Creative Connection In Painting & Drawing
Teaching has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences as an artist. I have taught multilevel painting and drawing courses and love working with a range of students, from those who have little knowledge of painting to advanced students! I will to help you find and delve into your unique style and interests while learning foundational skills that will further your painting, such as color theory, material techniques, brushwork and composition. I am an oil and acrylic painter. I love painting figurative, abstract and land scapes. I have a masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I've had several solo and group shows in New York City, Chicago, Houston, and Chicago and am recipient of the Helen Frankenthaler Award.
I love sharing knowledge and helping students grow and develop individual style. I believe positive reinforcement along with strong foundational skills and experience is paramount to a good teacher who can help students grow skills and confidence.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
With new students, I begin with a conversation about your familiarity with art and painting and your interests to develop goals for our lessons. I put together a lesson plan and criteria according to our conversation and go over it with you so we are on the same page and get the most out of our time together!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Masters of Fine Arts in painting in drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to graduate school, I took drawing, painting and collage courses at School of Visual Arts in New York City.
How did you get started teaching?
I began as a teaching assistant, learning from well established artists and professionals. I was very fortunate to assist under experienced teachers who I greatly admired.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students between the ages of 18 and 50 years of old as well as elementary schoolers.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
In a multilevel painting course, I had the opportunity to watch a student progress immensely. I often gave her artist recommendations, advice in brushwork, color and content. She applied to a graduate school and was admitted using several of the paintings we discussed and critiqued together in her portfolio. Watching her enthusiasm and skill grow reinforced my love for teaching.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure that the teacher is patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subject. Don't be afraid to ask about their teaching style and interests!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Be able to describe your experience and any preferences you have about working with teachers.