Andrea McLean

Andrea M.

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Beginner, Intermediate
Looking to merge art and growth? I have been teaching emotional intelligence (aka EQ) classes all over Alberta and BC for the last 3 years from ages 5 - 95. There are lots of painting classes out there, but very few about healing through art.

What is Emotional Intelligence? EQ is an umbrella term for how we relate to ourselves and to others. Self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management are key factors to having a high EQ.

Even though these skills are crucial in any community or society, we are often never taught these concepts. Why? Because emotions are greatly understudied. Emotions are messy. They are unpredictable. They hinder left brain thinking that Western culture prides itself on. However, without these vitally important competencies, we are left wondering why we didn't get that job, why we are fighting with loved ones, why we seemingly can't stick to our work out plans and why our world is in a very critical state

About Andrea M.

Welcome! thanks for taking a moment to scroll. I have taught classes all around Alberta and BC and I teach traditional drawing and painting. Currently, I am most excited to teach 'painting With Purpose: Emotional intelligence Through Art' classes. They are a series of three classes called Connect With Your Body; Trap Your Demons; and Jump Into Joy! They are a great way to connect in with yourself and learn new tool to process life's ups and downs. Feel free to try just one, or all three. They are a great date night event, or the perfect way to connect with the family!

If you are interested in learning painting or drawing in the more traditional way, we will start with a quick chat about where you're at, what you want to learn and build from there! Talking about realism, picture composition and colour expression are all elements that are interwoven into my art classes. I hope that you feel both inspired and equipped to reach the next level in your art explorations

My Mission Statement:
To live in gratitude, to know I am whole, to serve relentlessly, to forge my values into steel, to grow unconditionally, to nourish relationships, to make each moment count and ask myself what would love do?

My Why:
I feel most alive when walking through any forest or sitting by any river. I'm also very passionate about healing and excited to share tools to help others navigate this challenging time in human history. I hope through leading change in the community, others will feel inspired to take action and respect each other and the earth to create a beautiful future; with an culture we are excited to pass on to the next seven generations.

Andrea keeps busy with commissions, teaching classes, and her community roles. Currently, she teaches Painting With Purpose: Emotional Intelligence Through Art Classes, writes curriculum with LINKages, is the art director of a summer festival called Sangha: a Festival of Medicine, volunteers as the workshop coordinator at inkUbator and loves to participate at the Circles of Rhythm drum circle. Andrea also occasionally live paints, creates murals and is a model for figure drawing.


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I attended one of Andrea’s ‘Emotional Intelligence Through Art’ workshops about a year ago, and it’s been one my of favorite tools for creative expression since then. Like Bob Ross, Andrea has a knack for making art accessible to everyone, and holds a space where everyone feels like an artist. Her facilitation style weaves together both guidance and independence for the artist, in which I felt safe and inspired to paint my deepest emotions. It was pure joy and connection getting to be a part of this experience!

Posted May 26, 2019
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Great class! Very unique!

Posted May 25, 2019
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I attended ‘Painting with a Purpose’ with my daughter. Andrea was super great at making color and expression with color accessible to all ages and personality types. She was thorough with her instructions and easy to listen to and learn from. I would definitely recommend her class!

Posted May 24, 2019

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Program Developer
Jul 2018 - Present


Contract work with a group that has been around for the last 25 years to help youth and seniors meet up in engaging ways. I have written programs with them around art and EQ so they can engage in intentional ways

Nov 2016 - Present

Private Company

I am the creator of a site and the developer of painting with purpose classes. See previous info for more details


Bachelor Of Communications with a Visual Arts Minor (INC)
Sep 2014 - Apr 2016

Red Deer College

High School
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012

Didsbury High



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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