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  1. I joined Jo's art class in September hoping to regain the love of drawing I had in my youth, and also to have the opportunity to try new materials with someone there to guide me. The class is very friendly and informal and I have already been able to experience a variety of materials. Jo is excellent at explaining the basics for each discipline in a friendly and informative way, especially for a beginner like me. She is very approachable, suggesting improvements to a picture in such a clear and positive way that I am gaining in knowledge and confidence each week. I really look forward to my Thursday class.

    (Posted on 2017-11-24 14:03:00 by Val Johnstone)
  2. I have been taking art lessons for a number of years now, with a variety of teachers, and have learnt from all the teachers involved. I have found Jo to be an ideal teacher - she seems to intuitively recognise our personal and creative failings and offers helpful suggestions to improve our work. I always look forward to the classes.

    (Posted on 2016-05-26 08:44:00 by Sue Eddington)
  3. Jo has really got me going from just about drawing stick men with the grandchildren a year or so ago to sketching & painting pictures that are half decent. A long way to go but great fun. Jo is an excellent teacher - we all have a good laugh as well as working hard at our Staplehurst classes. David

    (Posted on 2016-04-20 11:29:00 by david)
  4. Joanne is a very patient and encouraging teacher and I have enjoyed her relaxed and friendly classes over the last 4 years.
    I have joined her art holidays in Cornwall and Turkey and on both trips we had a great time with plenty of useful tuition and good company. Jo also spent a substantial amount of time organising an exhibition of our work which was a good experience for us.
    With your help, Jo, art has become an important absorbing hobby, so thank you.
    From Mary

    (Posted on 2015-11-25 23:08:00 by Mary Clark)
  5. 28.10.15

    I absolutley love my Thursday art class and am gradually gaining in confidence in acrylics. I have learned such a lot and find Jo's tutoring techniques both inspiring and very supportive. Her guidance is straightforward, clear and motivational, amid an atmosphere of huge conviviality. Can't recommend it enough.

    (Posted on 2015-10-28 11:57:00 by Ani Martin)
  6. I have been attending the Thursday afternoon sessions for a few months now and I can't believe how much I have learned. By following Jo's advice my work has definitely improved and I am more confident in trying new techniques and ideas. It is a lovely couple of hours in very pleasant company.

    (Posted on 2015-07-02 20:32:00 by Jane Digby)
  7. I've learnt a lot since I've been coming to Jo's classes. With her support, patience, insight and creativity I feel much more confident now.

    (Posted on 2015-04-05 16:05:00 by rosalie homewood)
  8. Linda Swann,
    I have enjoyed my art lessons with Jo for over a year now. I have always found her happy, patient and helpful. I feel far more confident in what I produce now - with her tactful, knowledgeble help and steady guidance. I've always wanted to enjoy drawing and painting but was told years ago by a teacher that I had no aptitude. However now it seems I may have !! So thank you Jo and looking forward to Cornwall.

    (Posted on 2015-03-27 21:45:00 by Linda Swann)
  9. Hi Jo I just wanted to say thanks for your invaluable help with the sunset painting it gave me the edge that would'nt have been there without your input
    Sandra Ongley

    (Posted on 2015-03-06 04:17:00 by joanneweaver25)
  10. I have been attending Jo's classes for several years now. I can't wait to begin again in 2015. Very relaxed but informative and helpful, I can actually see my own improvement.......

    (Posted on 2015-01-31 14:03:00 by Annie Smith)
  11. 28/01/15- Hi Jo just to say how much I am enjoying the art classes on Wednesday mornings, it is great to
    learn in a relaxed and fun way, many thanks.

    (Posted on 2015-01-28 15:59:00 by Louise Carter)
  12. Never having studied art before, in my retirement, I have decided to take it up and i have found the classes run by Joanne to be great fun, where we do not take ourselves too seriously, but we at the same time we do make artistic progress. J must be a good teacher

    Bob Reid.

    (Posted on 2015-01-26 10:09:00 by Bob Reid)

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