The Collage Cafe

The Collage Cafe

5.0 (4)
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

If you're looking for a welcoming space to create and play then look no further. I create mostly intuitive abstract pieces with a bit of whimsical, funky outsider art thrown in. I can help you reconnect with your inner creative and together we can develop a personalized painting plan just for you. 

Collage, mixed media, abstracts

I love creating all kinds of art and sharing that art with the world... typically people respond to my art because they think it is joyful and happy, and frankly I think we can all use a bit more of that in our lives.

And I absolutely LOVE working with individuals and small groups. It brings me great pleasure to help people remove the barriers to their creativity and help them find their voice.

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Evanston, IL 60202
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4 Reviews


  • Meghan Shea

    Lindy is a kind-hearted, fun, and creative artistic facilitator. She creates a wonderfully safe space for people to thrive in. She makes everyone feel successful and guides the artist/group in a non intrusive and supportive way. She gives great suggestions and honors the artist's/group's vision and integrity.

  • Aimee Kackley

    Lindy is an art teacher, coach and cheerleader who has inspired me to believe that I am an artist. I've liked the idea of collaging and art journaling for many years but never believed I was creative enough but that's changed after working with Lindy. The classes I've taken have been full of exploration with different tools and lots of encouragement. I now have my own art work on my walls!

  • Cyn Jones - Photographer / Recovering ARTist in the making.

    I love the Grace of the Space and its' wondrous hostess , Lindy! She is a delightful "art maker" who knows how who serves up a double dip of creativity with her fantastic laugh, intense desire thru the most sincere and delightful encouragement. You can count of getting out of your own way by generous sharing of techniques and suggestions. Before you know it, you are submersed in your own creative process and reveling in glee of sharing others. This is a magic destination (Art Home)!

  • TN

    The Collage Cafe is great at making you feel comfortable and teaching you to explore new techniques. It doesn't matter if you have no experience like me or if you are an established artist.


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

I like us to start with a discovery session... I want to know what has you excited about reconnecting with your creative side.... what are you looking to walk away with after our time together (a finished piece, a creative practice, new skills...) and from there build out a personalized plan.

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

I am a self taught artist and an expert in transformational change. This combination makes me fearless in trying new things and discovering what works. 

I've received commissions and recently signed my first licensing deal.

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

Pricing is negotiable. We can do per lesson or package and we can also work 1:1 or small group. 

How did you get started teaching?

I've always been a teacher at heart. From the time I was a young girl playing make-believe school... I was always the teacher. When I went to college I became adjunct faculty to help work my way through school. I continued as adjunct until my corporate career had me traveling too often to commit. Even in my corporate career, however, I was in a teacher/trainer/facilitator role. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I work primarily with women. All ages, all backgrounds. It is my passion. I've also worked with tween and teen girls. Most of my students have little to no formal art background. Many like to make things but don't think they have the talent. I'm able to help them free up from that kind of thinking and rewrite that story.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have a monthly group called the GrownUP Girls Club. I love these women... they come and allow themselves the freedom to explore without preconceived notions on what something has to be.... this past month we created herb gardens in upcycled pots that we used as the substrate for our mixed media musings.

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

I tell people to find the right fit.... find someone you are very comfortable with and trust. Being creative can be a very vulnerable experience. To get the most from it, finding someone with whom you connect will take you far.

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

- at the end of their time together, what do you hope to get out of it

- what specific things are you hoping to learn

- what kind of time and space do you want to dedicate to their learning

- what techniques intrigue you

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons