Artist Steve Puttrich will demonstrate and teach plein air painting techniques on several important and yet most overlooked aspect of Plein Air painting including:

Intent - Starting with Why. Why paint that scene to begin with?
Seeing - Art in the Ordinary
Design - Using Line, Shape and Value to its fullest extent in creating strong design
Edges - So often overlooked and yet the easiest to fix.
Color Harmony - Seven ways to harmonize a painting.

Steve Puttrich is a unique combination of award winning artist in oils and watercolor, and an inspiring and successful teacher.  He understands how people learn and what is needed to inspire confidence and build skills in artistry.   "Art for me is a way of connecting things. As Steve Jobs so eloquently said, 'Creativity is just connecting things'.   My ‘why’, is to capture and connect to the moment; connecting people in shared experiences to this place and this time. Creating, connecting and experiencing life in all its fullest, and giving back in worship, to our Heavenly Creator, gratitude for all. All the while, leaving something of beauty behind that could last for centuries. These are just a few of my ‘Whys’.  After spending 35 years as an artist, designer, architectural illustrator and vice president of marketing for a world-wide engineering firm, I'm now creating a life being a husband to my artist/wife Bobbie Puttrich and full-time fine artist and instructor. My passion for teaching is second only to my love of painting.  If you’ve always wanted to paint in oil, now is the time."

Artist Steve Puttrich  was interviewed by WGN TV reporter Sean Lewis during our July 2017 Brush with Nature Plein Air Painting Event at Emily Oaks Nature Center.    Click here for video footage of the interview:




Steve Puttrich Bio: 

Steve Puttrich started his studies at the American Academy of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his degrees in architectural illustration, graphic design and fine art. Steve studied watercolor painting under the Academy’s Director, Irving Shapiro, and Oil Painting under Eugene Hall. After a 35-year career as an artist, designer, and Vice President of Creative Services and Innovation for Parsons Corporations. Steve, along with his wife Bobbie Puttrich, also a fine artist, are now enjoying painting full-time around the country. Steve is also teaching at Chicago’s Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, the Morton Arboretum and Chicago Botanic Garden.   Steve enjoys demonstrating his craft throughout various local venues and has won several awards in Plein Air Painting events as well as quick painting competitions.   Steve is  a member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the Plein Air Painters of Chicago groups.

Co-Sponsored by Blick Art Materials and the Skokie Park District











DATE:   Saturday, October 14, 2017

TIME:   9:00 am - Noon

LOCATION:  Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel, Skokie, IL

COST:  $40 pre-paid participation fee is required.*   (*Fee does not include painting materials.)     Blick Art Materials is offering a pre-packed customized discounted Plein Air Painting Kit for registered participants at a savings of over $200!

Or you can bring your own supplies! 

Registration Deadline:   October 1, 2017

Participation is limited to 15 artists.    (Youth are allowed to participate in the workshop, but must be 16 years old or older with parent/guardian permission.)


Please complete and submit the form below to participate in the workshop.    Once submitted, you will be contacted by email to arrange payment and will be sent a list of painting materials to bring to the workshop. 

First Name
Last Name
Street Address
Zip/Postal Code
Work Phone
Home Phone
Artist Website URL if you have one
Your age if you are under 18


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