Trausch Fine Arts

Workshops & Instruction

Zoom Classes 2021

Registration and description is through the Northshore Art League website.

  • “Innovative Approaches to Pen/ Ink drawing with Watercolor Washes”, May 10 - June 14, 3 to 5 pm on Mondays


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

  • “Landscape Painting: Realism to Expressive“, May 19 - June 23 ... 6 sessions from 6 to 9 pm on Wednesdays

In Person Workshops 2021

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.

  • May 27th House of 7 Gables, Harvard, Ill.
  • June 3rd Ginger Blossom’s Farm, Richmond, Ill.
  • June 17th Boatdocks, downtown Lake Geneva, Wisc.
  • July 1st Nelson’s Pond and Gardens, Barrington Hills, Ill.
  • July 8th Lucky Break Farm, Elkhorn, Wisc.
  • July 15th Brookdale Conservation Area, Woodstock, Ill.
  • 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!



Woodstock Fine Art classes - weekly Woodstock, Illinois morning and evening classes:

  • Every Thursday morning from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church at the corner of Route 47 & St. John's Road. All media are welcome as the classes are based on instruction in values, composition, color, design and personal interpretation. Bring your own art supplies, easel, etc. We meet in class rooms with tables at the church. The cost for 5 classes is $100 and these classes do not have to be taken consecutively.
  • Evening class is at St. John's Lutheran Church at the corner of Route 47 & St. John's Road from 6 to 9 pm each Thursday. Same above instruction content and the cost is $125 for the 5 classes. In either class, bring your own photo references as starting points ... demonstrations given periodically.

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.