I feel that my job as an art teacher is help students discover what they want to do and provide them with a number of techniques and practices to guide them to which approach is best suited for them.
I can show how, whether it's abstraction or realism, all painting and drawing share much of what makes art happen and why it works when art moves us. Things like the tools: brushes, pencils, paints, mediums, etc.; what to think about before beginning; or how to use value for stucture and color for emotion; the use of patterns; and ways to organize your painting, your pallette, or your studio.
As an artist, being able not only to render the world around me but to use all the skills I’ve learned to be truly creative in describing and exploring the world and my life in it. To picture something in my imagination and see it come to life is fantastic.
As a teacher, I am delighted to be around people who believe in art as goal worth pursuing because of it's ability at some level to make us better people. I love sharing the things I've learned with students and see their skills and satisfaction increase as they learn.
Michael meets his students at their level and then raises the bar accordingly and incrementally. I've learned so much under his tutelage. He is extremely patient and so so kind hearted. And he has a GREAT sense of humor:)
I was a complete beginner two years ago when I started painting with Michael. Although he was not excited about my novice status on day one, he patiently demonstrated the basics and taught me to keep going back to these simple principles. He encourages with a great sense of humor and gives students enough time to work on our own while always being available for advice. While I tend to like traditional approaches I truly appreciate Michael’s belief that “there is no wrong way.” My painting has come a long way in this short time period and has become a treasured part of my life. I have become a member of the Wellesley Society of Artists and have been participating in shows. I have even received Honorable Mention for a painting I exhibited at the Wellesley Library.
His demos are informative & compelling. He is able to evaluate what you know already, and what you need to learn, and guide you to the next level. He teaches with a gentle, persuasive guidance, and can always find something positive about your work. He’s able to ask a question i.e. where is the light coming from? The question pointedly resolves any problems. He’s a master of color, and with a little dab resolves the dilemma of the shade you’ve been searching for. His drawing skills enable me to adjust the subject to the right turn of the head. He’s versatile and crafty& adjusts to most mediums, materials & styles. He creates a special, supportive classroom environment.
Michael is a talented artist with excellent teaching skills. I have been painting and drawing with him for 3 years, both in group and private lessons. He is able to work to the level of each student with patience and with insight. He offers constructive criticism and helpful strategies which have helped me advance my skills in painting and in drawing. Additionally he is relaxed and personable. I recommend him whole heartedly!