Lori VanKirk Schue
“Being an artist is not simply using ability to create in tangible form. Art is the very essence of civilization. It is the soul reaching out in silent media to express and entice. For me, my art has been a comfort, a reason, a challenge to connect to myself and others. No matter what medium I choose, I am speaking to you. I long to share ways to help you express yourself and free your soul.”
-Lori VanKirk Schue
Lori VanKirk Schue
- Award winning fine and graphic artist
- Author of bestselling Art Works for Kids published by Evan Moor and Art and Design by Scholastic
- Professional Illustrator
- Director of Curriculum Development for international children’s art programs
- Creator and owner of Artlingz, Inc. and SeeSayCreate, Inc.
- Degree in Visual Communications
- Studies and research in Creative Psychology
- Author and Illustrator for SeeSayCreate books
- Accomplished in painting, ceramics, basketry, printing, weaving, glass and art history
- MAC award winner in signage and architectural design
- Featured speaker for national education conferences
About the Artist
Artists take advantage of time and place to hone their insatiable need to create. Lori VanKirk Schue did just that as a military wife living in all regions of the United States and traveling in Europe, Asia, South America and the Far East. She has spent more than 35 years learning about and creating art using various techniques, styles and mediums. As a diverse artist she is accomplished in painting, ceramics, basketry, printing, weaving, glasswork and art history.
VanKirk-Schue says she knew she wanted to be an artist when she was very young and the need for creating art has only grown stronger throughout her life. She can’t remember not being thrilled, mystified and comforted by her ability to create artwork that speaks to people of all ages. She enjoys the essence of all genres and has taught students from as young as 2 to those young at heart into their 80’s. Taking advantage of her many moves with her husband and children during their 26 years in the US Coast Guard, she used her visual communications degree and thirst for learning to glean information and expertise in a wide variety of art forms from realism to abstract.
Her early design career delivered many awards which gave her confidence to attempt and achieve inclusion in galleries and prestigious national shows. Wanting to fill a void in her children’s education when school systems were cutting art programs nationwide, she developed art curriculum for an elementary school which led her to being courted as an authority on art education by international publishers and program developers. This lead to the first of over twenty books on art education and specialized story enhanced art lessons published by powerhouses such as Evan-Moor and Scholastic. VanKirk-Schue soon became a featured speaker at educational conferences including NAE and NAEA. Her area of expertise is children with a particular forte in art education for those with special needs. In 2009 she created Artlingz, Inc., a resource for everyone wanting to teach and create art with children. Soon after, she founded a unique format for children’s books called SeeSayCreate, Inc. that engages children with a story, creative vocabulary and art activities for whole minded learning. VanKirk-Schue’s art and books have been shared, collected and interpreted for artists all over the world.
VanKirk-Schue was born and raised in Webster, PA, a small town about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Virginia.
Education & Certifications
- Art Institute
- George Mason University
- Master Basket Weaver
- Smithsonian World Art History
- Art history