by Elaine Luther

The readers of the Chicago Reader weekly newspaper have chosen Lillstreet Art Center, where I’ve taught for years, as the place to go for “Best Art Classes for Amateurs.” Congrats to Lillstreet!

Check out their classes at Lillstreet.com. They’ve got metalsmithing, metal clay, lampworking and so much more. In addition to clay and metals, the kid’s department, summer camps, birthday parties, textiles and printmaking departments are all huge successes.

Oh, and did I mention the artists’ studios and the gallery?

Though they were highlighted in the reader for best classes for amateurs, the advanced metalsmithing class, stonesetting and wax carving all offer something for the aspiring professional. And, the Metals Department head brings in guest instructors from all over the country, about once a semester for professional level workshops.

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