Artist Mentorship Program (AMP)

Artist mentorship program 

Faculty member Lynn Peterfreund (on left)

Zea Mays Printmaking is offering a unique opportunity for a select group of artists seeking to deepen their artistic practice while developing their printmaking skills. The Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) pairs each participating artist with a Zea Mays Printmaking faculty mentor. Working closely together on a self-designed course, the mentor is there to guide the participating artist through technical and conceptual challenges, helping refine the artist’s eye and skill. In 2016/17 we are offering two types of Mentorship Programs: Art Practice Mentorship and Print Project Mentorship.

Regardless of age, experience and past art training, the Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) is open to all artists who wish to engage in a sustained studio experience designed to sharpen their abilities as artists and as printmakers.

Developing one’s work over time and absorbing new approaches to technique can challenge the content, the expression, and the visual elements of one’s art making practice.  Mentorship can provide support, insight and clarity during the — often challenging — artistic process. Mentors will respond to ongoing work, providing guidance, feedback and encouragement.

This program can specifically help an artist deepen his/her artistic practice within the field of printmaking, gain technical skills, set goals, resolve aesthetic issues, prepare a portfolio for graduate school, or approach galleries.

How it works:

In 2016/17 we are offering two types of Mentorship Programs: Art Practice Mentorship and Print Project Mentorship.
Participants in both Mentorship Programs are each assigned a faculty mentor with whom they work closely. They discuss interests and directions in the participant’s artwork, and how the program can provide a framework and direction for those interests. Mentors and mentees work closely to set goals. A mentor may provide hands-on demonstrations, printing assistance, critiques, editing help, assign readings or research, or recommend resources specific to the participant’s interest — helping the participant work toward and develop a focused project and deepening the experience of making, looking, and thinking about art. Mentors offer guidance in how to shape an interest into an idea, and an idea into a body of work.

The Details:

Art Practice Mentorship
The Art Practice Mentorship is for artists who want to deepen their artistic practice, learn new techniques, engage in critical dialogue about their work, develop language to talk about your work, overcome obstacles and generate new work.

  • The program consists of 40 hours of one-on-one work with your mentor over the course of ten months. The hours can be spent as critique, technical instruction, support while making art, goal setting, discussion of readings or trends, career advising, portfolio development, etc. In addition, your mentor will spend up to 15 non-contact hours in email/phone conversations, research, documentation, etc. to support your mentorship.
  • Hours can be put together into blocks for shorter or longer sessions (i.e. 2 hour critique session one month, a 6 hour work session the next).
  • Mentorship hours can be used to work with your primary mentor, or with other mentors in the program to target specific areas of expertise, or to get a different perspective on your work.
  • You and your mentor design the program to suit your individual desires and availability. At your first meeting you will discuss your interests, goals, artistic practice, obstacles and outline the shape and scope of your mentoring experience.
  • One 2-day workshop of your choice is included in the mentorship program.
  • Mentoring can take place at Zea Mays Printmaking, or at a mutually agreed upon place (i.e. your studio) or via Skype or telephone.
  • In addition to your time spent with your mentor, artists must commit to a minimum of 250 hours working independently.

 When: September 2016 – June 2017

Cost:   $3500 includes
40 contact hours with mentor
15 non-contact hours by mentor to support mentee
1 – two-day workshop
10% discount on ZMP annual membership (membership is not included)

Print Project Mentorship
The Print Project Mentorship is shorter in length and is for artists who have a definite project in mind (upcoming exhibitions, organization and graduate school applications, flat file entries, etc) and want the technical and professional support to complete a project within a given deadline.

  • The program consists of 25 hours of one-on-one work with your mentor over the course of 4 months. The hours can be spent as critique, technical instruction, support while making art, portfolio development, help writing artist statements, exhibition promotion. In addition, your mentor will spend up to 10 non-contact hours in email/phone conversations, research, documentation, etc. to support your mentorship.
  • Hours can be put together into blocks for shorter or longer sessions (i.e. 2 hour critique session one month, a 6 hour work session the next).
  • You and your mentor design the program to suit your individual desires and availability. At your first meeting you will discuss your interests, goals, artistic practice, obstacles and outline the shape and scope of your mentoring experience.
  • Mentorship hours can be used to work with your primary mentor, or with other mentors in the program to target specific areas of expertise, or to get a different perspective on your work.
  • One 2-day workshop of your choice is included in the mentorship program.
  • Mentoring can take place at Zea Mays Printmaking, or at a mutually agreed upon place (i.e. your studio) or via Skype or telephone.
  • In addition to your time spent with your mentor, artists must commit to a minimum of 100 hours working independently.

When: September – December 2016 and/or February – May 2017

Cost:   $2200 includes
25 contact hours with mentor
10 non-contact hours by mentor to support mentee
1 – two-day workshop
10% discount on ZMP annual membership (membership is not included)

Apply:

AMP@ZMP 2016-17 is open to 10 artists.  Apply for acceptance to the program by filling out the attached application. The applications will be reviewed by the mentors and studio director. Application deadline for the 2016-17 program is June 1, 2016.

2016-17 Artist Mentorship Program Application

The mentors:

Zea Mays Printmaking faculty members Annie Bissett, Nancy Diessner, Louise Kohrman, Lynn Peterfreund, and Joyce Silverstone will serve as the 2015-16 mentors.  These mentors were selected by studio director Liz Chalfin based on their varied technical specialties, their teaching skills, their experience as working artists and their successful experience working in mentor/mentee relationships.  Liz Chalfin will serve as Program Director and will be available for consultations.

Annie Bissett specializes in relief printing with wood, with a focus on Japanese method watercolor woodblock printing (moku hanga) and white line (Provincetown) prints. All printing with these methods is done without a press. Assistance is also available for portfolio building, creating a web site, developing social media presence, and writing artist statements. Read more about Annie

Nancy Diessner’s areas of expertise include: photopolymer intaglio platemaking and printing; photopolymer plate alteration and alternative techniques; polyester plate lithography (including Pronto Plates); collagraphy; intaglio printmaking including copper sulfate etching of aluminum; chine colle and printing a la poupe. Read more about Nancy

Louise Kohrman’s areas of expertise include:  “green” intaglio processes such as hard ground, soft ground, non-acid techniques (drypoint), lift grounds, aquatint and etching in ferric chloride; chine colle and related techniques (mounting, collage, printing on or working with delicate and Asian papers); technical troubleshooting and professional printing methods; image development; and technical and conceptual critique. Read more about Louise

Lynn Peterfreund’s areas of expertise include all basic monotype techniques: additive and subtractive techniques, color theory, color mixing and layering, color viscosity, transfer drawing, working large and working with mixed media. Also, intaglio techniques: etching, aquatint, drypoint, spit bite, and coffee lift. Experience working in both abstract and representational art. Read more about Lynn

Joyce Silverstone’s areas of expertise include: color theory applied to layering and color mixing for printmakers, viscosity printing techniques, monotype printing on and off the press, layering and combining monotype with woodcut, and alternative relief plates, collage, and polyester plate lithography.   Read more about Joyce