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.



Enjoy working with the inner beauty of fruits and vegetables. We'll transform them into surprisingly intense and beautiful compositions. Strong, lasting and unusual, they will add intriguing layers to many art forms.

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Kozo- Innovative Casting Techniques 

Kozo - a remarkably ancient and modern material- the steamed inner bark of a shrub grown traditonally in asian countries for making Washi (rice paper). This is a workshop for those wanting to learn about kozo in depth. We'll look at...      (click on title of workshop for full details)





 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! 



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 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. 



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 Request a yucca brush workshop as a specialty class.



Upcoming workshops in connection with Jill Powers’ exhibition at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.



         SUNDAY  OCT 20, 2013    1-3:30  in a reserved room at the Natural History Museum

ART INSECTS - ALL NATURAL  at Jill's studo

         SAT  OCT 26, 2013  9:30 - 12:30  

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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