Art Classes Matter | Creativity is Essential

We should all share and explore the joy that creating provides!

I offer project based creative classes, ensuring all learning styles can learn and thrive.

We learn art and creativity through doing. Putting drawing, painting, or crochet in the hands of the student improves retention. Plus, instills a love of learning.


I love my job and the benefits it brings my students. Did you know that taking creative classes like this help children (and enforces for us adults):

  • visual analysis

  • aids in better focus and concentration

  • creative problem solving

  • improved mood and happiness

  • confidence

Art has always been important.

In our current world there is so much information coming at us.

 

We are taking in so many different opinions all while trying to interpret our own. Leaving our thoughts and feelings muddled with the world's thoughts and feelings.

 

Leaving us with less than our authentic feelings.

 

Art and creative processes can help us cope, process, and know our true feelings.

 

This is true for us and our children.

No Matter the Problem...ART CAN HELP.

We need to create our own happiness and when at all possible, share that joy with others.

Keep reading to learn more about the different classes I offer for kids and adults here and enroll today.


 

Learn more about how art and feelings are connected in this blog post-How and Why You Should Create a Daily Creative Habit.

Available Courses

1 on 1 Creativity Tutoring

or 1 on 1 classes students can choose any variety of creative projects from the lessons in the catalog to crochet, cross stitch, interior design, diamond painting, watercolor or acrylic painting or any other creative based project they'd like to complete or any skill they want to learn.

 

With notice I will design custom projects based on their needs or wishes.

 

This is basically a create your own course with me in any way you'd like.


Art is Fun

This is a directed drawing course where each week a new drawing will be presented.

 

For my drawing courses I teach with a ‘Show, Tell, Demonstrate” approach.

 

First showing the students what I’d like them to do on a slide, I then tell them what to draw and where, and finally I demonstrate it on my own drawing.

This allows students to “keep up” and not feel behind as they have the information coming to them 3 ways.

 

It also allows for multiple learning styles to be successful.

 

I choose drawings that all levels of artists can confidently complete and encourage creative liberties.

 

For example, last week we drew a birdhouse and a bird, students were encouraged to think about where their birdhouse was, if it had a theme, and how they would represent that.

I had themes/settings from outer space to the farm, mountain landscapes to desert cactuses.

 

Inspiring creativity not only creates confidence that their ideas are worthy, but it also helps them see value in others’ ideas.

 

Often taking those inspirations into the next drawing we create.

* This course is available as pre-recorded lessons, live virtual classes, or in person in SW Michigan

Prerecorded classes are available in 6 week sessions

Virtual Classes are available by 12 week semester or weekly subscription

In Person Classes are available by 12 week semester

Girls Just Want to Have Fun &
Little Girls Want to Have Fun Too

The goal of this club is to create that safe space for girls to express themselves and create lifelong friendships all while they are creating art.

 

Some weeks I will offer examples of how to add journaling into their art, introducing them to the concept of art journaling slowly over time.

 

These journaling additions are a great way to add thought processing and reflection in a time where our kids need an outlet more than ever.

Little Girls Want to Have Fun Too was created out of the desire for those little sisters wanting to have the same girls time as their older siblings.

 

It is geared towards girls 5-7 years old, has a smaller class size and our projects are simplified but along the same theme as the older girls' class.

 

This helps eliminate the ability for those younger girls to try to compare their project to the older girls as they are apples to oranges.

This is a directed drawing course where each week a new drawing will be presented.

 

For my drawing courses I teach with a ‘Show, Tell, Demonstrate” approach.

 

First showing the students what I’d like them to do on a slide, I then tell them what to draw and where, and finally I demonstrate it on my own drawing.

 

This allows students to “keep up” and not feel behind as they have the information coming to them 3 ways.

It also allows for multiple learning styles to be successful.

 

I choose drawings that all levels of artists can confidently complete and encourage creative liberties.

 

For example, we recently drew a birdhouse and a bird, students were encouraged to think about where their birdhouse was, if it had a theme, and how they would represent that.

 

I had themes/settings from outer space to the farm, mountain landscapes to desert cactuses.

Inspiring creativity not only creates confidence that their ideas are worthy, but it also helps them see value in others’ ideas. *Learn more about how creativity creates confidence in kids in this blog post.

 

Often taking those inspirations into the next drawing we create.

Check out the Sample Lesson Gallery

Mimic the Masters

Each week we will gather to learn about a new artist while completing a drawing/art project.

 

This is part social, part project based, and all fun!

 

We will look at the art and techniques of a few famous artists and create our own masterpiece by mimicking their techniques.

 

Students are encouraged to take their own creative liberties making their art their very own.

 

I am not a “this must go here” and “that must be yellow” type of art teacher.

 

Lessons for this course are denoted in the catalog by the artists last name with the word Inspired following.

