For Artists

Critique Group: A Monthly Series for Practicing Artists

Develop your ideas through in-depth group discussion of your work and the work of the other artists, led by Art Encounter’s Artistic Director and co-founder, Joanna Pinsky. This series covers exhibition opportunities, presentation of work, gallery information, discussion of current art controversies, and interesting art journal readings. Critique Series participants have free access to all Art Encounter Weekend Art Walks. All mediums and skill levels welcome.

WHEN: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, 2/11/20, 3/10/20, 4/14/20, 5/12/20, 6/9/20

WHERE: Joanna Pinsky’s studio in Evanston, address provided upon registration

PRICE: Full series $100 for Art Encounter members, $130 for non-members; $30 for single session

To register, please call 847-328-9222 or email

To submit a payment for Critique Group online, please click here.

The Art Encounter Method: A Training Program for Artists and Teachers

Interested in leading art encounters? This four-day series, led by Art Encounter’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director Joanna Pinsky, will give you the tools to lead guided group discussions about art with both youth and adults. Learn how to approach an artwork from different perspectives, convert your observations into questions, and moderate discussions across mixed ages. This program is valuable for teachers and artists alike for a variety of different settings.

WHEN: Tuesdays, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21; first two sessions 10:30 am-2:30 pm, second two sessions 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

WHERE: First two sessions at The Art Institute of Chicago; second two sessions at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston

PRICE: $160; scholarships available

To register, please call 847-328-9222 or email

Open Your Studio: Host a Tour

Are you a professional artist looking to share your studio space with the community? Art Encounter brings tour groups to studios for in-depth discussions. Email to tell us you’re interested.