explorations and endeavors of ian jean gilpin cozzens
teaching & mentoring

As an artist mentor at New Urban Arts, I've spent two years working with high school students on screen printing and other projects, and I collaborated on designing & building the silkscreen studio there. More recently I've been teaching advanced silkscreen classes and workshops, in New Orleans and in Providence, on making color separations by hand using rubylith film — a technique that's basically obsolete as a commercial method, but really interesting and fruitful as an artistic method.

If you're interested in information about future classes or teaching, get in touch!

One of the students I worked with at NUA, drawing the transparencies for her final silkscreen project

A NUA staff member sent out the question to mentors & former mentors:

"What makes you most proud to be part of New Urban Arts?"

This is what I wrote:

New Urban Arts is a place where I learned how to be part of a community — with all its compromises and disappointments as well as awesome triumphs — and how to let myself fail, be messy, and make terrible mistakes. Being part of the studio was and is crucial in my (continuing!) learning process about how to be a responsible person and a seeking artist, how to make meaningful work and be a member of a true community.

I don't know if I can say I'm "proud of" the studio as much as I would say that I am in awe of what it taught and continues to teach me, in an everyday and matter-of-fact way, mostly through simple interactions with other humans, and always with me realizing (usually a little after the fact) that I've just been winked at sideways by a little glimpse of insight....

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Workshop on hand-made color separations:

working on the rubylith transparencies (that's the red stencil film stuff!)

clockwise from top left: exploratory work by learners Emmy Bright, Jori Ketten, Melissa Mendes, and Walker Mettling.