Selected ‚ÄčTeaching and Training Experience

  • Teacher Workshop, Drawing and Bookmaking for the Classroom with Wheaton Montessori in conjunction with the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, Inc.  March, 2019
  • Betsy Mitten Studio: Independent Arts Integration classes for kids and families
  • Hands on Indigo Workshops for kids, families, and adults
  • The Field Museum of Chicago
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • The Morton Arboretum
  • Wheaton Montessori School
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School,

          Park Ridge, IL

  • Near North Montessori
  • Long Grove Montessori



The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA

Loyola of Maryland, M.Ed.

WMI AMI Montessori Elementary Diploma

University of Arizona, BA

Betsy Mitten Studio

‚ÄčExpertise, Experience, Education


Welcome to my studio! I'm a teaching artist with over 20 years experience in classroom, museum, and outdoor education. I'm passionate about making art fun and accessible, and I love connecting art lessons to nature and science. 

As a classroom teacher I saw an art extension in every lesson. After seven years in the classroom I transitioned to museum education. My speciality was developing programs that connected science to art. I believe everyone is creative and my greatest passion is making art accessible. 

I create programs that use high quality artist's materials, are hands-on, object-based (we use real stuff...specimens, artifacts, live plants, and even animals!) My approach blends  a process focus with skill building, and plenty of opportunity to work on individual style. 

I teach enrichment classes and workshops at schools, libraries, museums, and special events. Classes include observational drawing and programs that explore collage, textiles, bookmaking, painting, sculpture, including kinetic sculpture, and printmaking. 

I can be reached through the contact page or by emailing