Mentoring Program Information
The Kent Bellows Mentoring Program education process is individualized, building on a foundation of one-on-one attention from mentors and peer-to-peer learning. The program is designed to support the needs of emerging youth artists and is shaped by talents of the professional artist community and the fundamentals of fine arts practices. Each program offers challenging, investigative discussions and workshops that encourage students to explore, observe, think, and create. While developing discipline and professional expertise, students also work to infuse Omaha with intellectual and cultural capital.

Getting Involved
Involvement in the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program is by application. Prospective students complete an online application form and may be asked to participate with their parent/guardian in an interview that includes a review of samples of their art.

We seek high school teens with diverse backgrounds who are passionate about the arts and committed to their own education. Past experience with art is encouraged but not required. Instead, we look for people who are interested in having new artistic adventures in a creative community. We are dedicated to an enrollment with student representation from throughout the Omaha - Council Bluffs metro area. Student application and interview materials are reviewed by staff members and a committee of community volunteers. Interviewed applicants are notified by mail regarding admissions decisions prior to program start.

Currently enrolled students may make a payment here.

For photos and updates on the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program and other events and programs for teens at the Museum, follow Teens at Joslyn on Facebook. Are you a KBMP alum? If so please see our Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Alumni Facebook Group.

Also check out the Teens @ Joslyn page on our website.

Student Admissions

Now accepting applications for 2019.
Click here to complete an application.
Questions? Contact Katie Temple, Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Coordinator, at (402) 661-3852 or by email.


Kent Bellows Mentoring Program operates during after school hours and on Saturdays. Participants can expect to spend at least four hours per week, spread over two days, developing their art. Check out our student work here.

Students work with mentors in these areas of focus:

In this painting-focused program you will investigate various painting techniques, strategies, and forms while also learning about historical and modern artists using the medium. You will work closely with other young artists and your mentor to develop and display original paintings in either oil, acrylic, or watercolor. You will have many hours of open studio time and will be encouraged to define your own projects.

In this program you will be exposed to a variety of printmaking methods including intaglio, relief, litho, and screen. Emphasis will be placed on expressing your own visual ideas and a thorough understanding of the printmaking art form. Each student will produce a number of original prints.

The Sculpture Arts Program will help you build the spatial thinking skills necessary for rendering sculptural forms in clay, metal, wood, plaster, and/or plastics. You will learn molding and casting techniques, and explore a history of sculpture making. Emphasis is placed on hands-on construction methods.

In this program you will experiment with different combinations of art making methods and mediums while exploring the potential of alternative craft and art tools. You will learn about other mixed media artists while developing your own experimental style and process. (Class size 3-4)

In the Clay Media Program you will explore various construction and glazing methods for working with clay. Collaboration and discussion will be encouraged. You will also develop professional ceramic studio practices and learn how to express meaningful ideas through objects. Your work will be exhibited in the end-of-semester show.

You will work with a professional curator to learn the techniques for designing, hanging, and marketing an art show by visiting local galleries. You will also critically discuss art with a variety of working artists and arts professionals. For your final project, you will curate Kent Bellows Mentoring Program’s next exhibition!

In this unique program, you will investigate urban art and learn how to create art for public spaces. Your mentor will demonstrate different techniques for working large scale including using aerosol and traditional painting methods. For your final project you will create a local, collaborative mural!

In this art and technology program, you will work with digital tools to create imagery, video, 3D models, and motion graphics. You and your mentor will research current art and technology trends and make work for the end of semester exhibition.

This program explores fashion as art. You will work closely with a working fashion artist to create wearable designs out of a variety of fabric and experimental materials that will be displayed on the runway!


This program investigates the use of technology and traditional instruments as music making tools. You will work closely with a talented mentor using Ableton Live to create music and sound art that can be performed live.


In this program you will be exposed to traditional photographic processes using black and white film and darkroom practices. Emphasis will be placed on your own ideas that you would like to capture and how to properly enlarge and develop them into prints.