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. 

jo sharpe in the outdoors painting on canvas.

For those that don’t know you who is Jo Sharpe? Tell us 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 2005, I decided I wanted to work with my wider community 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 in the Grove Park, Carshalton) also keep me busy.

Why did you start Drawing In Your Lunchtime?

Drawing In Your Lunchtime developed over the last few years as regular art classes as I have seen over the years how people go almost into a ‘trance-like‘ state when they draw and often say how much they enjoyed it. People in the community need to have the opportunity to get into drawing, even if they can fit it into their lunchtime. 

I believe that anyone can draw (read this useful article) and so I wanted to reach out into the community to offer my classes and workshops to those who want to give it a go. It became a great opportunity for like-minded people to meet up regularly and as a result a lot of friendships were forged through the medium of art.

Why should people come to this event?

Because you use your right side of your brain for drawing, it 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, 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 that thought they could not draw – I have shown them 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 art 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.  

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