Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator, author and curator.
Her passion for teaching art has found her working in diverse settings for over 20 years.
She has inspired thousands of people in private and public schools, museums, community organizations, special needs agencies, teachers, summer camps, intergenerational facilities, libraries, and her own art school, artstream in Rollinsford, New Hampshire.
Most recently she has taken her classroom online with the new series of e-courses called Art Class: Let's Paint!, Mixed Media I and II , Printmaking: Monoprinting, Block Printing and Silkscreen, Watercolor; Abstracts and Florals and Art Together! a parent child class based on her best selling books.
Susan’s first in the Kid’s Art series - Art for All Seasons features all new seasonally inspired creative art projects. This series follows the release of her first three books from the bestselling Art Lab for Kids series, which have been translated into seven languages. Art Lab for Kids is a best seller with over 74,000 copies sold in the USA alone
Art Camp is the second book of art instruction from Susan's new Kids Art Series. This book is an easy-to-use collection of self-guided lessons for kids to pull out again and again to expand their skill sets and gain confidence in making art. The beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the projects in this easy-to-explore guide. Step-by-step simple art adventures are inspired by artists and the natural world in this full-color instructional book.
The new series features her husband Rainer’s layout and design, including hundreds of photographs that the couple styled and photographed together. Besides designing books they work together at artstream promoting and creating graphic, web and media design work for clients in the greater Seacoast area.
To date, Susan has curated over 100 compelling contemporary exhibitions in her own gallery with of hundreds of national and international artists’ work. She also provides consulting services and curated exhibitions for corporate art clients.
Along with exhibiting her own work in galleries Susan has also created large-scale, site-specific outdoor works for Overnight Art and Art Esprit along with making painting a practice everyday.
Her illustrations have been featured by United Airlines, Small Magazine from China, ON magazine, and others. She has been featured online at The Working Proof with two of her gelatin prints, at Juxtapoz with an illustration and she has written for WhipUp and Illustration Friday Blog about artists, DIY and teaching art.