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CANCELED | Sketch Class: Sketchbook—A Collector’s Habit

Six Thursdays, March 12–April 23 (no class on April 16) | 5:30–7:30

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  • This program is currently sold out. To be added onto the waiting list, please email 

    $165 members, $190 nonmembers

In the interest of the health and safety of our visitors, guest speakers, performers, and staff, we are canceling all events through April 10. We hope to reschedule this program and will let all current registrants know of the new date as soon as it’s set. 

Please review other precautionary measures the museum is taking due to COVID-19.

Start collecting images, observations, ideas, and thoughts in a sketchbook. Drawing regularly in a sketchbook encourages creative thinking, fosters experimentation, and is a valuable practice for both beginner and seasoned artists. In this six-week session, you’ll be inspired by works in the museum’s collection as well as events, experiences, and observations from your everyday life.

This class is for people ages 16 and up. All materials will be provided.

About the Instructor
Leslie Baum is a painter and a museum educator with 25 years of teaching experience. Her paintings are in the Art Institute’s permanent collection and have been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. She values the relationship between her teaching and painting practices. She received her BA from the University of Vermont and studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland.

Various artwork made by sketch class students pinned on a cork board wall.

Photo by Nancy Chen.

Persons with disabilities who would like to request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program are encouraged to send an email to two weeks in advance of the program. 


Support for public programs is provided in part by the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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