Al's Wonderland

Al's Wonderland

5.0 (1)
Best of 2022
1 employee
10 years in business

About this pro

Alison is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on color.

Having spent the bulk of her career in the arts, the professional artist worked in production, portrait painting, a variety of teaching studios and started her own traveling art studio which brought painting instruction to bars and restaraunts.

Alison offers insight into color theory as well as seeing vs. looking at your subject. 

In addition to painting, Alison is adept at fiber arts and framing. 

Her work is on display in private collections, the Art Institute of Chicago (offices) as well as public spaces throughout the city of Chicago. 

Check out samples of her work online at

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Chicago, IL 60657
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  • Liz

    Alison is a fantastic teacher, skilled in many different mediums.. and a beautiful soul! Would totally take more lessons with her!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

It's important to talk generally about what the artist is looking to work on or any specific goals they're looking to acheive. 

Once we've established a vision of what our classes will include, we'll work to coordinate on date, time and whether the artist is interested in working together on a regular basis. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

In addition to formal training as a professional communicator, I've worked in the arts for most of my career. I've worked as a production artists as well as for private clients to create commissioned portraits for their private collections as well as for unique gifts. 

Additionally, I've worked for a number of studios teaching painting, mixed media and fiber arts to students across literally all age groups; from pre-school to seniors. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing is contingent upon class size and duration as well as materials. Oil paints are significantly more expensive then acrylic, for example. 

How did you get started teaching?

Honestly, I was interested in making a little extra money, but after my first class I was hooked. I taught a painting class at a birthday party attended by elderly women and it went phenomenally well. I spent that night speaking the language of color, light, and positive space and it went way better than I imagined. That event changed the whole trajectory of my career. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Pre-school age children for whom I organized a variety of lesson plans right on through the elderly who are patient and super clued in to observation. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently taught a crochet class during a baby shower where all of the participants worked to create a baby blanket. It was a blast, particularly because there were so many babies laying around and chasing after the balls of yarn. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find someone whose artwork speaks to you and who makes you feel comfortable. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Do you have any experience in the field you're looking to learn more about? 

Lessons offered

Acrylic Painting Lessons Oil Painting Classes Painting Classes