Urban Art Retreat

Urban Art Retreat

5.0 (7)
3 hires on Lessons.com
4 employees
35 years in business

About this pro

We are unique, plenty of one-on-one attention, & small group workshops. Urban Art Retreat was formed in 1984. We serve all people.

I love showing people who say they cannot make art, that they can make art. I created a teaching program called EVEN YOU ART in 1971. With this program, I help adults who are intimidated by art-making to make art in a supportive environment. I have a BFA, teaching degree, a masters in psychology, and decades of teaching art.

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Chicago, IL 60623
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7 Reviews


  • Daphne Lecesne

    The instructor is a long time resident and activist in the Lawndale community area, so while we worked we also had a wonderful conversation about community rejuvenation. I personally had an experience that was very appropriate for my vision, and needs in a painting class. Good discussion of the fundamentals.

  • Debra Kinnie

    We enjoyed painting, but not the venue.

  • Debra Kinnie

    I haven't attended yet, but it sounds like a great experience.

  • Stefanie T.

    Urban Art Retreat is a relaxing and expressive environment, an outlet for creativity and dreams!

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

I find out with a simple drawing exercise how much knowlege and experience they have drawing and proceed accordingly. Same with painting.

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

I have a BFA, Teaching Certification in Art, and Masters in psychology. I have been teaching art, and offering therapeutic art sessions for decades.

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

Currently, I offer art classes at Urban Art Retreat for adults who can make a commitment.  I am available afternoons except Tue/Wed/Sat. NO EVENINGS

How did you get started teaching?

Making art helped me through my difficult childhood. It continues to work for me and others. So, I wanted to offer this as an option for adults who seek relaxation, insight, knowlege and more through art-making. I developed a unique teaching method I call EVEN YOU ART in 1971 at State University of New York. In a supportive environment, anyone can make art!

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with youth, adults, seniors. I have taught adults with disabilities- physical and mental. Even though I speak only English, I have taught seniors who only speak Korean. I have taught people who cannot see. I have worked with diverse populations of people- women and children in domestic violence programs,  veterans, folks in restorative justice programs, teens, children at risk, and much more.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently worked with a small group of women who wanted a bonding experience. They worked together. I had them draw a line down the center of a paper plate and draw on one side their personal life and on the other side their public persona. I urged them to use pictures, words, symbols, colors that represented them. Afterward, they shared their thoughts about what they had done, and received feedback from the others. The last one to share cried the whole time, and talked about how people had mistreated her because of her disability. The others had no idea how she felt. The one who spoke had never let her feelings known before. It was a first. I felt it was very successful and enlightening!

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

Let the teacher know what you would like to get out of the experience.

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

Really think about what you want from the learning experience. What is it that you want to accomplish?

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Drawing Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Watercolor Painting Lessons Abstract Painting Lessons Sculpting Classes