Visual Arts, Art Parties &  Songcraft With Jean

Visual Arts, Art Parties & Songcraft With Jean


About this pro

Having taught art for twenty years, I have a big bag of art teaching tricks. I am certified to teach art in Texas and taught for years in Austin ISD. I prefer to teach more generalized art lessons that cover a variety of projects and media as opposed to in depth drawing or painting. I am well suited to provide online art home school instruction. As a teaching artist I currently teach Art School at The Contemporary in Austin and facilitate art projects for seniors for the non profit, Mobile Art.

The song writing lessons are more like coaching. I will guide you through the writing lyrics for verses, chorus and bridge and help you come up with hooks. I am not teaching any basic music theory or recording techiques.

I have taught songwriting workshops at for Badgerdog at various Austin Public Libraries and I dida  songwriting residency  in Durham, N.C. I have decades of experience writing and performing my songs in bands and as a singer-songwriter.

 I enjoy sparking artist of all ages in a variety of mediums. I particularly enjoy collage, printmaking, simple book arts and watercolors. Artmaking and songwriting are transformative experiences. You can come into a class grumpy and tired and almost always leave feeling uplifted. 

In addition to lessons I can facilitate songwriting and art-making workshops in schools, libraries and as birthday party experiences.

I am based in Austin but I am often in California and occassionally tour through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, New York, Texas and Canada and I am available for teaching artist gigs outside of Austin when I am on the road. 

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Austin, TX 78745
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I come prepared with the first project or lesson and then try to hone in to find the students interests and learning style in order to plan lessons of interest in future.  I also like to know about student's backgrounds and interests before starting.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a BFA in Visual Arts studies in Art Education from the University of Texas at Austin and I am certified to teach K-12 in Texas. 

I have three years experience facilitating art experiences with seniors.

I have taught both Children and adults at the Art School at the Contemporary in Austin, TX

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Private lessons at my house are generally $50 for a 90-120 minute session.

If I am traveling to where you are and it's local it's $75 for a 90-120 session. 

My workshop fee ranges from $75-100 for a 90-120 minute session.

In most cases, my preference is a two hour session but I know people's lives are so busy so I can do 90 minutes. If my pricing seems prohibitive, I can work with you. 

How did you get started teaching?

I was a volunteer, and after school club leader at the JCC in San Francisco as a teen and young adult and I guess that sparked me! 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with an enormous variety of students. 

Lessons offered

Songwriting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Printmaking Lessons