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Jane passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Jane delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 85

Teaching since:
January 1996

I LOVE teaching. I'm an award-winning artist and I've taught watercolor & drawing for 20 years. I've taught students of all ages from the US & Italy, including at Cleveland Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Illinois Central College, in churches, libraries, home schools, & at Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, MA. We can paint or draw what appeals to YOU...from oceans to flowers to abstracts to landscapes to seascapes, etc. Some of my students are now professional artists & some have become art teachers. The materials can be simple. For drawing, we’ll use drawing tools (pencils, charcoal, etc) a great eraser, & paper. For watercolor painting, we'll use a couple of good quality brushes, about 6 paint colors, watercolor paper, water and a palette. Ta-da! You’re ready to go. (I’ll provide a detailed supply list for enrolled students.)

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Experience

Creative Visionary
Oct 2014 - Present
Private company

Creating videos demonstrating how to watercolor. Creating step-by-step online free lessons showing how to create a painting.I have also taught at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Shaker Heights Library, private lessons in richmond Heights, OH., and online lessons with students in MN.

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Owner
Jan 2014 - Present
Private company

We produce educational videos for YouTube that use art techniques as a forum to connect people to their creativity and nimble thinking. We think everyone needs more art in their life. Art gives people a voice. It allows us to flow to a contemplative space to unwind, recharge, and be attentive with the intuitive, "free-styling" part of our thinking. Plus, through the videos you can become a good painter. And, it's fun!

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Education

Masters in Liberal Arts: Museum Studies
Sep 2009 - May 2011
Harvard University
Painting and Drawing
Aug 2002 - Dec 2003
Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy

Awards

Plein Air
Aug 2018
The Art List
Best of Plein Air Paintings Exhibit
Feb 2017
Ohio Plein Air Society
Selected for "Parks of Ohio" Exhibit
Jan 2017
Ohio Plein Air Society
Design of Merit Award, (Branding for the museum)
Aug 2015
Currier Museum of Art
National Merit of Excellence Award
May 2004
Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
National Merit Award
Oct 2003
Southern Watercolor Society
Note Cards Selected for QVC
Jan 2001
QVC Network, Online Shopping Network

Affiliations

Ohio Plein Air Society
Apr 2016

The Ohio Plein Air Society is a collection of artists and art lovers sharing a common interest in outdoor painting. While we recognize that all art is important, as a group we focus on painting, drawing, and other art forms completed on site, from direct observation, and outdoors. Our admiration for the world around us gives us reason to explore through art the diversity and uniqueness of Ohio’s landscapes, cityscapes, lakes, rivers, and streams, and beyond. As a non-profit organization, OPAS welcomes and supports artists, patrons, educators, and enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, backgrounds and interests.

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Ohio Art League
Jan 2016

Ohio Art League is an innovative leader in Ohio for supporting artists during all stages of their careers. OAL connects member artists to patrons of the arts, the community, and exhibit and studio spaces. Through professional development, mentorship and advocacy, OAL works strategically to help Ohio cultivate and retain top art talent while positioning the state as a hub for the arts.

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National Watercolor Society
Jan 2014

The goals of the National Watercolor Society are to encourage interest and excellence in watermedia paintings by providing quality exhibitions and to act as an educational channel to pertinent information, exhibition opportunities, and beneficial programs to artists and their public. In addition, NWS sponsors programs to encourage and assist education in the arts.

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Photos & Videos

This video show you how to add the details that make a water drop feel like you can lift it off the page.
Glazing is a watercolor technique. You add layers of color to dry layers of color to build up complexity.
"The Zen of Watercolor". I explain how watercoloring helps you with patience & staying on "task."
Sunflower drawing by Jane in charcoal and a bit of yellow colored pencil.

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An  example of using tape to "resist" the paint in watercolor.

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Painting of the beach at Monterey Bay, CA. Watch Jane paint this on her videos on YouTube at "WatchingPaintDryLLC."

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Thank you card made by my students.

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Photo by Jane M.

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This is a typical set-up for Jane while she is painting "en plein air" or in the open air----outside! Always exciting to paint outside.
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32 Reviews

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Misty W. Jul 3, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

She’s amazing! So friendly, so patient, took longer than she should have to wait for me to figure out how to log on, excellent artist! I will be calling her back!

gloria Jun 1, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

Jane helped me through some self doubting/negative thinking places. She was sensitive to where I am and acknowledged that. Then we moved on to paint more from there, continuing to learn and grow. I am rejuvinated! Thank you, Jane.

gloria May 22, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

We painted together. I found that very helpful. We also focused on watercolor
basics, ex. how to use brush for different effects, mixing colors to get the one
I want. She answers my questions. Thank you, Jane.

Shirley May 21, 2018
Drawing · Online

Her feedback has been so helpful. I feel very supported in my efforts and her response to my sharing my experience drawing was invaluable.

Lindsey May 14, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

Annette K. May 8, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

Great instructor. Answers questions before they’re asked. Demonstrates everything. Very inspiring.

gloria May 4, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

As usual, Jane is very patient. She listens to what I say I want/need and responds.
She also gives helpful suggestions. I liked sketching and painting along with her.
We also cover basics, which I need, incl reminders. I feel more confident to work on my horse picture now. Thank you.

