MAC – Multnomah Arts Center Instructors

Jan von Bergen

Adult Visual Arts – Printmaking & Clay

Jan von Bergen

“An artist is not a special kind of person, rather each person is a special kind of artist.”

This is the quote Jan’s grandmothers and often professors would say to her. They instilled in Jan the importance of being creative in most anything she attempted. She discovered early in her life that she loved to build and create in 3-D using clay, wood, metal, paper. But Jan also loved to create in 2-D doing drawing, painting, and printmaking. So her work reflects both of those disciplines.

Jan has been an artist all her life and an art instructor for 35 years to college and public school students. Currently she teaches at the Multnomah Art Center with youth through adult art students, in ceramics and printmaking.

Jan has a Master’s in Education (MAT) from Lewis and Clark College. Her master’s focus was in Ceramics and Printmaking. She completed her Secondary Art Education degree and a B.S. from Portland State University. Jan currently works with Portland State University in their Graduate School of Education as a visual arts educator and supervises graduate students as they complete their student teaching.

Jan also studied and taught in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar. This gave her an opportunity to teach, travel, and live among the Japanese people and learn about their beautiful culture. Jan taught elementary school, middle school, and high school in Matsuzaka in the Mie Prefecture for an academic semester.

There is a saying that, in art everyone borrows from everyone. It is through this sharing that we all grow as artists. Because there is always something new to learn. This is the magic of creating and being creative.