Boston Area Iris

Boston Area Iris

1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

I'm a professional artist/engineer; I'm also the eldest of 5 children. There are 10+ years between myself and my siblings. My older sister approach lends itself towards tutoring children quite naturally. My siblings have told me I'm calm, mellow, patient, and set a comfortable tone to explore their creativity. I would be a great fit for anxiety prone children or anyone looking for art therapy.

I enjoy interacting with the child as they attempt to work through the crafting project. One detail I take pride in is if it becomes clear the activity is frustrating the child, I will pivot and ask them what their muse is telling them to do. I will encourage an activity to go not as planned as teaching the creative process.

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Westford, MA 01886
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I get to know them by providing non threatening activities that are soothing. Frequently their personalities come out and I have a starting point to start planning activities for them. I love seeing their eyes when they realize I had been listening to their idle conversation and had a direct response. After a few successful sessions, I can then create a more rough set of themes and lessons for that student. For example, an anxiety prone child complaining about being unchallenged in math was given exercises in embroidery. It was a math lesson about Cartesian planes, number lines, and chart reading.

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

I studied Architecture for 7 years at the University of Oregon.

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

I charge $50 an hour. Light snacks and water/coffee/tea provided. My whole angle is being like that aunt or older cousin that teaches you things in a cozy room with finger foods.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have primarily worked with anxiety prone children.

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

If the student has sensory or physical needs, please communicate those upfront. I'm sure we can work out something. No request or accommodation is too "silly" to bring up. For example, I cannot work with graphite pencils. My students are not provided graphite pencils in my lessons and will not notice they are not there. I provide the alternatives I've used myself as part of the lesson. There's always solutions for every need.

Lessons offered

Craft Classes Web Design Courses Linux Training Graphic Design Classes Computer Classes Cooking Classes Baking Classes Acrylic Painting Lessons Photoshop Classes Painting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons Life Coaches Meditation Classes Adobe Illustrator Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Illustration Classes Photography Classes Sculpting Classes Crocheting Classes Embroidery Classes