No Corner Suns is a storefront art studio featuring handmade gifts, art supplies, and classes for all ages.
Located in Westmont, IL. No Corner Suns store carries unique art, gifts, and accessories. We specialize in art materials only available to independent dealers. No Corner Suns Studio hosts wine & paint parties and diverse classes for everyone from tots to adults. We can bring the art experience to you with our mobile paint events too.
Founded by an artist and educator, No Corner Sun’s knows your art ability goes beyond the symbolic stick person or corner sun. Art is everywhere and for everyone.
I’m Heather Kostal, founder of No Corner Suns Art Studio. I have been a public school art teacher since 1998. I received my Bachelors degree from Eastern Illinois University and my Masters in Art Education from Boston University. My students’ work has been published in magazines and honored at national exhibitions. As an artist I have designed pieces and logos for local businesses and have illustrated several publications.
Ever since I was a kid I knew I wanted to be an artist. It wasn’t until 7th grade, when I had my first real art class, that I knew I wanted to teach art too. I knew I wanted to share my enthusiasm for art and teach others all the wonderful and creative things they could do.
Why “No Corner Suns”?
As an art teacher, I have a love/hate relationship with the corner sun. I love seeing a kindergartner scribble the sun meaningfully in their landscape. I love seeing the second grader add it to a picture where it clearly doesn’t belong, and I even love when a fifth grader adds it to their picture nostalgically.
I first realized how much I hated it when I saw parents helping their preschoolers in art and systematically drawing corner suns, M birds, and lollipop trees around their child’s scribbles. I suddenly started seeing the corner sun scrawled on everything from advertisements, websites, children’s books, and toys. Adults were constantly using the corner sun as a representation of art. That’s not art, it’s a developmental symbol. Children move beyond it, adults need to too.
Every single one of us is an artist. We don’t sit in a studio and paint for 12 hours a day, but we all have unique ideas, creative visions, and the ability to make a mark meaningful. It is important that children and adults take the time to explore creativity and learn to appreciate our visual culture. Art is the meeting place for all other subjects. Art teaches a universal and timeless language. Art improves critical thinking. Art is everywhere and is for everyone.