Susan Schwake
Susan Schwake grew up in a creative family. Her mother supported her interest in art from a very young age and made sure that she followed her dream. Doing just that, Susan studied fine art at Plymouth State University with a concentration in painting and printmaking in the 70's. For the past 20 years she has run an independent art school. She developed, wrote the curriculum for and continues to work with people of all ages and abilities. For the past ten years the art school has been part of artstream, llc which she owns with her husband Rainer.  artstream is a gallery and design studio. She has curated over 70 shows both in her own gallery and as a guest curator in others. She has been blogging since 2005 at artesprit.blogspot.com about her life as an artist, gallery owner and instructor.
 
Susan has worked with hundreds of people making art through residencies, community organizations and private schools over the past 13 years. During 2011 she wrote a book called Art Lab for Kids 52 projects in drawing,painting, printmaking, paper and mixed media. It is a smattering of lessons pulled  from her experiences in teaching art to children and adults. It has become a strong seller in it's first year.
 
What is most near and dear to her heart is her own creative expression through fine art. Her work has been in exhibitions throughout the United States, New Zealand, Germany, Romania and Mexico. Her illustrations have been featured by United Airlines, Small Magazine from China, ON magazine, and others. She has been featured online at The Working Proof with two of her gelatin prints, at Juxtapoz with an illustration and she has written for WhipUp and Illustration Friday Blog about artists, DIY and teaching art.
 
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EXCITING NEWS!! I am hosting artstream's Art {retreat} Camp  AGAIN! this August 20-24  on Mayhew Island! Join us now! Space is limited to 25!
 
I am available for teaching at your workshop or studio. Shoot me an email, I'd love to hear from you!

Art Lab for Kids was released February 1, 2012 and is available at your favorite book or craft stores and here.  

3D Ar Lab for Kids was released October 2013 and is available everywhere books are sold and here. 


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