Classes, Retreats, and Private Mentoring Sessions

MentoringArt is a process of experimentation and investigation. When we immerse ourselves in the particular qualities of materials from the natural world, we come to new questions and understandings. Our body's intelligence informs us when working with directly sourced and unrefined art materials. Jill lectures and teaches widely, including workshops in her studio, and at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado, USA. Contact Jill if you would like to arrange a lecture, workshop, or presentation.

LECTURES- Contact Jill for a list of slide lecture topics, or request a particular focus. CLASSES- For more information on specific classes, please click any of the titles below. TO REGISTER for a class, scroll down for registration form and instructions.

PAPYRUS ART at the SITKA CENTER FOR ART AND ECOLOGY

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SITKA CENTER ON THE OREGON COAST          AUGUST 7-9  

Layer your collages wth very unique elements! Enjoy working with the inner beauty of harvested elements from gardens and orchards to create contemporary art. This art form offers astonishing results that will alter how you see, expanding your visual vocabulary.  We will use steamy heat and 6 tons of pressure to make ultra thin translucent sections of fruits and vegetables for collage, or mixed media paintings and art. You will create unique compositions, pressed in layers, along with making separate abstract elements or combinations that you can take home to use in future work. Enjoy selecting favorite or unusual fruits and vegetables to bring.  

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Register at The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology - click here for details


KOZO BARK FIBER COURSE

Kozo- Innovative Casting Techniques

Innovative Techniques

Kozo is a remarkably ancient and modern material- the steamed inner bark of a shrub grown traditionally in asian countries for making Washi (rice paper). This is a course for those wanting to learn about kozo in depth. We'll look at the history and learn the traditional preparation of this bark fiber, and then experiment with techniques which Jill has pioneered for using kozo in contemporary dimensional art.  We will not be making or using sheets of paper. Instead,  the kozo will be cooked and cast directly with specific techniques for creating two and three dimensional art, including work combined with light, and mixed media applications. The bark fiber art has a diaphanous appearance, but is actually incredibly strong.

    

  

 


PERSONAL ARTISTIC MENTORING

 Jill offers coaching and support for individuals who seek guidance and inspiration on their artistic journeys. Sessions in Jill’s studio in Boulder, Colorado (or through Skype) offer a deep look at the development of your work and your creative life.

Read a blog post with examples of recent mentoring sessions...

Click on the Mentoring  title for more information and about how to schedule time with Jill! 


GUT PARCHMENT CLASS

 

An unusual skin material which is translucent and parchment like. Explore contemporary techniques with this traditional media of the Alaskan eskimo people. Can be a surface for painting, an outer skin for objects, or a sculptural medium on its own.

 

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EXPERIMENTAL MATERIALS CLASS

Experimental Nature Arts

 

A course about unusual natural media for incorporation into your artistic work. Experimental investigations into:: sand and earth mixes, gut (a parchment-like skin), kozo and other bark fibers, vegetable papyrus panels, mineral paints with natural binders, wild silk, crystalizing objects, and other media. The focus is custom designed for the group.

This class will be held periodically. Contact Jill to design and schedule a class. 


HAND MADE TOOLS: BRUSHES

  

Handmade brushes made from all natural materials. Jill has been teaching this workshop for over a decade.  It combines a love of animal hair, plant materials, and fine craftsmanship. We'll explore all types of brushes, using methods from many cultures including work with bamboo, horsehair, squirrel tail, and yucca. Once the brushes are created we will experiment with painting, using natural pigments that we mix into paints. Many people choose to make brushes as art objects, although in use they free up a painter to make unusual types of marks which are not possible with commercially made brushes. 

Contact Jill to schedule a brush workshop at jillpowers.com Request a yucca brush workshop as a specialty class.

 


INSECT ARTS WORKSHOPS

Workshops at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

WORKSHOPS:

DRAWING WINGED INSECTS FROM THE MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

WORKSHOP:  ART INSECTS - ALL NATURAL  at Jill's studio  

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To register for classes and reserve your space, please download and fill out this Registration Form, then email it to JPowersStudio at gmail dot com. I will contact you to make payment arrangements and confirm your reservation for the class.

Class size is limited. Sign up early! Class payments are non-refundable one week prior to the class start date, due to all the materials I order and gather, and the time I spend in preparing them.

Thank you for your interest! - Jill