Thank you for a Joy filled Summer.

I could never have imagined that it could be so wonderful, learning so much from your children and feeling so gratified to encourage their creativity.

Thank you for making MCAA your choice for creative community for your child.

Fall begins and with it More New Opportunities to create and to encourage.

Please Scroll all the Way Down to see my Offerings or visit the Classes page.

With Sincere Gratitude, Maureen Claffy

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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. ”

 
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The Beauty of Watercolor Ages 5 to 13
145.00

Give your child the gift of experiencing the unique and spectacular beauty of watercolor with a professional working artist, me Maureen Claffy! This is my favorite medium and I love sharing its incredible and surprising range. With Watercolor art making truly becomes a spiritual practice that will help your child develop a truly positive coping skill for the challenges of life and a Joy to last a lifetime. Color, color theory, mixing and experimenting with all shades, hues and opacities of watercolor will be available to your child in building a personal visual vocabulary that helps them interpret and communicate their world and their feelings.

Five Week Session

Wednesdays at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

September 18th, 25th, October 2nd, 9th and 16th

All Supplies are Included

Peanut Free Snacks and Drinks are always Welcome

$145.00

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Drawn In: Learning to Draw what You See Ages 5 to 13
145.00

If your child has an interest in learning to draw the world in a realistic sense, then this class is for them. We will be working with light boxes and physical still life objects and mainly graphite mediums and paper (think black and white) to learn to draw form with line and volume and shape with shading. We will also look at landscape and distance perspective and building the illusion of a third dimension with an understanding of the cube. We will also visit the world of animals and the human form to understand proportion. It is sure to be an adventure and a gentle challenge to the way we see the world around us. Please join us!

Five Week Session

Tuesdays at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Sept. 17th, 24th, Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th

Peanut Free Drinks and Snacks are Always Welcome

All Supplies Included

$145.00

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Make it Shine! Glitter and Slime Workshop Ages 5 to 13
135.00

There is something so essential satisfied in a child when they make slime and mix it with glitter. It is so beautiful and it so social. The Joy this creates is extraordinary. Children learn from each other and take great joy in teaching and learning. It is important in this class that the children are allowed to share what they know as well as learn from others. All varieties and variations of Slime will be explored. All Slime will be delivered home in sealed plastic containers and then zipped into zip lock bags with a masking tape seal, so that when the children arrive home you may appropriately enjoy the creations together. Come and Join in the Fun!

Five Week Session

Thursdays at 4:00pm-5:15pm

Sept. 19th, 26th, Oct. 3rd, 10th, 17th

All Supplies are Included

Peanut Free Snacks and Drinks are Always Welcome

$135.00

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Lego Towns and Imaginary Worlds: Ages 5 to 13 Social and Creative Time for Builders and Lovers of Legos
135.00

Legos are serious work and children love to talk about what they have created with each other to compare notes and to give and receive affirmation and ideas. This is truly important, especially for boys who seem to benefit from the opportunity to develop social community around ideas. The children will bring their own Lego creations from home as well as building pieces, if desired, and MCAA will provide large mural paper, markers, oil and dry pastels, colored pencils, tape, scissors, tin foil and construction paper to create the towns and imaginary Worlds where these Lego pieces live and breathe.

Five Week Session

Thursdays at 5:15pm-6:15pm

Sept. 19th, 26th, Oct. 3rd, 10th, 17th

Peanut Free Drinks and Snacks are Always Welcome

Please Remember to Bring Your Own Lego Creations

All Paper and Building and Creating Supplies are Included

$135.00

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Painting Flowers: Finding the Life in Still Life Ages 5 to 13
275.00

If you have ever wanted to hang an exquisitely beautiful painting in your home that your child created, this is your opportunity. This offering is the closest that I can come to private instruction without the scheduling issues and the related expenses. It is a rare and wondrous opportunity to create a lasting keepsake of your child’s creative youth.

We will delve into the creative process that is unique to each child artist as we take an idea to a sketch to a process drawing to a full out extravagant floral still life on professional grade canvas which will be suitable for hanging.

All supplies, including the canvas and professional grade acrylic paints are included in the price. The final canvas will measure 48 inches high by 24 inches wide . If you prefer a 36 x 36 canvas please text me at 630.877.4306 or make a note in the registration section under “Tell me About your Child” to make that request.

Class size is limited. Please register early.