 

Such as Blair Inspired Castle where we'll learn about Mary Blair and create our own castle in her style.

Check out the Mimic the Masters Sample Lesson Gallery

Animal Art Exploration

Each week we will gather and learn a little about our animal of the week all while completing a drawing/art project.

 

I try to share the weird and wacky animal facts that are often overlooked as well as some basic information.

 

This is part science, part project based, and all fun!

Students are encouraged to take their own creative liberties making their art their very own.

 

 I am not a “this must go here” and “that must be yellow” type of art teacher.

 

I love rainbow animals or cats with two tails, especially when there is a story behind it.

 

Asking students to tell us about their drawing helps us know the whole story and learn their inspiration behind it.

 

Lessons for this course are denoted in the catalog with an AA after the animal's name, such as Beavers AA.

 

Check out the Animal Art Exploration Sample Lesson Gallery


Beginner Crochet Intensive One on One Lessons-
An Exploration into the Joys of Fiber Arts

Join Charlotte (the crochet spider) and I on a journey into the world of fiber arts.

 

We will learn all the skills needed to crochet beginner level projects. This class will require daily practice, but anyone can learn to crochet.

Ages 60-106, I recommend for students 6-8 a parent or other adult learn alongside them as they will need more repetition and will benefit to see we all struggle learning something new.

4 twenty-five minute live zoom classes as well as video review lessons for between classes.

 

In our first class we will learn about the tools needed to crochet, learn how to hold the yarn and hook properly, learn the chain stitch and start a scarf.

 

Learning to crochet well takes repetition. Students will need to commit to working at least 15 minutes every single day between classes on the skills learned in the previous class.

In class two we will review skills from class one and learn the single crochet stitch.  Remember to practice every day between classes.

 

In class three we will review skills from class one, learn to finish off, and learn the single crochet stitch. We start on the next part of our scarf. Remember to practice every day between classes.

 

In our fourth and final class we will review everything we’ve learned, assemble our scarf, and begin a different style scarf that can be continued and finished on your own with the skills learned in this class.

 

Supply List (More detail in the class welcome message of your course

Crochet hook size H or I

2 of Any worsted weight yarn, specifics on how to tell what size a yarn will be included in the classes welcome message.

A large eyed needle or shuttle

Stitch Marker that closes completely

Project Based Crochet Classes

Excited to crochet now that you have learned to do the basic crochet stitches? If you have taken crochet and know the basics of holding your yarn, creating a chain and the basic crochet stitches, and are interested learning more, this class is your next step!

 

Lessons will go over the basics for any students that are rusty or brand new. Students should be familiar with both the single crochet and double crochet stitch as well as the chain stitch. If you are looking for a complete crochet beginner course, please check out my Beginners Crochet Intensive Course.

Covered lessons for each course include:

- Choosing the correct yarn and hook for the project

- A review of the stitches

- An introduction to the pattern

- Reading and following a PDF printable crochet pattern

- Any Specialty Stitches Needed

- Hand-sewing basics

- Sewing in the ends to ensure a long-lasting project and invisible seam

- Finishing off your work

This class will be taught by video tutorial allowing you to speed up or slow down the process to fit your needs.

 

Crochet is hard and usually frustrating in the beginning. I empathize with students (both my 6-year-old and my 60 year old students) and help them make light of it, often telling them frustration means they are doing it right or if you feel like you need to have 8 arms like an octopus, you’re on the right track.

 

Learning new things take time and practice. I encourage students to get through the difficult part and find the joy in fiber arts. I have had many students tell me thank you for not letting them give up, often these are the students who have stuck with the craft to the advanced levels.

 

I am available to answer questions any time during the recommended time frame of the course. I will also share the tips and tricks I have learned over the last decade of teaching kids and adults to crochet.

 

Suggestions and encouragement are always provided, I love to see my students successful and can say I’ve never had a student completely give up and not learn.

 

It is my goal for each student to complete my crochet classes with the skills and excitement to further their skills.

Crochet Levels for Courses:

Beginner Level 1- Knows chain stitch and Single Crochet and can create a multi row item such as a scarf, washrag, or blanket.

Beginner Level 2- Level 1 and has completed at least 3 projects but looking to learn new stitches and techniques.

Beginner Level 3- Levels 1 and 2 with an interest in learning more advanced stitches such as foundation stitches and post stitches.

 

**By enrolling in these classes, you are accessing patterns and video tutorials that you can download and reference, even after the course ends. Please refrain from sharing or redistributing these copyrighted materials with others.

