Dawn Reily Art- Suncat Creations

Dawn Reily Art- Suncat Creations

1 employee
30 years in business

About this pro

As a professional artist since age 16, I have a lot of experience in selling and creating arts and crafts of various media and styles to be marketable to the public as well as satisfy the artistic soul. As credentialed high school Glass art, and Art and Design teacher, a preschool teacher, and after school art program instructor. I enjoy teaching any age and skill level how to use materials and techniques in imaginative ways that meet the standards of the elements and principles of design. I am well versed in a variety of mediums from pen and ink to the complexity and chemistry of working with glass. I am a current member of the Buenaventura Art Association and show my work in my own studio as well as the Ventura Harbor Gallery and Gifts. Please see my Facebook page to see what I am currently working on.

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Ventura, CA 93003
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Upon meeting a new student, I like have them do a quick drawing of something simple or show me work that have done in the past so I can see what their skill level is or what their past experience may be, so I can adjust lessons according to skill level and interests. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelors in Fine with consentrations in 2-D and 3-D arts, as well as experience teaching many different ages and skill levels, in a variety of materials. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

The average cost per lesson is $30 an hour. The price goes up or down depending on if I provide the materials or if the student will purchase them. The length of the lesson or number of people being taught a lesson at once.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching an after school art program while I was in college getting my art degree. I was also hired by the California Art Spark program to teach art lessons that meet the VAPA standards with a limited budget. From there I decided to formally get a Secondary Subject Creditial in Art to become a public school teacher. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with and enjoy working with students of all ages from preschool to senior citizen. I welcome students with disablities and a varied skill levels and can modifiy lessons to meet the needs of different dissabilies and gifted abilities. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of the highlights of my career as teacher, was teaching a severely autistic, non-verbal teen how to make collage art. This particular student previous to my classes had never created art before. By playing certain music and providing him with the right materials he began to make the most beautiful and intricate expressive drawings of everyday objects. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Any student needs to find a teacher that inspires them creatively and challenges them enough to learn something new outside their typical comfort level. An instructor must also be flexible to adjust their lessons around the student's needs. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What goal to I want my instrutor to help me reach?

Will these lessons challenge me to learn a new technique or skill?

Am I willing to commit time outside the lesson to practice or gather reference materials for my lessons?

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Craft Classes Drawing Lessons Illustration Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons Sculpting Classes