I have proven over the years to demystify the creative process for beginners. I create a safe, non judgemental space to discover, play and take risks while exploring one's own inner artist. Whether representational or abstract, via various mediums and techniques, my students find authentic works of art, are within their reach!
I have almost 30 years working with special needs populations, veterans and mainstream of all ages. My students have won National 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards and have been chosen to exhibit their art at the DE Art Museum where I taught for 12 years. I have recieved several grants and/or awards for my students.
I am passionate in the belief that we are all born with the ability to create and just need the opportunity and freedom to express oneself free of limitations.
I also facilitate my version of a "Paint and Sip" although my approach has a differant aesthetic.
DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, I am venturing into the world of online classes and/or outdoor lessons, weather permitting. All lessons are "one on one." My condolences to any who have suffered loss during these challenging times. Also, do please keep me in mind when this health issue comes to a close and I can again welcome students into my home studio.
Asso.Degree in Graphic Arts from The Art Institute Philadelphia Accredited Special Arts Instructor
CV and referances available upon request
Witnessing the wonder in the eyes of my students when realizing, they can do this! When they understand that making "mistakes" is not only OK but can yield unexpected beautiful results. Seeing their satisfaction when leaving with art they never thought was within them! It's a beautiful thing to watch.
Jane has been working with our daughter for several weeks and we're already noticing the progress being made! In addition to her substantial teaching skills as a gifted artist herself, Jane's demeanor is quite warm and engaging at every lesson! My daughter has repeatedly mentioned how Jane listens so carefully to her and offers the mindful responses and answers to her questions that instill wisdom where it's needed. Additionally, Jane will frequently provide open-ended prompts for my daughter to find her own unique perspective from within herself; as an artist AND as a young PERSON. One must learn how to objectively and thoroughly perceive for themselves to truly understand anything! These efforts will transcend the creative experience through fostering the development of skills needed for realistically and carefully considered awareness of one's internal identity within the present environment, as well as the confident problem-solving that life demands...at seventeen and always! Brava, Jane! You possess value beyond price!
I have been extremely pleased with my overall experience of working with Jane as an art instructor. Jane has guided me in the exploration and use of different mediums and approaches to painting over the past 10 months. She always helps me to produce successful outcomes. Jane is an excellent teacher. She is always positive, encouraging and a lot of fun while also providing clear instructions. Each lesson is most productive. I highly recommend her as a teacher of art, without reservation.
I have found Jane to be a very patient and compassionate person and artist. She goes to great lengths to make one feel comfortable and excited about the learning process. Jane is very supportive of each person's unique art journey. It has always been a wonderful experience and colorful lesson to learn and grow from Jane's Art expertise!
I can highly recommend Jane as an art instructor. But she is more than that. With her years of experience and positive attitude she knows how to get the best out of her students, without any pressure or stress. She is excellent with people from all walks of life and ages. She treats everyone with respect and gives them the confidence to trust their inner artistic talent. It is amazing what her students learn. Besides learning artistic techniques, they learn to feel good about themselves, and that is priceless.
I will typically ask about their history re: art and previous lessons, their goals, interests and expectations. We will discuss what subjects and mediums they are interested in as well as length of lesson they are interested in. To encourage being "Ok with the Unknown" and making "mistakes."
One only needs to have the desire to create and willing to put time and effort into this exciting journey! Art Happens!
I have an Asso.Degree in Graphic Arts from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. I also am an Accredited Special Arts Instructor through VSA program based in Washington, DC.
I have worked with special needs populations for almost 30 years, taught Veterans for 22 years as well as mainstream students. I have 12 years experience at the DE Art Musuem teaching teenagers in painting and drawing.
I charge between $30-35 per lesson including art supplies. Lessons last between 1-1.5 hours.
I was approached to develope and teach art to Seniors at a local Elder Day Care. This led to working with young to older adults with bi-polar, schizophrenia, autism or down syndrome.
Later on with Veterans at The Wilmington VA Hospital. Working with veterans of various physical and/or cognitive challenges. I have 12 years teaching at the DE Art Museum.
For 10 years I was the Art Director for the Bob Marley People's Festival which always included an interactive art experience for the festival goers.
In between I have experience working with mainstream populations of children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens. All have something significant to contribute to the art world!
I have worked with children, teenagers, senior citizens, seniors with memory issues, veterans, adults with special needs and mainstream populations.
There are so many! I did a workshop at a Women's Prison where I found such untapped potential! The art that resulted from that pediod was inspiring!
I helped to develope and facilitate Pop Up Playgrounds where large refrigerator and stove boxes are provided to children in a park setting. Other supplies such as cardboard tubes, large spools, chalk and paints are provided to enable the children to build their own world! It is very exciting where both child and adult join in.
Witnessing the pride and excitement in a student when leaving with a work of art of their own making! Too many of my students have come to me with a feeling of trepidation and nervousness about their abilities. With desire and effort I am a firm believer that authentic works of art are within reach for us all!
Seek out a teacher who you are comfortable with who is open to what you are looking for. Ask questions re: their style of teaching and their history of working with others. Do they themselves continue to create their own artwork.
I would encourage the student to think about what their short and long term goals are. What mediums they might like to explore and how willing are they to take risks throughout their creative journey. To seriously think about being comfortable with the "Unknown" and making "mistakes." To be open to changing the way they "see" and know creating works they are hoping for, doesn't happen overnight. Enjoy the process and rewarding artworks will follow!