ABOUT UNTAUGHT ART WORKSHOPS
Untaught Art Workshops offers Expressive Art Workshops for children and adults. Our workshops are designed not only to encourage kids and adults to explore and express their creativity without fear but also inspire positive changes within them.
Our Expressive Art approach is based on Open Studio Project (OSP), which has been providing Expressive Art programs for people in Chicago and around the world for over 18 years.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN OUR EXPRESSIVE ART WORKSHOPS
- We strive to provide an inspiring and creative space for art making.
- We provide a welcoming, playful, supportive environment, free of judgment and interference for fearless art making.
- Our facilitators are trained to gently guide our participants through our unique "Art and Writing process."
- We aim to help our participants discover/rediscover their own artistic voice, confidence and self-esteem and most importantly, the joy of making art.
WHAT YOU WILL NOT FIND IN OUR EXPRESSIVE ART WORKSHOPS
- We do not have any expected outcomes on our participants' artwork, we focus on the art-making process.
- We do not aim to teach art. We are skilled facilitators and fellow artists who will be making art alongside you.
- We do not give ANY comments on our participants' art (good or bad), ever!
OUR FOUNDER AND LEAD FACILITATOR
Benz Amatayakul Kuipers
Benz has had a lifelong passion for children's books, storytelling, and creativity. Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, she now calls Chicago home. Benz graduated from Northwestern University with a Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications, where she learned various ways to generate, ignite and bring creative ideas to life. She then went on to study Graphic Design at The Chicago Portfolio School. For the past 5 years, Benz has been busy being a mom of two boys and running "Tiny Tree", an Early Childhood book publisher in Thailand. Together with her partners, she has written and launched nine board books to stimulate the love of reading in babies and children and will continue to make children's books for as long as she can.
Benz came up with the idea to launch "Untaught Art Workshops" after she took on another learning adventure at Open Studio Project (OSP) in Evanston. OSP introduced her to Expressive Art, a different and liberating way of making art. She felt inspired to introduce Expressive Art to a broader audience, especially children. She believes creativity can have a place in everyone's life and will strive to make Untaught Art Workshops an inspiring experience for all.