Friday, May 05, 2006

Private Mentoring

I am currently enrolling students for private art sessions at my home in north Seattle. Rates are $60 per hour. Come as often or as infrequently as you like. All levels welcome.

>>>Private mentoring is personalized support for motivated art students who desire professional feedback, encouragement and direction.

Email or call me for details

Details and FAQ's follow.

Tamara Belland is a third-year illustration student at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

She recently had three pieces accepted to the 1-2-3 Show at Cornish. This oil pastel won one of two honorable mentions for her year.

Tamara visits me every month for an hour-and-a-half private mentoring session.

Tamara Belland, oil pastel, 16 1/2" x 22 1/2"

"Julia truly cares and gives an honest assessment, as well as helping me through any blocks I have toward being the best artist I can be. My artwork, as well as my confidence, have grown tremendously." - Tamara Belland
Every artist needs some form of encouragement and feedback. Private lessons or "mentoring" with the right teacher can be an effective way to further every aspect of your art practise, from what to paint to how to paint it, and where to go from there. Students of all levels can make great leaps in a short time with an infusion of one-on-one attention and encouragement.

FAQ's: Following are some answers to frequently-asked questions about my private sessions.

>Do I draw while you watch, or how does it work?

The mentoring sessions are driven by you and what you wish to achieve. While hands-on drawing and painting lessons are available, generally we focus on work you have done on your own outside of class, with drawing built into the discussion.

A typical session goes like this: I look at your work and listen to your questions. I try to get a sense of what you need and are ready to hear. Then I make specific, constructive observations, sometimes accompanied by short demonstrations. I offer creative exercises, simple explanations, and concrete techniques to address problems and stretch your abilities. I frequently suggest artists for you to look at that may be inspiring to you and pull out relevant art books from my collection. Together we propose projects to work on till the next time. I make suggestions, and you follow up on what sounds enjoyable or beneficial to you. Some students take notes. Everyone who is able to work between times shows marked progress from one session to the next.

>Should I take private sessions while taking other classes?

Mentoring can accelerate your absorption of material while taking another class. You get to ask me all the questions your teacher may not have time for. Taking private mentoring instead of a class is an excellent option, too, when you don't want to be tied in to six or eight sessions. A nice thing about private sessions is that you can cancel or reschedule up to the night before with no charge.

>I work in media other than painting or drawing. Would I benefit from mentoring from you?

Most likely yes. Most art projects involve the same basic principles of concept, design, form, color, content, and execution. I don't have to be an expert in your medium to offer insight into the artistic principles involved in mediums as varied as stained glass, silk painting, printmaking, and sculpture. For specific technical advice, mediums within my immediate expertise include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil/aquarelle, ink, pastels, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oils, collage, pastels, and blockprinting.

>How often should I come?

Most students benefit from regular weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly sessions, depending on how much time they feel they will have to work on their art. Or you may schedule a session whenever you need a boost - I am flexible to your needs.

>How much is a session?

Classes are $60 per hour. Pay following each session with cash or check, or buy up to five sessions in advance.

>Where are they held?

Sessions are held at my home in the north end of Seattle, off Sand Point Way on 105th St. I do on occasion make house calls if you are in my general area.

Email or call me to set up a time, or to find out more


scootking said...

nice blog,love the paintings

Julia Hensley said...

Hey thanks - you're my first ever comment! Vespas are cool...