I offer workshops at Marin MOCA, individual instruction in my studio, community drawing classes, and mentoring, either in my studio or at the studio of the mentee.
I work with beginning or intermediate artists to help them develop or hone skills such as representative drawing, abstract drawing, composition, and working with color. We usually meet once a week, for a few sessions or for longer if desired. Sessions include teaching the skills, immediate feedback, and encouragement. $75 for 2 hours
I teach various drawing skills to a small group (7 – 10 people) on a weekly basis. Some members come with art experience, while others are starting out. Classes are one-and-a-half hours long, and cover mark-making; line; light, value and shading; composition; portraiture; and figure drawing using wet and dry media. After a year together, this class has become a mini-community. I regularly take the students gently out of their comfort zones, and they have become willing risk-takers. An important part of the class consists of providing students with images of drawings by well-known professional artists. $10 per class
When I start a mentoring process with an artist, we spend some time clarifying the goals of our work together. In our sessions, I help the artist:
Critique their work and develop their own artistic vision
Write an artist statement and compile a CV
Resolve technical challenges and discover the best medium for the artist’s vision
Stay focused and persist in their art practice even during fallow or doubting periods
Stay flexible and go with the flow if goals change or the work takes an unexpected turn
$150 for two hours
Community Drawing Class
“I have been attending art classes given by Janet Bogardus for the past year. The classes have focussed on drawing, both figure and still life, and have included the use of various mate- rials and techniques. Janet has provided helpful and interesting handouts to help in under- standing techniques for use in drawing. I believe my general drawing ability has improved with her direction.I especially appreciate her individual comments and help, which are always posi- tive and specific.”
“Janet has consistently challenged me and our class to draw with new skills and new ways of looking at the world. She has us switch mediums, sizes, and has introduced us to very varied new techniques and was of looking at what we are looking at the world.
I have gained valuable new insights to my creativity and really enjoy her carefully implemented hands-off style.
I think we all enjoy her class and continue to grow and develop as artists.” John Feld
“I have taken Janet’s “Draw On” class ever since it started at this location, over a year ago. I love it. It is fun. I have learned a great deal, and my drawing skills are improving. She gives personal attention to each student and her feedback is much appreciated.”
Individual Classes and Mentoring
“It’s rare to come across an artist who is such a talented and compassionate teacher as Janet Bogardus. Janet provides me with invaluable tools to look at my art practice with a fresh eye, and apply those skills to developing more dynamic and authentic drawings and paintings. Her creativity, patience and humor continue to give me the confidence create work I never would have thought possible. I highly recommend Janet as a teacher and mentor for anyone interest- ed in taking their work to the next level.”
Rebecca Katz, ICB Artist
“Janet is a very entertaining and creative teacher. As a seasoned and prolific artist she has a lot to offer any level of student. It can be scary venturing into the uncharted waters of new mediums and techniques but Janet is a wonderful guide who opens doors. She not only respects individ- ual sensibilities and skill levels, she actively works to foster each student’s particular develop- ment. And she truly enjoys the diversity of expression. She is always there to problem-solve and provide constructive feedback while adding a generous dollop of encouragement. I feel very for- tunate to have such a fine art instructor and mentor.”
“I’ve attended many of Janet’s workshops and have found her to be an excellent teacher. She begins the workshop by summarizing the focus for the day, explaining and demonstrating differ- ent techniques and giving helpful tips. After allowing time for ideas or concerns to generate, participants begin working on their projects, while Janet circulates around the room listening and offering suggestions. The class structure allows time to explore on your own, and also a most available teacher there to guide those needing help.”
Wendy Ricks, Marin MOCA Artist