Don’t Drink The Paint Water

Don’t Drink The Paint Water

4.7 (3)
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1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

It’s been 4 years since I moved to Jacksonville from Baltimore where I continuously studied fine art in conventional as well unconventional settings.

I have been away from Jacksonville for 3 months due to a housing issue and COVID19 and had to pass on some lesson inquiries but I am back and eager to get started again. I am offering remote lessons or if you are not having symptoms I'm happy to invite you into my new (to me) home.

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 taught at MJ Designs now Michael’s for years but prefer teaching individual lessons over the highly restrictive structure of Michael's

My skills as a teacher improved when I began assisting the Art Teacher where my children attended school. He taught me that not all artist we're born with a gift rather they were born with desire.That desire combined with education and practice is all it takes to separate the mediocre from the great. 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 would love the opportunity to hear what you wish to gain from lessons and if you are unsure, I would love for us to figure it out together. 

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.

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Jacksonville, FL 32256
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3 Reviews


  • Cheryl Chiasson

    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.

  • Terry Cromwell

    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.

  • Ethan Saul

    Jean was very knowledgeable and patient in teaching her techniques. Can’t wait to come back and learn some more from her.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

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.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been an artist since I can remember. It's not what I do but who I am. 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 years following I started a family and focused on my children but made sure they had access to any and all opportunities to be creative. I took an occasional artist workshop and practiced art when I had free time.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

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.

How did you get started teaching?

The watch one, do one, teach one philosophy. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with the full spectrum. From an autisic child who was obsessed with drawing ceiling fans, to adults with zero experience but lots of desire, to high school students perfecting their portfolio to apply to Art School, to a few students who say ”I saw this on Pintrest and want you to help my make it myself”

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I attended a magical Josh Groban concert. I find any category in the arts inspires me to paint, draw, sew... anything creative.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Tell me what you want to create and I will dig in my tools and resources box and we will make it happen together.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

None really. Together we can figure out what they want and make a plan to get them there as long as they are willing to put in the work.

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Craft Classes Drawing Lessons Illustration Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons