Jeanni's masterclass makes Da Vincis out of doodlers
A MASTER artist keen to pass on her passion for drawing has developed a method to transform amateur doodles into impressive works – in just three hours.
Jeanni Grant-Nelson teaches artists of any ability the physiology and psychology behind drawing detailed sketches.
She also imparts techniques that help build confidence in all aspects of life and the physics behind good art.
The Truro-based artist was snapped up recently by the Discovery Channel to teach how the psychology of art can be used to create a better workplace environment.
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The UK basketball team also used her methods to build team spirit and pupils from Truro High School created their own masterpieces after a session with Jeanni.
Jeanni said: "Everyone has the ability to draw. It's like reading, some people never learn because they may not have been taught correctly, but everyone has the ability to do so."
Her techniques can also act as therapy for those who need it most. Kia Nobre, Professor of cognitive neuroscience at Oxford University, had lost movement in the right side of her body and her writing hand. But after a few sessions, Jeanni said, she was drawing perfect pictures.
Kia said: "The course reminded me that I am more than what I thought. I discovered I could do such wonderful and amazing things."
Jeanni added: "It's not about copying. It is about teaching correct techniques and having people understand what those techniques are.
"I also work to break down people's fears about art. Many are told they cannot draw, but this is not the case.
"I give you the tools, then set you free."
Jeanni, who graduated from Exeter University as a teacher, picked up her techniques while she attended a workshop in Australia where she lived for eight years.
She said: "I was invited to take part in a circus workshop which claimed it could teach techniques in one session.
"I have never been good at gym, but they showed me that by moving my body one eighth of a centimetre I could reach further and make movement easier.
"At the end of the session I could confidently walk a tightrope.
"The same principle applies to my art classes. The finished result is great, but it's all about the behind-the-scenes techniques, physiology in actually drawing a picture and the confidence through psychological techniques that make it work."
Jeanni graduated from Exeter University as a teacher and has taught art since she was 21.
Her work was picked up by neuroscientists at Oxford University, whom she taught the basics of her techniques.
The mother of three is set to deliver a class at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre at Treliske on September 17.
For more information contact Jeanni on 07818 838524.