Phone: 847 231 5570 x230


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Fine Art from Milikin University Masters of Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute Chicago Bachelors of Art Education from Dominican University Registered Art Therapist from the American Art Therapy Association Certified Teacher of Art Education in for the State of Illinois

Mr. Brian Sonders


I am an art therapist and an art educator.  I have been working at Cyd Lash Academy since the fall of 2000.  I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art Therapy from Millikin University and received a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  In 2010 I received my Art Education Degree from Dominican University.  I am a practicing artist who enjoys oil painting, digital art, and creating ceramic sculptures.  I believe creativity is a powerful tool that can be learned and exercised through the act of art-making. I believe the process of art-making exercises problem-solving skills, builds self-confidence, and helps students gain insight into who they are and who they wish to become.   What I enjoy most about working at Cyd Lash Academy is watching my students make new discoveries about their strengths and abilities.