GENEVA – Artist Erin Livermore taught elementary and middle school art for years in the Kaneland School District.
But when the Elburn resident had her second son, she decided to stay home. Within a year, she turned one of her bedrooms into a studio and continued teaching art classes – until things got so crowded she had to find another space.
Livermore will open All Things Art Studio on Monday on the second floor of The Berry House, 227 S. Third St., Geneva, to teach art to children, teens and adults.
“I started with middle school and I liked it a lot,” Livermore, 35, said. “But once I got to the elementary level, I totally connected. I love the little ones and the older kids because they can take the concepts I teach to little kids and expand them in their own way.”
Trouble was, at her home studio, there was barely room for 10 students, her supplies, the kids’ stuff and her own art and commissioned work. The Geneva space is three times bigger.
Choosing Geneva for a studio was a natural, she said. She and her husband, Robert Livermore, an accounting teacher at St. Charles East High School, used to live in St. Charles.
“I just love Geneva,” Livermore said. “It is historic, it’s beautiful, it’s a walking town. I’m hoping to have people stumble upon us and come upstairs, drop in and make a project.”
While she took to teaching art at home to be with her boys, having a studio in Geneva allows her to teach up to 20 at a time and to schedule days off to be with her sons. And because her husband is also a teacher, he will be with the boys during summer.
“With this, I’ll be able to group my days and not have to work every single day again,” Livermore said.
Many of Livermore’s classes are four-week sessions and one-day workshops from pre-k, youth and teen classes to silk painting for adults.
For information, call Livermore at 630-360-1410 or online at www.allthingsartstudio.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.