A working contemporary intuitive abstract painter and Masters Level Art Therapist, I teach in an open and supportive manner. I help my students gain comfort in utilizing various art materials including acrylic paints, chalk and oil pastels and collage as a means of exploring self expression and large scale abstract painting.
I truly enjoy the process oriented approach I offer to my students. I enjoy helping those completely new to painting discover a new talent or a new hobby. The focus on the creative process of painting and art making allows for the student to drive their own images working at their own speed. I help students discover a joy in Mark making as well as working large scale, often standing at the wall. And in regards to seasoned painters, I enjoy offering encouraging efforts at showing new ways of approaching one's work and utilizing an open approach to the creative process. There is no right or wrong in my classes, just honoring one's experience and journey in the act of creating and painting
Laurie’s BE FREE large scale painting classes are a wonderful opportunity to make marks with your whole body, making the experience multi-sensory rather than just visual art. Laurie provides a supportive and encouraging environment, a wide variety of tools, and a welcoming atmosphere for artists of all ages and ability levels. Laurie takes the time to connect with every student, and experience your piece with you as it unfolds. Her classes are a retreat from the bustle of daily life.
Laurie Is a master art teacher, She taught me how to be comfortable, to be free with my ideas and to not be afraid to take risks. Laurie encouraged me to just let go of my self judgement on my paintings. Her passion for art and people combined is the reason I love being in her studio. Getting lost in creativity for hours in her studio is pure BLISS!!!!!
I love Laurie's engaging personality and spirit, and i love how much she wants you to enjoy yourself. Her class is a positive, creative atmosphere. A 'no judgment' zone. Just be free to express yourself however u feel. I always leave her class feeling happier and lighter and proud of myself. Its the perfect atmosphere for everyone, no matter their art experience level.
Laurie is a fun, compassionate, brilliant artist and teacher. I love Laurie Maves and can’t wait to come back to paint with her!
We spend about 20-30 minutes discussing past experience, likes and do some short and long term goal setting
Bachelors of Art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Masters of Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have over 25 years experience teaching art and helping in the facilitating of the creative process for all ages.
Individual lessons are two hours for a rate of $190. Students may also enroll in group and public classes that range from $60- $85 a class
Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons