About the Instructor

 PrairieArt Studio Founder - Michelle Stanley

PrairieArt Studio Founder - Michelle Stanley

Michelle Stanley has a BA in Art & Design and a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She is a professional artist, with prior experience as a Graphic Designer. She taught pre-school and previously managed a busy music school that provided private lessons to students.

Michelle completed the EduArts Certification Course Internship and is one of the select number of instructors to teach the program. This curriculum was specially designed by Mona Brookes, author of "Drawing with Children," and founder of the Monart Drawing School. 

Artist"s Statement: 

As an artist, I strive to create art pieces that celebrate the beauty, mystery and struggles of life. I am intrigued by the inherent, transferable, and connected nature of the energy of everything  in our universe.  As a sensitive seeker, observer, and teacher, I am constantly questioning what is true. Color, texture, emotions, ideas and moments inspire me to express these concepts.

I aim for simplicity and boldness in my paintings to express the essence of a time and place yet still leave space for contemplation.  In drawing, I like to explore concepts or moods. My mosaic work allows me to move away from the flat surface and to let the energy  and beauty of the natural materials speak through texture, reflected light and movement.  It is my hope that through my work and teaching I will inspire a dialogue that invites others to question and connect to what is true within them.

Michelle has four children and, in addition to art, enjoys cooking, gardening, biking, horseback riding, and travelling. She loves to teach, nurture, and inspire her students artistic creativity through their interests.