I believe creative expression is a birth right! I have been facilitating people of all ages and abilities in visual arts for 30+years both in the States and in Central Mexico where I founded a small Art Center in the 1990's. I offer workshops and classes designed to both teach skills and to support participants to access 'inner vision' that guides us in our creative explorations. My work over the years has included children ages 4-12, teens, adults and seniors. I have years of experience with special needs community members and seniors. Classes I teach include: Drawing, acrylics, watercolors, mixed-media, collage, print-making, mask making, Shadow Boxes, Visual Journaling, mosaics, off-loom weaving and more. I have a special love of cross-cultural arts & crafts!
I am literally thrilled every time a student has that 'ah, ha' moment when learning something new in the studio intersects with one's ideas and feelings. I think of my classes and workshops as a laboratory where exploration, learning skills and how to use tools becomes an 'alchemical process' that allows a person's heart's desires to be made visual to share with others. I live sharing the magic of visual arts with my students!
I have worked with Carolyn at Heart to Hand studio for many years. I have learned new skills to help me express myself creatively and have created many pieces I cherish and share with others. Heart to Hand is a safe place to explore one's inner artist. All levels are welcome. The studio provides many options from individual and group sessions to special art events to celebrate birthdays, various other occasions and more.
The projects that Carolyn facilitates are amazing, open enough to allow for growth, without being intimidating. The experience of creating in such a supportive environment is felt by all participants, children and adults!
When stepping into Carolyn's Studio, I receive gentle guidance and the life changing opportunity to tap into my inner artist. Heart to Hand Studio provides a safe and comfortable space with top-notch supplies, fabulous resources, and is a creative learning haven. After taking both private and group lessons, I offer an unreserved recommendation to be with a Tucson outstanding teaching artist.
I ask students to bring either samples of their own work from the past OR to bring images from artist's works that they enjoy. These can be postcards, images from magazines or books or from the internet. Sharing imagery helps me find an entry point in order to be able to best guide an adult student.
I trained as a print maker in Central Mexico for several years before completing a BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Later, I returned to school to complete a Master's degree in the field of Arts & Consciousness. This advanced degree work focused on the Visual Arts as a healing path as well as how creative process unfolds within us all.
I prefer to work with small to medium groups of adult learners for two reasons: First, the cost is lower per person and secondly, in my experience, adult students often learn so much from each other. My pricing varies on the size of the group. I am available for one-on-one private sessions as well.
My first teaching experiences were with under privileged children. I have been guiding visual arts experiences with people of ages 3- 91 for over 30 years.
I have worked with retirees, with elementary aged school children, with pre-school children , with adults, with developmentally disabled children and adults, with adolescents and with people in recovery.
Ask the prospective teacher to tell you how he or she sees their role. If a person tells you they will teach you how to paint as 'like they do', I would recommend you keep looking. A 'good quality' art instructor will share techniques that will facilitate you to paint your own, personal vision; not imitate his or her work
It is most effective to bring preferences to the classroom. If you know you like landscapes or say, portraits, an instructor can support your exploration best once he or she knows what interests you. Be sure to ask what medium the potential instructor prefer a to teach as well as what type ( or genre) they feel most comfortable guiding/instructing