As an artist and educator of 20 years, the desire to nurture, deepen and impart fundamental art skills is one of the driving motivators in private instruction.
My experience as a museum educator, professor, resident artist, director of programming and as a painter informs my approach to teaching. Whether for shear enjoyment or vocational pursuit, my mission is to elevate your artistic aptitude and visual literacy.
Clients include children, teens, adults, emerging artists and young professionals.
Once in a while, if we are very lucky, a truly gifted, inspirational teacher enters our life. For me that teacher is Shannon Green. I was working in photography for many years, but had a real longing to explore painting. I signed up for a class that Shannon was teaching at LACMA and instinctively knew that I wanted to explore studying painting with him privately. That has has turned out to be a great choice. I have had the pleasure of working with him for well over a year now. My very first lesson told me that I was in the right hands to learn about and experience making art. We work in my home for 2 hours most weeks. Shannon came in the very first day we met, completely equipped with all we would need to begin - a beginning collection of water based oil paints, palette, brushes, color wheel, brush cleaner, canvas, the works and we were off and running. He began by introducing me to all of these tools and then laying down the principles of color and color mixing and the various techniques for applying paint. I still consider myself to be pretty much a small notch above a beginner, but I am excited and inspired to keep, as Shannon often suggests, “putting paint where it ain’t” Since then I have gone on to, with his guidance, finish several paintings. Each attempt on my part would lay the ground work for another principle that he would then teach me - composition, perspective, light, shadow, the unique properties of different tubes of paint. Along the way, I have learned a great deal from Shannon about the history of art, various styles of painting, and on and on. He has a long history to draw upon not only as an artist in his own right, but in teaching privately, in museum settings, and in classrooms with students of all ages. This all in addition to his own artistic expression. Shannon has a wonderful way of leading and following at the same time. He will always intuit where I am trying to go. I never ever feel judged and never experience any false compliments. This allows me to trust him and feel free to ask questions that he may have answered before, but slipped my mind. For a really wonderful adventure into the world of painting, I wholeheartedly recommend master teacher Shannon Green.
We start with a brief, free-of-charge, consultation and establish goals, expectations, supply list and a schedule. When possible, I like to see a few samples of work and address any workspace concerns. After reaching agreement, innitial payment is made and lessons begin.
Many students preffer to meet for weekly, two-hour, lessons. There is flexibility in the frequency and duration of lessons depending on the needs and availability of each client.
I have a BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing. I graduated cum laude and have taken on multiple professional development classes in art, education and the business of being an artist. I have worked with museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and SF MoMA. I am a professor of Color and Design at the Academy of Art University and have taught in residencies with LAUSD elementary and middle schools. I have been a guest lecturer on the subject of color theory, facilitated critique groups for the Los Angeles Art Association and created arts integrated curriculums for Charles White Elementary. I have also mentored teens in porfolio development and the college application process and taught many emerging artists and adults. My work has been featured in the LA Art Show, variuos gallery exhibitions and in private collections.
My pricing system is $250.00 for four (4) hours of instruction. Hours can be grouped or divided depending on goals and availability.
New clients recieve a free consultation to establish goals, supply needs etc. First time clients may also purchase their first two (2) hours of instruction for $100.00.
Have an idea of what you want to achieve and be open to new possibilities.
Be willing to accept guidance that may seem counterintuitive at first, especially if you haven't had any formal training.
Ask all of the questions that come to mind.
Expect that your instructor will guide you while being respectful of your goals and expectations.
What do you want out of lessons? (Fundamentals, explore new materials, develope personal style or expression, for fun, for spirituality, etc.)
How much time are you willing and able to commit?