Meet Jo Sharpe
Jo runs art classes and workshops for children and adults in Surrey. She is married to Richard and they have two teenage boys. Between walking her dog Tilly, running her classes and painting, life is very busy. Recently, she took a rare break to talk briefly to Sutton Council about herself and her work.
For those that don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself…
I am a local artist living in Carshalton. I am also a trained teacher and have worked for 8 years in several secondary schools in the Sutton borough. In 2018, I decided I wanted to work with my wider community so have become an independent teacher where I channel my creative ideas into a variety of art clubs. My art classes for children and adults are called Budding Artists. Another recent addition is CATS Club which is a STEM Club for children and Art in the Park (monthly workshops at my studio in Oaks park) which also keep me busy.
Why did you start Drawing In Your Lunchtime?
Drawing In Your Lunchtime developed after noticing how my students go almost into a ‘trance-like‘ state when they draw and often say how much they enjoyed it. I wanted people in my community to have the opportunity to get into drawing, even if it became just a lunchtime activity.
I believe that anyone can draw (read more on this) and so, I wanted to reach out into the community to offer my classes and workshops to those who wanted to give it a go. These art workshops are a great opportunity for like-minded people to meet up regularly and as a result, a lot of friendships have been forged through the medium of art.
Why should people come to this event?
As you use your right side of your brain for drawing, art is great for mindfulness and creativity, problem solving and resilience. This lunchtime drawing class can be slotted into a working week. You will be learning a new skill, be developing the right side of your brain and making friends! Drawing is good for you!
What has been your best moment from a Drawing in Your Lunchtime event?
Every week is enjoyable as I can see how focused everyone is and how surprised and impressed they are with their drawing at the end of the lesson. Even those who thought they could not draw – I have shown them with only a lesson or two that they can.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?
Drawing on Nature, because nature provides me with most of my inspiration for my paintings and lessons.
Jo Sharpe is passionate about art and believes that anyone can draw. She runs regular art and STEM classes for children as well as art classes and workshops for adults. Click here to find out more/book these classes and workshops.