Betsy Mitten Studio


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA

Loyola of Maryland, M.Ed.

WMI AMI Montessori Elementary Diploma

University of Arizona, BA

    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

‚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 BetsyMittenStudio@gmail.com.