Creative Arts, Inc. Director
Digital Art & Illustration
Scott is a professional illustrator and graduate of the American Academy of Arts in Chicago. He enjoys teaching digital and traditional art, painting murals, and pursuing his freelance illustration career. Recent projects include completing over 200 illustrations for the Early Ascent educational app Reading Raven. Scott has also taught at McHenry County College and Reprographics.
"I like the possibilities of children's illustration. I like how in a child's world, a mouse and a tiger talking to each other makes perfect sense. I love the surreal, the unreal, the escape from reality that a child has. I call it the 'what if' factor - as a child I was always asking 'what if?' I would ask my dad, 'What if a UFO suddenly landed right here? What would you do?' As a adult, I feel that I've gotten away from that, that sense of whimsy and sense of fun. I try to recapture that in my art. I try to open a door, or window, into a child's world."
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Susan Sieber, MFA
Creative Arts, Inc. Director of Development
Sew It & Animation/Draw Manga
Susan Sieber has been a professional arts educator since 2001, working with both digital and traditional media. She received her MFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University, her BA in Creative Writing from Beloit College, and was named an Illinois Artisan by the Illinois State Museum Artisan Program. She has studied art and architecture in Morocco, and calligraphy and fiber art in Japan. At Creative Arts she teaches a variety of classes, including Sew It, Drawing Manga/Comics, and Computer Animation.
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Drawing & Painting
Born and raised in Crystal Lake, and now living in Chicago, Joan Arms is an Artist and Interior Designer with a background in arts education. She received her MFA in Interior Architecture from Columbia College Chicago and her BFA in Art Education from Millikin University. She has studied art, architecture and drawing in Italy. Joan has taught in schools across McHenry and Kane County with students ranging from preschool to high school. At Creative Arts, Joan teaches drawing, painting and creative choice classes.
Janet Balboa has taught art for adults at The Illinois Institute of Art, and for youth at MCC Kids & College. At Creative Arts she offers Adult Open Studio, and Magical Nature, in which students can learn drawing skills with pencil, colored pencil, and art markers.
"We all have the soul of an artist, that longing to be true to ourselves, to live a life that really is ours. I create art so I can ultimately live authentically – free, alive, joyful."
Darlene holds a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Art. Her first experience with watercolor painting was in 1982 at McHenry County College when she was hooked and then took many resident courses at Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation in Wisconsin. Her favorite subjects are nature and scenic buildings, and she is having fun teaching adult classes for beginners and intermediates.
Therese studied figure drawing, painting and illustration at The American Academy of Art, Chicago. She has been a graphic designer for over fifteen years, and served on the Board of Directors of The Northwest Area Arts Council for five years. Along with teaching classes at Creative Arts, she teaches drawing and painting at McHenry County College for Continuing Education as well as Kids and College.
“I enjoy helping the students with their Creative Choice artwork. It is amazing to see the beautiful artwork that they accomplish. With a little guidance and a few suggestions, the students become more confident while learning new skills.”
Having the advantage of growing up in a family of artists, I was destined to become involved in art myself. I grew up in the Chicagoland area and now I live in McHenry County. I consider myself lucky to have been taught many different mediums and art techniques. I have been teaching art classes since 2008. I love to create by painting and drawing, and love to share the process of creating with others!
Cartooning & Mythical Creatures
Erica teaches drawing and cartooning, and enjoys drawing dragons, Pokemon, and mythical creatures. She enjoys helping children improve their fine motor skills and self esteem through art.
Young Artists & Zentangle
Linda instructs our youngest artists ages 4-8, as well as teaching Adult classes in Zentangle. She is a certified Zentangle instructor, and also instructs art classes at Montessori Pathways.