Josephine MacLeod was a student with the London Art College; she studied painting and drawing on the general diploma course, where she was tutored by Alan Dedman.  At the time she resided in Lagos, Nigeria. Her husband Norman MacLeod, used to download her mp3 feedback and sent it to Josephine and became acquainted with the LAC and its ways through doing so. To begin with, Josephine’s work seemed tremulous. Over time she gained confidence and has developed well since beginning her studies. She has been very active in her home country, working with African artists and painting with a group of people who meet on a weekly basis.

When she and Norman visited the UK, Josephine had some one to one tuition from Alan Dedman in Somerset. In her landscape study she coped well with the physical conditions, including a herd of bullocks. She worked with acrylics, which although quick drying, allowed her to make rapid progress in painting. The lush, green environment and cool breezes were a change from the heat of Lagos.

Back at Studio Dedman, she spent a morning making spinny paintings and thermal drawings, plus other exercises. Josephine also made a life painting in oils.

Getting a student to do such a large amount of learning in a condensed time frame was ambitious, but successful. Josephine always wanted to do art and came to it late, after having children and working in business. Correspondence courses with the LAC help adult learners in English speaking countries across the World to realise their ambitions in art and design. Norman MacLeod commented that Alan Dedman supports students with constructive criticism – but doesn’t make them feel bad about themselves. This gentle encouragement allows learners to flourish and grow.   

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