Work History

Work History
Jul 2012 - Present

Visual Art instructor, Cocabiz Artist

COCA St. Louis

*Teaching summer art camps for children, including cartooning, studio, & mosaics

*Teaching fall adult studio classes

*Cocabiz Artist

*Visual art consultant for Coca Interchange

2004 - 2012

Art instructor

Southwestern Illinois College

* Teaching Photo 1, 2, Advanced and Studio, Drawing 1, 2, Advanced & Studio, Art Appreciation, Foundation teacher for Women's Art History, as well as Foundation Art History 1 & 2  for Art Majors.

* Faculty Sponsor for the Visual Arts Club

2001 - 2006

Principle Digital Artist, Graphic Designer, and Assistant Photographer

Beine Photography
Jan 2005 - Jan 2006

Art Teacher

Bravo Talent

* Teaching mixed age Art explore camps and Cartooning camps

Jan 2004 - Jan 2005

Art instructor

Blackburn College

* Teaching 2D design as a liberal arts foundation course

May 2000 - Oct 2001

Art Teacher

Craft Alliance

* Summer art camps for 6-9 yr. olds in Drawing, Painting, and Cartooning

* Adult classes in beginning/advanced drawing and design

1998 - 1999

Contributing member of 75th Anniversary Mural

Fontbonne University Mural Committee

* Group duties included unifying the overall design, conceptual ideas behind schools' mission statement, as well as, construction, painting individual section of mural.

Jan 1998 - Jan 1999

9-12 Art Teacher

Althoff Catholic High School

* Grades 9-12 mixed aged classrooms

* Variety of disciplines taught including; printmaking, ceramics, and art 1


* BFA show May '98, Fontbonne University

* MA show Dec '99, Fontbonne University

* MFA show Dec '00, Fontbonne University

* Fontbonne University's 75th Anniversary Mural in University's Permanent Collection

* Artspace, "Found on Main" show, May '02

* St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley Faculty Art Show, Feb '03, Aug '05

* Best of Maryville Art show, Awarded first place, landscape painting, Feb '04

* Solo Show: Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey Il, Nov. '05

* Southwestern Illinois College Faculty Exhibition, Dec '06, Nov. '09, May- June '11

* Southwestern Illinois College Herstory Art Series, Professional Women Artists from the St. Louis Metropolitan    Area,  Mar '07- May '07

* The Twenty- Second Biennial Southern Illinois Artists Open Competition, Aug '07

* Photo Selected for the fifth edition Schmap Venice Guide,, Aug '08

* "Women are Goddesses" Exhibit, Soulard Art Market, June '09

* "Figuratively" Exhibit, Concrete Ocean Art Gallery, July '09

* "Art exhibit" Bank of America, Law office, May- Aug '11


* Award: Top female artist in High School Graduating class '94

* Award: Rudi Torrinni Annual Endowed Scholarship '98

Several freelance illustration and graphic design commissions

* Cover art for Whittle Toy Company Catalog, '98, '99

* Illustration of product in permanent collection of Tacony Corporation , '99

* Franciscan Missionary Union, Foldout including original art; various graphic design needs '01- present

* Commissioned Private Residence Mural, '03, '06, '08, '11

* Several commissioned works in private collections '08, '09, '10, '11

* Guest Artist, Twin Oaks Elementary School Jan- Feb '04

* Guest Artist, ITT Institute, Arnold, Mo., Mar '07

* Southwestern Illinois College, Herstory Art Series, Featured Speaker, Mar '07

* Artwork published in  SLCC Florissant Valley Art & Humanities, Art e Fact Booklet 2003-2005

* Missouri Museum of Transportation Mural, in educational departments "train of thought", 70 ft historical figures featured Feb '08

* Faculty Sponsor of the Visual Arts Club, Southwestern Illinois College, '07-'12

* Nichols Net and Twine Principle Graphic Designer, '06- present

 Associated Professional Photographer Excellence Awards:  Fall '03 Print Competition

* Wedding Album- digital effects, layout and creativity

* 2 for Children's Portraiture and digital retouching

* Art blog for students-

* Member of


I have a great enthusiasm for teaching as well as a great love of art. I think that you will find that my unique skills and experience would be perfect for your department.

In 2000, I received my MFA from Fontbonne University. It was while there, that I was imbued with the importance of a grounding in the fundamentals in art, which I think definitely shows in my teaching today as well as my students' work. I also conduct my class in a flexible manner to allow enough room for individual interpretation and growth.

I began my teaching career at ACHS where I taught mixed levels of college-prep high school students in many media including ceramics and art 1. At Craft Alliance, I also taught a variety of ages and disciplines ranging from 6 year old cartooning to Adult advanced drawing.

I have taught Drawing 1 & 2, & Figure Drawing at STLCC at Florissant Valley while also working asa digital artist and assistant photographer at a local studio. I have also taught Photo 1, 2,and Advanced, as well as, Art Appreciation, Art History II, and Women's Art History at SWIC. Currently

I am teaching many graphic design classes at the Art Institute of St. Louis, as well as foundations courses in Color Fundamentals and Mixed Media Illustration.

Thank you for your time and Consideration.

Best Regards,

Jennifer James

Teaching Philosophy

Jennnifer N James

Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

My great enthusiasm for teaching comes from my love for the subject matter and the inspiration of former teachers and mentors. I want my students to feel the same passion and challenge as I do from Art.  It was at Fontbonne where my beliefs in traditional foundations and a drawing-based program were the ideal approach in realizing a student's potential.An excellent art teacher is able to utilize varying learning approaches to reach their students.  A combination of handouts, lectures, demonstrations, class discussion and slide presentations are among some of the valuable techniques that I utilize in my instructional approach. I think it is important for the classroom to be a friendly, open, learning environment, one where students can discuss topics freely with each other as well as myself.  Individual and group critiques, with subjective and objective interpretation are used as a learning tool, one where students can assess mistakes, and value from them. My classroom is conducted in a relaxed manner, and classes are structured according to each student dynamic. I enjoy the give and take, teaching and learning, that comes from both sides of the classroom. The best learning happens when students engage in every aspect and essentially the learning becomes a two-way street. Students should have fun, but not at the expense of quality.  It is important to hold students to a high level of achievement.  My personal artwork is also very important to my work with students. It is very important to be a working artist. I want my students to know, and appreciate this process. By doing so, it hones my teaching skills, strengthens my artistic skills, as well as serves as link to the students.  I find that by leading by example, students respond and become more involved and more enthusiastic. Below is a list of additional ways my teaching methods are used in the variety of classes I teach:

*    Exposing students to art museums, galleries, and other pertinent work in the area.•    Inviting local and visiting artists to speak about their artwork and their art practices.•    Complementing my teaching with references to art history, and contemporary art.•    Focusing on multiculturalism and including minorities and under-addressed artists.•    Encouraging students to produce works of art outside the classroom, to enter work into contests, and to show their work.•    Valuing student and collegiate feedback, through small group discussions and meetings.Finally, I strongly believe in the power of an enthusiastic teacher. I have always had a desire to learn about art. We teach by our own example.  An inspired teacher yields inspired and well-educated pupils.