The Renaissance Project studio provides an unusual venue and opportunity to study art. All classes follow the 19th century French curriculum, which builds students' skills by requiring them to learn to draw from plaster casts and to copy master drawings.. Lothar firmly believes that drawing can be taught to anyone. "Talent helps," he says, "but it really is a learned discipline." In the technology driven post-modern art world, Lothar feels that many artists lack the drawing skills that they need to excel. His classes stress the artist's process of learning how to see things, which he feels is a selective, active and psychological process. Students not only learn, but experience The Renaissance Project philosophy first-hand. "This becomes a sacrosanct space," says Lothar. "Time falls away here when students are encouraged to literally spend two months on one drawing." Lothar provides his students with keys to the studio, so they can come in to work anytime, using its baroque atmosphere as inspiration. Plans are also in the works to develop a gallery space appropriate for art openings, so that those who appreciate art can visit the studio and experience what goes on behind its doors.

Classes are available at The Renaissance Project at $300 for 10 weeks, and include three hours a week of one-on-one teaching time. Call 773.334.5054 for details. A brochure will be available soon detailing the class offerings. Art collectors and enthusiasts can contact the studio if they are interested in acquiring works of art or in commissioning a piece.


To contact Lothar send
an e-mail to Lothar Speer

or call (773) 334-5054

4770 N. Lincoln Avenue
Suite 14
Chicago, IL 60625