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Jeffrey Apr 27, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

Good coverage of topics that expanded my abilities and Jane provided valuable feedback on work already completed.

Shirley Apr 6, 2018
Drawing · Online

gloria Mar 16, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

Positive, encouraging feedback about what I did, with constructive input also to help me learn and grow. Demo gave me options to use with my paintings and future work; expanded my knowledge and experience. Demos help me a lot and are fun to watch. Jane is patient and very skilled. I learn a lot from her.

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Stephanie Jan 24, 2018
Drawing · Online

Jane explains things very well. She is a good listener and attentive to questions. She brings so much talent to the session from years of experience. Even though she has so much talent and experience, Jane has the gift of breaking down concepts to the student's level. I look forward to more sessions with her!!!

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Julie Jan 15, 2018
Drawing · Online

I am very excited for my future lessons! Today was a great beginning and I am thrilled with my experience.

gloria Jan 11, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

She addresses the concerns I have with helpful suggestions. Very positive,
patient, encouraging, and supportive. She helps me learn how to relax and enjoy painting. I feel like I am learning and growing. Great teacher!

gloria Dec 21, 2017
Watercolor Painting · Online

Jane is very positive and encouraging. I am learning different techniques, as well as what processes bring me pleasure.

Julia Dec 18, 2017
Drawing · Online

Jane was great, Julia my 11 years daughter loved the 1st lesson and got really engaged for more. Jane is really nice and funny, pleasure to work with. Looking for more coming !!! Thanks

Stella Yasuda Nov 21, 2017
Watercolor Painting · Online

Annie B. Oct 3, 2017
Watercolor Painting · Online

so full of information! really tries to tailor to your interests and abilities too. :)

tammy bicknell Jul 23, 2017
Drawing · Online

Stephanie Jul 13, 2017
Watercolor Painting · Online

I'm a beginner, so I was very cautious in choosing an instructor. I wanted to find someone who is an experienced artist, but also able to understand and explain things on my beginning level. Jane is able to do just that. Not only is she a wonderful artist, but she exudes such joy in what she does that it is contagious. She's a good listener and very intuitive, so her advice was just what I needed. I highly recommend her. I also highly recommend the online classes if the teacher is not in your area because Takelessons.com has perfected the system and makes it so easy.

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Annie Jun 21, 2017
Watercolor Painting · In home

Jane was amazing--Patient, encouraging and very knowledgeable! Her instructional language and modeling were explicit, which helped us learn new techniques and concepts. For example, when we were painting cone flowers, she helped us step by step to understand the flower structure. Also, the three of us taking the lesson were at different experience levels and she was able to differentiate her instructions so we all were successful! We were having so much fun because Jane was having fun teaching us! What a relaxing and creative experience!

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Rich Jun 13, 2017
Drawing · Online

Knowledgeable and patient. I have no experience and she was able to get right to my level.

Jean May 19, 2017
Watercolor Painting · Online

This was my first lesson with Jane and I learned many useable things. I alos have several things to practice that I am enjoying doing and get me to a the point where I can paint my favorite subjects.

Jane May 18, 2017
Watercolor Painting · Online

Had another fabulous lesson with Jane! She is so helpful, knowledgable, and her teaching style is clear and easy to understand. Looking forward to my next lesson. Highly recommend Jane if you're interested in learning to watercolor or draw.

Susan H. May 2, 2017
Watercolor Painting · Online

Not everyone who has expertise can share their knowledge. Jane can!

Mary Apr 7, 2017
Watercolor Painting · In studio

On several occasions I have taken lessons from Jane over the past two years. She is an accomplished artist and has a way in which she is able to take someone who has never painted before and bring them into that world of watercolor painting. She takes you step-by-step and makes it so much fun and enjoyable. I would recommend her to anyone who would like to learn more about drawing and painting.

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Jane Apr 7, 2017
Watercolor Painting · Online

Loved my lesson with Jane. The intro to watercolor was so helpful. Janes style was fluid and instructive. I felt confident of the material by the end of my time and am excited for our next session.

Jane Apr 6, 2017
Watercolor Painting · Online

Sharon Feb 1, 2017
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Jane is an excellent instructor. She is talented and willing to share her knowledge and her artistic expertise. Her love of art and teaching is always evident.
I have taken many watercolor, drawing and private lessons with Jane. She has shared with me not only her skills and abilities but her passion for art.

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Sally F. Nov 2, 2016
Watercolor Painting · Online

Excellent!

lisa Nov 1, 2016
Watercolor Painting · Online

Jane is wonderful! I'm so happy I've found her!

Debbie Jul 26, 2016
Watercolor Painting · Online

Jane's step by step watercolor lesson is perfect for both beginners and more experienced. Her tips and guidance proved a positive painting experience, as well as a painting to be proud of.

Sharon Jul 14, 2016
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Jane is an excellent instructor. She is talented and willing to share her knowledge and her artistic expertise. Her love of art and teaching is always evident.
I have taken many watercolor, drawing and private lessons with Jane. She has shared with me not only her skills and abilities but her passion for art.

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