The most valuable lesson I got from the art classes from Jean Elliot and Jocelyn Jones is to take my time. Everything requires time; to look carefully at shapes and colours, to draw and re-draw my objects, and to build up many layers of paints. I have come to accept that spending time is not a waste but an investment. This way, I can forget the passage of time and simply enjoy the process of art making. The same principle can be applied to other areas of my life too.  When I am in a hurry and try to save time, I lose peace easily. When I slow down and pay attention to the moment, I gain more in the end.  In this regard, I consider this class highly therapeutic. I also enjoy the international atmosphere of the class. People from all walks of life and nationalities join together. I can get inspired and encouraged by other participants’ works.  How often does that happen in my otherwise hectic routines?

Kayo from Japan