The Art Studio is located in a sweet house in Lansing, Illinois that has been

lovingly restored for the sole purpose of creating art… 

Come visit us — Your art is waiting!


Stephanie Roknich | Class Instructor

Stephanie is a teacher in the Chicagoland area and has spent the last four years teaching at the junior-high level. She attended Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education (K-12) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History. Stephanie is passionate about building positive relationships and creating confidence in her students as they conquer new skills. As she says, "There is no better feeling than a proud student!". With a wide range of interests in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking, you can find Stephanie instructing a variety of classes.  

Jill Bridgeman | Studio Instructor

Jill is currently a DePaul University student studying Art, Media & Design with a concentration in Studio Art and specialty in Drawing, Painting, & Printmaking. She believes art has the ability to challenge your mind with each new idea and should be about the process, not the product. Her passion for bringing creativity to life in both kids & adults led her to joining the Art Studio team. With a background in several mediums and experience teaching all ages, you can find Jill teaching kids camps, classes, painting events, private workshops, & more.

Nancy O'Neill
Nancy opened The Art Studio as a way to share her gift of art. At The Art Studio, she offers a place where people in our community — all ages and abilities — can get together and make art. Nancy holds more than 20 years of teaching experience. She brings a positive and creative spirit to The Art Studio, and she has a gentle, effective way of encouraging and supporting artists. 

"Art is a verb; art is a transformative process; art is all about learning … 
Art is FUN!"

Nancy O'Neill
Founder, The Art Studio - 2012.


Julia Vale | Studio Instructor

Julia is currently a student at Indiana University Northwest and is working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design + Art. With a strong tie to family and friends, she enjoys the sense of community she feels when working at the studio, especially with kids. While she enjoys the physicality of hands-on media, her background extends to digital/graphic works as well. She is grateful that her work as a student and as an artist naturally intersect. You can find Julia instructing various studio events such as private parties, Paint Nights, and Open Studio. 


Monica Skylas | Pottery Instructor

Monica recently retired from teaching Art at the John T. Pirie Fine Art & Academic Center in Chicago after almost 30 years at the school. During that time she taught her students the usual art projects for elementary school students.  In addition, she broadened their artistic talents by developing a ceramics (pottery) program. She brought her wheels & kiln to the school where she taught the students and staff the  new experience of using clay.  Monica used her many talents at the school by creating mosaic murals, quilting, drawing, painting & of course clay.  She worked with numerous art organizations within the city and wrote many grants that enhanced the art programs at the school.


Our team is made up of creatives who specialize in different areas of art, all with the same goal of providing art to others. 


​​​​The Art Studio - a place to create!