Molly Cranch, Artist

Molly Cranch, Artist

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About this pro

I am both a professional artist and an educator with over 20 years experience of teaching and exhibiting my paintings. I received my BFA in painting from Washington University and my certification in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

I have taught art in a wide variety of settings including public and private schools, museums and art centers. I have taught a wide range of ages and abilities. This experience allows me to assess each individual and provide effective and innovative instruction.

As a painting instructor, my goal is to provide sequential lessons which build knowledge and skills.  Students will develop an awareness of color, light, form, and texture in the painting medium. I believe that students should learn to paint from observation, but that there is room for exploration of abstraction, surrealism, expressionism and other art styles.

I have taught a wide range of art mediums, yet I remain steadfastly passionate about painting. I have exhibited my own paintings widely at the local, national and international level.

For me, painting offers a unique lense within which to perceive the world. It is a conduit for expressing emotions, ideas and memories. Painting makes the world a better place. I look forward to sharing what I know with other like-minded people.

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Chicago, IL 60660
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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

BFA painting

Certificate in Art Education, SAIC

Taught art for 17 years in the Chicago Public Schools

Taught art at the School of the Art Institute, The Evanston Art Center, Lill Street Art Center, the Hyde Park Art Center, The American School of Madrid

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How did you get started teaching?

My mother is an educator and instilled a love for teaching. I started teaching summer art camps when I was in high school, and have continued to grow and develop as a teacher ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all ages. I have worked with ESL, ELL, special education students, and multi-age groups.

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Acrylic Painting Lessons