John is definitely a very cool guy, and very nice too. You will not learn much in the way of actual drawing technique in this class...it's really more of a workshop. Also, about 90% of class time was spent on figure drawing from a nude model. As the previous reviewer said, John will probably never criticize your work, no matter what you show up with. I thought the assignments he gave us were really great though..always very creative and interesting, never straight-forward. The two classes we spent going to galleries in Chelsea were also really fun...John in an artist himself and knows everything about the contemporary art scene.