Meagan Burns, originally from Chicago, is a talented artist, educator, and adventurer who is passionate about helping others unlock their creative potential. With over a decade of experience teaching art and leading workshops, Meagan has developed a unique approach that emphasizes process over product and encourages experimentation, risk-taking, and curiosity.
Meagan has been traveling to and living in Mexico on and off since 2001. The first trip was a 2-month sabbatical from her corporate job to teach a dance class in San Miguel de Allende, and she ended up staying. Over the years she's split her time between Chicago, Austin and San Miguel de Allende, and returned full time to SMA in 2015, and has been improving her continuous line sketching skills ever since with a daily drawing practice. Meagan organized the local sketch community to become a Regional Chapter of Urban Sketchers in 2016, and is a current administrator of the group. She began to travel with her sketchbook and friends would see her sketchbook and say, "I want to go with you!" Art Leap Adventures was born in 2017, and provides creation, organization and tour management execution of traveling art workshop in Mexico.
During the pandemic Meagan moved to Mexico City and taught the Zoom Sketch Session three days a week as an option for sketchers to stay engaged during the pandemic, while documenting her life in Mexico City (#CDMXSketcher) and leaning into Continuous Line Urban Sketching (#CLUSk).
Over the years, Meagan has led numerous workshops and retreats, both in-person and online, helping participants to explore their creativity, connect with their inner artist, and gain the confidence and skills they need to pursue their creative dreams. As an artist, Meagan is known for her bold, expressive style and her use of a continuous line drawing technique.
Today, Art Leap Adventures is a creative retreat company offering immersive, transformative experiences for artists and art lovers. Through Art Leap Adventures, Meagan brings together a community of artists from around the world to experience the local art and culture of Mexican destinations, as well as an opportunity to deepen their artistic practice through a variety to artistic mediums and techniques. Whether teaching in the classroom, leading a workshop, or guiding a retreat, Meagan is committed to helping others tap into their creativity, embrace their unique voice, and live a life filled with art and adventure.