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6th – 8th Grade Art Intensive: Drawings and Illustrations

Monday – Thursday, June 12 – 15 from 1-4 p.m.

This intensive offers students the opportunity to challenge their drawing and illustration skills while experimenting with traditional and contemporary techniques and concepts. Students will work with a wide range of materials and surfaces while investigating drawings and illustrations of artists from all over the world.  Fee:  $95

Teen Art Intensive:  Painting and Drawing

Monday – Thursday, June 19 – 22 from 1-4 p.m.

This intensive offers students the opportunity to work with contemporary and traditional painting and drawing media in a challenging and creative environment. Successful and advanced compositional design of the 2-D work will be a main objective of instruction.  Fee: $95  

6th – 8th Grade Art Intensive: Sculpture

Monday – Thursday, July 10 – 13 from 1-4 p.m.

Through the use of traditional and contemporary materials, students will learn to create non-functional sculpture. Compositional design, along with the formal elements such as positive and negative space, form, and line will be explored.  Fee: $95   

Teen Intensive: Sculpture

Monday – Thursday, July 17 – 20 from 1-4 p.m.

This intensive will challenge students to investigate a myriad of sculptural design principles with close examination of form and composition. Students will work with a variety of traditional and non-traditional media, while also learning about art history and art critique.  Fee:  $95

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Encaustic Workshop with Julie Snidle
Encaustic Workshop with Julie Snidle

Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

We’re heating things up with artist and instructor Julie Snidle as she offers one of her spectacular encaustic workshops at the Schmidt. You’ll be introduced to a few encaustic wax techniques using torches, heat guns and more, and you will walk away with a finished encaustic painting of your own.

There are limited spaces available, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. All supplies are included, but feel free to bring your own snack or lunch. Must be 18 years or older. 

Schmidt Art Center and Gateway East Artist Guild member class fee = $75 
Non-member class fee = $85

To register, call us at 618-222-5278.

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To register online please go here. For any questions, please call 618-222-5278 or email

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Deadline to register for classes is four business days prior to the start of the class. (Exception - The Creative Kids students may continue to register up to the start of the class.) Please note, we accept a maximum of 20 students in each class and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Schmidt Art Center will not offer make-up classes or prorated class fees, so please check your calendar closely before registering. The instructor will make every reasonable effort to assist the student with what was missed. 

Refunds, Withdrawals, Low Enrollment
Tuition will be refunded, less a 10 percent processing fee, only if you withdraw from classes at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the class. No refunds or credits will be given for withdrawals after the deadline except for documented medical reasons. There are no exceptions to this policy.  

If class is canceled due to low enrollment, you will be notified three business days prior to class beginning. You may choose another class if available or a refund will be issued.

Inclement Weather
If Southwestern Illinois College is closed due to inclement weather, Schmidt Art Center classes will also be canceled. That information will be on the Schmidt Art Center phone message at 618-222-5ART (5278) and on the college’s website at A refund will be issued for the canceled class.     

Please dress appropriately as art can get messy. Smocks are not provided. For the safety of the student, flip-flops or open-toed shoes are not encouraged.

All supplies are included in the class fee unless noted otherwise.

All classes are located in the Schmidt Art Center unless noted otherwise. For driving directions, please visit here.

Safety and Behavior Policies
Supervision is provided in the building during class time only. If parents/guardians are responsible for transportation, please make certain to pick the student up promptly at the end of class.

The Schmidt Art Center reserves the right to have a student removed from a class if it is necessary for the safety or well-being of the student or others. Southwestern Illinois College Public Safety officers are on duty at all times and will act in an appropriate manner toward misbehavior and conduct. The Schmidt Art Center reserves the right to deny future enrollment, and if required to leave, the parent/guardian will be contacted and a refund will not be issued.