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Contract artist of the Field Museum leads 1-hour classes that guide students through an ancient art, helping them create cranes and flowers

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  • $20 for an origami class for one (a $40 value)
  • $39 for an origami class for two (an $80 value)

In all-ages classes held Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Ian M. Sherwin helps students carry on the ancient, therapeutic tradition of origami by folding bright paper cranes, flowers, bugs, and animals.

Soul Impressions

Long comfortable with a pencil and pen, School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate Ian M. Sherwin had to struggle to regain his craft after losing sight in one eye. As he relearned how to draw with diminished depth perception, the vivid colors and bold lines possible in painting suddenly seemed more tempting than ever before. These days, his gallery—tucked away on a quiet Lakeview side street—pops with abstract acrylic swooshes of hopeful pinks and greens covering canvas and wood. Sherwin also hosts "Side by Side" shows where he showcases his work alongside the work of one of his students.

When he's not busy with a brush in hand, Sherwin can often be found merging art and science in programs for kids and families at the Field Museum, where he's a contract artist. He continues his educational mission back in the studio, staying open into the evening to teach art classes in a variety of media, including acrylics and emotions.

Customer Reviews

My friend and I had a great time last night. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and Topher did a great job walking around making personal connections with all the guests.
Megan G. · January 24, 2014
It was a lovely evening. It was a nice chance to relax, have fun with paint, and make something I can enjoy for some time to come. :)
Susan S. · January 23, 2014
It was wonderful , we had a great time and met Very nice people. The instructor really made us all comfortable and helped us embarrass the artist In all if us. The music was great. The evening Was perfect.
Nancy B. · January 19, 2014
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