Jade Forder, painting and paper craft and ink teacher

Jade Forder

location_on Winmalee, Blue Mountains

local_activity classes: Watercolour PaintingPaintingPaper Craft and Ink

5.0 (29)

Hi, I am Jade, your art facilitator!

I say a facilitator rather than a teacher because I emphasise the journey you go on rather than the pressure of expecting a masterpiece at the end. I want you to find your creative spark, listen to your subconscious and create something deeply personal.

My classes aren't about copying something I have already made. I will show you new techniques and the artwork you create will be unique.

I aspire to inspire others to be creative even if they don't think they are artistic.

My motto is "There are no mistakes in art, only happy surprises". There are always ways of adding, painting over, collaging etc to enhance your art if something unexpected happens or if it isn't going how you expected.

These ways of teaching mean that these classes are perfect for beginners and up.

My classes are a safe space to experiment with what you have learnt, grow as an artist and visually express yourself in ways that might be difficult with words.

My goal is to get the word out and encourage people to use art as a stress reliever, as "me time", as a healer, as a way of having fun, as a way of being you.

My classes are to be accessible to everyone so try to use supplies you would have at home.

Who am I?
I am a self-taught mixed media artist/mum from the Blue Mountains. I make time for myself by doing my art and running my small biz. I am a biz geek! I love a spreadsheet!

Art keeps me balanced, it has helped me get through some challenging situations. I create art to let my soul know I am listening.

I discovered my love of teaching in the last 10 years, teaching art classes for kids in my home. The mums wanted in on the action so I started teaching adults about 3 years ago and it has grown from there.

I am passionate about providing the adults in my classes an experience to have some me-time guilt-free. It isn't a luxury, it is a necessity, otherwise, we would all go mad!

For the kids coming to my class, I want them to feel like it is a space to share and feel heard, a space to be themselves out of the confines of school, a place to use their imaginations and practise their creativity.





Deanne Cole Feb 2024

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

A lovely relaxed class with plenty of guidance and all materials provided. A great way to spend some time on a Sunday afternoon. Thanks Jade!

Deanne Cole Dec 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

I have really enjoyed the art journaling classes this year, trying out different media and styles has been really enjoyable. The classes are taught in a relaxed atmosphere where the freedom to explore art is encouraged. Thanks Jade (who is a super lovely and supportive teacher!).

Teacher's response

I have loved having you here Deanne! Hope to see you in 2024

Kirily Suggett Nov 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Jade is very open and friendly and wonderful to learn with. I enjoy the guidance she offers through an art experience and encourages us to enjoy what we are doing and accepting the things that we love and don’t. A great way to spend an early Sunday afternoon.

Teacher's response

So glad you enjoyed it Kirily. I love having you here.

Maureen Hill Oct 2023

Jade is an excellent teacher and her class is very good value. Everything about it was exactly what I wanted. I think Jade makes a extremely good contribution to the teaching of art and I can absolutely recommend her classes.

Teacher's response

Thanks so much for your.lovely review Maureen! Hope to see you again

Kirily Suggett Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Jade was very welcoming and created a calm environment. She guided us through a technique that was completely new to me and while we waited for a component to dry, she lead us through a guided meditation; which I found extremely positive and soothing. The group atmosphere felt kind and non-judgmental and I felt very comfortable chatting with new people.

Teacher's response

So lovely to have you in class Kirily. Thanks for the feedback!

Linda Woodley Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This was my first time trying art journaling or any sort of art really. Jade created a safe space to play whilst gently guiding us through the process. All materials were provided and I’m very happy with what I created. Thanks Jade, I’ll be back.

Art Journaling Class with Soul review by Linda Woodley - Blue Mountains

Teacher's response

So glad you loved it Linda. Looking forward to seeing what you create next!

Sarah Ellis Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Awesome content and easy to use. Would highly recommend as something fun to do and a relaxing mindfulness activity.

Teacher's response

So glad you loved it Sarah! Great to hear!

Deanne Cole Aug 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

A lovely relaxed art class with plenty of freedom to go with the process and let some beautiful creations unfold. Jade is a kind and patient teacher providing a supportive atmosphere to those just starting out on their art journey. I love Jade’s mantra that “there are no mistakes in art”.

Teacher's response

Thank you for your lovely review Deanne!

Bianca Villani Jul 2023

25 ClassBento workshops attended • 26 reviews

A great activity in mindfulness and gratitude. This class helped to to identify the many things that make me happy. (I should have painted more bubbles as encouraged in the videos). I really enjoyed getting marks on paper and not overthinking the process. Very mindful and meditative. Thank you for a great opportunity to reflect on the simple things that make me happy.

