I have been mentoring artists and art students within the context of the art classes that I offer
for the past 45 years. I am now offering mentorship to current students as well as artists who
are looking to develop and deepen their own art practice. Mentorship works when there is a foundation of trust and mutual respect within clearly defined
intentions and a commitment to a set of working principles.
Bill Porteous holds a Masters of Fine Arts
from the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles California. He has been
teaching in Victoria since 1974.
Bill has been a proud Canadian citizen since 1980.
In 1975 he
helped establish the Victoria College of Art. Bill has also held teaching positions
at the University of Victoria, Camosun College,
University of Saskatchewan at Emma Lake, David Thompson University
Centre in Nelson BC, and the Metchosin International Summer School of
the Arts. In 1994 he established his Studio Art Program in Victoria and
currently holds art classes at his Selkirk Waterfront Studio.
Bill has drawn on his 42 years of teaching
and making art in shaping these classes; they are meant to provide a nurturing
and creatively challenging environment for artistic growth.