Born in Ballarat, Jo studied at Melbourne State College, majoring in painting under AW Harding. Her long, full-time art teaching career culminated in coordinating art at Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College for two decades. Her students’ works were highly regarded and regularly featured in VCE Top Arts and other state-wide exhibitions. Canterbury Girls’ VCE art results were also consistently among the top in the State. Jo resigned ten years ago to focus on her own painting.
After this break, Jo is now enjoying the opportunity to work with adults. As with her former secondary students, Jo aims to facilitate her Victorian Artists Society students in the development of their individual styles by enabling them to focus on areas of personal interest. Students will be encouraged to maintain visual diaries for the trialling of compositional designs, sketching, colour mixing and problem solving as well as for collecting images and articles as potential resources.
A list of suggested subjects may provide the catalyst for their exploration. Students can work in a range of sizes and media. This will maximize their enjoyment as they gain confidence and skills. Individual help will be given to resolve problems and to ensure the quality of the finished works.
You can see more of her work on her website.
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