Doodle Art & Design is a tiny teaching school, art gallery, and retail outlet selling my signature art kits in Western Springs, IL. Doodle Art, as it’s known in town, began as a mobile art program in Field Park Elementary School in Western Springs, in 2014. I now have lunchtime art programs at Forest Hills and Laidlaw as well as classes at the studio.
In addition to teaching art, I am an artist and freelance writer with four children, one husband, and two doodle-dogs. I write The Accessible Artist blog for The Riverside-Brookfield Landmark and currently write an opinion blog for thelatest.com. I have contributed articles to the Mid.com and Chicago Parent Magazine and am a former columnist for the Western Springs Journal. I have a BA in English Literature from Manhattanville College and a BFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I was a board member and grant writer for the Riverside Arts Center for four years and the co-chair of the Field Park Elementary School Art Appreciation program for six years. I am also a trustee of The Thomas Ford Library.
I believe art is as important a skill to develop as any other discipline, be it math, English or science and that everyone, no matter his or her skill level, can enjoy making art. I work to make each class an informative and enjoyable experience. Each Doodle Art & Design class begins with an interesting slideshow that often leads to a lively discussion. Its purpose is to inform and inspire my students. I am a “jack of all trades, master of none,” but have a working knowledge of fashion, design, building, color theory, drawing, painting, puppetry and wood working, to name a few. In addition to teaching some of these arts, I plan to teach my more intrepid students to write an artist’s statement, create a body of work and plan for a show; similar to the School of Rock concept.
The Doodle Art & Design Gallery is small, pretty much just a wall, but I have big aspirations to show its students’ and other artists’ work. While I don’t sell art supplies, I will do sell my signature Doodle Art & Design Kits. The beauty of my kits is that they are fun to use in a group because, while they all have the same materials, each project made is unique!