects such as mixed media and cartooning.

Creative Exploration in Mixed Media will show students how to create mixed media art using found objects. Cartooning and Illustration will teach young artists how to create single-frame gag cartoon strips and graphic novels. Another class enables kids to take off on an adventure through art history and explore artists through different mediums.

Drawing, painting and mixed media classes are also available. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 8. The full schedule can be viewed at

The new teachers bring a wealth of experience. Shawn Sargent has a degree in visual and critical studies from the School of the Art Institute. She is an award-winning tutor and art instructor, and a published artist, writer/editor and photographer.

Liesl Mann graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor of science degree in art education. She taught elementary and high school art in southwest Michigan before moving to Illinois.

Pat Klingbiel taught preschool for 10 years and has created programs that combine stories with art projects for younger students. In addition, Anne Fines, Marilyn Dwyer and Charles Welch will be back with new techniques and media.

Details on all classes can be found in schedules available at the art league, 218 W. Front St., Wheaton, or on the website. The DuPage Art League is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, call (630) 653-7090.