About Laurie

Laurie earned her MFA, Arizona State University, 2001 and BFA, University of Michigan, 1996, concentrating on both drawing and ceramics.

Prior to starting LZM Studio, she taught Drawing, 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics and Ceramics Chemistry at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, Mesa Arts Center, Central Arizona College, Middle Tennessee State University, Grand Valley State College, The Contemporary Austin Art School and served as a volunteer docent at the Contemporary Austin. Growing up, Laurie’s Mom served on the School Board of the Grand Rapids Public Schools and was a Teacher’s Aid. She grew up knowing the importance of, not only a great education and the need for access to education, but also knowing the value of teaching.

Laurie in preschool focused on painting and fast forward 35 years, not much has changed!

Message from Laurie:

It has been over a decade since the start of my business, and I LOVE what I do.

Every day, I work with interesting, smart, kind humans from all walks of life, all ages and all experience levels in drawing. I get to teach people the beautiful meditation of creating… how to slow down and really SEE things… how to really be present to the things around them, so they may experience their bodies moving with grace to create their own delightful and unique vision of the world.

I work with people to make the world more beautiful. How lucky I am….

In addition to teaching students, I now have added the joy of teaching teachers- because drawing is a particular skill and teaching is another skill set. Knowing both of those, and being able to communicate to different types of learners is the foundational value at LZM Studio.

About LZM Studio 

Our Purpose:

We wish to share the gift of PRESENCE (quieting the mind to perceive true awareness of our visual world), to create ease and mastery in EMBODIMENT (how to move our brain, eyes, hands and the physical matter of graphite and paper) so that all who endeavor may have the practice of a personal expression of beauty.

Our Values:

When you arrive at the studio, we will greet you with integrity, compassion and joy in your discovery of the drawing process in our sessions together. You will be encourage you to grow at a pace that stretches you and is achievable. We believe in your ability to learn, and overcome when you have setbacks and doubts. We will create a safe space for your range of humanity as you embolden yourself to drawing success.

Our Mission:

To teach drawing in private lessons, online tutorials and in person workshops around the world.


Our Vision:

To teach the skill of drawing at a mastery level to anyone who has the determination and openness to learn.