When my son started taking after school classes with Julie in 5th grade, we were thrilled that he had a creative outlet which he looked forward to every week. Now we are starting college tours and his dream is to get a BFA. Just as Julie has been his teacher and mentor since elementary school, I know that under Julie’s guidance, he will submit an outstanding portfolio for his college applications.
I cannot say enough about how amazing Julie is. Art is an essential part of my son’s life only because Julie has been his teacher. She creates an incredible atmosphere in her studio where her students challenge themselves, learn foundation skills, take risks with their ideas, explore multiple mediums, and encourage each other the entire time.
No matter what was going on in his life, my son never wanted a break from art class. He leaves all his distractions and worries at the door of Julie’s studio, and joyfully immerses himself in the study and practice of art. John Updike said, “What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” That is most certainly true in Julie’s studio.
– Britt, Amherst
Ms. Julie’s summer art class was extraordinary because there weren’t just simple activities, like drawing the whole week, but cool, fun, diverse projects. For example, the most recent time I was at the class, we were to create a design with broken pottery and garden gems, and other things, which we then placed into wet concrete to make a patio stone! It was something I never would have thought of, but it was amazing and great fun. Ms. Julie always explains what she is teaching us, explaining each step precisely the way to do it, and then always checks to make sure everyone understands what we are doing. She is one of the greatest teachers ever, and directs my favorite class. I wish she could teach me forever.
– Malcolm, 4th grade
It is not an overstatement to say my son has been looking forward to art class with Ms. Julie all summer. The small class and gentle atmosphere leads to trust and creativity. He beams when I pick him up as he tells me all the different media he explored and the fun breaks with classmates to pick wild blackberries around the studio. It’s a very special, idyllic place.
– Heather, Amherst
My daughter has been following Julie as an art student for over five years. Julie is such a wonderfully supportive and experienced educator. We are deeply grateful for the unparalleled individualized art education/aesthetic education ONLY Julie can give. Julie has unique power to change a young artist’s life immensely.
Working with her, my daughter has developed greatly in using various mediums, from printmaking to charcoal drawing, from watercolor to acrylic, from sculpture to mixed media. With her thoughtful design and masterful guidance, my daughter and her group-mates have experimented on all kinds of art materials to their heart’s content. Julie has opened the doors to many art worlds for her students. It is she who makes students seek the meaning of art making and being a creative human being.
Julie’s student-centered teaching always creates space for meaningful conversations and reflective critiques so that students can achieve deeper level of learning and understanding through active thinking and seeing. Her openness and flexibility empower her students to let out whatever is on their mind. I always see her give her students just the right touch of direction, insight and necessary training. My daughter has been enjoying so much freedom and encouragement under Julie and accomplished many award-winning pieces.
Julie’s studio is a comfortable and relaxing learning environment, with the background music to add a humanistic touch. She is a role model, a highly productive and creative artist who can amaze her students every week with her new masterpieces. To witness the birth of her work is very inspiring. She will be a great mentor to help you unleash your creativity and nurture your artistic self.
– Ying, Amherst