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Located @ 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 302
in Chicago 60618

(773) 697-5012

Inside Out Art Studio

Serious Fun for Artists of All Ages

We offer art classes in:

    mask making & performance
    teacher training

Our teachers are professional artists and art educators who are invested in providing quality classes that produce noticeable results. Imagination, creativity and enjoyment are all combined in projects that develop art vocabulary, knowledge of art history and technical skills.

Like many good things, art comes from the inside out.

In addition to our scheduled classes we offer Custom Classes, Group Events and ART BIRTHDAY PARTIES!

Watch this home page or contact us for information on special programs, community events and visiting artists’ workshops from around the world!

We Moved

After 10 years in North Center we have moved our teaching studio and mask gallery to a much larger space in 6 Corners/ Portage Park.

4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. Suite 302 in Chicago.

Summer Art Camp

    Fun, Cooperative & Inspiring! Imagine making fun art all day. Never more than 12 students per Teaching/Artist means individual attention to your child's needs.

    Bring a lunch and we will make all kinds of art for 4 hours/day.
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Before and after care available.)
    $40 / day ~ 3 days $110 ~ 5 days $180
    Attendance is limited to 12, so sign up soon!

    Session I M/W/F - July 7, 9, 11
    Session II M/W/F - July 14, 16, 18
    Session III M/W/F - July 21, 23, 25
    Session IV Full Week - July 28 - Aug 1
    Session V Full Week - Aug. 4 - 8
    Session V Full Week - Aug 11-15
    Session V Full Week - Aug 18 - 22
    Session V Full Week - Aug 25 - 29

Family Mask Making

    Saturdays Mat 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
    Make a leather mask with master mask maker Jeff Semmerling. Children, age 6 and up, accompanied by an adult, can make their own super hero or masquerade ball mask. Everyone makes a mask. $35 each materials included. Bring the whole family!

    July 19 & 20 ~ 1:00PM to 4:30 PM

    Learn the Semmerling and Schaefer methods for shaping leather masks. For twenty years Jeff and Sonja have perfected the craft. You will make and finish two to three leather masks and leave with a list of sources for materials and tools.
    Tuition is $200 all materials included.

    July 26 & 27 ~ 1:00 to 4:30 PM

    Return to the studio and learn what’s next after the “Shaping Leather “ workshop. Sculpting, Skiving & New Sizing Methods will be taught. Feel free to bring projects you are working on.
    Tuition is $200, all materials included.

Custom Explorations in Art

For any Group of any Age, ANY PLACE!

Do you have a group of friends interested in painting/ drawing/ puppetry/ mask making/ cartooning/ action figure making/ or fashion design? We can make a special class just for you. Up to 8 weeks, once a week or one day workshops. We can be very flexible. We also offer one on one work with our artists for all ages (5 to 105). We conduct explorations in art for special needs artists of all ages as well. Call the studio and we’ll work out a plan to challenge your skills, learn and accomplish your goals. Let’s make art a bigger part of your life!

Reserve your space now by calling Jeff at (773) 697-5012 or (773) 404-4399 or writing to

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Inside Out Art Studio serves artists, our community and the world with art at its best. Let’s make art a bigger part of your life.

Hand crafted art masks
Masks by Semmerling and Schaefer Mask Studios are on view and for sale by appointment in our 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 302 Studio Gallery. Don't be caught out in anything but the world's finest masks, created in Chicago.

Learning the Art of Mask Making at Inside Out Art Studio
Center Square Journal, by Jason Kreke
Presents our philosophies in this enthusiastic article about Inside Out Art Studio and Semmerling and Schaefer Mask Studios.

YouTube video on Inside Out Art Studios and Semmerling and Schafer Masks Artists featured on Chicago Revealed. Jeff Semmerling explains the philosophy of masks and his mask making.

Jeff Semmerling's residency at McKenzie Elementary School in Wilmette Illinois
Jeff Semmerling did a two week residency at McKenzie Elementary School in Wilmette Illinois this Spring. The article McKenzie students learn the art of mask-making in the Chicago Tribune's Voice of the Town describes his delightful visit with photos. Why not get him to come to your school for customized, projects and residencies with the "Artist in the Classroom?

Interview with Hosea Sanders ABC 7 Chicago News at 11:00
Watch Jeff Semmerling's interview with Hosea Sanders about Mardi Gras, Theater, Semmerling and Schaefer Masks and Inside Out Studio Classes at

"Made in Chicago: Inside Out Art Studio"
The above link takes you to an interview by News Radio 780 WBBM's Steve Miller which features Inside Out Art Studio and Semmerling and Shaefer Mask Artists Studio.

"The Magic of Masks"
The above link takes you to a website and video montage of Jeff Semmerling’s 2008 project funded by the Oppenheimer Family Foundation: Jeff created a 50 minute performance about the captivating power of masks and how they function in cultures the world over. You can book this show in conjunction with workshops in making masks or performing in masks. After the show your audience can do a performance, exhibition or have a parade of their own. Contact us to get things started.

"Masks For the Inside Out" by Kaiti Nicastri
An article about our Iside Out Studio and mask making in the Northwestern University Independent. Link to article

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