Enrollment for Morning (9 to 12:30pm) Summer Camp and Afternoon (4 to 6pm) Love Letter Classes are now open at The Union Church in Hinsdale, Illinois

Summer Camp Flexible Drop Off and Pick Up 9am to 12.30pm, bring a packed, peanut free lunch

Afternoon Love Letter Classes from 4 to 6pm

June 11-14 Georgia O’Keefe

June 18-21David Hockney

July 23-26 Builder’s Workshop

July 30-August 2 The Self Portrait

August 6-9 Vincent Van Gogh

August 13-16 Henri Matisse

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Classes for children of all Ages, including private instruction and Birthday Parties

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MCAA's Mission

The mission of the Maureen Claffy Art Academy is the creation of a joyful and generative studio space where creating amazing, excellent art is an experience where all students feel safe, valued, seen and celebrated. 

Teaching Philosophy

Making art should be pure Joy, building confidence, curiosity and an awareness of the interconnectedness of all things in students of all ages.

Creative thinking and problem solving add to academic pursuits by encouraging organization, innovation and self trust. The studio is a safe place where there are no mistakes, only adventures. 

The tactile nature of art making, the use of color and the experimentation with materials calms the anxious mind. Making art is a spiritual and a meditative practice that positively affirms the and beauty goodness of the entire person.


“Creative thinking and problem solving add to academic pursuits by encouraging organization, innovation and self trust. The studio is a safe place where there are no mistakes, only adventures. ”

Awaken the Heart Summer Camp: Ages Kindergarten through 5th grade

Awaken the Heart Summer Camp: Ages Kindergarten through 5th grade

All Classes Tuesday through Friday

Summer Camp Flexible Drop Off and Pick Up 9/9:30am to 12/12:30pm

$155.00 weekly per child - please change quantity based on the number of weeks you’d like to register for.

All Supplies Included

Class Sizes Limited to 8 to 10 children

Please send a packed, peanut free lunch and drink

Register for more than one week or register more that one child per family and use the discount code MC10 for 10% off total purchase

June 11-14 "Summer Begins: A Celebration of Nature and the Flowers of Georgia O'Keefe"

June 18-21 "This is Me: David Hockney and Your Colorful Interior Landscape"

July 23-26 "A Builders Workshop and Paint Studio: the Joy of Creation from Cave Art to Crafts"

July 30 to August 2: "This is Me: A Celebration of the Self and Focus on the Self Portrait throughout History"

August 6-9 "The Essence of Light and Color: Landscape, Still Life and the Art of Vincent Van Gogh"

August 13-16 "Bring it All In: Painting, Printing, Stamping, Cut Paper and Collage: The Art of Henri Matisse"

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Sibling/Family/Friend Art Class: The Love Letter

Sibling/Family/Friend Art Class: The Love Letter

Ages Kindergarten and Onwards

Create space for Love between siblings and make the visual language of Love part of you relationship for a lifetime. Set an intention to Love and Communicate while creating a collaborative piece of art. Optimally the final piece is frame worthy for the Home. Children who do not have siblings are encouraged to attend with a close relative of any age or a friend.

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All Classes Tuesday through Friday
4pm to 6pm

$145.00 per child, per four day weekly session, discounts do not apply for this class

Peanut Free snacks and drinks are Welcomed and Encouraged

Class Size limited to 6 to 8 children

June 11 - 14

June 18-21

July 23-26

July 30 to August 2

August 6-9

August 13-16

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Private Lessons
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Private Lessons

Private art instruction is available - 3 90 min lessons for $270 ($90/a lesson). All supplies included.

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The Love Letter
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The Love Letter

The Love Letter is a special experience offering from MCAA.

For two hours, you will be guided by Maureen in the creation of a special work of art. The Love Letter is a conscious decision to make art that is encouragement towards a loving relationship - often done between married couple, mother and daughter, mother in law and daughter in law, friends - way of communicating love through art.

The created art will hang in your home as a reminder of your love. 

The Love Letter is available on Thursday evenings: 7pm-9pm.

All supplies are included.  


The essential work is completed in that time frame - if more time is needed that can be easily arranged.

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Have your Birthday with Art!

Guided Birthday Art Creation for up to 20 guests - $400

Fridays at 3:30pm-5:15pm is always reserved for birthdays. Contact Maureen to find the perfect date/time for party.

All Art Supplies Included.

Parents are welcome to bring food and cake and are requested to attend. 

Birthdays at MCAA bring love into the celebration as all guests create original artwork for the special birthday child reminding them of their value and light.

For an additional $125, Maureen will personally create a custom cover and bind the created art into a commemorative book within 2 weeks of the party.

Maureen is happy to help coordinate party favors. Please contact her for more fun ways to personalize your party.

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"Making art should be pure Joy, building confidence, curiosity and an awareness of the interconnectedness of all things in students of all ages."

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About Maureen

Maureen Claffy: A Generous Heart

Written by John Seed

Artist Maureen Claffy has a very generous heart. The works that she makes in a variety of media—including acrylic, ink, pencil and mixed media—are meant to remind her viewer of life’s heartfelt joys and beauties. “I paint to encourage others to believe,” Claffy states, “and to serve as a reminder that life is beautiful even when it doesn’t seem that way.” 

Primarily a watercolorist who sometimes switches to thinned acrylics, Claffy creates large format works on canvas, paper and birchwood. Claffy works both independently and for clients: one recent commission centered on family relationships.

Vibrant, expansive and dense with symbols, Claffy’s works also demonstrate the artist’s interest in embracing chaos and letting go.

This emotional fearlessness, rooted in Claffy’s profound optimism and faith, is her way of letting her own love of life leave traces in the form of art. Claffy has said that “Making art is as essential as breathing for me,” and her considerable emotional and artistic energies go hand in hand.

There is a sense of the miraculous in her work, and an essential gratitude in everything she does.

Although Claffy’s work is distinctively hers, you can feel the underlying presence of creative figures that she admires. Van Gogh’s sense of color is certainly there and so is a sense of the organic that might come from Celtic art or the architecture of Antonio Gaudi. During a visit to Paris, Claffy came under the spell of Claude Monet’s sweeping Nymphéas (water lily) murals. Monet’s paintings, which were made after the terrors of World War One were his way of trying to heal the world. Standing in front of them Claffy had an ephiphany: “Beauty is very powerful. It changes the world for the better. I believe in Beauty. That's why I paint.”

Claffy is inclined to work in themed series. She likes to focus her ideas on a central symbol or metaphor and then let the imagery flow.

For example, her “Heart” series came after an extraordinary experience of holding an actual human heart, and grew into a metaphorical exploration of the “language” of the human heart. The “Quilting Series,” used the varied and improvisational imagery of quilts as a departure to discuss the way that we structure and arrange our lives. The “Knitting Series” dealt with themes of nurturance and caring using the metaphor of hand-knit garments. 

Working from personal emotions and observations, Claffy moves towards connection and shared appreciation. Nothing gives her more satisfaction than when a collector—who inevitably will also become a friend if they aren’t already—lets her know what they feel and experience when living with one of her works. “It’s overwhelming,” Claffy says, “to have them appreciate my work.”

You could say that Maureen Claffy is building networks of friendship and shared beauty one image at a time. It’s a generous and extremely positive way of living and of making art.

John Seed is a professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California. Winner of a 2002 Society of Professional Journalists award in art and entertainment writing, and a 2012 Creative Capital arts writers grant finalist, he has written about art and artists for Arts of Asia, Art Ltd., Harvard Magazine, The HuffingtonPost and Hyperallergic.


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