"Awesome! The atmosphere of camaraderie and
friendly encouragement is set by JD. What a nice guy. Plus, he knows
stuff and shares whatever he knows. It's fun and informative. I want
to attend more!
Joyce, Austin TX
"I've always been interested in pencil
drawing and really wanted to be a part of one of JD's workshops, but
as a beginner, I was afraid I wasn't good enough. I'm so glad I
finally did this. JD taught me more in 1 hour than I have every
thought possible. He is a great teacher and a friendly critic."
Kim Corbin, OH
"This class was exactly what I needed to
take me to the next level. JD's teaching style is so encouraging for
artists of any level. Everything I hoped to learn in this class was
delivered. I had such a pleasant and satisfying experience. Thank
You, JD Hillberry- it was great!"
"The workshop was wonderful! Full of great information
and with a light heartedness in the classroom. I loved learning the
new techniques and having an opportunity to practice them with JD's
personal, friendly guidance. Not only is JD's work inspiring, but
also the way he engages the students and shows interest in their
development as an artist."
Anne Cote, AZ
"For many years, I have harbored a deep love of drawing.
Due to a fear of my lack of knowledge and experience, I rarely if
ever attempted to draw. I ran across JD's work on the internet and
knew that I could learn so much from his workshops. Within the first
2-3 hours, I learned more than I had ever believed possible. By the
end of the 4 days, it was apparent by my work how much I had
learned... stuff that would have taken me years to figure out on my
Maree Baez, UT
"This workshop was great for all skill levels and all
ages. The challenge to stretch existing skills was given with clear
and concise direction. JD is very articulate and does not waste
words. Every sentence is gold!"
Marlene Carson, CO
"I appreciated that you critiqued everyone
equally. Sometimes instructors focus more on the more
"talented" participants,. Your comments were also very
specific, which is extremely helpful."
Cheryl P. Granbury, TX
"I had the most helpful, fun,
learning experience I have ever had in my life. I have learned sooo
much it's unbelievable. I loved this workshop!"
Zeinab A. Benbrook, TX
"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you and
attending your class. I wish I'd had you for my instructor in High
School and College! Seriously, you are one of the best instructors
You may have noticed that I am
extremely insecure about the quality of my artwork and talent. Your
class was one of the first in which I wasn't constantly criticizing,
and cringing when you approached, or afraid of the other student's
criticisms or opinions. I often harshly evaluate my own work which
can stifle my learning. In your class, I actually did not compare my
work to theirs, which is novel for me. I took your criticisms to
heart, but knew you were mentoring and teaching, not denigrating my
work or that of the other students. Thank you for that. You helped
to build my confidence."
Mara M., Columbia, MO
"What I found most helpful was the individual
critique of my artwork. I knew it was lacking, but didn't know what
to do to make my drawings look more dimensional. I now have the
knowledge and tools to make my work so much better. The class was a
fantastic experience for me and it is just what I needed to take my
drawing to the next level. I learned so much and your ability to
joke with the class made it that much more fun. I will be returning
to take more classes. It was well worth the price!"
Cathy W. South Jordan, UT
Your use of real life, down to earth teaching brings
an understanding better than most teachers. Excellent!!
Kevin K. Mineola, TX
"In his easy manner, J. D.
Hillberry excels in the quiet sharing of his knowledge and attention
to the individual. He instructs through clear, concise
demonstration, demystifying profound drafting mysteries, rendering
vision from a hazy dark void to obvious delights of light and form.
And then, just when you think you have been completely blown away by
a technique you can now use - he takes you a step further - and then
another - and then you realize - this is just the beginning.
The workshop is a highly
focused and organized environment that delivers a fire-hose of
information and technique in a methodical stream of meaningful
JD's workshop will provide you
with authority in precision drawing which will help you find
yourself in your work.
I highly recommend this
workshop to anyone interested in adding authority to their
skill-set; any artist wanting to fearlessly and accurately render
L. A., Los Angeles, CA
appreciated your generosity. It's impressive that you would
share your techniques so openly and completely. Learning your
techniques took some of the mystery/intimidation out of certain
aspects of drawing. It's really great to feel capable of
drawing a portrait to my satisfaction.
Lisa M., Houston,
discovered J.D. Hillberry’s book in the library of the University
where I teach in Brazil, and realized that I needed to see his
work and classes with my own eyes. The workshop exceeded all my
expectations. It was simply overwhelming… place, organization,
materials, techniques, friendliness, and the incredible ability of
J.D. to transmit knowledge and experience to his students. I learned
a lot and intend to come back soon. Above all, I realized that it
possible to be a brilliant artist and an amazing person at the same
time - as JD Hillberry is!”
C– Architecture Professor and Artist - Brazil
I really enjoyed learning new techniques. The
instruction was easy to follow. Also, I appreciated the personal
attention given to each student.
