Janas Durkee

SPECTRA Artist
Visual Arts

Available only to Schools

As a practicing artist, I tell stories of Americana through portraiture and landscapes using pastel, acrylic or oil. I am inspired by the stories of people or places equally to their beauty. I am an illustrator of the human experience; a visual story-teller. In my teaching, I empower my students to take risks, accept challenges and think critically, not just about their art work, but in life. I have a BFA and an MA from Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

I enjoy working as a partner in the classroom with teachers and to support the academic success of the students. Please ask if there is something creative you'd like to see beyond the program choices I have listed on my profile.


website: www.janasdurkeearts.com
email: durkeearts@gmail.com
phone: (831) 419-0013

Basic Drawing: Focus on Portraiture

This class begins with the 7 Elements of Art, practicing those elements through short class room assignments, art games and teacher guided work. By the third session, the students will have sketched the subject of their portrait and will begin to add form elements. Students will examine art from other famous artists, look at specific techniques and create a finished charcoal or graphite portrait. Classroom teachers may build from the basics class after session conclude.

Goal: To develop the basic tools needed to successfully draw representationally.
Fee: $200 per session, Supplies negotiatiated
Duration: 6-8 weeks (1-2 hour long sessions per week)
Requirements: Regular classroom set-up

Painting Portraits

This class begins with the 7 Elements of Art, practicing those elements through short class room assignments, art games and teacher guided work. By the third session, the students will have sketched the subject of their portrait and will begin to add form elements and learning to manipulate color and the consistency of the acrylic paint. Students will examine art from other famous artists, look at specific techniques and create a finished acrylic paint portrait. Classroom teachers may build from the basics class after session conclude.

Goal: To develop the basic tools needed to successfully paint representationally.
Duration: 6-8 weeks (1-2 hour long sessions per week)
Fee: $225 per session, Supplies negotiated
Requirements: Regular classroom set-up

Painting Landscapes

This class begins with the 7 Elements of Art, practicing those elements through short class room assignments, art games and teacher guided work. By the third session, the students will have sketched the landscape (possibly from plein air) and will begin to add form elements and learning to manipulate color and the consistency of the acrylic paint. Students will examine art from other famous artists, look at specific techniques and create a finished acrylic paint landscape. Classroom teachers may build from the basics class after session conclude.

Goal: To develop the basic tools needed to successfully paint representationally.
Duration: 6-8 weeks (1-2 hour long sessions per week)
Fee: $225 per session, Supplies negotiated
Requirements: Regular classroom set-up

Art Experience

This class begins with the 7 Elements of Art, practicing those elements through short class room assignments, art games and teacher guided work. Students will experience a number of art techniques and materials including, but not limited to: acrylic paint, sharpie (ZENTANGLE), colored pencil, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, and others. Classroom teachers may consider using this program to tie into other academic subjects during the residency.

Goal: To develop the basic tools needed to successfully paint representationally.
Duration: 6-8 weeks (1-2 hour long sessions per week)
Fee: $200 per session, Supplies negotiated
Requirements: Regular classroom set-up

Draw Like You Mean It!

Drawing is the foundation of all artwork. Many students lack the tools they need to be successful and satisfied with their drawing ability. Learning to draw is empowering and helps with the development of many brain processes. In DRAW LIKE YOU MEAN IT!, students will begin with the foundations of drawing - the 7 Elements, and use those tools
to create strong drawings. Students also make critical decisions, master their tools at their level, learn to critique and/or write about art and look at works of both famous and emerging artists with a critical eye. With the use of tried and true teaching techniques, I use art games, skills development and guidance, both group and one-on-one to
lead students to doing their best work. My lessons are based on the National VAPA Standards under the subheadings of Create, Producing, Responding and Connecting.
I will tailor my lessons to a classroom theme, if requested.

Grade Level: PK - 12
Requirements: Classroom and an area to store drawings/supplies
Fees: $150/hr