If you’re looking for help taking the next step forward with your creative process, I am available for private mentoring.
What Mentoring Is…
Mentoring is something I do with people already creating work, who need a little help figuring out where to go from here, or what to do with it next, or why it isn’t working. I sort of take a look at what you’re doing, and talk to you about where you want to go with it, and we figure out together what the next steps should be. I’m good at looking at pieces and giving gentle, encouraging feedback, and discussing composition issues in a way that makes sense, and doesn’t overwhelm you with art school lingo. My students say I’m good at giving constructive criticism and making them laugh at the same time. I believe that discussing your finished work should be fun!
I feel most comfortable working with people who create mixed-media pieces, collage, assemblage, artist trading cards, altered books, art journals, and/or altered art, because those are the types of art I create myself. I don’t feel qualified to discuss scrapbooking, rubber stamping or cardmaking, because I’m sort of out of touch with that whole world, and don’t do much of it.
What Mentoring Isn’t…
Mentoring is not private teaching. I don’t offer private how-to lessons—for how-to stuff, you might look into the classes I teach at Ten Two Studios, which are done in a group setting. I won’t teach you a totally new technique, or get you started on your first altered book or art journal. If you’re already making something, and I know a technique that will help you solve whatever problem you’re having with a piece, I’m happy to share it.
I’m also not quite prepared to work with people who are looking for help starting their own businesses. I may have a group course about that at some point in the future.
How It Works…
You and I will work together on a private message board, where our conversations can’t be seen by anyone but the two of us. You’ll be able to post images there of whatever work you’d like to discuss.
If the mentoring plan you agree to includes face to face time, we’ll arrange times to talk on Skype or Google Hangouts.
To get our mentoring process started, fill out this application, to let me know what you might need.
I’ll email you after I look over your application. We might email a couple of times before we agree I should mentor you. Sometimes, I’m the right fit for what you need, and sometimes, I’m not. I’ll be honest with you if what you’re looking for isn’t something I can help with.
If we agree to work together, I’ll send you an invoice for the mentoring plan you’ve chosen. Once you’ve paid that invoice, I’ll get you set up on the message board, and we’ll get to work.
Single Piece – $10.
You can upload a single piece, and I’ll talk to you about it. I’ll give you some honest feedback about what you’re doing well, and help you decide what comes next. I’ll discuss this piece with you on the message board for as long as you like. This plan is great for people who are stuck on a piece, and can’t seem to move forward with it.
One Month – $20.
You and I will work together for 30 days. You may upload up to 10 pieces of work to discuss individually. This plan is ideal for someone who just needs some feedback on a small body of work, and isn’t looking for long-term help.
Three Months – $40.
You and I will work together for 90 days. You may upload up to 20 pieces of work to discuss individually. This plan is good for those with a slightly larger body of work, or who need short-term help with a specific issue.
Six Months – $75.
You and I will work together for 180 days. There is no limit to the number of pieces we can discuss. This plan also includes three 15 minute video calls, if you’d like to talk face to face. This plan is good for those who are looking to take a leap forward in their work, or who need long-term help with a specific area.
One Year – $120.
You and I will work together for 365 days. There is no limit to the number of pieces we can discuss. This plan also includes six 15 minute video calls, if you’d like to talk face to face. This plan is ideal for those who want long-term help moving forward with their creative work.