Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts


Learn Art. View Art. At a Gold Coast treasure built in 1876.

The Palette & Chisel has been located for nearly 100 years in an Italianate mansion built just after the Great Chicago Fire. Founded in 1895 with a mission to teach and promote representational art, the academy continues that tradition today. We offer a variety of courses appealing to beginning and advanced students alike. Skilled instructors in painting, drawing and sculpting provide the student the opportunity to learn and develop. In addition, an unequaled 60 hours per week are devoted to uninstructed open studios with models, where you can hone your craft by working from life. The main floor of the mansion features beautiful woodwork, 16-foot ceilings, our permanent collection and gallery space for rotating individual and group fine art exhibitions and sales. A 100+ year aura of creativity awaits you the second you open the door.

Exhibits change roughly every two weeks. Visit our website for gallery openings and a complete course and open studio schedule.

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