Courtney Bellairs

Courtney B.

Chanhassen, MN
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Courtney delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:

I am a professional practicing artist and a teaching artist. I am trained as an architect. I like new students to tell me about themselves and their interests. I love to see examples of their previous work, if applicable, so I can design a course of action to work with them. I am very open and encouraging. 'No drawing is a bad drawing.'

I have been teaching for over 20 years at the University and college level. I have recently starting teaching with groups of seniors in my community. I have also taught private lessons in my studio for ages 8 and above. Most of my students are very interested and accomplished in art but I am also open to students new to art.

I have a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University where I also studied painting. My professional work blurs the boundaries of Art and Architecture. I teach in multiple areas: drawing, painting (watercolor and oil), collage and mixed media, color theory, design, architecture, and digital media.

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Self-employed Artist
Aug 1997 - Present
Courtney Miller Bellairs Artist

About Courtney Miller Bellairs
A practicing artist/maker for 20 years, Courtney Miller Bellairs has a multi-disciplinary practice as an artist, architectural educator, designer and academic leader. Her areas of research and practice focus on: conceptual thinking and processes, visual literacy, design pedagogy and fundamentals, representation and visual practice, drawing and image-making in multiple mediums, color theory, field drawing, integrating the Arts into her teaching, set design and art, architecture and the church,1950s French Sacred Art and Architecture commissioned by M.-A. Couturier. Courtney Miller Bellairs' conceptual works and paintings explore the relationships between art and architecture and the feelings produced by architecture. Orthographic drawings are important tools for understanding her paintings. Her most notable commission, for the Crown Estate in London, Courtney has exhibited widely in the USA and UK and her pieces are included in private and corporate collections throughout the US, UK, South Africa, Australia and China.

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Senior Lecturer
Sep 2006 - Nov 2010
University of Maryland School of Architecture

Senior Lecturer
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005
University of Greenwich School of Architecture


Master of Architecture
Sep 1993 - May 1996
Yale University
BS Architecture
Sep 1987 - May 1991
University of Maryland


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching Artist Certificate
May 2013
Young Audiences Maryland

Teaching Artist Training/Residency/Completion of program.


Honorable Mention ‘Fiber Options: Material Explorations’
Jun 2012
Maryland Federation of Art
Winsor and Newton Young Artists’ Award
Jun 1999
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, London, England
Moulton Andrus Prize for Excellence in Art and Architecture
Jun 1996
Yale University School of Architecture
George Nelson Fellowship for Independent Research
Jun 1995
Yale University School of Architecture

Photos & Videos

Rendezvous Point (detail). watercolor on paper Courtney Miller Bellairs

Pink Cadillac. watercolor on paper Courtney Miller Bellairs

Breakfast Room (detail). watercolor on paper Courtney Miller Bellairs

Commission for Crown Estate (HRH Queen of England) Headquarters Building. oil on canvas Courtney Miller Bellairs 2005

Por Solo I. oil on canvas Courtney Miller Bellairs

#330 Beauty. Collage of cut paper Courtney Miller Bellairs 2007


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Jason May 29, 2019

Courtney is an amazing artist. She’s also most interested in helping you develop. I’ve taken lessons where teachers have their own agenda. Courtney will help you build your skill set.

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