Hello, I'm Jill Gillen & I am a stay at home mom of two fantastic 12 yr old twin boys.
I graduated with an Art Education degree from Oral Roberts University in 1996. After graduation, I was employed as an Art Educator at Jenks Public schools. I taught both high school and elementary levels, with the emphasis of my teaching in the elementary grades. I taught summer art programs and acted as the contact mentor for Oral Roberts art interns during my tenure.
After I had my kids, I took some time off and later worked at Asbury and Lincoln Christian School but decided full time was taking too much away from my family. Even though I don't homeschool my own children, I have a love for home education and art. With a little nudging from a friend I have decided to offer art classes to homeschooling families.
My goal is to ignite a passion for creating art, develop artistic appreciation and to gain a knowledge of art media, art techniques and also a few tricks as well! I want your child to feel successful after completing a project and to be able to describe the techniques that they used &/or the artistic style that they have learned.
I am excited to go on this journey with you and help your children grow in the appreciation of art with successful hands-on training and create some awesome projects to take with them!
My lessons follow the state curriculum recommendations and hit the required elements for art education.
Q: At what age can a child attend an art class?
A: Most of my group classes are designed for kids age 6 and up. I like to offer students the opportunity to hone skills and introduce them to concepts and techniques that this age group can grasp.
Q: What type of Art does HOMEGROWNARTSTAR instruct?
A: I specialize in fulfilling state art requirements that are expected for PASS graduation.
Q: Where does HOMEGROWNARTSTAR conduct their classes?
Q: Does my child need to bring anything? Supplies?
A: No, everything they will need will be provided.
Q: Other than group classes, what other programs do you offer?
A: I offer Private Lessons and Art Parties. If you have a group of 12 or more that are interested in a particular topic, let me know and I can create a class.
Q: Do many boys attend your art classes?
A: LOTS! Many of my students are boys. They love making creative works and have just as many skills as the girls. Remember most of the famous artists are men!
Q: Do I have to Pre-Register?
A: Yes, my classes are small and I want to keep it that way. I like to offer individual attention to each student so pre-registering is necessary.
Q: Do you give sibling discounts?
A: Unfortunately I do not.
Q: Do I pay for the session upfront or at each class?
A: The complete payment is taken at the first class.
Q: Do students complete complex art projects by the end of each class?
A: Most projects are completed that day. Some projects will be a two-part project and may need a week to dry and then add extra elements. Occasionally a student will take longer or want to add touches to a project. I always encourage personal completion at this age so a project may come home for a little extra love.
Q: Can I bring my other children to your home and watch them while my student is having a lesson?
Q: How do I get on your mailing list?
A: I currently have a domain name but am working out all of the newness of this adventure, so give me some time on that. I have a FaceBook page for HOMEGROWNARTSTAR