Creation Space Classes and Workshop Information

Welcome to the Creation Space!

Considering the arts to be an expression of our "co-creator" relationship with God, Emmanuel is pleased to anounce a partnership with The Kensington Arts Center -  a 501(c)(3) - to carry out the CREATE portion of the Emmanuel mission.  The Creation Space is a part of the Kensington Arts Center, providing classes, workshops and parties for children and adults.  Open to the public(classes are non-denominational), these courses are intended to foster lifelong creative expression and to nourish the creative spirit in all  of us. Rachel Weaver Rivera of Imagine Art Studio is the head of the Creation Space at the Kensington Arts Center. 

We invite you to review the list of classes below.  Please visit for more information, registration, fillable forms and payment options.  NOTE:  ALL REGISTRATION FOR KAC CLASSES IS NOW DONE THROUGH THE CENTER - CLICK TO VISIT THE WEBSITE.


Art Classes for Adults

SATURDAY OIL PAINTING WITH JAMES SWANSON:  Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This class is a big nudge in the right direction for oil painters with painting time under their belts.  Taught by award-winning instructor James Swanson, it will be full or instructions, tips, and laughs.  Level: Imtermediate to Advanced.  Call Jim at 708.606.2742 for more information or to register.

*  FEE:  $130 for 8 weeks  (plus $20 annual registration for  students new to the KAC)




Need a fun way to unwind after finishing your homework? Want to learn professional-artist drawing and painting techniques? Discover how to develop effective compositions and skills such as expressive contour line, basic perspective, proportion, shading, blending, and more. Explore materials like charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil on surfaces such as cardboard, wood, canvas, and watercolor paper. New projects each session!

  • Mondays nights from 7:15-8:30 PM: Session 2- 11/6, 13, 27, 12/4, 11
  • Fee: Session 2-$100 (5 weeks)



Like tapping into your imagination? Eager to bring wild ideas to life? Learn how to paint still life, animal portraits, fantastical landscapes, and moving figure drawings that reveal hidden meanings and profound character. Focus on experimenting with interesting material combinations and building compositional layers. Use fun materials such as liquid watercolor in spray bottles, tempera paint with hand-made brushes, and acrylic paint on canvas. New projects each session!

  • Saturday afternoons from 4-5:15 PM: Session 2-11/4, 18, 12/2, 9, 16
  • Fee: Session 2-$100 (5 weeks)



3rd Saturday of the Month: 9/16, 10/21, & 11/18, 10-11 AM

Cost: $20 (for child/caregiver pairs) or $50 total if you sign up for all three! WHAT A DEAL.

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to make art with your child YOU CAN’T MAKE AT HOME. Bring your coffee and camera. Have fun observing and supporting your child to enjoy sensory-based process art. Spend quality time connecting with your young artist while he or she investigates materials like paint, colored chalk, stamps, clay, collage, light, ice, glitter, and glue. Each session will include 4-5 “exploration-stations.” Some projects will be large-scale collaborative and some will be make and take home.


Cost: $30 each or $20 each if you sign up for 3 or more! ENROLL: 773-203-6659.

Terrific Bling Turkeys

Saturday 11/18/17 from 1-2:30

Goble, goble. Have fun making a turkey sculpture out of recycled materials. Re-purpose ordinary household “junque” into a fashionably-wacky decoration for your Thanksgiving dinner table. Your company will be SO impressed!

Fancy Flying Christmas Angel

Saturday 12/9/17 from 1-2:30

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! NO! It’s an amazing angel. Create the most lovely angel you can imagine with sparkling fabrics, colorful netting, feathers, ribbons, gems, and more. Style a beaded loop from which to fly your celestial being.


Art Parties Registration


*For each new student $20 annual registration fee payable to Kensington Arts Cemter will be charged. Discounted registration fee of $10 for additional siblings or family members. This fee helps to cover Creation Space administrative, clerical, and operational costs. 

Parents and caregivers are welcome at any time during class. Pop in a few minutes early at pick up time to see what your child has been working on. Typically, children take ALL their work home on the last day of class in a special portfolio.

Make-up Policy: No problem if you or your child would like to make up the class within the same session. Please call or email with your request so you can be certain the other class you wish to attend has space available.


Birthday Art Parties


The CREATIVE WAY to celebrate your child’s next birthday!

-1.5 hours, typically on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon 

-Includes pre-party planning meeting, instruction, & materials

-Birthday child chooses a *special project for everyone to make

-Project takes 1 hour

-30 minutes for cake (you bring) & presents

-Up to 14 children maximum

-$20 per child


Rachel Weaver Rivera founded Imagine Art Studio in 2001 and has been sharing her love of messy projects and art-making with adults, families, and children ever since! She is very excited to be partnering with The Kensington Arts Center to offer unique art experiences to the community. Rachel has a Master’s in art from the University of Michigan, and recently earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from National Louis University.  She is a full-time therapist at Thrive Counseling Center in Oak Park, IL. To view examples of Rachel’s work and learn more about Imagine Art Studio, please visit



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