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!”
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.