Encaustic Workshop

Encaustic Workshop

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I have taken lots of workshops and am myself an art teacher and artist. Jill lead the workshop with a perfect balance of structure and flow. The atmosphere was very relaxed and comfortable and at the same time Jill’s demonstrations and information were clear and easy to follow. She even made us scones and coffee…what more could you ask for?

I painted with pigmented wax!  This is really exciting. I barely knew about encaustics before I signed up for the workshop, but knew I would love it.  Combining  color and texture and a bit of that waxy smell ... had to be a winning mixture.  I knew I would find it very enticing.

I painted with pigmented wax! This is really exciting. I barely knew about encaustics before I signed up for the workshop, but knew I would love it. Combining color and texture and a bit of that waxy smell … had to be a winning mixture. I knew I would find it very enticing.

I though the handout of history, materials, application and safety guidelines were very thorough and well thought out.  Also as a non-artist, at no time did I feel concerned that I wouldn’t finish my piece, because I thought your basic instructions were easy to comprehend, easy to follow and they allowed me to come up with my own techniques. I had a great time and would definitely sign up for more classes with you.

I though the handout of history, materials, application and safety guidelines were very thorough and well thought out. Also as a non-artist, at no time did I feel concerned that I wouldn’t finish my piece, because I thought your basic instructions were easy to comprehend, easy to follow and they allowed me to come up with my own techniques. I had a great time and would definitely sign up for more classes with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill is an artful facilitator and gently guided the class into productive experimentation and exploration.  She gave a lot of information but did not overwhelm us, but at the moment I was ready to absorb more, she was there with new information, resources, and experiences. Jill is very knowledgeable about her subject, which showed in her ability to adapt and guide us in response to our learning, and like her studio space, creatively energetic and inspiring.

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Summer Camp

Summer 2014: Jill McLennan teaches summer camp at the Randall Museum in San Francisco for her fifth consecutive summer.  She leads students of varying ages in curriculum concerning the materials of art, the natural environment and the future of our impact on the planet.  Depicted here are several lessons in the curriculum including architecture, animal habitats and earth arts including: sand painting and handmade paper.  Students learned about native dwellings and created homes for humans using natural materials: clay as mud or stucco, dirt, twigs and grasses and leather.  Then they used recycled materials to create homes for the future that include solutions towards living with the earth for the future.

A student example of a native dwelling made using natural materials.

A student example of a native dwelling made using natural materials.

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Another Native Dwelling example, complete with the people who live there.

Home for the Future

Students desugned homes using recycled materials that provide solutions to living in an environmentally friendly way.

Shelter for the Future

This student designed a shelter for both humans and animals to live peacefully together.

Otters Habitat

This student created a habitat from a shoe box for his mother and child otters that he made out of clay.

Animal Habitats

This student created a vibrant habitat for a small animal that sleeps in a cave.

Earth Arts

Student Examples of Native American Medicine Wheel sand painting and handmade paper using recycled and natural materials.

Exhibition

Students with their work from art camp.

 

JMAC Event Mural: California Finance Convention with ProArts Gallery

JMAC Event Mural: California Finance Convention with ProArts Gallery

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California Finance

and All that Jazz

working3 JMAC partnered with ProArts Gallery to present a community participation mural at the California Finance Convention on February 22,  2013.  McLennan designed a mural of Lake Merritt for participants to complete. 

The mural includes the urban and natural center of Oakland depicting downtown businesses,    residential areas,  a variety of birds, and recreation activities, people, boats and a Jazz band. 

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JMAC offers Event Murals for all occasions.

Adults, youth and families may participate in a mural at your company or private event.  Murals are designed based on the desires of the hiring agency and the style of the artist Jill McLennan.

Please contact JMAC for further information or to book your event mural today!

Arise High School Mural

Arise High School Mural

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Check out local high school students from Arise High School, located at the Fruitvale Plaza, painting the mural they designed in Jingletown.  The project is organized by Jill McLennan, culminating the Peterson St. Art Wall and Garden that we began in 2009.  The project is made possible by a grant from the Oakland Cultural Funding Department and a partnership with Arise High School art teacher Nils Heymann and his Juniors and Seniors.IMG_5296