W/O Words

W/O Words

1 employee
1 years in business

About this pro

I manipulate paint, graphite, and cloth to express what I can not in words. I create meditative space through color and the visceral unveil of subconscious content through my hands.  I paint to create quiet space and breathing room for a brain without use for words.  

I enjoy seeing what comes out.  For me I love that painting is a means of expression for things that there are sometimes no words for.  And it heals.  It's meditative, a way of self discovery.  And I love seeing the details.  It's cooling watching people find their flow and helping them express themselves.

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Chicago, IL 60612
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I want to get to know them and what their goals are.  I can accommodate casual to more serious painters!  We can get straight to painting or we can go more in depth can explore something more conceptual, or more traditional.  I want to know what speaks to you, I've loved learning it all and will tailor lessons to fit your needs.  What's most important is that we try to accomplish expressing your vision.  I'll all about bringing out your inner artist and everyone is different.  

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

BA in Fine Art and Art History from DePaul University 2006

BFA SAIC 2019 

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

$55 for first lesson, supplies included; you may have to purchase additional materials, depending on what you want to accomplish.  

$40 for online lessons 

I'm willing to negotiate prices for groups and families.

How did you get started teaching?

I'm a natural educator.  I've taught my friends how to paint and did a series of volunteer adult lessons for clean water fundraising. I've also taught some children how to paint when I used to babysit.  I've been teaching my 2 year old nephew how to paint, too.

What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 2 and up!  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A recent event that I am fond of is the BLM movement.  If we are describing events in art...well I really want to see the Women's World History Exhibit at the Field Museum!  (I'm not sure what to put here)

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

To make practicing a habit, just like exercise!  To start with choosing what colors and techniques feel right to you, and to shoot after what resonates with you--take responsibility for what you are expressing and the why behind it, but don't think about it to the point where that initial feeling gets lost.  Don't get too attached to your expectations when you are learning and allow yourself the space to evolve.

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

What styles do you like? What do you want the subject to be?  What mood are you going after?  Is this for an audience, and who?  Where do you want it to be seen?  Are there materials you want to explore or combine with what you are painting?  What do you want to learn to get better?  

Lessons offered

Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Craft Classes Oil Painting Classes Painting Classes Makeup Classes