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Monart Drawing Studio

Phone: (847) 788-9323 628 S Arthur Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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Monart Drawing Studio is an art school which uses the Monart drawing method to teach children, teenagers, and adults how to draw, while boosting self-esteem and independent thinking skills. Located in Arlington Heights, IL, this studio serves the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, including Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Prospect Heights, Mt Prospect, Palatine, Long Grove, Elk Grove Village, Inverness, Lincoln Shire, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods, South Barrington, Northbrook, Roselle, and Streamwood. The Monart Method based on a book by Mona Brookes, Drawing with Children, is art instruction based on the Alphabets of Shape. Any object that a student might want to draw can be interpreted in 5 Basic Elements of Shape: dot, circle, straight line, curved line, and angle line. Children can achieve realistic drawing and yet be free to be creatively different.

The Monart Drawing Studio works on the philosophy that anyone can learn to draw and that there are no mistakes in art, only learning experiences. Children begin the in the Getting Ready Drawing class. They are guided through a step-by-step lesson of an object, animal, or character. The instruction also includes guidance about length, placement, distance between elements, and how the shapes interact with each other.

As the student matures in their abilities, they can move up to Basic Drawing classes. Here the students move through the instructions as in the Getting Ready class, but there are added details, requiring more dexterity and thinking skills. When a student is able to draw independently, a test picture is done to show their ability with proportion and technique. They move up to Intermediate classes. Here they can work with more advanced multi medium techniques.

Visit the website for Monart Drawing Studio to learn more about the Monart training method, read class descriptions, view galleries of students' work, and contact the school to inquire about registration.

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Factors that raised the rating for Monart Drawing Studio include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • No complaints filed with BBB

Customer Complaints Summary

0 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 0
Total Closed Complaints 0

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews on Monart Drawing Studio
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: August 15, 2012 Business started: 03/29/1999 in IL Business started locally: 03/29/1999 Business incorporated 03/29/1999 in IL
Type of Entity

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Business Management
Ms. Ellen Sharpe, Owner/Director
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Ellen Sharpe, Owner/Director
Business Category

Art Instruction & Schools Fine Arts Schools (NAICS: 611610)

Alternate Business Names
Sharpe Expressions, LLC

BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

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Negative Review 1 point per review

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BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

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