Student Testimonials – The Painting Project
“Bravo! You are the best art teacher I have ever had. You can articulate concepts in down-to-earth words that anyone can grasp, and your passion is contagious. Thank you so much for being you.”
“Jordan Wolfson is an excellent art teacher. He not only teaches the basics one needs for grounding artistic skills, but he has helped artists like me, who wanted to change up their styleand was having a hard time doing it by myself. His art coaching was extremely helpful. I recommendhim as a beginning art teacher, an intermediate art teacher, an advanced art teacher or a professional artist’s art coach.”
“A few years ago I stumbled across a treasure hidden in plain sight — Jordan Wolfson. Gifted painter ~ teacher. He is truly Present to each student, novice to seasoned, exactly where they are while weaving community among them. He lives and teaches the deeper journey, the spiritual unfolding to Self, to Art, from the cave paintings to today — essential to our ever evolving Souls and the Soul of the World.”
“I’ve been taking classes with Jordan as often as I can. Under his tutelage my work has progressed in a way that pleases and liberates me.”
“Jordan is a wonderful teacher who has the unique capacity to guide people to unleash their creativity and to find their painting voice. At the same time he also teaches the important fundamentals. I have taken his figure, abstraction, and fundamentals courses and his guidance has been invaluable in broadening my perspective and understanding painting. In addition to teaching the hows and whys of painting, he enriches the classes by showing other artists’ work and pointing out how they have constructed their paintings. His reading group is a unique opportunity to study art criticism and to learn about that rich tradition. We are very lucky to have someone of his capacity teaching in Boulder. It is a rare opportunity for those seriously interested in painting. Expect to work hard.”
“I recommend this [Foundations] class. The setting is relaxed and comfortable, and the level of instruction is constructive without being suffocating. Students are at all levels of learning, and if you like to learn by observing other artists paint, this class is for you. Jordan approaches instruction in a classic style — based on painting history and painting philosophy — but he encourages exploration too. There are a lot of extra bonuses with this class that you simply would not get in other classes. Jordan has a great art library which he shares with students, a fabulous, eclectic music collection (which plays in the background), and there is lively interaction with some truly talented fellow student painters. In addition to the work of other students, we catch glimpses of his own incredible work in various stages of completion. If you are serious about painting, he will lead you in the direction you want to go. His class is without a doubt the highlight of my week.”
“I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for when signed up for Jordan’s classes. I had been painting on my own with mixed results, and more than anything I guess I was looking for help on how to make things look…well, painterly. What happened, and quite quickly, changed the course of my life and the center of my attentions. For a student willing to put aside their own agenda and really listen, to take advantage of the kind of conversations you can carry away and layer in to your awareness and weave in to the way you think about things – for this kind of student, then Jordan is a massively giving resource. And it is with this attitude that I went from a simple interest in the aesthetic of painting, to arriving at results far beyond what I had expected – because I was no longer trying to make things that looked like paintings, I was arriving from the inside by becoming a painter.
The truth is, I didn’t learn much about how to mix or apply paint and with time I came to realize that it was because that’s a lesson, as a painter, that you learn from doing and feeling. Certainly, I learned strategies for putting a picture together and lessons in keeping myself honest with color and measurement — but far more importantly I was encouraged to connect more directly with painting, to get out of my own way and find a blend of being, seeing and doing that was more honestly OF me. To build the chops needed to find a natural confidence in what I AM doing, and bravely take the first few steps towards that which I WILL do.
You CAN attend Jordan’s classes to learn to paint and draw. He does a great job teaching it. But for those who have some nagging sense that there is so much more beneath surface and are willing to open up to it, and for those that are willing and hungry to give their own time and energy to it, then what you can learn goes much, much deeper.”
“The class encouraged me to stretch, expand, experiment. The exercises set me on the razor edge of habits that keep me from entering the work more fully.I left feeling a pull to experiment with different approaches to palette, to paint application – thick/thin, loose/tight, drawing with paint, emphasizing the materiality of the paint vs. rendering with it, painting the motif with only flat shapes, making repeated, fast paintings of the same motif, etc. As always – thanks for encouraging me, pushing me, expanding and enriching the experience of painting,”
“Your ‘Painting & Presence’ class is amazing– full of techniques with which to tap one’s consciousness through painting. I learned so much from you, from your methods of bringing one’s presence to the canvas to being in the process simply. Each classmate provided tremendously varied artistic dimensions and richness of insight and perspective. Your teachings and wonderful description of art and artists, presence in painting and art, and your introduction to Rupert Spira will be working through me for a long while. It propelled me to another orbital shell. Thank you, Jordan, for teaching!”
““I enjoy classes and workshops focused on techniques and skills, but I especially appreciate how these Presence workshops go beyond the obvious elements of creating. Jordan’s focus on what’s behind the actual act of painting – exploring together the questions of why we paint, our inner state of attention, what the role of an artist is – makes for a unique painting experience. The opportunity to explore ideas about making art with others serious about their work is so useful. I liked the references to readings, and the good music, too!”
“Jordan Wolfson is an amazing teacher with a unique educational approach. He doesn’t teach you “how” to paint but rather he guides you through a process of learning to find and trust your own style. Whether your style is representational or abstract, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned painter, you will find value in his classes. His method is about really learning to see and feel what you are painting, about breaking old habits and assumptions that hold you back and trying new approaches that move you forward. He teaches you how to find the heart of your painting, how to connect to it and bring presence to your work, how to understand why you paint and why it is important, not only to you but to the world we live in. If you are serious about oil painting and want to explore, he is the mentor for you.”