As a teacher, I can help new students to learn painting/drawing techniques and develop their eye-hand coordination. Once they have more experience handling the tools, I will encourage them to develop more on critical thinking. Since an artist is an one person endeavor, critical thinking can come in handy at times.
I do my homework and look for references ahead of time, and I give my students 100 percent of attention when in session. I also do demonstration on painting techniques in session as well as give feedback to students' work.
I enjoy an art-making creative process from nothing to something, from an idea to a tangible work, from doubt to certainty, from mistakes to right choices, and from critiques to new creations. This cycle of making from begin to end gives me a chance to find my strength, weakness, happiness and satisfaction. It is not an easy path, but it gives me an avenue to be me and to connect directly to an audience. I will not have any other way.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Understanding a student's previous painting/drawing experience and interests is a key to begin a personized plan. For a begining student, I will focus more on introduing various techniques by demonstration and viewing of masters' work. For a more advanced new student, in addition to building on top of skills learned prior, more foucs will be on content building.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I completed an MFA in Painting/Drawing at the San Francisco Art Institute.
How did you get started teaching?
I started up as an art teacher at the College of Marin and the San Francisco Art Institute adult education program. In the past two years, I have been guest teaching, subsitute teaching and assist teaching in the Marin Academy.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students from high school, college level and adult education.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
The de Young Open Exhibition 2020 selected my painting "Loud and Clear", currently on display at the de Young Museum until January 3, 2021. This exhibition showcased 877 works by 762 artists from nine Bay Area counties. The web gallery is: https://deyoungopenexhibition.artcall.org/pages/web-gallery?tags=52&page=4