Mrs Jan Calderwood's profile



  • I teach drawing and painting here on the Costa Blanca where I have lived for 10 years. I give classes for small groups ( 5-10) in watercolours, pastels, oils, Impressionism, general drawing and life drawing. Classes are held in the Social Centre of the vi
    Apart from an A in A-Level Art, I have a Diploma with Distinction in Graphic Art from Newcastle upon Tyne College of Art. I have won awards in painting competitions for watercolours and for painting en plein air at speed.I also hold a teaching diploma.
    I have been painting and drawing since I was a small child, and love it just as much today. I have a Diploma in Graphic Art, and have attended many annual courses in drawing, life drawing, acrylics, watercolours and oils. I also have commercial studio experience, and a long career exhibiting and selling my work. I paint portraits and pet portraits on commission, and also paint honest copies of Impressionist works on commission. 

    I paint a wide variety of subjects - whatever inspires me at the time. So my subjects include wildlife, horses, the sea, landscapes, flowers and figures especially dancers.

    I teach courses of about 6-7 months as I believe that it takes time and practice to become adept at a new skill. I want my students to experience as many subjects, media and techniques as they can, so that they have lots of tools at their disposal for creating their own unique brand of Art- I don't want them all to copy me! though of course I teach through demonstrations as well as step-by-step explanations. As a qualified teacher I know how to build confidence and skills, how to encourage and how to explain clearly. I love teaching drawing and painting - to see my students' progress and enjoyment is such a wonderful thing.
    Drawing, Mixed Media, Oils, Pastels, Watercolour
    Animal or Wildlife, Portrait or Figure, Flowers or Gardens, Landscape or Woodland Scene, Still Life

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