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(Virtual and Studio Options)

contact me at for setting up dates and times

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 drawing and painting, multi media, art history, design and craft with one-on-one instruction



You may register any time for private lessons which are divided into 4 or 8 week sessions or ongoing classes depending on your interests.
Class fees:
Cost: One hour Private Lessons: $50.00 virtual $60.00 studio class.
Cost: One hour Per Student (2-5 Students Max.):  $25.00 virtual $35.00 studio class.
One time Material fee: $25.00

Attendance: Regular attendance is expected. Please provide at least a 24 hour notice through email or text prior to class if your child will be absent. If a parent does not contact me within that time frame, the parent will be charged regardless. If a parent calls within that time frame you can deduct that payment from the monthly tally or from the next months payment.

Payment: Payment for each month is due by the 2nd session of each month. Please pay by check, cash or chase quickpay.
Please do not pay by PayPal except for the initial deposit, they take out a portion of each payment and I realized how much it adds up!


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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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