Students’ comments


Many thanks for a great workshop. This is a long-winded way of saying that you are an outstanding teacher.

After years of teaching I have watched (and assessed) some hundreds of lessons while managing and inspecting schools and I can’t help watching the teaching when I am in a class, as well as loving to learn. I was struck from the outset how well-thought out the day was and how thoroughly prepared you were. You built the confidence of participants, whatever their starting point, through your series of short, really accessible drawing exercises outside on Dartmoor – they encouraged the can-do approach you doubtless intended (and of course you laid on those beautiful views). You encouraged each of us with specific, clear advice, delivered in a calm, clear way, allowing each participant to see what we could do to lift our game.

You are clearly very conscious of each individual as someone with individual needs – you didn’t take the foot off the pedal when we were busy and responded quickly and positively when you saw anything that needed a hint or support. When we moved indoors to paint in the afternoon I saw the same strengths; you addressed the needs of all, stretching the most able and encouraging those who found the move to oils a steep learning curve (amongst whom I my count myself); it seemed that we were all able to relax, learn and enjoy the experience. Finally, you closed with some discussion about everyone’s work; this was full of encouragement and clear about what was strong about different pieces, and you gave advice about next steps… you are an outstanding teacher and I strongly recommend your courses to anyone considering them. A great day! SP

I’ve been teaching for more than 30 years – and am delighted to have found in Jane – a really good teacher – for my art practice. I can honestly say that I have found Jane’s teaching inspirational. In the class I attend there is a broad spectrum – from real beginners to those who have quite a lot of experience and want to really develop a particular aspect of their work. Jane keeps us all in mind, offering a structured approach for those who want it, or helping others with what they’re keen to work on.  She is endlessly encouraging and appreciative of our efforts, and, most importantly, gives the time and thought to exploring a way for each of us to move forward at our own pace – offering suggestions for developing ideas and techniques. Sue I

Jane is good at basics but also freeing so I can discover my style, each lesson is a good surprise – all leading to giving me my own skills to eventually produce something that is more than I imagined I could achieve! I love each lesson! Ellen

Jane is encouraging, I like being given discipline alongside freedom to create, I am learning more than I expected to. Christine

I am definitely learning more than I expected to. Lucy

It is all great. Susie

I am learning more than I expected to, Jane has a varied and unusual approach to art. Pippa

My drawing is much better. Helen M

Good structure, good to be properly shown the basics. I am learning more than I expected to. Rachel

I am learning to see and draw. Judith

I learnt something about myself. Sue H

Thank you Jane, you are patient and kind to Michael, he is getting pleasure from the classes, I think. Jo, wife of dementia sufferer Michael.

Learning is absorbed over time, I am learning it is a journey. Elizabeth