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Jane M. Mason has taught painting and drawing for about 20 years. She has taught in the US at Cleveland Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Illinois Central College, Des Peres Community Center (St. Louis), and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. She has given lectures, watercolor demonstrations and taught all sorts of classes.
She has presented to Boy Scouts, senior citizens, professionals in the creative field, art historians, and to museum curators and conservationists. She has taught public and private school teachers.
She finds teaching to be fun, challenging, exhilarating, enlightening, and sometimes hilarious.
"As a teacher, I learn so much from my students through their questions and their work. I want my students to develop their own style; their own voice. I don't want anyone becoming a clone of me. Your art should reflect you. It should be a culmination of your creativity, your observations, and your artistic vision.
Art gives you your own voice. It's rewarding when I see you tell your story through your art. It's absolutely the best buzz for me that you can imagine. It's a complete thrill. That's why I teach".
Currently Jane teaches online with one-on-one lessons of various lengths through TakeLessons.com.
She also teaches through videos on her YouTube channel, WatchingPaintDryLLC, on her Facebook page, on her blog at ArtInTheCenter, and on her art education website, WatchingPaintDry.com. She is so eager to share her joy of watercolor that these resources (except the online lessons via TakeLessons.com), are free.
Jane teaches using various methods and techniques.
Sometimes she uses a step-by-step method via photos to show you the various steps in the process. Such as with the amaryllis painting shown on this page. This would represent the first step of applying the paint in this advanced painting. She takes a section at a time and adds some text to explain what she has done. In this case, the two areas she has painted are separated by a yet-to-be-painted section. It is imperative that the artist allows one area to dry, before starting on an adjacent area.
Often Jane will post a partial painting with a tip about how to improve your results. Notice in the little painting of the clouds that you can see the light pencil marks where she has just barely indicated the outline of the fluffy summer clouds. She may use a graphite pencil, or often uses a watercolor pencil or watercolor crayon for her initial sketch. You can see in the drawing of the sky that there are some tiny little "x's" here and there. Jane uses little pencil marks of "x" to act as a stop sign--to tell her not to paint in an area marked with an "x". When she gets humming along with her painting, it is easy for her to get "lost" in the spaces. These little alerts in the form of "x" help her to keep some of the white of the paper.
She often shares tips such as these on her Facebook page, or in her one-on-one classes.
On Jane's YouTube Channel, WatchingPaintdryLLC, she has travelled around the country with a film crew from Los Angeles to show you many examples of how to paint at the beach, on a rooftop, by a lake, in a garden, at a pumpkin patch, and more. Yes! She paints outside on location and takes you there. You'll see... the videos are filmed live and anything can happen during the sessions. Sometimes she and the crew have almost blown away--literally! She also has videos from her studio and some that present just one technique or two.
Jane is planning to schedule more workshops, seminars, lectures and in-person classes at various venues in the near future. If you are interested in news about upcoming classes, please add your info on the "Contact" page. We'll keep you up to date. Thank you!!
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I commit 100% of my creative inspiration with my decades of experience to each piece of art. It's essential to me to use the highest quality materials available. It’s worth the extra money to make sure my original art plus my fine art prints are archival. They are created to be enjoyed for a very long time. For more details, please see “Materials” under FAQs. Jane M. Mason
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