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Susan - Prof drawing - Minneapolis
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Lessons offered by Susan
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

I offer lessons in drawing, painting, dance and music for all levels


Past students speak:

“It was beyond expectations”

“The teacher corrected my problems in drawing.”

“I am a self conscious novice—she never made me feel concerned about this.”

“The class was very helpful, both individually and as a class. Artists are not always teachers, Susan is a teacher as well as an artist.”

“Sometimes I felt I was below the level required for the class, but Susan immediately showed me what I needed in order to catch up. I felt challenged in a very encouraging, rewarding manner.”

Are you interested in learning how to draw what you see? You can! In this beginner’s class, you will learn to see like an artist, and to develop the kind of hand-eye coordination that accurate drawing requires.

I firmly believe that the most important ingredient in the creative process is a real sense of involvement, for which genuine interest is an absolute prerequisite. Motivation and emotion share the same Latin root: 'movere', which means ‘to move.’ Thus, it all starts with what "moves you.” I consider my primary responsibility as an arts educator to be the active engagement of each student in an individualized approach to their learning of studio arts. In short, it is my job to figure out how best to genuinely motivate them: before, during and after our classroom encounter. There are many concepts and techniques I have to share with all my students, but before this happens, I must forge a reliable connection with each.

After presenting initial problem-solving tasks to entice students, I then engage them in deeper and more meaningful creative learning. Along the way, I explain that we can all learn to draw, mix color and model form, and that we all have different and valuable ideas. I teach them that visual art is a language which all can gain fluency in, and that the processes behind the creation of art involve problem-solving that everyone in the room can and will equally yet uniquely engage in, in my classroom. Drawing is a verb, and the means to any ‘masterpiece’ is through the mindful honing of process. I am a guide on this path of many.

To say I am passionate about teaching the arts would be a gross understatement; I am, without any doubt, an educator at heart. With teaching a priority in my life, a close second is my own creative life as an artist, dancer, and musician. I have been told repeatedly that one of my greatest assets is my emotional intelligence, as demonstrated by my ability to adjust my approach to every student, across a broad range of learning styles.

“The day I learned angular measurement and drawing, I felt I had discovered some secret truth about art.”


I have been teaching for thirty years. I teach primarily visual art, music and dance. The venues in which I have taught include art and nature centers, community education programs, K-12 private, parochial, public, and charter schools (including learning-disabled students and gifted and talented students), bachelor's-granting colleges, associate's-granting colleges, Minneapolis Institute of Art, nursing homes, mental health centers, Women's Art Registry Mentor Program, and Veterans in the Arts, among others.

BFA students have completed their degrees with me, and high school students have prepared portfolios for their BFA applications with me- both at at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and dance and music students have entered competitions and won awards for their performances.

I have taught as many as 50 students at once, I have mentored on on one, and I have worked with every size of group in between. I have taught kindergartners though persons long into their retirement; I have taught novices, professionals and people of all skill level who lie in between. I have taught home-schoolers, on-liners, visual art to visually impaired, music to hearing disabled and dance to physically challenged individuals.


Rate for online lessons : $40/h
Lessons offered by Susan
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Susan's resume

WORK HISTORY- Arts Educator

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Continuing Education Faculty, since 2004
Observational Drawing, Painting, Color Theory, Life Drawing, Art Anatomy, Portrait Drawing and Painting, Creative Process, Veterans in the Arts, Teen Portfolio Preparation, FAIR High School, Teen Painting, Ebenezer Outreach

IS Advisory MFA Program, Lesley University, 2016
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Minneapolis Community and Technical College Continuing Education Faculty , since 2008
Observational Drawing, Painting, Drawing and Painting the Portrait, Color Theory, Life Drawing,

Community Arts Educator / Mentor since 1997
Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Portraiture, Life Drawing, Botanical and Scientific Illustration- all ages and levels
Art Centers: Bloomington, Edina, Hopkins, White Bear, Banfill-Locke, Phipps
Nature Centers: Tamarack, Wargo, Eloise Butler and Loring Park Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
Minneapolis Institute for Arts: Art Family Days and Art in the Parks
Healthcare Facilities: Catholic Eldercare, Ebenezer through MCAD, and Bridgeview Mental Health
Women's Art Registry of Minnesota Mentorship Program: Mentor, 2006-2008

Arts Education Residencies Minnesota State Arts Board juried Arts in Education K-12 roster, since 1999
Renaissance Experience, Ancient Egyptian Experience, Self-Portraiture (Relief Sculpture, Fresco and Monotype), Observational Drawing and Painting, Botanical and Zoological Illustration, Printmaking Experience, Monarch Lifecycle, Frog Lifecycle, Life Drawing for High School Artists
Totino Grace Fridley, MN)
McKinley School (Owatonna, MN)
Groves Academy (St. Louis Park, MN)
Blake Middle School (Hopkins, MN)
Sheridan K-8 (Minneapolis, MN)
Kelliher K-12 (Kelliher, MN)
Church of the Nativity K-12 (Bloomington, MN)
Linwood Elementary (St. Paul, MN)
Anoka-Hennepin Gifted and Talented Program (Anoka, MN)

Flute Instructor since 1998
Private Lessons, Flute Choir, Rymer-Hadley School of Music, Banfill-Locke Art Center
Dance Instructor, since2001
Ballet / Barre Tone, Banfill-Locke Center and Minneapolis Community Education

WASH: Working with Artists, Sharing the Healing, Art Educator workshop, Stuart Pimsler Dance, 2005

HISTORY- Illustrator / Set Designer
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry / Speech Pathology: multiple textbooks, 2006 – 2009
University of Missouri Entomology Graduate Department: entomological illustrations, 1986 – 1988
Bride Price, MaMa mOsAiC, Mixed Blood Theater, Minneapolis, MN, 2004

EDUCATION – Arts Related
MFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, 2016
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Women’s Art Institute, 2005
Florence Academy of Art, 1999
BFA, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1986
Studio Art Centers, International, Florence, Italy (SACI), 1984 - 85
SACI Independent Studies at La Specola Anatomical Wax Museum, 1984 -85
American International Foreign Studies, 1984 - 85

Solo Exhibitions
Women's Art Registry of Minnesota Program, Minneapolis, MN, 2006
Banfill-Locke Art Center Fellowship Exhibition, Artist in Residence, Fridley, MN, 2005
Bloomington Art Center Exhibition Program, Bloomington, MN, 2003
Group Exhibitions
Educators’ Show, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN, 2014
Banfill-Locke Art Center, ‘First’ Show, Fridley, MN, 2013
Banfill-Locke Art Center, Juried Members’ Show, , Second: 2002, First: 2004, HM: 2005, First: 2010
Women's Art Registry of Minnesota, Juried Show at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 2006
Instructors’ Shows, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN, 2000, 2001, 2002

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence Fellowship, 2003 - 2005
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Women's Art Institute, scholarship, 2005

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council: Community Arts Panel Review, St. Paul, MN, 2009
Roxanne Silvers Memorial Exhibition, Curator, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 2009
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts: Artist in Residence, Fridley, MN, 2005 – 2010
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts: Writer in Residence, Fridley, MN, 2008
Blaine Fine Arts Council Annual Juried Show, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN, 2009
Artists del Norte Annual Juried Exhibition, Fridley, MN, 2008
Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Annual Juried Show 2007
Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota, Exhibition Coordinator, 2006 – 2007

Women's Art Registry of Minnesota Exhibitions Chair, Reviewer (2 reviews per month: 2006 - 2008)
Teaching Artists Journal "Resource Roundup" Design Team Member / Writer-Reviewer, since 2007

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