Five Week Session

Tuesdays at 4pm to 5:30pm

Sept. 17th, 24th, Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th

Peanut Free Drinks and Snacks are Always Welcome

All Supplies Included

$275.00

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Middle School Safe Space 6th, 7th and 8th Grades: Tuesdays
185.00

Life is Beautiful and yet sometimes Middle School can be hard. Art Making can help. Change is continual for pre teens. Everyone is finding their own way and their own voice and the meditative quality of time and space to create without expectations allows the human soul to flourish. Essentially this class is an open studio workshop using professional grade watercolor paints and papers. Each student is encouraged to experiment and to find joy in their own creation. A layering process using pencil, marker, metallic and iridescent paint is encouraged. Work grows from week to week and ideas are honored, researched, discussed and explored. This class will help your child find the voice that will carry them forward to greater social and academic success while relieving anxiety with creation, time and space. I do hope to welcome them to a safe place where they feel seen and become open to making new friends.

Five Week Session

Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 8pm

Sept. 17th, 24th, Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th

Peanut Free Drinks and Snacks are Always Welcome

Children are encouraged to bring their music selections

All Supplies Included

$185.00

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Middle School Safe Space 6th, 7th and 8th Grades: Thursdays
185.00

Life is Beautiful and yet sometimes Middle School can be hard. Art Making can help. Change is continual for pre teens. Everyone is finding their own way and their own voice and the meditative quality of time and space to create without expectations allows the human soul to flourish. Essentially this class is an open studio workshop using professional grade watercolor paints and papers. Each student is encouraged to experiment and to find joy in their own creation. A layering process using pencil, marker, metallic and iridescent paint is encouraged. Work grows from week to week and ideas are honored, researched, discussed and explored. This class will help your child find the voice that will carry them forward to greater social and academic success while relieving anxiety with creation, time and space. I do hope to welcome them to a safe place where they feel seen and become open to making new friends.

Five Week Session

Thursdays 6:30 pm to 8pm

Sept. 19th, 26th, Oct. 3rd, 10th, 17th

Peanut Free Drinks and Snacks are Always Welcome

Children are encouraged to bring their music selections

All Supplies Included

$185.00

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Private Lessons-Children's Group or Single with Parent
270.00

It is a beautiful thing to afford the experience of private instruction to children who show a great desire for a subject. If you believe that your child or children would benefit from this time, it would be my honor to listen and observe and create opportunities for them to excel and progress. The gift of Making Art lasts a life time and is a source of joy in all circumstances.

Private lessons for children are offered in two ways: a single child with a parent present and two children( either related or friends) with me.

The Location for classes is at The Uptown Building in Lagrange at the Northeast Corner of Lagrange Road and Ogden Avenue in the private Club Room and time is set by mutual agreement.

All Supplies are included

Drinks and Snacks are always encouraged

$270.00 for three 90 minutes sessions

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Private Lessons Adults
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Private Lessons Adults
270.00

Sometimes Private Lessons are the way to go, the gold Standard and the most efficient route to achieving an objective. I do my best to make the time full of possibility and experiential learning. When you register, I will contact you directly to listen to your objectives, hopes and dreams and then create the best opportunity to encourage your vision. Timing is by mutual agreement and All supplies are included. I hope to hear from you! This is my vibe, my speciality.

Location is at The Uptown Building in Lagrange at the Northeast Corner of Lagrange Road and Ogden Avenue.

All supplies included.

Three 90 min lessons for $270 ($90/a lesson)

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The Love Letter
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The Love Letter
500.00

This is most definitely my favorite thing to create. This is a guided tour of love and gratitude for the people in your life and it can take many forms. All supplies are included and I can work with groups of up to 8 people. The resulting art is frame worthy and has a lasting love effect for a life time. Call me at 630.877.4306 for more details before or after registration and we will collaborate to bring to life an art experience beyond your exceptions.

The Location is at The Uptown Building in Lagrange at the Northeast Corner of Lagrange Road and Ogden Avenue in the private Club Room where you are welcome to bring food and refreshments.

All Supplies are Included

Timing and Date are by mutual Agreement

$500.00

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MCAA BIRTHDAY PARTY for Children or Adults
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MCAA BIRTHDAY PARTY for Children or Adults
500.00

This is a rare and beautiful birthday party and it can take many forms. A group can create a large, singular piece for the birthday child or adult or the guests to the party can create Love Letters in pairs or trios. If creating uniquely individual art in celebration of a birthday is of interest to you, please call me at 630.877.4306 and I will listen and make suggestions to realize your vision and hope. Make no mistake, the art that results is the memory of a lifetime, how is that for a birthday surprise! I personally deliver the art following the party and, if appropriate, spend 30 minutes with your loved one to finalize the piece.

The Location is at The Uptown Building in Lagrange at the Northeast Corner of Lagrange Road and Ogden Avenue. Parties are celebrated in either The Billiards Room or The Club Room .You are welcome to bring food and drink and of course Cake!!

All Supplies included

Timing and Date is mutually agreed upon

$500.00

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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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