Evanston Art Center

Introduction to Interior Design

This is a six week class that meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm focusing on the fundamentals of interior design. Our goal at the Evanston Art Center is to provide an empowering, fun and informative class helping students with their own home's beauty and functionality.

The class will review how to start a project, draw a layout to scale, and communicate using trade vocabulary. Using a student's designated space, we will renovate and improve the space all based on a "vision board" created in class.

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Amy’s class was very enjoyable and was a great intro. to interior design. Amy really made herself available to answer questions and help us with our projects. Thanks to her, I was finally able to to get unstuck and to pick the right colors for my space and finish decorating my entryway and living room!
— Heather, Evanston

I hold an interactive class and listen to interests and needs of students on the first day in order to create a tailored syllabus. This also includes field trips to local furniture stores as well as the Merchandise Mart, which are optional to the class.

Topics covered...

  • Wish Lists / Mood Boards

  • Color Theory

  • Research techniques - Houzz.com, Pinterest, Online Shopping

  • Feng Shui

  • Space - Proportion, Flow, Accessibility, Function

  • Surface - Color, Material, Texture, Pattern

  • Environment - Natural Light, Artificial Light, Sound

  • Sustainability Practices, Cost Effective Solutions, Improving your Investment

  • Resources and Vendors - Merchandise Mart, Local Stores, Craftsman and Artists

  • Finding the right Interior Designer, Real Estate Professional, General Contractor

Reference books include: The Interior Design Reference + Specification Book by Chris Grimley and Mimi Love and the Architecture Reference + Specification Book by Julia McMorrough, both published in 2013 by Rockport.

Evanston Art Center is a non-profit (501(c)3) visual arts organization in Evanston, IL. The Evanston Art Center specializes in art education, scholarship programs, community events, public programs, outreach and exhibitions. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

For more than eighty years the Evanston Art Center has been a major force in bringing together people, art and ideas. One of the oldest and largest visual art centers in Illinois, the Evanston Art Center’s mission is to make the visual arts an integral and accessible part of the lives of the diverse audiences in the surrounding communities.

The Art Center fulfills this mission through an extensive offering of visual arts classes, public lectures, changing exhibitions, youth outreach activities, and publications, all of which are designed to engage and enrich the individual and the community.

The Art Center was established in 1929 by a group of civic and cultural leaders from the Evanston community. Alice C. Riley was the guiding light of this group of culturally minded citizens. Under her guidance, the Art Center was established and it thrived. Ms. Riley felt the true worth of a community could not be measured by economic success alone, but also had to take into consideration a rich cultural life.

EAC specializes in education, exhibitions, events, public programs, and community partnerships that involve youth, teens, and adults.
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