Shana James is an award winning West Australian artist and printmaker with 25 years experience making and exhibiting art. She has been teaching adults printmaking, drawing and painting for over 20 years. With artwork in the collections of Kerry Stokes, Artbank, The WA Ministry for culture and the arts and Monash University. For more information go to Shana’s website http://shanajames.com/ and blog http://shanajames.com/blog/
Her classes are relaxed and friendly. Shana is experienced at teaching classes that cater to all levels of ability from absloute beginners to professional artists and everything in between. Ubud workshops have a maximum size of 12 participants, (If there are more than 12 students a second teacher will be employed ) so everybody can be helped individually. While many people may wish to work from Balinese imagery and the course will be structured that way, there is also flexibility for those who wish to follow their own theme or ideas. Shana regularly teaches classes at the Fremantle Arts Centre in drawing and many different types of printmaking including linocut.
About her classes Shana says, “When teaching I start with looking to understand where people are at, what level they are working at in terms of both skills and ideas. I see my role as helping them realise more of their potential. For more advanced students it may be just providing the environment where they can get out of their own way and allow their own creativity to flourish. For beginners it will be about discovering what areas they need help with. I try to assertain what kind of artwork resonates with each person and what direction they wish to go in. Once this has been discovered I help them to follow their own path. This way, my students don’t all finish a course making work like me, they make work that is a reflection of their own essence. Which I think, is the way it should be.”
Other recent workshops Shana has taught include presenting at the Joondalup Education conference and artist in residence at Penrhos College. She has also worked as adjunct lecturer at the University of Western Australian, and professional development workshop in copper etching to the Art teachers at Seton College. As well as relief teacher at Central Tafe.
Shana is well known for her linocuts, winning highly commended in the Printmakers Association Awards and also the Mosman Park Art Awards for two of her linocuts. Her entire Understanding Alice series of Linocuts (17 images) was purchased by Monash University in 2017.
She was also commissioned to make a series of six images for wine labels telling the story of wine maker Damian North. Journey Wines by the Jack Russel Wine Company. See image below.
See shana’s Alice linocuts on her website http://shanajames.com/understanding-alice-images-2/