Testimonials

The unique Cindy Wider Method has been used to successfully teach adults and children to draw for more than 27 years both in real world private art classes and clubs as well as online. This method has been taught online at DrawPj.com for over 10 years. TeachKidsDrawing.com.au has been designed especially for homeschoolers, teachers and parents with any level of drawing ability to teach kids drawing.

Dr Karl K. Jeffries | Doctor of Philosophy | Creativity Professional

Cindy Wider is a pioneer in how to teach drawing. I first became aware of Cindy’s work several years ago though DrawPJ, and from that point onwards I was hooked. What her drawing courses and training can help students achieve is remarkable. Indeed, it is even more remarkable when you consider the speed at which their drawing skills and abilities develop, particularly in comparison to more “traditional” approaches to drawing classes.

Dr Karl K. Jeffries | Doctor of Philosophy | Creativity Professional | Formerly Senior Lecturer and Course Leader: MA Creative Thinking in Design at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) 
Dr Karl K. Jeffries

Max Natoli | Deputy Principal | Head of Primary

This year, our college purchased a one year licence so that our teachers from Prep to Year 4 could teach her drawing methods to our students using age appropriate strategies that are scaffolded as they progress throughout the years.

The program is seeing wonderful results in student engagement, production and enjoyment. The teachers are all positive about the program and progress as the students’ confidence grows along with their ability.

Freshwater Christian College 
www.freshwatercc.qld.edu.au 
BRINSMEAD Queensland Australia
Max Natoli

Helen Schwarz | Head of Faculty: English and Humanities

It has been a pleasure to have the Cindy Wider Art Program at Freshwater Christian College in 2019.
 
I was impressed with how well the program has been aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Cindy has carefully matched her program with the Content Descriptors and Achievement Standards of the Australian Curriculum to ensure that every lesson is relevant and purposeful. 
 
Cindy demonstrates an excellent understanding of how to develop the skills of students in an age appropriate way and has developed lessons that are fun, engaging and enable success.
 
The work produced by our students because of these classes is amazing and it is delightful to see the students so proud the work that they have produced.

Freshwater Christian College 
www.freshwatercc.qld.edu.au 
BRINSMEAD Queensland Australia 
Helen Schwarz

Anna Giles | Year 4 Teacher

I have enjoyed having Cindy and her art program in our classroom over the past five terms. I have learnt so much about art myself.

I especially love seeing students who previously were struggling to find confidence in an area within the school curriculum to shine, finding skills and talents that they didn't even know they had.

Seeing these students who struggle, at times to focus and engage, doing so during our art lessons and seeing the amazing results they have produced has been so exciting!

I can't wait to see them continue their journey with art. I have been so encouraged as a teacher to witness every student learning skills that enable them to draw and apply these skills to produce some very impressive results. I cannot recommend this course highly enough- you will not regret investing in this course.

Freshwater Christian College
www.freshwatercc.qld.edu.au 
BRINSMEAD Queensland Australia
Anna Giles

Jenney Costello | Year 3 Teacher

This year has been an opportunity to learn with the students as we taught the Cindy Wider Art Program developed for classes at our school. 
 
I have been amazed at the level of improvement all students have made throughout the year. I am a big believer in students learning valuable skills, which can transfer to other areas of learning. Students have learnt to have patience and perseverance (healthy habits of mind), as they have worked to produce a number of fantastic art pieces. In particular, were a couple of students who started the year saying, “I can’t do this or it’s too hard”. They have finished the year excited and wanting to take more pieces home to do over the holidays.
 
I thank Cindy for her encouragement along the journey to both students and teachers this year. I am looking forward to doing her course next for myself. I think it will be a positive learning goal to improve my ability to teach this art program to student.
 
Freshwater Christian College 
www.freshwatercc.qld.edu.au 
BRINSMEAD Queensland Australia 
Jenney Costello

Kareena Walmsly | Year 2 Teacher

In a short time after I have been using Cindy Wider’s program in my class room, already I noticed that this art program had boosted my student’s confidence to draw.

For example; I have an autistic child in my class who refused to draw for himself at first. He was always asking for help saying “I can’t draw!” It was a real struggle to get him to draw anything independently but since we have started Cindy Wider’s course his confidence in his own abilities has really grown.

My students definitely progressed in the technical skill of drawing as a result of studying the Cindy Wider art course, and they had fun studying it too!

Yes it was challenging for them but they rose to those challenges, and when they did you could see the excitement and happiness on their faces. That was so special.

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to help their child learn to draw.”

Freshwater Christian College
www.freshwatercc.qld.edu.au   
BRINSMEAD Queensland Australia
Kareena Walmsly

Judy Mellor | Year 1 Teacher

During this year that I have taught the Cindy Wider Method to my Year 1 class I have seen huge development in their drawing abilities especially with shape, line, colour and proportion. 

I noticed that they have been putting a lot more care into their work. They are engaged and their confidence has really developed too. 

Freshwater Christian College
www.freshwatercc.qld.edu.au   
BRINSMEAD Queensland Australia
Judy Mellor

Toni Pett | Foundation (Prep/K) Teacher

Cindy has created fun activities for the students to practice and build upon their skills and as a result of my students studying her program in 2019 I noticed significant development in their drawing abilities.

Cindy’s mantra of "The better you can draw lines, the better you can draw shapes, and the better you can draw" inspired students to have a go even if they didn't think they could do it.

It was exciting to see how well the students were learning to draw lines and shapes; a skill that transferred out of their art lessons into other classroom activities where they were drawing. The students enjoyed working with the range of mediums from graphite pencil to colour pencils, watercolour, clay, acrylic paint, crayons and marker pens.

We were also lucky enough to have Cindy visit our classroom and teach some of the lessons herself. The students really liked having a real artist come and visit. They loved her energy, passion and joy for the little successes. They really enjoyed the program and seeing their work hung up on the walls of the room for all to see.

Freshwater Christian College
www.freshwatercc.qld.edu.au   
BRINSMEAD Queensland Australia .
Toni Pett