Wednesdays 10:00 AM – NOON In-person classes starting in 2021. Contact me for private zoom lessons now!
Is the world stressing you out? Scientific studies have shown there is a connection between making art and reducing stress in your mind and body. Making art doesn't only make you feel better, it also creates tangible, physical changes in your body and brain.
Unwind, live in the moment, and have fun by learning new acrylic painting techniques. Have a cup of coffee and make art following the lesson of the day or work on your own projects while instructor Mary Telfer offers guidance and critiques. The camaraderie of the class offers a unique opportunity to bring your art to a higher level by brainstorming with each other.
unwind with art
ten-week in-person classes starting in 2021
Mary’s McHenry, IL studio. Private message or email for address, email@example.com - because of COVID-19 I am teaching private lessons through Zoom. Cost of private lessons through Zoom is $45 an hour.
Cost of in-person classes is $190 for the ten-week in-person class. To pay click the Buy Now button at the top left of this page. OR my "walk in" price is $20 per day - let me know the day before you plan to attend.
“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
"I create a sense of community in the classroom. I have taught children and adults of all ages and abilities for twenty years and I’ve discovered that people learn better when they feel safe enough to ask questions and be themselves. Each person is unique, but they all enjoy coming to a place that feels like a community. I feel deep satisfaction when I find out that many of my students have kept in touch with each other or have become friends.
I help my students find the art they want to make by asking them questions. What do you feel passionate about? What is it you want to say? What medium feels like a good way to express that? I also encourage them to try an idea, even if they aren’t sure it will work. It’s through doing and experimenting that they often have a breakthrough.
It’s important to be proficient at demonstrating art material techniques, but it’s just as important to discuss why you use them. I believe in an engaged pedagogy where the classroom, including the teacher, learn from each other rather than a system of memorization of techniques. This is especially important in an art room, as there are guidelines with any particular media, but there are no fixed rules. Sometimes I use my own work to discuss as an example along with discussing the students work. This way as a group we are able to come to a deeper understanding of a particular topic or art piece.
I believe that untapped creativity is unhealthy for anyone - inside and out" - Mary Telfer