Make a Slouchy Shell Stitch Crochet Hat Course

Beginner Level 3

Recommend Time Frame: 4 weeks

Supply List:

• Crochet hook size J (6mm) though gage is not important so a size up or down will work too

• Worsted Weight Yarn (1 skein)  

• Stitch markers (safety pins or bobby pins work)

• 1 Large Button or 2 Medium buttons

Learn to Make a Butterfly Crochet Stuffie Toy Class

Beginner Level 1

Recommend Time Frame: 4 weeks

 

Supply List:

•  Crochet hook size G or H(4-5mm) though gage is not important so a size up or down will work too

•  Partial Skein Worsted Weight Yarn (2 different colors for Body/Wing)

•  Stitch markers (safety pins or bobby pins work)

•  A set of safety eyes

•  Fiberfill

•  Thin black yarn or string for embroidering the face.

Learn to Make a Jellyfish Crochet Stuffie Toy Class

Beginner Level 2

Recommend Time Frame: 5 weeks

 

Supply List:

•  Crochet hook size G (4mm) though gage is not important so a size up or down will work too

•  Worsted Weight Yarn -One full skein or a few partial

•  Stitch markers (safety pins or bobbypins work)

•  Set of Safety eyes 8-12 mm (will not need these until week 4) Can embroider if preferred

•   Large eyed needle, I prefer metal and the slanted tips for ease of sewing parts together.

•   Scissors

•   Fiberfill Stuffing

Learn to Make a Stingray Crochet Stuffie Toy Class

Beginner Level 1

Recommend Time Frame: 4 weeks

 

Supply List:

• Crochet hook size G (4mm) though gage is not important so a size up or down will work too

• Worsted Weight Yarn (2 colors)  

• Stitch markers (safety pins or bobbypins work)

• Set of Safety eyes 6-10 mm (will not need these until week 3) Can embroider if preferred

• Large eyed needle, I prefer metal and the slanted tips for ease of sewing parts together.

• Fiberfill Stuffing

• Scissors 

Learn to Crochet a Turtle Stuffie Toy

Beginner Level 2

Recommend Time Frame: 5 weeks

 

Supply List:

•  Crochet hook size G (4mm) though gage is not important so a size up or down will work too

•  Worsted Weight Yarn -One full skein or a few partial

•  Stitch markers (safety pins or bobbypins work)

•  Set of Safety eyes 6-10 mm (will not need these until week 3) Can embroider if preferred

•  Large eyed needle, I prefer metal and the slanted tips for ease of sewing parts together.

•  Fiberfill Stuffing

•  Scissors

Learn to Make a Slipper or Stocking Crochet Class

Beginner Level 2

Recommend Time Frame: 4 weeks

 

Supply List:

•  Crochet hook size N (11mm) though a hook size up or down can work too

•  Bernat Blanket Yarn (2 Skeins) 1 main color and 1 accent color*

•  Stitch markers (safety pins or bobby pins work)

•  Large Eyed Needle

 

*The two skeins are enough to make 2 pairs of slippers, for the second pair just swap the accent and main colors.


Additional Courses Available by Request

  • 3- or 4-day Art Camps 

  • Typography   

  • Big Mouth Paper Folding Art

  • Intro to Principles of Interior Design

My Teaching Philosophy for Kids

We are our own worst critics.

My goal is to help us take our own art less seriously while also taking art in general more seriously.

Students will learn that growth in a subject matter such as art comes from repetition and breaking larger more complex drawings into simple shapes.

 

My teaching style has a goal to always increase student’s confidence levels, help them see mistakes happen and can be inspiring sometimes, and that art is a great relaxation/self-connection activity.

 

After just a few short weeks parents often notice a surprising increase in their student’s art confidence level.

 

I recently had a 9-year-old student say, "That is cool but looks hard! I wouldn't be surprised to find it easy though!

 

All the art we have made so far has looked hard, but it was actually not hard and fun!"

 

This is 100% my goal.

 

I want to teach my students techniques and drawings that appear hard but are easy enough for them to find success.

 

My passion and excitement about art comes out in my teaching.

 

And I love seeing and hearing the kids get excited about their art.

 

My classes are set up in a way that there are natural social interactions as we trace over our finished piece in black marker or as we work on coloring our masterpiece.

 

I have found even shy or quiet students share in this no pressure environment.

 
 

It is my hope that students will relate to each other through their art and realize that even though we are each unique, being different is ok, in fact being different is awesome!

 

I encourage students to make each project their own, often resulting in a huge variety among the class, to gives them inspiration and grows their creative ability by seeing examples of all that is possible.

 

Students will learn to express their feelings through line and color as well as other art techniques depending on the week attended.

 

If you have a student who typically feels they “can’t draw” this is the perfect class for them.

I have been working with students who do not see themselves as artists for the last 10 years and have had these same students, who were forced to attend the class the first session, beg to continue.

 

I am blessed to have many students stay in class for 4+ years as we don’t repeat projects.

 

This is not a draw this in this exact way, which is what helps these students be successful.

 

The goal for me is to have no students works of art be identical, I encourage them to change things up and follow their gut.

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