Our Programs


Art Education

We provide high-quality art classes for all ages in a variety of mediums including drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics, metal-working, jewelry-making, and more. We serve hundreds of students from 35 surrounding towns. Private instruction is available for students looking for an independent study of a particular technique, medium, or style of work. We also offer facilitated, non-instructional, Life Drawing sessions featuring an unclothed model.

If you are looking for group classes, we offer art parties, boy/girl scout classes, and outings for special occasions.

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Weekdays and Weekends


160 S. Water Street
Batavia, IL 60510


Art outreach

Our Art Outreach programs provide free art instruction for under-resourced families and schools in the area to help make the arts more accessible to those in need. Last year we provided over 2,000 free art sessions by partnering with key stakeholders in our community such as public schools, libraries, senior centers, section 8 housing facilities, and more.

We are in our third year of providing our Ripple Effect program to the Fox Valley area. Ripple Effect is a free, weekly STEAM class that focuses on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math with art. During this 3-week course, students between the ages of 8-12 learn about dendrites and fractals in nature and in math. This program is generously funded by the Dunham Fund.


Depending on location


Public Schools, Public Libraries, Batavia Apartments. Kane County Jail. Holmstad Retirement Community, and more


Gallery exhibitions

We provide 24 exhibitions and exhibit over 100 artists annually in our two premiere galleries: The Dempsey Family Gallery located on the first floor and the newly named Chicago Capital Gallery located on the second floor. In 2019 we were awarded “Best Gallery” by Kane County Chronicle and West Suburban Living Magazine. Our Gallery Committee is dedicated to jurying and curating diverse, engaging, and skillful artwork every month for our community to enjoy. Special thank you to our curators, Steve Sherrell, Sally Sherrell, and Richard DeVeau.

The Artist Collective at Water Street Studios …..


Join us from 6-9PM every 2nd Friday for new exhibition openings
These events are free and open to the public


Dempsey Family Gallery: 1st Floor
Chicago Capital Gallery: 2nd Floor
Artist Collective Gallery: Studio 26
Resident Artist Gallery: 2nd Floor


Artist Studios

We have 26 artist studios for emerging and professional artists to work in a highly creative and collaborative environment. The Artist Studios at Water Street Studios come with a wide variety of benefits to support artists including: subsidized rent, opportunities to exhibit and sell artwork, exposure to thousands of visitors every year, opportunities to be employed as an instructor, connection to a vibrant arts community, and more. 


24/7 access to facility

3D artists on first floor
2D artists on second floor



Water Street Studios hosts public and private events in our 16,000 square foot historic venue.
On-going public events include: Gallery Opening Receptions every month attract hundreds of visitors to see new exhibitions, tour the artist studios, and enjoy a cash bar for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening. Live Art Series featuring unique performances celebrating a variety of art forms such as storytelling, culinary arts, magic, puppetry, music, film, and more. Waterline Writers featuring the curated works of authors sharing written work followed by an open mic. Open Sketch is a family-friendly opportunity for people of all ages to come together on a Sunday afternoon to create artwork together.

Want to rent out our historic venue for your special event? We offer unique and memorable spaces for any occasion including, but not limited to: weddings, receptions, showers, birthday parties, fundraisers, cocktail parties, reunions, memorials, meetings, presentations, lectures, and more.


Gallery Opening Receptions: Every 2nd Friday
Live Art Series: 4th Friday of March, June, and October
Waterline Writers: 3rd Sunday September-May
Open Sketch: Last Sunday of each month

Event Rentals for private events also available
on weekends and weekdays.