Gemma's story paints picture of success

Published on: 24 Nov 2017

AN artist who wanted to get Fishponds painting has become so successful she has given up her mainstream teaching job.

Gemma Lane trained as an art secondary school teacher and has been teaching the subject for more than 12 years.

But a year ago Gemma set up Green Fox Art Workshops after approaching the Kingfisher Cafe to see if they would host her teaching workshops.

Owners Sarah Baird and Jane Rose welcomed her with open arms and have watched as the workshops have grown increasingly popular with residents from Fishponds, Staple Hill and Downend.

Gemma, who lives in Fishponds, said: "The workshops have gone from strength to strength, each time seeing new faces as well as returning students. 

"It is a fun, relaxing and enjoyable evening where the regular students have grown to become friends and it has been wonderful to see their skill set develop and flourish resulting in some absolutely stunning outcomes. 

"During this last year students have developed sketching skills with pencil and chalk, produced lino prints, watercolour pieces, oil paintings, and we have just finished an acrylic cockerel.

"The classes have proven more successful than I had ever imagined and as a result I have decided to leave mainstream teaching to focus on these courses full time."

Each course is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience and all materials are provided.

Visitors to Gemma's Facebook page and Instagram feed can view students' artwork and see the progress being made.

Gemma is already looking forward to 2018 and is looking to start an acrylic landscape course in January.

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