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What to expect:

– Personalized lessons geared towards your interests from a professional artist and art teacher of 25 years.

– learn at your own level. All levels of students are welcome.

– Choose your area of interest, medium and style and develop technical skills.

– Work at your own pace with guided instruction.

– Broaden your horizon of whatever artistic medium you are interested in:  drawing (beginner, intermediate, advanced), acrylic painting, encaustic, collage, mixed media, image transfers, printmaking, art history, design or craft with one-on-one instruction with a professional art teacher and working artist.

– Lessons are typically taught in the studio although exceptions apply.


You may register any time for private one hour lessons.

Private Lessons: $60.00 per class.  $25.00 non-refundable material fee.  This fee covers all materials, no materials are necessary for student to purchase.

Semi-Private Lessons: (2-5 Students) $35.00 per student per class. Call to schedule a convenient time for your private or semi-private classes.

Attendance and Payment:
Payment is due by the 1st of every month.

If given 24 hours notice prior to an absence, parents will be given credit which will be deducted from the following month.

Payment options include: Chase Quickpay/Zelle, Check, (made out to Sandra Dawson) or Cash.
If you prefer paying through PayPal, please include an additional $2.00 for the PayPal fee which is deducted.

contact me at: or 708-908-0057 with questions and to arrange dates and times for lessons at your convenience.


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Sandra is a very talented artist and an effective art instructor. Her lessons are both informative and inspiring. Thanks to my summer classes in her studio, I’ve made a huge progress in mixed media and collage techniques. Sandra supported my intention to try new things and provided me with valuable and honest feedback that helped me to improve my artworks. I truly appreciate her help, expertise and guidance.

Sandy is great with all skill levels and interests. My daughter learned to paint through private lessons and I have loved learning new skills like encaustic and mixed media art. We both look forward to what each new lesson brings!


About me:  Hello, S.D. Studios is located in a state licensed Oak park home and is run by me, Sandra Dawson a mother of three, a certified art teacher and professional artist of 25 years.

Before I moved to Oak Park I taught art in the Chicago area for 10 years. My extensive background includes working with preschool through High School level kids. While employed with CPS I taught at a gifted school, a neighborhood school and taught therapeutic art to children with special needs. I also gained insight working with elementary through highschool students at a Chicago Independent School, and two non-profit organizations: Marwen and A.R.T.

Eventually, I created my own program traveling to lower income areas and teaching art to kids of all ages at various Chicago Public Schools. When I moved to Oak Park in 1997 I became licensed as a day care provider and designed an art based after school program and summer camp so I could raise my kids and paint from home. I also taught adult classes at the Oak Park Art League and organized an art group with the women I taught, while continuously exhbiting my work at galleries nationwide.

After 17 years of running a highly successful after school care, I am returning to teaching and painting full time.  Please contact me for lessons at





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