Soul Soup, Inc.

Soul Soup, Inc.

5.0 (4)
1 hire on
1 employee
19 years in business

About this pro


Kristen Jongen is an internationally recognized author, artist. Kristen has written and published two books. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, and other notable publications. 

Kristen's work has been used as support material in collegiate courses, therapy groups and wellness centers across the nation. Using research in the neuroscience of creativity and a spirituality based curriculum, Kristen coaches athetes, students and other creative professionals to return to their zone by re-accessing the heart.

It is incredible to watch the light go on in a students spirit. I can see them illuminate through their eyes when they tap into flow. It is what I live for as a teacher and coach. I love working with all age groups. Students who are willing to reach beyond what they think they already know are an inspiration. 

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Aurora, IL 60506
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4 Reviews


  • tim freel

    Kristen was a phenomenal instructor - an 'art pastor' if you will, marrying perfectly the history and appreciation of art through a masterful mentoring of both classic and contemporary techniques.

  • Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi

    Kristen is so inspirational and high energy, I just love interaction with her

  • Talisa Wisniewski

    Kristen is very personable and real. It's very easy to slip into deep understanding when exploring with such a passionate instructor.

  • Talisa Wisneiwski

    Kristen is part teacher, part counselor and part guru. She just gets it.

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

We work on emotional and creative blocks that arise from insecurity and ego. Initially we do fast paced drawing exercises to get out of our heads and into the creative space where things flow naturally. In addition, students increase eye/ hand coordination, visual exacting, spacial relations, team cohesian and a myriad of other physiological movements. 

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

I have a bachelors degree in industrial and packaging design. I have owned and operated the art company Soul Soup, Inc. for the past 16 years. 

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

Art coaching -$55 hr. per person (50 minute sessions)  

Art therapy- $100 hr. per person (50 minute sessions)

Groups, classes and sports teams can be accomodated. Inquire for quote. 

Art parties, and or paint and sip, write and sip are available for $40 per person, 10 person minimum, $20 travel fee. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching in 1992. In 2003 I opened my own studio in Naperville, IL and hosted creativity camps for kids ages 6-18 during the summer and holiday breaks. Since then, I have lived in Traverse CIty, MI and New York City, and worked with students of all ages (in addition to professional athletes) to use creativity as a portal into spirit. Children already lead from the heart. Adults let their heads get in the way. My method of coaching is unconventional and will help anyone interested in grounding their spirit by expressing through creativity. Visual art is an exceptional way to balance the head and the heart. Plus it's just cool to know how to paint stuff. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with every type of student; from small children to senior citizens. From professional athletes to stay at home moms. I am passionate about encouraging creativity and helping students reveal their inner voice. 

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

Research your teacher. Look for experience and chops. 

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Craft Classes Drawing Lessons Sculpting Classes Illustration Classes Fabric Arts Lessons