Teaching itself is an art form, and I fully appreciate that. I love to learn from my students just as much as I love to see their progress and understanding of new concepts and techniques. I have been watching my grandmother teach art all my life, and she has been my inspiration and guide. Aside from teaching technical skills, I like to foster my students' creativity, individuality, and expression.
I have been a working teacher of the arts for 2 years in Santa Maria, CA and online. I have more experience teaching children than adults, but I love to teach both.
I have had my Associate's degree in Studio Art since 2016. Several pieces of my work have won awards at the California Mid-State Fair several years in a row.
You can view my more current work at my Instagram and Facebook pages:
The most rewarding thing about teaching art is seeing students feel proud of their work and improvement. My favorite thing to hear is, "Wow, I learned a lot today!" Also, artists become better by learning from and exposing themselves to other artists, ideas, thoughts, and experiences, and teaching is a great way to allow myself those opportunities.
Emily is a very talented teacher and she is great with kids. She teaches kids in a way that they understand the new drawing skill and she helps them to bring out their best. My son enjoys learning from Emily and I am happy we had a opportunity to work with her. I highly recommend her!
She was so engaged with the girls for their lesson! They really enjoyed it!
Emily was so sweet. We were very happy with our lesson and would definitely recommend her. She taught and online anime drawing lesson to my daughter and her friends during her birthday zoom party.
Emily has been great with my daughter. She’s made drawing interesting and fun! And this is via zoom.
I begin by getting to know them as a person and ask them about their interests. I will also ask what their goals are in learning from me (i.e. do you want to have fun, become an expert artist, both, etc.). I offer a free trial lesson (up to 60 minutes), during which I will teach them a fun exercise tailored to their interests, skill levels, and goals. Lastly, if they've enjoyed the free trial, we will schedule consistent lessons.
I earned my Associate's degree in Studio Art in 2016. The program was very heavy on understanding design and art techniques, but also focused on building creativity skills and style. I have been also practicing with and learning art from my grandmother all my life--she is a professional art instructor.
I have years of experience in teaching children ages 0-12 and one year of experience teaching students ages 13-69. I also have taught groups. I really enjoy teaching in group settings!
$20 per hour for private lessons.
$16 per person per hour for group lessons.
I charge by quarter-hour increments.
I started assistant-teaching dance when I was about 12 years old and I really enjoyed leading and helping dancers. As I got older and more in touch with my creativity, I really enjoyed sharing my creative visions with others. Since then, I've had several teaching jobs and consistently began teaching art over the last year.
I have worked mostly with children of elementary-middle school ages, but I also work with adults. My lessons are best suited for beginner-level artists with little to no knowledge of art techniques to intermediate-level artists with moderate knowledge and experience.
Last year, because of Coronavirus, my aunt's friend was trying to find something to do for her daughter's birthday party while still maintaining social distancing guidelines. My aunt recommended me to her to create a composition and teach the kids how to paint it. I really enjoyed giving the kids a way to have some fun learning time with each other and make nice paintings.
Look for an instructor who will give constructive criticism without crushing your spirit. There are elements that make art more visually appealing and/or clearer to the eye, but art needs to speak to you as the artist, or else why are you making it? Some art instructors can be blunt and disrespectful, but art is extremely personal--they're doing their job wrong if they're making you feel like your art is "wrong."
How do you handle suggestions and criticism? It's okay if you have a hard time accepting them, but a good teacher knows that art is in the eye of the beholder/artist and won't say something with the intention of hurting your feelings. If you have trouble accepting suggestions and criticism, let your instructor know that ahead of time so that they can instruct you in a way that feels more comfortable to you.
What do you think you need help with? Expressing your messages or finding your creativity? Technique?
How much are you able to spend? While it is true that purchasing more expensive art supplies does result in higher quality, outlandishly expensive art supplies are often not worth their cost. It's helpful for your instructor to know your budget so that they can help you make the best art with what you can afford.