If you’re a Founders Hall artist, you might know our newest instructor, Jean Linville, Ph.D. Not an artist? Don’t be so sure.

“Art isn’t how well you can copy a flower,” says Jean, who has degrees in art education and interdisciplinary studies as well as 33 years of teaching experience. “It’s putting something you’re feeling on paper.”

With her sparkling eyes, ready smile and engaging personality, Jean is a natural teacher who believes in meeting students where they’re at. “It’s not about how good you are,” she continues, “it’s that you’re opening something new and different within yourself.”

‘New and different’ are apt descriptions for her classes. Jean’s passion for the environment inspires her own drawing, photography and sculpture, and she shares that passion in landscape painting, nature drawing and carved dimensional painting classes. Her popular ‘en plein air’ class, takes students to outdoor locales such as Ballard Park and Muscoot Farm.

“She’s wonderful,” raves student Bea Connolly, “every time you come to class you learn something new.” Jean says the same of her Founders Hall students.

“The wealth of life experiences they bring enriches class conversations and informs their work,” explains Jean. “There’s a dedication and a desire to learn, which I’m loving, and I learn from them in every class.”

This fall, check out Jean’s print-making workshop, a new addition to the drawing, oil and watercolor classes taught by the equally fabulous Martha Talburt, Bonnie Weber and Tina Phillips. Look for details in the fall semester course book, out later this summer.