private art lessons

Our beautiful gallery and studio space located at 806 1/2 Main Avenue in the Historic Dakota Business College Business Building

Our beautiful gallery and studio space located at 806 1/2 Main Avenue in the Historic Dakota Business College Business Building

We're passionate about bringing out the natural creativity in each child.

These special lessons are great for students who can't make it to one of our scheduled group classes, are not between the age restrictions of our group classes, or who just like the individual focus of an instructor tailoring lessons to their needs. Artists as young as 5 years of age can take a private lesson, as well as elementary, middle school and high school aged artists.

These lessons are tailored to kids just starting out learning a variety of mediums to teens building portfolios for specialized art schools. 

In a Private Lesson, our instructors focus on challenging an artist's existing skills and taking them to a more advanced level, while introducing them to new techniques, materials and styles in fine art. Curriculum's are customized to build students skills and knowledge of art with their interests in mind. We customize a curriculum or area of focus where our art students will build confidence, see results and have a fun experience too!


Private Art Lessons
from 100.00

Private Lessons at Make Room are priced at the hourly rate of $50 per hour for one student, with a minimum of 2 sessions per month. You may enroll up to 3 art students in this lesson (see prices below).

1 STUDENT = $50

2 STUDENTS = $70

3 STUDENTS = $90


Private Lessons at alternative locations i.e. your home, are priced at the hourly rate of $70 per hour for one student. You may have up to 3 students in the lesson (see prices below).

1 STUDENT = $75

2 STUDENTS = $100

3 STUDENTS = $120

Payment for the entire month of private lessons is due at the first lesson of the month. Payment can be made online (right here! ) or via check or cash.  Because there is a waiting list for private lesson time slots, you must pay for complete month of private lessons even if you miss one.  If payment is not paid by the lesson date, a $5.00 per lesson fee will be added to the payment due. Of course we realize that things happen and you might miss once in a while.... in these situations we suggest sending a sibling or friend to use your lesson time. 

We also offer lessons for children, teens, and adults with exceptional needs.  Please contact us for more information.

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Private Lessons Policies

Please let your instructor know if there is something specific you want to work on, or if you would like a lesson plan created specifically for the artists needs.  We love to come up with custom curriculum that your kids will LOVE!

Parents may drop off art student or stay during lesson at studio. We appreciate if parents refrain from bringing siblings that are not taking the lesson.  We do not have staff on site to entertain or watch children in our environment while their sibling is here for their lesson.

Arriving on time is appreciated as private lessons are scheduled every hour and need to start on time. If you're caught in traffic, please let us know you are currently on your way, by calling 701-203-2256. If a student arrives late, their lesson will still end at its scheduled time. Prompt pick up time is also appreciated as instructors often have a lesson beginning when your lesson ends or have a lesson at another location and need to get to it on time.

Instructors that come to your home are expected to arrive at scheduled time or call if traffic complications arise. An instructor will wait 15 minutes maximum at your home if you are not there when scheduled. After 15 minutes, they will leave and you will be billed for that 1-hour lesson. If payment for the missed lesson is not paid by the time of your next scheduled lesson, your lesson time will be permanently given to the next person on our waiting list.

Owner/Director Chelsea Thorson is a passionate and spirited teacher who has taught in the Art Departments at NDSU and Concordia, as well as hundreds of creative workshops for all ages throughout the community.  She also enjoys working with elementary school students at the Plains Art Museum, guiding gallery experiences and studio clay projects.  Raised by an art teacher, she had her own studio space at home, which set the stage for a lifetime of creating, teaching, and learning.  She was formerly the director of Unglued Summer Camp for Kids in Fargo before opening her own studio and gallery at Make Room.  She has experience with makers of all ages and believes in never taking a tool out of someone’s hand.