Our Tutors

Jean Oliver

Resilience to the Rescue!

Subjects Taught:

  • Art (the visual: crafts, cartooning, drawing, painting, art theory, and history, etc.): All Grades
  • English (ie: conversation, grammar, spelling, a little grammar and structure, cursive and printing, etc.): All Grades
  • Reading & Writing (dialogue, essays, stories, structure, etc.): All Grades
  • Canadian History: Grades 7-12
  • Humanities (focus on critical thinking, analysis, and creativity): Grades 8-10
  • Science (including natural science, the environment, adventure, exploration, etc.): Grades 1-9
  • Life Skills (like resilience, telling time, schedule keeping, prep and transitions, body language, etc.): All Grades

Credentials:

  • PROFESSIONAL
    • 2015-present: Tutor of Various Subjects
  • EDUCATION
    • 2020: Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Course – Cornell University Bird Academy. Online
    • 2018: Graphic Illustration Course for Adults (x2) – Gareth Gaudin. Legends Comics, Victoria, BC.
    • 2017: Certification in Teaching English. Inlingua Victoria College of Languages, Victoria, BC.
    • 2013: Associate of Arts Degree: Creative Writing – Camosun College, Victoria, BC, Canada
    • 2013: Associate of Arts Degree: Psychology – Camosun College, Victoria, BC, Canada
    • 2010: Photoshop Courses – Camosun College, Victoria, BC, Canada
    • 1980: Commercial and Graphic Art Degree – Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Jean is an artist, teacher, and writer who was born and grew up in Quebec, and Ontario. She came west to Victoria, BC as a young adult, fulfilling a childhood dream of living on the west coast near BC’s wild trees, to be closer to her creative muse, Emily Carr, and Victoria’s weather as a bonus.

Raising two amazing, neuro-divergent sons, both now grown and flown in successful careers in film, Jean has tutored and worked closely with tutors to smooth developmental journeys. With decades of teaching in Art and English to all ages, years as a homestay mom to International students, and having traveled extensively, Jean has a vast, lived experience that augments her post-secondary education and other training.  

Jean currently divides her time between painting, writing, and teaching. When not working from her studio in Emily Carr’s famous House of All Sorts in Victoria, BC, knitting, or having coffee with friends, she loves being outside in nature, walking, taking pictures, hanging with the local crows, and gardening.

Learning Style 
Visual: 5
Aural: 11
Kinesthetic: 7

Jean’s Favourite Things!
Favourite Books:
Art, Bios, and Research books!
Books and Art by Emily Carr.
Novels that open our eyes, like Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson (for older readers) & Personal Journey Stories that Inspire!
Wreck this Journal by Kerry Smith
Literary classics for children or adults.
Personal Journey Stories that Inspire!
Poetry, but especially limericks
Paddle to the Sea, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, anything by Dr Seuss, Charlotte’s Web, The Dragonriders of Pern, The Lord of the Rings…so many faves!

Favourite Movies:
The Red Balloon movie
British Mysteries and Old Movies

Favourite Video Game:
Tetris

Favourite Quote:
“You will have to try things for yourself, and you will not be sure of what you are doing. That’s all right; you are feeling your way into the thing.” Emily Carr

Jean would love to Twistedly Tutor all ages, emerging artists, international students, and adults wanting to upgrade their English, or retired, or wanting to try an en-plein-air painting experience.

  • Art (the visual: crafts, cartooning, drawing, painting, art theory, and history, etc.): All Grades
  • English (ie: conversation, grammar, spelling, a little grammar and structure, cursive and printing, etc.): All Grades
  • Reading & Writing (dialogue, essays, stories, structure, etc.): All Grades
  • Canadian History: Grades 7-12
  • Humanities (focus on critical thinking, analysis, and creativity): Grades 8-10
  • Science (including natural science, the environment, adventure, exploration, etc.): Grades 1-9
  • Life Skills (like resilience, telling time, schedule keeping, prep and transitions, body language, etc.): All Grades

 

In Jean's own words:"Between humans and our environments is a connection, an exchange of energy I like to think of as murmuration, a term that refers to the coordination of a flock of birds moving as one beautiful, flowing, changing pattern. We can coordinate creatively, and practice fails safely in the same way for our mutual security, for growth, and just for fun. In the same way, the tools for a child’s confidence lay in the art of resilience. Creativity enhances education, it partners well with time management and transition, and it reduces anxiety by embracing fails as deconstruction, reframed as practice and reconstruction."