Art School for

the Rest of Us

You don't have to attend an art school to
become an artist. Learn to make realistic
drawings and paintings, even if you're a beginner!

Totally new to drawing? Click here!

Free Beginner Drawing Course

On Demand Video Courses

Level-Up Your Shading Now!

Five days, one half-hour video lesson each day! This course is for you if you have struggled to achieve a sense of realism or depth in graphite and charcoal drawings.
FREE!

Foundations of Drawing

8 week course in realistic graphite and charcoal drawing. Perfect for beginners as well as intermediate artists wanting to perfect proportion and shading.
$97

Foundations of Oil Painting

8 week course in oil painting covering color mixing, how to use color to show form and distance, underpainting and glazing techniques, as well as alla prima, and more!
$97

Portrait Drawing in Graphite & Charcoal

Learn two techniques for measuring and proportion, how to draw all the features, and multiple hair textures through several demos across 6 lessons.
$97

Painting the Figure from Life
November 18th - 20th, 2022

Immerse yourself in the study of the human form from live models, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. Materials and Friday evening guided tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum included.

Learn more about the Figure Painting Workshop

Upcoming Live Classes

Figure Painting from Life Weekend Workshop

Friday - Sunday 10am - 5pm CT
November 18th - November 20th 
Three days, two live models, one museum tour, endless inspiration! Study alongside Lacey and friends for this art filled weekend.
$375 includes all materials

Uninstructed Life Drawing 

Wednesday 6-9pm CT
September 28th
You may arrive up to 10 mins early to set up. Studio entrance is at the back of the building!
Live model with poses between 1 and 40 minutes. Bring your own materials.
$15 In-Studio 

Uninstructed Life Drawing 

Wednesday 6-9pm CT
October 12th
You may arrive up to 10 mins early to set up. Studio entrance is at the back of the building!
Live model with poses between 1 and 40 minutes. Bring your own materials.
$15 In-Studio 

Uninstructed Life Drawing 

Wednesday 6-9pm CT
October 26th
You may arrive up to 10 mins early to set up. Studio entrance is at the back of the building!
Live model with poses between 1 and 40 minutes. Bring your own materials.
$15 In-Studio 

FREE Sketching Video Course

If you can't draw a stick figure, you need a little guidance for how to even get started drawing, and you have paper and a pencil, then you're ready to start the challenge! Get 5 free sketching lessons including reference photos.

Start Drawing!

Learn From a Professional Artist Who Didn't Go to Art School

When I was 15, I knew I wanted to be an artist.

At 16, I became a mother.

I wouldn't say that motherhood prevented me from going to art school, but it did force me to think critically about the decision. I graduated from high school with the rest of my class, and went on to get my Associates in Studio Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

However, I found that the instruction I found in college wasn't teaching me what I really wanted to know: How to paint and draw realistically. And being a mother meant my priorities dictated that I should not go into an incredible amount of debt to 'find myself' in a 4 year art school somewhere.

So instead, I dedicated every evening from 8pm until midnight to painting, seeking out feedback from artists I admired, and researching methods of art instruction from the French Academy to Golden Age Illustration. I created my own art education, and I can guide you through yours!