• Welcome to My Studio

    I am an artist, mother, and teacher in Rogers Park. I have many years of experience making art with toddlers, children, teens, adults, and multi generational groups. My painting studio can accommodate up to 4 and I am now accepting private students and small groups for painting, drawing, and multimedia lessons. For a look at my personal work, please visit www.MelaniePBrown.com

  • Class Schedule

    I am currently accepting private students and small groups of all ages. Mixed ages are welcome. To set up a custom class or private lesson, please send a message with preferred dates and times using the contact form below. Private lessons start at $35/hr. and can take place at my studio or your location. To sign up for one of the scheduled classes, simply follow the link for your preferred section. Questions? Call Melanie at 773.895.9871



    WINTER 2018


    Kids in My Studio

    These are small classes for up to 4 kids that take place in my studio at Greenleaf Art Center in Rogers Park. Contact me for special requests, custom classes, or to come do a project at your location.


    Exploring Color and Textures: Toddler Time!

    Ages 2-5 (with adult) Sat. 9am-10am

    We'll create gloriously messy Winter themed masterpieces while we explore colors, shapes, and textures. A variety of materials will be used, including paint, feathers, tissue, toy cars and animals, bubbles, and clay. Adults create, too, so dress for mess. *All materials provided, maximum 4 students

    5 Weeks Jan 6- Feb 3 $65 Register


    Multimedia Creatures

    Ages 5-8 Sat. 10:30am-12pm

    Children will build multiple creatures with clay, fabric, feathers, and recyclables and then use the creatures as inspiration for drawings and paintings in an imagined landscape. *All materials provided, maximum 4 students

    5 Weeks $85 Register


    Drawing and Painting

    Ages 9-12 Sun. 10:30am-12pm

    Students will work with charcoal, paint, and graphite while exploring drawing and painting methods from observation and imagination. I encourage my students to experiment and explore their own style and ideas while they learn fundamentsals of proportion, perspective, color theory, and shading. *All materials provided, maximum 4 students

    5 Weeks $85 Register



    Classes At Lillstreet Art Center


    Imagined Landscapes

    10 Week Class at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 to Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Explore the landscape in non-traditional ways while experimenting with mark making, materials and color. Students will be introduced to a new artist each week and investigate different strategies for abstracting from the landscape. Prerequisite: First-Time Drawing into Painting, Beginning Painting or equivalent experience.

    Register through Lillstreet Art Center.



    Beginning Painting

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    10 Week Class at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL

    Experience mixing colors, determine the best type of brush to use and learn techniques for working with paint. This class is ideal for those who have taken First-Time Drawing into Painting or have previous experience and want to expand their skills. The Beginning Painting kit is available for purchase on the first day of class.

    Register through Lillstreet Art Center






  • Click through below to view some of the work of Melanie's students.

  • Contact Melanie to sign up, set up a class, or schedule a studio visit. Include preferred times, dates, and whether you are looking for lessons for children or adults.