It’s been a little over 2 years since I moved to Jacksonville from Baltimore where I continuously studied fine art in conventional as well unconventional settings. I am grateful for any opportunity to teach using my collective experience, talents and skills
I began giving lessons in college and continued to teach whenever an opportunity presented itself. I worked for years as an instructor at MJ Designs Store, now Michael’s Stores Inc. My official title of Class Coordinator required me to be able to organize and teach classes using what was available in the store.
I also assisted the art teacher where my children attended school and learned from him how to look at a large challenge and break it into achievable steps. I find this to be a valuable tool for learning or teaching anything, especially art.
I have always been vocal about the importance of arts education at every level of learning. It’s important that we educate the whole person and encourage them to follow their dreams at any age.
I enjoy that I can reach and teach anyone who desires to express themselves through art. The coming together of fundamental skills with a creators voice is often a magical process. It’s very rewarding to witness the transformation of someone who desires knowledge to someone who uses that knowledge and discovers their voice.
Jean is very knowledgeable, warm and friendly. First visit we created a successful pour painting. She is providing the foundation of how to use color and different techniques which is what I am focusing on right now. She explains the why so I can then practice on my own.
The thing I like the most about Jean is that she understood I wanted just to paint and shared tools that would allow me skip through drawing lessons.
Jean was very knowledgeable and patient in teaching her techniques. Can’t wait to come back and learn some more from her.
A quick text or phone conversation to decide on a convenient lesson day and time. For the first lesson the student and I will use my materials to create a colorful exciting abstract painting so we can get to know each other. In this process I am able to learn a great deal about my student. I use what I learn to create a initial plan for moving forward. This plan will be a work in progress. As the student grows and changes so also does the plan.
I have been an artist since I can remember. I began making art with various creative skills my grandmother taught me. In high school I attended an experimental open space school with exceptional teachers. I excelled in every Art, Photography, and English class and participated in very many extracurricular programs including yearbook, newspaper, class government and SGA. I was accepted to attend Maryland Institute College of Art but unfortunately my parents couldn’t afford to send me. Determined to study fine art I enrolled in an out of county community college because many of the teachers there taught at MICA during the day. Unfortunately I could only attend part time because I had to work full time to pay tuition.
I took all of my experience and education to open a small art supply store and gave lessons there.
I was invited to participate in a solo artist champagne receptionat a local mansion twice, did many seasonal art fairs and festivals. Around that same time I served as President of a local historical society and I was excepted be a member of The Baltimore Watercolor Society.
I won Honorable Mention in my first group show with them and was the only artist to sell a painting. The show was held in an historic family owned restaurant and gallery. I instantly fell in love with the restaurant and decided to apply for a server positon. I was hired as a server and worked up to Assistant Manager.
In the mid 90’s I decided to attend classes to study portraiture under the respected Baltimore artist, Ann Schular at Schuler’s Fine Art School.
The following years were focused on my children but I took an occasional artist workshop and practiced art when I had free time.
I do not have any set prices. I prefer to work out individual payment arrangements depending on a students goals and objectives along with their level of experience.
The watch one, do one, teach one philosophy