Jules Gillen encourages art and creativity in local youth with Juiced On Imagination – Loveland Reporter-Herald
For Loveland artist Jules Gillen, art provides a safe space to foster creativity and imagination; this space is one she strives to share with local children so they can experience the benefits of art first-hand.
Gillen, an expressive art therapist, runs Juiced on Imagination, offering group and individual art lessons for children, sometimes with their parents.
Gillen said that when she came up with the idea for Juiced on Imagination, it first started exclusively as art therapy. But over time, the program shifted to the individual and group art programs that local kids can take now. She said offering this to children builds self-esteem, confidence and more.
“Art is an incredible benefit for children,” she said.
One of his returning students, Fort Collins resident and 11-year-old artist Addy Bass, came to Gillen’s home studio Thursday for a session.
“It’s really fun,” she said. “It’s a great way to break free. It’s something I look forward to every week.
And though she spent years teaching and working with children for art, Gillen said the process was just as influential on her. She said the process allowed her to be more playful and stop overthinking, adding that some of her own best-selling pieces were made during the sessions.
Whether it’s small sessions with just one or two students or a larger group session with mothers and their babies, Gillen said she finds great benefits in everything she does while working. with the children.
“You learn something from them every day.” she says.
How did you come to art yourself?
Most artists are sensitive and tend to think A LOT. Without going too far, (while) growing up, art was a language that was only mine, that belonged only to me. In short, this is my path to happiness.
How was Juiced on Imagination born?
I wanted to create a space that stimulates imagination and creativity. A space that favored the process rather than the product. Limitations that children feel elsewhere in life or learning can disappear when exploring the artistic process, as each child can engage with art in their own way.
What have you learned from teaching art to children?
Authenticity. That an individual’s work is as beautiful and unique as they are. And, more recently, Paul Gauguin looks like a supervillain.
Why do you find it important to teach and promote art for children?
The process of creating their own art makes children happy. Art goes far beyond pleasure. Art helps improve fine motor skills, improves problem solving, encourages innovation, builds self-esteem, facilitates connection, and as an expressive art therapist my favorite is that art gives a voice beyond words.
How can parents at home encourage art for their children?
- Create a work space for making art where children can make art at home. Keep the area stocked with tried and true supplies as well as new materials to explore. Create a shared experience.
- Set up a mini art gallery in your home where your family and friends can view the creations.
- Read art books for ideas and inspiration. There are many fantastic art books for children of all ages.
- Instilling a love of art, visiting museums. Talk about the experience together.
Title at Juiced On Imagination: Expressive art therapist.
Time in the zone: Seven years.
Opening hours of Juiced on Imagination: Individual sessions by appointment. Group lessons given on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The planned dates and times are available on the website: jusdonimagination.com.
How to reach you: 970-301-9695, [email protected]