Naperville artist to teach oil pastels class

  • Naperville resident Maureen McKee is an award-winning artist.

    Naperville resident Maureen McKee is an award-winning artist.

  • Naperville artist Maureen McKee will teach an oil pastels class.

    Naperville artist Maureen McKee will teach an oil pastels class. Courtesy of Naperville Art League

Naperville Art League
Updated 6/15/2017 1:55 PM

Award-winning, Naperville artist Maureen McKee will present a "how to" class on oil pastel art from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, June 25, July 9 and 16, at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St., Naperville.

The class is for beginner to intermediate level adult students.


Oil pastels produce similar effects to oil painting, but with the convenience of drawing.

"It's considered a fast medium because, unlike oil painting, there is no need to wait days for it to dry. And the versatility is wonderful," McKee said.

One can sketch, under paint, layer, blend, scrape, etch and do more with this art form. It's so versatile, it can also be used on a variety of surfaces. Paper, canvas, hardboard, wood, and metal are some to the surfaces oil pastel artists choose.

"It's a fun, spontaneous medium that allows for a wide range of individual styles," McKee said.

In the class, students will learn composition, color and design techniques, along with diverse ways to use oil pastels, and then work on projects of their choice.

"I believe people should work on subjects that touch their hearts," McKee said.

Students will begin a new piece of art at each session. Most students finish at least 80 percent of the piece by the end of the day. Cost of the class is $85. A supply list is available.

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McKee studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and worked as a graphic designer before dedicating her creative efforts to painting. She has shown her work in art shows across the country and won many awards. Her work has an impressionistic tendency that incorporates rhythm and vibrancy.

She is a long-standing member of the Naperville Art League and other area art organizations. Her website is

To register for the class, contact the Naperville Art League at (630) 355-2530. Naperville Art League offers a variety of classes for all ages and skill levels. The summer class list is available at

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