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It’s not often that I cross paths in the city with a trained and actively working fine-artist that enjoys working with children. However, I found exactly that located on the corner of 12th and Camac Streets. Hidden on the 4th floor of the 12th Street Gym is Brooke Lanier’s one-room studio. Brooke is a mild-mannered artist with amazing talent that showcases a beautiful studio with impressive work. You can also find some of her beautiful artwork online, as I did, while writing this review. Click here for my favorite: “Swimming Pools.”
I signed my boys up for these lessons/classes because I wanted to give them an experience that is fun, while also being at an advanced skill level. It’s also nice, especially for Henry who loves to draw, to take it up a notch and challenge his art skills. Additionally, it is always amazing for my boys to experience using charcoal drawing in a space other than my house. (side note: I have spared the walls in my house from their charcoal hands… but not my pants didn’t fair so well.)
I think that one of the things that makes my classes different is that I try to teach age-appropriate technical skills and art history. Since class sizes are so small, we can have good discussions about how things are made and why people choose to make the things in the manner they do and so on.Brooke Lanier
When we first me at her studio, Brooke let my boys join her to paint, allowing us all to get an understanding of what that experience is like. Working with Brooke is different then our previous experiences and was better in so many ways.
Children in Brooke’s classes are taught how to take their love for drawing and apply it to real subject matter like landscapes, animals and portraiture. I realize that Henry might be too young to understand the concept of “contrast,” as this was confirmed while I watched Brooke explain it to him as he painted. However, I also see him absorb some of this information… so, I’m not totally crazy. Besides I want my kids in advanced environments where people talk up to them. I have learned with Henry not to shy away from more advanced learning because he responds really well to it. And I’m sure some of your little ones might learn the same way.
And if you really want to learn about contrast, maybe you should speak to my youngest son Ollie. He taught us a totally different meaning of the word as he exercised his 3-year-old rights and treated Brooke’s studio like a racetrack. Ollie is a couple of years away from working with Brooke.
If your child loves to draw I would suggest contacting Brooke to schedule a visit to her studio and find out more about the work she is doing with her students.
Brooke starts working with kids as young as 5-years-old in basic, landscape, animal drawing, portraiture and painting. Click here for full class descriptions.
To view more student work from Brooke’s studio click here.
Brooke earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, and has an international exhibitions record, which also sets her apart. In 2007, Brooke was part of a group show in the Smithsonian for 4 months and was featured in a two page spread in The Chicago Tribune’s Weekend Magazine.
Pieces from the series: Swimming Pools by Brooke Lanier