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I’m excited to share my extensive knowledge, my enthusiasm and my love of the colored pencil with you!

I encourage you to look at the catalog of online lessons I offer, download the free sample lesson to see how it works, and enroll in R.T.Pencils Academy, where you’ll receive the very best instruction possible in colored pencil.

Enjoy my gallery of work—as well as art by my talented students. Read what they say about my teaching methods, take advantage of my books and videos, and be encouraged to begin your own journey into the Wonderful World of the Colored Pencil!

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Janie's classes at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum Art Institute

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Bobbi Hamilton
Friday Harbor, WA

She makes magical suggestions...

"Janie's teaching style reaches a wide range of people because she has the gift of meeting her students where they are working at the time. She will point out and build on your strengths and suggest ways to deal with your weaknesses. She makes magical suggestions that are very individualized."

Jean A. Becker

...a wonderful teacher!

"Janie's superb artistic talent is very much admired by her students and fellow artists. What I also found to be true is that she is a wonderful teacher! Janie was able to simplify, clarify and demonstrate techniques and concepts that definitely helped me to enjoy my drawing."

Shari Cavanaugh
Wilsonvile, OR & Tucson, AZ

A very enjoyable class

  "Janie—you are truly an inspiration—such a talented artist who is willing to share her talent, inspiration, and secrets with us. A very enjoyable class."

Nan Margdant
Cortaro, AZ

I learned so much...

"Great classes—Colored Pencil 1 and 2. I learned so much—now I just need to practice—practice—practice. Thank you for all your slide presentations, demonstrations and handouts. I love your books!"

Mary Moore M. Ritchie
Linville Falls, NC

...the best prepared instructor...

"Janie is the best prepared instructor as evidenced by her outstanding PowerPoint presentations. It is obvious she puts a lot of time and effort in planning the curriculum for her classes. I have attended three different classes over the last several years and treasure each one. I must mention she adds a lot of humor to the class as well."

Fred North

...she nurtures her students

"Janie Gildow's enthusiasm for colored pencil artistry was contagious. In her teaching she nurtures her students allowing each one to work at developing his/her latent talent."

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