"This was a
tremendous opportunity, one that I never remotely anticipated when I
bought your book ten years ago. Not a moment was wasted, yet the
hours whizzed by. I appreciated your patience and appreciation of
each individual's own style."
N. D, Portland, OR
were really great. I like the room set-up. No matter where you are
in the room, you can see the demonstrations."
H. L., Spring TX
"This was my
second workshop with JD and I'm looking forward to my third one. for
any one who wants to take their abilities to a new level, these
workshops are a must."
K. D., Methuen, MA
the best art class I have ever taken! The
one interesting thing that has happened is that I am noticing the
shadows, core shadows, reflected light, etc. on everything. It really is
kind of funny - Like an "Ah-Hah moment" in seeing."
B. C., Santa Rosa, CA
workshop Exceeded my expectations. I would tell students not to be
intimidated by far more advanced artists as you'll learn from them
as well. No matter what your level as a layman or professional
artist, your work will improve significantly."
C. B., Golden, CO
workshop is a good opportunity for any average drawer to become
L. M., Anacortes, WA
"My recent works showing
my newly learned skills are proof of what knowledge can do! The
amount learned in three days is worth years of art school. The class
was fabulous. It was much more than I expected. A very relaxed
atmosphere and very supportive teaching. Thank you for a wonderful
W. G., Riverside, IL
and observations of my drawing was most helpful."
K. D., Santa Rosa, CA
"The general instruction
was so thorough, then, the one-on-one was so helpful for my
particular challenges. I have worked with pencil before but never
given the techniques to make the pencils work so well-for contrast,
for blending for texture, etc."
B. C., Dallas, TX
"A lot of art classes are
"here, draw this." JD Demonstrates how to achieve the
effect all artists want to know - how to create the illusion of 3-d
on a flat surface."
J. E., Denver, CO
"JD is an amazing
instructor - involved but not at all pressuring. His talent is
outstanding and learning from him is an inspiring
L. B., Houston, TX
"I learned more in 3 days
than in an entire semester of college classes. The 3 days were truly
D. R., Centennial, CO
"I have signed up for your
next workshop and plan on taking more to improve my skills."
G. M. Tempe, AZ
"Not only a fantastic artist but an outstanding
teacher. Thanks for teaching beginners too!
Dan P. Keene, TX
asked another workshop class to fill out a short questionnaire
about their impressions of the workshop.
said the workshop met or exceeded their expectations.
100% indicated that they would recommend the workshop to others.
25% registered for my next available workshop during the
100% would like to be contacted about future workshops:
Did the workshop
meet your expectations in terms of content?
"Absolutely exceeded my expectations"
"Yes. Right on target."
"More than what I expected"
"Yes. It was fantastic! You really stretched me!"
"Most definitely! Looking forward to a DVD!
"Yes. It exceeded my expectations"
Did you find
there was adequate individual attention for the size of the
"Yes. J. D. Makes a point to give feedback directed to
the needs of the student. Never harsh and wonderfully helpful."
"Yes. You did great demos and personal instruction."
"JD gave each of us as much attention as we asked for."
recommend this workshop to others?
"In a heartbeat!"
"Absolutely. I would come again
just for the one-on-one and critique."
"I would and I will!"
"I'm going to do so."
"This is the third drawing workshop I have taken and is
by far the best."
"It was perfect. I learned a lot and look forward to incorporating
JD's techniques into my work."
"Very relaxed, laid back learning environment!
Easy, clear explanations!"
"You had me working 180 degrees from my comfort zone and I
"This was an exceptionally professionally conducted workshop.
JD is a wonderful instructor and incredible artist."
"Great prep on your part! Flows well. Great atmosphere."
"Great Class. I came in expecting to learn a lot, but... I
learned more than I expected!"
Below are even more comments from past
taken many drawing and portrait classes. I have learned more in
these three days than in all of my other classes
very thorough in his explanations. He
made sure that everyone understood what he was demonstrating before
he moved on. It was time and money well spent."
"It was a
phenomenal learning Experience!! I highly recommend this workshop to
anyone that wants to improve there drawing skills. I very am
interested in getting information about future J. D. Hillberry
It was very
comfortable - non threatening environment. I felt the freedom to ask
questions. Informal yet very effective.
needed help J. D. was there. I didn't expect to learn so much."
workshop helped me clarify and refine steps, verify and validate
some skills I have and open doors to new techniques I had not yet
thought about. I'm so excited about what I have learned."
spent on each technique and time to practice was excellent. I have
had a very enjoyable three days."
"I am so grateful
that J. D. is willing to share his skills. I am now a better artist
that I will leave with new skills that will help me improve
Hillberry is a true inspiration for the experienced student as well
as the novice art student. he knows how to tailor his classes so
that all levels of students leave with a renewed passion in the
exploration of new possibilities in art. Thank
you for sharing your knowledge and passion for drawing and art with
My workshops fill very quickly. Class size is limited to 20 students so please register early. A 50% deposit
will secure your spot.