Trausch Fine Arts

Workshops & Instruction

Zoom Classes 2021

Registration and description is through the Northshore Art League website.

  • “Figure and Portraits in Watercolor”, October 18 - November 15, 3 to 5 pm on Mondays
  • “Figure and Portraits in Watercolor”, November 22 - December 20, 3 to 5 pm on Mondays

Registration and description is through Chicago Botanic Garden's website.

  • "WaterCOLOR: Fall Colors: Fruits and gourds and vegs", October 2 - 23, (in person) 1 to 4 pm on Saturdays
  • “Including Figures in Your Landscape Painting“, November 9 - December 14 ... 6 sessions from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesdays
    Please see the Chicago Botanic Garden's website in the near future for details and to register.

In Person Workshops 2021

DOOR COUNTY, WI. PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP ... Sept. 21 - 23, 2021: Check in on Monday September 20th in Fish Creek. All media welcome and we have some great locations to paint inspired scenes. Workshop fee for instruction, demonstrations, and critiques is $275. We can help you on housing and art related Plein air questions.
To hold your spot, please remit $140 as a deposit to: Thomas Trausch, 2403 Mustang Trail, Woodstock, IL 60098

En Plein Air 2021

Join us for “EN PLEIN AIR 2021”. NOW IS THE TIME TO GET OUTSIDE! There is no better way to learn color, value and light than to paint from life ‘en plein air’. This will also greatly benefit your larger studio paintings as well. You will learn to observe and make decisions in a timely manner. As we edit nature, we decide what to emphasize and what to leave out. Painting with fellow artists is an opportunity to grow and be inspired. Some new locations have been added this year as well as keeping some trusted ‘old friends’. Please join us for some great painting at these select sites for the 2021 season.

  • July 22nd Fox River Preserve, Barrington, Ill.
  • July 29th Volkening Farm, Schaumburg, Ill.
  • August 5th Ridgefield, Ill. (antiques, etc.), Crystal Lake, Ill.
  • August 12th Farm on the Fox River, Antioch, Ill.
  • August 19th Piscasaw Gardens, Harvard, Ill.

All classes meet at the sites on Thursdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. We try to have the class, rain or shine. (Email or call me early in the morning, if in doubt, to see if we have a class.) You may send one check if you would like and the cost is $35 per class. Please remit to: Thomas Trausch, 2403 Mustang Trail, Woodstock, IL, 60098.

If you have ever wanted to paint en plein air or have limited experience in doing so, I would be happy to go over supplies with you, what to expect, as well as specific directions to each location. Please call 815-245-0819 or email me at with questions.

Workshops are frequently conducted either at our studio (Woodstock), regionally (Starved Rock State Park, Brown County, Indiana, for example), nationally (The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Door County, etc.) and internationally (Ireland, Italy and France) ... all great places to travel to and to enjoy!




Tom teaching


Art Leagues and Groups

Demonstrations in either oils or watercolor are offered as a method to instruct, motivate and entertain. Many northern Illinois and Chicago area art organizations have enjoyed painting demonstrations, critiques and judging of their members' artwork for over 30 years.