About Us

Overview

Founded in 1997, CAC – Children’s Art Classes is a leading provider of art education and enrichment programs for kids of all ages.


Our Philosophy

Providing a comprehensive art education program that enriches the lives, raises the self esteem and improves the academic performance of our students.


Our Curriculum

Developed and refined over 20 years, our students are provided with a structured program covering nearly all art mediums. Our program has proven results with  many honor students graduating from our programs, several having earned art scholarships and many participating in leading art shows.



Stephanie Larsen has studied art at the University of Colorado, at Boulder. Her emphasis in art is charcoal and pencil drawing. Stephanie has had the opportunity to work closely with the Founder of Children’s Art Classes, and has participated in the overall development of the Children’s Art Classes’ four year curriculum.

As the President of CAC – Children’s Art Classes Stephanie leads all aspects of Franchisee training and support.  From initial business planning, to site selection, marketing and launch plan, Stephanie has personally executed each and will help drive your long term success.


Barbara Gay is a certified art teacher with over 25 years experience. She earned her degree in art education at the University of Wisconsin. Barbara has developed and implemented an in depth art curriculum for children that has gained much recognition in the Southwest over the past two decades. Her philosophy of art education focuses on building her students’ self-esteem through public recognition of their achievements. “The proof is in the pudding!” has been her motto. And…Teaching is Her Passion!

Barbara developed and continues to refine our curriculum and training program.  She is responsible for instructor training and mentoring.


Kurt is a school photography industry veteran with over 30 years working with schools and school districts throughout Northern Illinois.

Throughout Kurt’s career he has partnered with Public, Catholic, and Private and Home School Associations, working with Administrators of all levels to provide portrait, yearbook and school services.

Kurt will continue his work providing opportunities to students and families through Children’s Art Classes. Providing a comprehensive art education program that enriches the lives, raises the self-esteem, and improves the academic performance of our students as he has seen firsthand with his own children through the fine arts.

Kurt is a lifelong resident of Aurora, IL along with his wife Tracy and five boys.


Lisa is thrilled to be part of your child's artistic journey.   Lisa is passionate about art and its ability to develop self-expression and grow confidence in children. Lisa enjoys creating art with many mediums, including charcoal and pencil drawing, acrylics, and her favorite, oil paints.

After earning her B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University, Lisa had a diverse career in marketing, public relations, and social work.   Lisa has three grown children and lives in Geneva with her husband and two goldendoodles.