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Fine Arts Collective

Giving home-educated children a space to worship, create, and learn.

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2024-2025 School Year

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We exist to partner with homeschool families to provide children with a safe, encouraging, God-honoring place where they can learn and grow in a group setting. We recognize a need in the homeschool community for a stand-out program for enrichment in the fine arts. We are inspired by the Charlotte Mason method of education and seek to implement it each week the students are with us. Miss Mason said, “Let children feed on the good, the excellent, the great.” She believed, in part, that children should have before them a feast of living books and the opportunity to study the works of great composers and artists.

We meet weekly during the school year on Wednesdays Mornings. Below are semester and daily schedules with details such as start dates, times, holiday breaks, etc.

Semester schedule
Daily schedule

We’re offering a “feast” of classes in the areas of Music Appreciation, Art Study, and Literature. Students will be introduced to different genres of music, classical composers, notable artists, and living books. All subject areas will be taught with a Biblical worldview in mind. New for this school year, we're offering Pre-K Foundations for students ages 3-5 yrs old. To read more view the classes section below.

  • Tuition is $110/month for the first child; $80/month for each additional child.
  • There is a Supply fee of $50 per semester per child.
  • All fees are non-refundable and students are expected to commit to classes for the full school year.
  • The Supply fee will be paid up front, as well as the first month’s tuition in order to proceed with classes.

Happi Lynn Berger holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Millikin University. She has taught high school choral music and was also owner and operator of her private studio, Voices Unlimited, for twenty years. She has been homeschooling since 2006. She has been married to her college sweetheart Jerry for almost 25 years and they have three sons. Happi enjoys serving the children at Light House Church both as Waves Kids director and as a teacher of the Fine Arts Collective.

Karen Hedberg is wife and mom to two adult children and two dogs. She resides in Cary and attends The Hope Collective (formerly Alpine Chapel) in Lake Zurich since the year 2000. She loves Jesus, children, art, music and animals. Her love for art began as a child delighting in God’s beautiful creation. She hopes to spark the creative spirit she believes exists in every individual, releasing their personal expressions in various forms and techniques.

Courtney Witchie is mom to three girls, two of whom have graduated. She homeschooled for the last 14 years. She is passionate about homeschooling because she loves teaching children about faith and the character of Christ. She has been part of several homeschooling groups throughout her homeschooling career and has helped out in various ministries to children.

Michelle Vanderwalt has had a relationship with the Lord since she was 18 years old. She has been married to her husband, Justus, for 16 years and the Lord has blessed them with three wonderful children. She started homeschooling 4 years ago and plans to continue through high school. She is passionate about music and glorifying God through singing.

Leanne Woods has been married to her husband Paul for 28 years. Together they have three children who were all educated at home through various stages of their education. Paul and Leanne are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren and one more on the way. Their family moved to the USA from Northern Ireland in 1998. Leanne taught kindergarten at a hybrid two day a week school in California until moving to Illinois in 2012. As a veteran homeschool mom, Leanne understands the journey and challenges of being a homeschooling family. It is her passion to encourage this next generation of homeschoolers to know that God will provide all you need to succeed in the journey!

“We cannot measure the influence that one artist or another has on the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, or as in a picture, the common sight of life…” - Charlotte Mason


Music Appreciation

Our degreed educators instruct students in basic musical concepts, music history, composers, and great musical works. We seek to do all things for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) so our curriculum reflects a Christ-centered worldview.

Art Appreciation

We believe that art is a significant part of the creative process, given to us by the Creator Himself.

Literature the Charlotte Mason Way

Students will be steeped in stories that come to life, that also are comprehensively linked to the Art and Music classes.

NEW: Pre-K Foundations

During these preschool years, your little one will begin to build the foundations for a lifetime of learning.

Ready to get started?

Before registering for classes, please read the following carefully: The classes are offered as a comprehensive program (not a la carte). By registering for the classes, you are committing to a full year of instruction.

*Registration for new students is not final until an interview has been completed with the FAC team.

Policies and Procedures

Read our Policies and Procedures if you are considering attending the Fine Arts Collective. It's a quick read and outlines our process and sets expectations for parents, students, and teachers.

Download the Policies and Procedures here

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