Paint a Collection of Things That Make You Happy review by Bianca Villani

Teacher's response

Oh I love this Bianca! You made my day. So glad you loved it

Glenda Pares Jun 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Loved the art journalling class. Very much liked the introductory meditation and visualisation. Materials were available and abundant. Felt comfortable w Jade and small group of women and enjoyed the fact we all made something very different.

Art Journaling Class with Soul review by Glenda Pares - Blue Mountains

Glenda Pares May 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

It was a v relaxing class and Jade was the perfect guide, informative, encouraging and friendly. Great that materials were provided. I was very happy with my journal page and would be interested in doing more classes. Great to meet other like-minded people in the class. I liked the idea that there are no mistakes.

Art Journaling Class with Soul review by Glenda Pares - Blue Mountains

Deanne Cole May 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

* * * A really enjoyable art class guided by the lovely Jade with all materials supplied. Highly recommended. * * *

Michelle Robbins May 2023

Jade is lovely and welcoming. All art materials supplied and lots of variety. Really nice place to take time out for myself and connect with others too!

Katherine Crawford Apr 2023

Jade has such a wealth of knowledge and materials to support creativity in a warm and friendly environment

Kelly Osterberg Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Jade’s art journaling class was brilliant. I loved that our class started with a guided meditation and then we wrote down our thoughts and feelings before starting the artwork. This process helped to inspire and guide my artwork. Jade provided a wide range of materials for us to use and a great environment to work in. It was amazing to see such unique artworks based on our own experiences at the end.

Katherine Crawford Mar 2023

The atmosphere created by Jade was relaxing and supportive. Everything was well organised, thoughtful and creative

Michelle Robbins Mar 2023

Great to see a big group of woman taking time for themselves. And everyone’s pieces looked so good! Jade was lovely and welcoming as always.

Rebecca Clark Mar 2023

Jade’s art journaling class was great. As a first time art student I was a little nervous but Jade was very welcoming and guided us through the entire lesson step by step. There were no right or wrong and it was thoroughly rewarding to see the project come together.

Deanne Cole Mar 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

A lovely art teacher that provided a warm and welcoming environment to allow students to create their own version authentic art about what was important to them.

Max Taylor Dec 2022

80 ClassBento workshops attended • 34 reviews

Really cute and simple class, helped me slow down and focus on the positives in my life!

Holly Peasland Sep 2022

20 ClassBento workshops attended • 18 reviews

Great tutorial from Jade thank you. It made me stop and really think about what's important and what makes me happy. A very positive and inspirational class. I'm not the best artist but I really didn't matter - pencils seemed to work fine.

Painting class review by Holly Peasland

Michelle Robbins Sep 2022

As always, a personalised and enjoyable workshop. Double dates today with 2 lots of mums and daughters. So nice to have access to all of Jade’s collection of collage items. Just wish time wouldn’t go so fast!

Michelle Robbins Jul 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

Jade is such a sweet and considerate teacher. Made me feel really comfortable around others that I didn’t know. The location, her home, is spacious and welcoming. All materials were supplied. I’m really impressed with my artwork in the end but had to leave before detailing it. I’m glad that I did the workshop. All the other pieces made were so good too Highly recommend. Make time for yourself and book in next time

Michelle Robbins Jul 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

My daughter LOVED this workshop “especially painting the shape and background”. The piece is already framed and looks amazing

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Michelle Robbins - Blue Mountains

Michelle Robbins Jul 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

Jade is a wonder gentle teacher… highly recommend for anyone. My daughter enjoyed the workshop.

Kids Drawing Class: Animals in Ugly Sweaters review by Michelle Robbins - Blue Mountains

Veronica Caruana Jun 2022

12 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Meaningful and fun activity that allows you to reflect while creating art. Steps are very easy to follow and allow for creative freedom. Highly recommend!

Megan Apr 2022

319 ClassBento workshops attended • 332 reviews

Great fun, great videos, great idea, great teacher, great for young and old.
Overall Brilliant

Painting class review by Megan

Amber Forder Feb 2022

A great class in so many ways. Jade is a natural mentor who gently guides people to create a meaningful piece of art for themselves. I had minimal tools but was still able to create a piece that I will keep to remind me of the 'word of the year' and other phrases of importance. Highly recommended! x

Mishel Robbins Feb 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

Jade provides a calm and fun class. Following her prompts and guidance, an art piece emerged. My end result is a hot mess that I'm proud of. I especially enjoyed her led meditation. It has highlighted to me where I need to put more thought or practise into. I think this class would be great for anybody and everybody.

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