Testimonials – Here’s what some of Nicole’s students have to say:
Danielle, Victoria BC:
“I have been taking lessons from Nicole for the past 5 months and I can’t believe what I can now do! One of the things that I like about the classes that Nicole teaches is that I can work at my own pace; I took a class a few years ago and found that everyone moved onto the next topic regardless if you were ready to move on or not. Nicole will often ask if I want to keep working on a project or move onto something else which gives me the opportunity to take a drawing a bit further and become more satisfied with what I have drawn. I never feel rushed or behind everyone else because everyone is working on something different.
“Nicole is very patient and works through every frustration that I might have with me, always asking me
what I think isn’t working or what I think needs to change – it is about me as an artist, with her
supporting me – I love this! I am amazed at what I can now do and how I can draw things that actually
look like what I intended it to be!
“The best thing that Nicole taught me that has made me feel more confident about my abilities is she will often say to me “if you have drawn it once you can draw it again, it wasn’t an accident, you know how to draw this.” And yes, I really can!
“Nicole is an amazing artist and teacher and I would highly recommend her classes to anyone who is just
a beginning drawer like me or to someone with more advanced abilities.
“I’ve always loved to draw but in recent years have been frustrated when my desire to sketch and my ability to do so were not compatible! Nicole took me back to basics – shapes and lines – and I’m not sure I’d ever really been taught basics before! From there we developed my ‘tool box’ of skills and strategies, from pencil to the wonderful world of charcoal (which I learned can be as malleable as paint!) Nicole taught me to ‘see’ differently – easy to do when you’re drawing upside down! Nicole has transformed my ability to draw and I learned more and progressed more with her than I have in any other art lesson. She is articulate, always encouraging, and so talented. I feel very fortunate to have found a teacher who was able to restore my confidence!”
“Learning to draw with Nicole has been an exciting journey. I marvel at how she guided me in 20 months from not having a clue how to start a basic drawing to a place where I have enough confidence to draw on my own for myself. I know how to use the skills I have and I know there is always something more to learn. She has given me a deep and solid foundation in classical realism to build on.
“I have learned from Nicole that drawing classical realism takes time; that the first line on the page is never visible when the drawing is finished. I have learned the process of drawing, the significance of layers, and the importance of identifying negative space. How and when to measure. I have learned
about pace, about slowly, line by line, bringing the drawing to the place I want it to be. I have learned about going beneath the first impression, about getting inside the drawing, to behold the nuances of the lines and values which comes only after I have spent time with a drawing.”
“I have personally really benefited from your coaching allowing me to trace my own path – which was questionable to even me! I have found through your kind and supportive guidance I am beginning to see my art more of an extension of myself, rather than simply a set of techniques and skills. Not to suggest, not for a minute, that I cannot see what your tutelage on techniques and skills has added to my very basic repertoire. What is different is that I am respecting the techniques while seeing “beyond” these alone, sensing more of the art in Art.”
“After 45 years of teaching I’m a good judge of teachers. You’re the best art/photography teacher I’ve encountered. I feel very fortunate to be in your class.
“I have learned that the the best fit is found by considering both what the teacher knows to work for most students, and what the learner knows to work for him/her in particular. Teachers who can accommodate and negotiate this complex mix are the best. You’re the best.”
“I recommend Nicole’s classes for all artistic levels! The classes are organized so that you can work at your own level and pace with great instructive support. The atmosphere of the classes are also very relaxed and friendly!”
“Nicole is an excellent teacher. Her class is educational, inspiring, and above all, great fun. I started her class with some previous experience, but starting with the basics was enormously useful to ensure that I had all the techniques that make up the ABC’s of drawing. Each class builds on techniques from previous classes, and they move forward at a pace that is comfortable yet still challenging. Nicole is patient and very encouraging. My improvement in a few short weeks has been noticeable, and I look forward to continuing to work with her.”
“I have now taken the class for 3 months and I am very surprised with my progress. I started from scratch and I am now able to draw on my own. The road seemed difficult as I was looking at my first sketches, but Nicole has a way to take you through fundamental skills learning that makes it flowing. She had the patience to adjust to my level, and yet brought me to explore pencil, charcoal and conte drawing beyond the limits I had first imagined.”
“I did enjoy the course very much. Nicole has a very relaxed teaching style. I have not put pencil to paper since grade school. It was amazing to see that I can draw with some of the different techniques.”
“This was a great start to the world of drawing for me. Nicole really knows her stuff and is very attentive.”