After school, she spent 4 years studying in Sydney at The City Art Institute, which is now known as The NSW College of Fine Arts (COFA). Jane completed her Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts and majored in drawing.
During her youth, Jane regularly visited her uncle’s art gallery in The Blue Mountains to see exhibitions of his work. He was also an art teacher and let her borrow many art reference books, which were vital to her studies in a time without the internet.
Jane has also studied portraiture and figure painting at the oldest running Art School in Australia, The Julian Ashton Art School. Even the easels she worked on there are heritage listed!
With over 30 years of experience teaching Visual Arts and Design and Technology, Jane has worked in both government and independent schools. Many of her students have gone on to tertiary studies, and she would like to believe, a lifetime enjoyment of art. Jane has predominately taught in secondary schools, but is experienced in teaching infants and primary school children, and operated an art studio prior to opening Young Artists.
Alongside teaching Jane started her hand painted giftware business, “JFB Designs” back in 1996. JFB Designs produced painted glassware, coasters and jewellery boxes for 15 boutique shops throughout Sydney. A number of these products have featured in home and decor magazines. The birth of three beautiful children meant life became too busy to continue this business.
While Jane has exhibited some of her artwork over the years, teaching children art has always been her key interest. Now that her children are getting older, Jane hopes to spend more time painting.
Jane’s goal in life is to use constant positive reinforcement to encourage as many children as possible to continue with their art. To quote Picasso;
“All children are born artists… the problem is to remain artists as they grow up.”
Jane wants children to create art for pleasure without fear of criticism or judgement. Jane does not want children to be worried about grades – she wants to create future adults who love and enjoy the process of creation.
It is for this reason that Jane started upon this next stage in her artistic journey. It had been a dream of hers for many years to open the Young Artists Visual Arts School for kids and teens. It finally happened on July the 12th, 2010.
The slogan “Joy Creating” says it all. By enrolling your children at Young Artists, you are empowering Jane’s dreams and passion for art, and cultivating a similar attitude in the lives of your own family.