The Cottage Place Art School

in Crosslake, MN

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This is a school designed to provide classes for adults, teens and for children that will inspire, encourage, and strengthen creativity and ability.

Eileen’s Thoughts (the instructor)

Studio Exterior

I believe that once you are out of school and on to new paths in life, you are still able to keep your learning capacity alive and growing if you make time for it. I am a testimony of that belief! I went back to school later on in life, sat in classes with students 30 years younger than me, got my teaching license and am currently teaching K-12 Art in a private school. So to be sensitive to those getting back into a learning environment after a number of years away from it, I get it!

As a result, I will be in tune to you as I teach. Do you need encouragement to grow your creative expertise? When it comes to children, they need little prompting in the area of creativity. They just need opportunity to create! Teens, to break up the summer try delving into discovery through art; it may change your outlook on your future! You may want to major or minor in the Art field. And for you adults just think of it — is there an area that you have only dreamed of pursuing and simply need to be stretched to reach your untapped potential? My belief is that everyone has a need to be creative in some form; the area I am offering to you is through Art, working with clay is my specialty!

So, what do you need to foster that creative enjoyment? You need a cozy, spacious layout that has the inspiration of nature all around you, a brook to sit by, the sight of a friendly horse just outside your door, music in the air, a good work space, a charming little vintage garden to visit, a good library of resources, a personable, friendly instructor who enjoys her students, and fellow students to rub shoulders with in the whole creative process.

Most people don’t give themselves time to enjoy the creative process. When you come to The Cottage Place Art School, you can kick back and create!


Art Projects Simply Stated

Adults— I will have project ideas for you to look at with instructions and examples. The creative process that we will be working on will incorporate the Elements and Principles of Design that make up good art!
Teens— I will put together ideas for you to aim toward, provide instruction for you to get there, and room to use your imagination!
Kids— A 1/2 day Art Camp will be set up for you with a series of projects to delight in creating!


Eileen’s Background


I went to Bethel College in 1976 (now Bethel University) where I earned my B.A. in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics. I have been making and selling pottery professionally for over 35 years. Opening my studio up to the public in 2003, I began offering individual pottery lessons which included instruction on the potter’s wheel and hand-building. My love for teaching began when I asked if I could volunteer in my daughter’s art class. Every week for 6 years I spent time helping art students in that classroom, and thoroughly loved it! I moved on to getting a substitute teaching license and have been subbing in Art classes throughout the Brainerd school district for over 10 years. Realizing my desire to be a certified Art teacher in the public school system, I went back to Bethel University and there received my teaching license in Visual Arts in 2014. I am currently teaching Art part-time in a private school in Brainerd, MN.

The dream to open up The Cottage Place Art School has been in my heart and mind for a few years, since receiving my teaching license. This is not just my dream, for it has been inspired and led by God. It thrills my heart to offer to the general public an opportunity to work through the creative process that involves designing and creating your own unique piece of art! The summer of 2016, we opened our school in our two story barn on our property, on the banks of Pelican Brook in Crosslake, MN. My husband and I have renovated our barn into The Cottage Place Art School. We have been making Cottage Style furniture for years, and that is the look our barn now has! Upstairs will be used as your designing workspace, where teaching will be going on with coffee and beverages. It is a cozy setting that overlooks state land. The main floor has equipment for hand building with clay, tables and benches for creating, shelves for storing your pieces as we work on them, and counter tops and a store area where pottery is sold. We will have two scheduled sales this summer. Down the hill from the barn is my Pottery Studio that is open year round. There, you will find two potter’s wheels, kiln, counter space, and stools. When it is time to take a break, there is a screened in porch attached to my Pottery Studio, a dock on the brook to hang out on, and a deck with an umbrella table and chairs in-between the studio and the brook.