I've been teaching art lessons for nine years, to teens (16+) and adults. I teach pastel, oil and acrylic painting, digital mixed media, encaustics and some printmaking, as well as drawing, which I consider to be the foundation of all art making. My goal is to help my students develop a foundation skill set that allows them to continue a lifetime of artistic expression, long past the last class. Each student learns a little differently, and it's my job to deliver new material in a way that makes the most sense to each learner.
Every student brings a unique perspective to art, and I love seeing new art created through each individual filter. I am very rewarded by watching students grow and improve, and get better at translating their vision from their own minds to whatever medium they choose!
Alexia is a thoughtful, engaging, and inspiring instructor. I've been studying painting with Alexia in a small class format, and have been impressed with how she tailors the class to each of our individual interests (e.g., oil for some, acrylics for others). The studio space is in a barn, full of natural light, and going to class is one of the highlights of my week!
Alexia mentors her students with attention to detail, as well as attention to different learning methods that students use. She is easy to talk to and receptive to questions.
I like to invite students to tour my studio, and chat with them about their background in art and their goals for learning. I really like to find out about their careers and other interests, which often inform their art making. As far as setting the stage for the first classes, I start with drawing and composition fundamentals, which helps me to determine what type of learner the student is and plan their lessons accordingly.
I have a BA in art history and a Master's in visual media arts. I have worked in the theater, film and television, have worked on three feature films, and I have nine years of experience teaching students from middle school to seniors. I've taught 2 hour master study painting classes at a local restaurant, as well as workshops, plein air sessions, portfolio coaching and long term courses.
My lessons are $50 for private lessons, which typically run an hour and a half to two hours. Semi-private lessons and small groups are $35 per lesson. For portfolio coaching or intensive training in a particular medium, in addition to media consulting, STEAM curriculum and video editing, my rate is $50/hour. I am also available to design and teach workshops for groups and school classrooms, which are tailored to the group so please inquire.
I started giving art appreciation lectures at the Sharon Arts Center/NHIA nine years ago. From there I expanded to teaching digital mixed media, and then painting and drawing at NOA Gallery in Groton, MA. Now I also coach students who are highly motivated to study art, through Arts2You in the Greater Boston area.
I've taught just about everybody! From middle school students in group classes, to high school students prepping for college applications, to adults exploring a new medium, and restaurant diners looking for a fun night out!
I recently took a multi day workshop with pastel artist Casey Klahn, which focused on color theory and the expressive use of color in painting. Casey changed the way I thought about color composition, and I ended up diving deeply into color theory and learning a lot! I try to take a workshop with a nationally known artist each year, in order to make sure that I keep learning and getting exposed to new ideas to pass on to my students!
Make sure to ask lots of questions! Be sure that the teacher is flexible and ready to teach in a way that fits your learning style. Some students learn visually and like to watch demos; some students learn verbally and want well-organized lessons; some students learn kinesthetically and just want to jump in and try it! Many students like a combination of styles, and it's the teacher's job to deliver their info in the best way for their students. Communication between teachers and students is a great way to make this happen!
Think about what your goals are: are you looking for a meditative hobby that you've always to try, or are you working to build skills that apply to a specific project or job? What is your time frame for learning? Make sure to convey this to your teacher, it can make the difference between an open-ended leisurely pace and a tightly planned curriculum that delivers a specific skill set quickly.