Courtney Miller Bellairs Artist

Courtney Miller Bellairs Artist

5.0 (3)
1 employee
24 years in business

About this pro

I am a professional practicing artist and a teaching artist. I am trained as an architect. 

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Chanhassen, MN 55317
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3 Reviews


  • Mary Hellerman

    I loved working on composition both with still life and color, amd getting to use different mediums. The lessons were clear and structured but there was always room for the students' ideas and creativity.

  • Patty Parachini

    Courtney gave private art lessons to my two sons. Not only is she an extremely talented artist (we have her paintings all over our house), she is a caring and enthusiastic teacher who always thought of different projects and varied media for them to learn from. Every lesson was magic, and we have saved most of their work from their time with her. Her influence is still felt in our home today, as they mix art with their advanced high school studies! She is fabulous!

  • Jakob Mahla

    I like that Courtney took the time to make working with her fun, always open to help and to tell amazing stories. She has a great sense of humor and isn't afraid to show it. Even after working with Courtney she has kept in touch, being a great mentor and friend.

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

I like new students to tell me about themselves and their interests. I love to see examples of their previous work, if applicable, so I can design a course of action to work with them. I am very open and encouraging. 'No drawing is a bad drawing.'

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

I have been teaching for over 20 years at the University and college level. I have recently starting teaching with groups of seniors in my community. I have also taught private lessons in my studio for ages 8 and above. Most of my students are very interested and accomplished in art but I am also open to students new to art. 

I have a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University where I also studied painting. My professional work blurs the boundaries of Art and Architecture. I teach in multiple areas: drawing, painting (watercolor and oil), collage and mixed media, color theory, design, architecture, and digital media. 

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

I normally charge $150 for 4 small group lessons. (each lesson is 1 3/4 hours) Small group private lessons range from 4-6 students. Ages 8-54

I charge $75 per hour for senior classes. Students ages 55+ These are normally funded by the State Arts Board. 

I charge $100 for private college portfolio consultation. These lessons/meetings last for 1- 1 1/2 hours.

Lessons for groups of 1-3 students are negotiable. 

How did you get started teaching?

I have always enjoyed teaching and love to see my students succeed. I have been teaching as a 'Graduate Teaching Fellow' since I was in graduate school at Yale University. I taught architecture design, drawing, History of Art I and II, and History of Modern Architecture to Yale undergraduate students. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I enjoy teaching students from age 8 and up. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I loved helping a recent class of students in Edina present their collage work to their community, family and friends. 

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

Find someone you enjoy spending time and working with. 

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

Are you open to trying new things?

Are you open to trusting your teacher if she/he asks you to try something?

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Watercolor Painting Lessons Oil Painting Classes Drawing Lessons