Kuchta Academy Of Art

Kuchta Academy Of Art

5.0 (1)
1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro

I'm a working illustrator in the field.  My experience comes not only from a classical fine art background but also from many freelance illustration jobs in representational art and illustration.  

I also have 16 years as an art instructor in Lafayette, IN.  

Everything.  Teaching in an extension of my fulltime life.  I enjoy everything about teaching art because I draw and paint everyday.  

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Highland Park, IL 60035
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  • Zach Castedo

    I had a fantastic time taking classes at Kuchta Academy! Chris is a highly experienced artist, and a warm and friendly teacher who really cares about helping his students succeed. I took drawing classes with Chris and he really helped me to improve my skills in the fundamentals such as perspective and shading. I have since gone on to become a professional designer in the theme park industry, and Chris’ classes were an important part of my education as an artist.

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

The initial contact with a new student first is a discussion as to what the student is wanting to accomplish.  Based upon that discussion, we decide on a plan that will allow the student to be successful in the path they have chosen. Whatever path is taken, all lesson plans are tailored for each individual student's needs.  

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

I have received my BFA from the Amercian Academy of Art in Chicago in 2000.  I have also 16 years of teaching art classes at the Morton Community Center in West Lafayette Indiana and at the Renaissance Academy in Lafayette Indiana.  

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

The pricing system is the same for drawing and painting classes. They are primarily for 4- two hour sessions.  

How did you get started teaching?

I graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  In 2004, with other artists, we opened the Renaissance Academy where I taught art classes similar to what I will be teaching at the Kuchta Academy of Fine Art.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all types of students.  Students working on their portfolios for highschool and college, students who love art and just want to create art for recreation and I have also worked with students who want to create art professionally.  Most of my students are over the age of 13 unless they are looking to take the Comics/Manga path, then they should be at least 10 years old.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I am a genre artist and I enjoy comicbook and sci-fi conventions in addition to other genre related art shows, conventions and festivals.  

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

Anyone can learn art, it just takes practice.  You don't have to be gifted.  Please contact me and we can discuss what you'd like to do. 

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

What kind of art are you wanting to create?  

What kind of skills do you currently have that will lend themselves well to the art you want to do?

What classes would you like to take in order to create additional skills that will allow you to create the work you want?

If applicable, what do you need to take away from the Kuchta Academy courses that will correct the weakness in the work you are currently doing?